Coal Mines Insurance, Servicing The Industry

In today’s mining industry, though working at coal mine indeed provides you with various benefits, but there is no doubt that working thereat was always a dangerous job for anybody. It is such an unpredictable work as no one knows what happens next in the day to day affairs. Well, it cannot be denied that it’s a hazardous industry, thus, the question is who’s insuring coal mines these days? Not a lot of insurance companies have the appetite to do mining risks. But Coal Mines Insurance can play a vital role in helping those in this type of job, especially in case of any untoward incident that may transpire and possibly rendering the principal insured physically incapacitated.

Nevertheless, Coal Mines Insurance will help protect the loved ones of workers in such coal fields, in case anything happens while the worker is in the performance of his job. They are committed to servicing the industry and meeting the needs of their customers, compensates worker in case of any injuries or damages happen while working and hence they are assured that their life is in protection during any such incidences. They operate a case management model integrating injury and claims management processes. Working together with employers, injured workers and service providers following any workplace injury ensures that optimal returns to work outcomes are achieved.

Arctic Sea Ice May Be Melting Slower Than Thought

Danish researchers say the rate of melting in the Arctic sea may be slower than previously thought.

A team from the Danish National Research Foundation for Geogenetics at the University of Copenhagen developed a method to measure the variations in the ice several millennia back in time.

The scientists based their results on material gathered along the coast of northern Greenland, which experts believe will be the final place summer ice will survive.

“Our studies show that there have been large fluctuations in the amount of summer sea ice during the last 10,000 years,” Svend Funder, team leader of the study, said in a press release. [Read more...]

BP Disaster One Year Later

When news of the disastrous BP oil well explosion reached the residents of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana last April, Mayor Tim Kerner did the only thing he could think of to stop the oil from destroying his community. He encouraged everyone in his town to join him on the water, working day and night throughout the disaster to clean-up the spill.

Now, one year after BP managed to cap the runaway well that fouled the Gulf of Mexico with an estimated five million barrels of oil, most of those people are ill.

“I’m afraid my neighbors will come to me and say, I wouldn’t have listened to you and kept my job if I knew it would kill me,” Kerner said. [Read more...]

More Than A Third Of Freshwater Fish Threatened With Extinction

British scientists have warned that freshwater fish have become the most endangered group of animals on the planet, with more than a third threatened with extinction.

Among those at the greatest risk of dying out are several species from rivers and lakes in UK including the European eel, Shetland charr and many little known fish that have become isolated in remote waterways in Wales and Scotland.

Others critically endangered include types of sturgeon, which provide some of the world’s most expensive caviar, and giant river dwellers such as the Mekong giant catfish and freshwater stingray, which can grow as long as 15 feet. [Read more...]

Miraculous! Dolphin Healing Powers May Help Humans

What miracles is Mother Nature hiding from us? Look no further than the bottlenose dolphin for a little bit of inspiration. At least that’s what a researcher at the Georgetown University Medical Center suggests.

Michael Zasloff has published a letter in the July 21 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, in which he recounts several documented incidents of serious injuries to dolphins, presumably inflicted by sharks. These bites, some larger than a basketball, healed in weeks without leaving the dolphins disfigured, without causing them apparent pain, and without becoming visibly infected.

“If I saw this in a human being, I wouldn’t believe it,” Zasloff said. “It should awe us. You have an animal that has evolved in the ocean without hands or legs, which swims faster than we can, has intelligence that perhaps equals our social and emotional complexity, and its healing is almost alien compared to what we are capable of.” [See images of healing dolphins] [Read more...]

How Dairy Farms Contribute To Greenhouse Gas Emissions

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have produced the first detailed data on how large-scale dairy facilities contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases. This research was conducted by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists at the ARS Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Laboratory in Kimberly, Idaho.

ARS is USDA’s principal intramural scientific research agency, and these studies support the USDA priority of responding to climate change.

ARS soil scientist April Leytem led the year-long project, which involved monitoring the emissions of ammonia, carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide from a commercial dairy with 10,000 milk cows in southern Idaho. The facility had 20 open-lot pens, two milking parlors, a hospital barn, a maternity barn, a manure solid separator, a 25-acre wastewater storage pond and a 25-acre compost yard. [Read more...]

The Black Patch Quickly Gets Larger, Until It Darkness Half The Sun

 An eclipse of the sun is a strange and rather awe-inspiring sight. At first one sees a clean-cut patch of darkness at the edge of one side of the sun, just as if some one had taken a small bite out of it. The black patch quickly gets larger, until it darkness half the sun, and then the sun appears in the shape of a crescent. The dark shadow goes on spreading over the rest of the sun’s surface, until the sun is altogether hidden, and one can see only its rays of light streaming off round its edge. It looks like a black sun, with a rig of light all round it.

This is called a total eclipse of the sun. It has a very strange effect. The atmosphere becomes dark as it does at twilight; birds think the night is coming, and they stop singing and go to sleep in the trees. Some animals creep away into their hiding places as they do at sunset; while the night-birds and the beasts that prey at night, stir themselves and come out. [Read more...]