When work comes on vacation

first_imgThe credit – or culprit, depending on one’s view – is in part today’s array of devices that can easily keep people digitally tethered to workplaces, friends and family. The electronic gear was most commonly brought along by younger people – one in four below age 40 brought laptops, compared with 15 percent of those 50 to 64 and even less for older people. Reasons vacationers performed work-related tasks include an expectation that they be available; a worry about missing important information; or in some cases the enjoyment of staying involved, according to analysts and some of those surveyed. “I’m the final guy, so I make sure my customers are happy,” said Don Schneider, 43, a plumbing contractor from Buena Park, who also runs an online business that supplies video equipment for plumbers. Schneider says he limits his holiday check-ins to about a half-hour daily and tries to do it unobtrusively so he won’t annoy family and friends, making calls from his hotel room or car. Nineteen percent said they worked on their vacation even though they were technically off. WASHINGTON – Sun block. Beach umbrella. Laptop. One in five people toted laptop computers on their most recent vacations, an AP-Ipsos poll released Friday said. Along with the 80 percent who said they brought along their cell phones, the survey shows that going on vacation no longer means being out of the electronic loop. Sizable numbers are interrupting their unwinding time to check in at the office and, even more so, to keep up with the social buzz. About one in five said they did some work while vacationing, and about the same number checked office messages or called in to see how things were going, the poll showed. Twice as many checked their e-mail, while 50 percent kept up with other personal messages such as voice mail. Twenty percent said they checked work messages like voice mail, and another 15 percent said they called to check in. “It’s like a cloud hanging over my head until I get it done,” Lee Ann Harrison, 37, a third-grade teacher from Halls, Tenn., said of the work she did on a family trip to Southaven, Miss., for her young son’s baseball team. She said she found herself grading papers “between games, somewhere in the shade.” Men – particularly white men – were the likeliest to have checked for messages or worked while on vacation. Higher-educated and higher-earning people were also likelier to do work-related tasks, in part reflecting the demands of professional or managerial jobs. “Increasingly, especially when you’re in a managerial sort of role, it’s very difficult to walk away from the job totally given the communications technology we have today,” said Suzanne Bianchi, who chairs the University of Maryland’s sociology department and said she checks in about weekly while off. Some, such as attorney Barry Eisenson, 64, of Hollywood, Fla., said it would probably be more stressful not to check in while away. He said he stayed in touch with his office during a cruise to Alaska last year but had trouble getting through while sailing off the state’s panhandle, “so I rested.” People under age 40 were likeliest to check their personal e-mails, voice mails or other messages from vacation spots. But people checking for work-related messages tended to be a bit older, perhaps reflecting the greater work responsibilities that can come with age. “Men in their late 40s and early 50s, middle managers, feel they can’t afford to miss something, and a vacation is secondary to them in terms of importance,” said Geoffrey Godbey, professor of leisure studies at Penn State University. The AP-Ipsos poll had not previously asked about people’s work habits while on vacation. A Fox News-Opinion Dynamics poll in August 2005 had comparable figures to the AP’s on those checking in from vacation. “There are a lot of things about work that are very pleasurable,” John Robinson, a University of Maryland sociologist who has studied time use, said of staying in touch during vacation. “The question is, is it something you want to do or feel obligated to do?” Overall, about six in 10 in the AP-Ipsos poll said they were planning a vacation trip in the next year, with men a bit likelier than women to express that expectation. About half said they had taken one in the past year. Seven in 10 women and half of men said they had read a book on their most recent vacation. About three in four men, and six in 10 women, said they had read a newspaper. The AP-Ipsos poll was conducted May 15-17 and included telephone interviews with 1,000 randomly chosen adults. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. For the responses from the 523 people who said they took vacations in the last year, the margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Nations falling short of emissions cuts set by Paris climate pact analysis

first_imgNations that signed off on the Paris climate pact are struggling to control emissions of warming gases, such as those emitted by this steel mill in Germany. Email Nations falling short of emissions cuts set by Paris climate pact, analysis finds After a three-year period of stabilization, the report found that global carbon emissions are on the rise, leading to an “emissions gap”—the gap between anticipated emission levels in 2030 compared with levels consistent with limiting global warming to 2°C and 1.5°C.In short, it’s the difference between what nations need to do and what they’re actually doing to prevent dangerous levels of climate change.There is still a small window to keep global temperature increases below 2°C; the one for achieving the 1.5°C goal is even smaller. However, if the emissions gap is not closed by 2030, temperatures will likely rise more than 2°C, according to the report.The findings come shortly after a major U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warned of catastrophic climate consequences within decades.“If the IPCC report represented a global fire alarm, this report is the arson investigation,” said U.N. Environment Programme Deputy Executive Director Joyce Msuya.“The science is clear; for all the ambitious climate action we’ve seen—governments need to move faster and with greater urgency. We’re feeding this fire while the means to extinguish it are within reach,” she said.Yesterday’s report urged G-20 nations to raise their original Paris emissions reduction targets by three times to meet the 2°C threshold and by five times to meet the 1.5°C mark.The authors of the report stated in a press release that the kind of drastic, large-scale action the planet desperately needs has yet to be seen, even though global emissions have reached record levels at 53.5 billion metric tons in 2017, with no signs of peaking.Cities, states, the private sector and other nonfederal entities may be best placed to take bold actions on climate change. According to the report, the globe may need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 19 billion metric tons by 2030 to close the 2°C gap.“All countries need to work to bring down their emissions, but the biggest impacts will come from the top four emitters—China, the United States, the European Union, and India—which together account for more than 56% of all the greenhouse gases that were emitted over the last decade,” the report states.China is still the single biggest emissions contributor—accounting for 27%—although there are signs that the country could be nearing its peak.On the other hand, the United States and European Union are responsible for more than one-fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions.“If we act quickly, it’s still possible for us to meet the Paris Agreement’s more ambitious goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C,” the report states.Rep. Frank Pallone (D–NJ), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said in a statement that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has been undermining U.S. efforts to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions.“If we do not bring greenhouse gas emissions under control, we will subject ourselves to even worse climate change consequences than we are experiencing now,” Pallone said.He added, “The U.S. could and should be leading a global effort to transition the world’s economy in a cleaner, more sustainable direction.”Reprinted from Climatewire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2018. E&E provides essential news for energy and environment professionals at www.eenews.net. 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Environment Programme report released yesterday found that Group of 20 nations will fall short of the Paris Agreement’s goals unless they take drastic measures to get back on track. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Lukas Schulze/Getty Images last_img read more

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