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On our planet are many environmental problems. We discussed a lot of the most pressing problems of our world in this course. We learned about health problems which are a result of the exponential increasing world population. We learned that the southern hemisphere of our planet – especially Africa has still significant problems with chronic and lethal diseases. But also the developed countries like Europe and America has major issues in water pollution.
I learned that a comprehensive view overall topics in this course the whole apparatus of our planet is a big cycle. All problems are a logical result of other issues. Maybe, some obstacles lead to the none solving of the root causes. For much problems of our modern civilization, people just integrating workarounds and non-sustainable solutions. But this results in other issues. The work on quick and dirty answers result in an endless cycle until the people begin to think and integrate real solutions which are solving the cause.
First of all, I would try to improve the public transport system in my city. Optimize bus lines and integrate strategies which could improve the usability of our system. Later we should focus on improving the parking and street system. Much planning makes at the moment no sense here. Many one-way streets and senseless traffic guidance also makes a heavier traffic and result in detours of this.
We have a lot of road signs, about the half of them are not required.
After improving the traffic system, we can integrate greener areas in our city. Just more lawns, green areas, and plants result in a better feeling of the people and make them happier. Green areas also have a positive long-term impact on our air pollution. Wes should optimized use all possible areas. So we can use the roof of flat buildings for growing some plants and also use facades of buildings. We can develop a system to use the facades without destroying of the surface and protection against moisture accumulation.
A possible step is also the try to use regenerable energy sources in my city. We can move step by step to solar power for public buildings. Why not use the roofs or free space of the governmental buildings to produce cheap and renewable energy? The government should be an example for public problems. For our street lighting, we can use solar street lamps. The investment costs are after some years above the break-even point. The savings are much. Every night the street lights consume much electricity which is a good example of the senseless waste of energy.
In Germany, there is a good example for preventing innovative solutions. My former boss tried to implement the solar lamps in Germany, but the buro-crazy and ununderstandable regulations prevent it. The problem was that our law says a street light require a connection by cable to receive energy. So, why this on a solar lamp which should work without wired power? We could make dispute that in the case of battery problems (which is usually impossible even the battery is without function) we have a backup powering of the lamp. But on traditional street lights, we often have defectives. We have also light on cars and if one single lamp lights or not does not concern. It is easy to implement a self-diagnostic solution in the street lighting, and a, for example, secure system for self-controlling via RFID or just an indicator led on the light case with the battery status is easy to apply and also to check. A regular check in intervals is no problem and just cheaper than powered solutions.
We have many options. Also, we have people who are thinking sustainable all over the world. Some inventions are ready for use and testing, but it lacks on our government. The government is often not considering reliable, or the government can not handle because there are law regulations which prevent the integrating of innovative solutions. So our law is against our self.
The people should also begin to handle; they should break out of their treadmill and began to change (break out) some laws. If we are work together, we can do great things and find appropriate solutions for significant problems. Big problems often require massive changes.
Just do it.
Reflect on environmental issues you learned about in this course so far. What have been the most important decisive experiences or convincing arguments in shaping your own attitudes?
Congratulations! You are in charge of your own city. List three strategies to make you city more environmentally sustainable. Explain each strategy.
Please answer both questions.
Your answer should be between 700–900 words long and should include introduction and conclusion sections.
Harvey Picker (December 8, 1915 – March 22, 2008) was an American businessman, educator, inventor, and philanthropist. He was the founder, along with his wife, Jean, of the Boston-based Picker Institute, whose goal was to promote patient-centered healthcare.
Picker’s father, James, founded Picker X-ray, which was acquired by General Electric Co. Ltd. of England in 1981, which produced air-dropped X-ray labs for the Army in World War II and the Korean War. The younger Harvey led the company into such pioneering fields as cobalt treatment for cancer and ultrasound and nuclear imaging diagnostics. He remained with the company from 1946-1968.
At age 50, Picker sold the family business and earned his doctorate. He worked briefly in the diplomatic service, taught political science at Colgate University. Between 1972-1983 he served as dean of Columbia University‘s School of International and Public Affairs.
Dr. and Mrs. Picker believed that the American health care system was technologically and scientifically outstanding, but overall was not sensitive to patients’ concerns and their comfort. Thus, in 1986, they founded the Picker Institute — a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing a patient-centered approach to healthcare — and in 2000 founded the Picker Institute Europe.
Jean Picker, who died in 1990, served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations and was a journalist for Life Magazine.
The Picker Institute ceased operations in January 2013.
- staff (15 January 2014). “Picker Institute ceases operations after three decades”. penbaypilot.com. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
- Listing from Picker Institute’s Website
- 1995 Article from Columbia University Record
- 2006 Article from The Times On-Line
- 2006 Article from Colgate University News
- Article from the Colgate Scene On-Line
- Obituary: New York Times
I worked for Picker Xray briefly, before the “acquisition”. As in many industries, in medical imaging the competition was daunting, and the field of competition shrank rapidly due to mergers and acquisitions. In the radiology division of a large hospital, each manufacturer’s equipment had a different color. All were off-white, but one was slightly blue, another had a pink cast to it. Picker equipment, as I remember, was pale green. Maybe GE (the American company) was pink, Philips blue, and I believe there were others. I was not familiar with the Picker name as a newby, and I have always been one to ask lots of questions. What I heard from innumerable radiologists was always, “Picker is the best,” “Picker is the Cadillac…” “Picker is the Rolls-Royce of xray equipment.” Being not totally new to technology companies, I asked my boss, who had worked for Picker for some time, “Why have I never heard of this company?” He said that Picker was well-known within the industry for being state-of-the-art, best-maintained. That the company put very little money into publicity, depending on their reputation to take care of sales, and applied that money instead to research & development, as well as safety, which was where I came in. As time went on, I learned that they also took VERY good care of their permanent personnel. When the end came, we were told that there were TWO transactions which took place: there was a merger of two companies, and separately there was an acquisition, possibly not in that order. We were told that at the top of the heap was GE of the UK (or Great Britain), which I was told, stood for “General Electronics”, rather than General Electric, as the very different American company is known.
All of this is based completely on my memory, which, even IF totally accurate, would certainly be Original Research: I have no other sources, whatsoever.
The question I have is about the WWII airdropped labs. This is the first I have heard of it. I do not doubt that it was done, but, clarify, please, by Picker, or by GE of GB?
I had hoped to find an article on the Picker Xray Company. I would create a stub, myself, had I even minimal sources. I have none. James Picker, as I remember, was a pharmacist who expanded his business into pharmaceutical supplies, and eventually included the very new realm of xray equipment, supplies and technology. Not exactly the Horatio Alger story, but certainly the American Dream. In the process, he provided his son sufficient education to do quite well himself, and in turn, to give back. In the past I have created such stubs. I believe they have all been deleted. There is a need, within this project, I admit, for deletionists. I am not one. Rags (talk) 13:06, 20 February 2016 (UTC)
Hi you have some more information maybe? I researched at moment about the history of our family…maybe it is helpful to improve the article? I also save a copy of this on my blog before someone deleting it… — Preceding unsigned comment added by Michelpicker (talk • contribs) 14:58, 2 January 2017 (UTC)
We should not delete the site: you can watch my ancestry for more information and sources; also we have a website here: http://prabook.com/web/person-view.html?profileId=759033 I also try to find more information btw. But it need time. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Michelpicker (talk • contribs) 15:01, 2 January 2017 (UTC)
I built a little idea paper (still only in German) about a company for producing my researched medications.
The idea paper was for a start-up competition in Germany (Thuringia).
For a great start of 2017 I recently added my research fields in the menu.
Later I will add my research results and some solution into these categories.
- Parkinsons disease
- Rheumatic diseases
- Mental disorders
- Radiation sickness
- Nursing sciences
- Environmental diseases (Escherichia Coli., indoor pollution, other)
- Educational science
- Environmental Sciences
- Renewable Energy