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This is a great source for my article as it shows the importance of recycling and the reasons for recycling. The article also shows the methods used when recycling medical wastage and the results for recycling in the healthcare industry.
This article points out that while this may go some way to reduce the market for rhino horns, there are some serious ethical concerns when the people that are being poisened aren't the "real" criminals. Could be useful when looking at how far we are willing to go to protect the environment.
While solar energy was currently cheaper than energy derived from diesel plants and generators that were often used as a substitute to conventional coal-fired power, it remained more expensive than coal-fired electricity generation.
The controversy surrounding blood diamonds in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has made headlines over the past decade, but a relatively obscure mineral is also prompting international concern.
This article is about Coltan also known as columbite-tantalite that is found in the DRC. This mineral resource is pushing rebels for force men, women and children to mine it under harsh conditions at gunpoint. This article also speaks about possible ways to combat the problem such as the CFS program and other places this mineral can be found.
The next time you're considering a new techno gadget purchase, you might want to research whether coltan is involved. Coltan is short for
This is an article that was published 3 years ago about the use of coltan in cell phones. It is interesting because since then the use of devices has increased and people still do not know the suffering that people in DRC go through in order to make coltan available...
A very insight and interesting video showing the dangers and effects of fluoridation in water. With the water crisis we are being faced with not just in Grahamstown, but around the world it is important to know what's in the water we drink.
Woolworths South Africa has announced a commitment that includes sourcing wild-caught seafood from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fisheries. Woolworths first introduced a Sustainable Seafood Policy to their operations in 2008 and in 2012 partnered with the MSC in a consumer focused joint marketing campaign across all of their South African stores.
The campaign aimed to raise the profile of the MSC ecolabel on products in Woolworths’ canned, frozen and chilled seafood ranges. They have since implemented a business-wide ‘Fishing for the Future’ programme and continue to cement their position as the retailer with the widest choice of sustainably sourced and traceable seafood products in the country.
Corporate Propaganda - Fox News Sells Fracking as 'Incredibly Good for Our Environment"
Fox News ladies and gentlemen... This is the important part:
“…fracking is actually incredibly good for our environment, and there’s two reasons. One is that this rock right here [holds up a piece of black oil shale rock], this exists 5000 feet away from ground water, so the last thing that’s going to contaminate your ground water is a fracking operation. But #2, look at the places in the world with the best environments. They’re the places that use the most energy, because nature doesn’t give us a clean environment. We have to clean it up, that takes a lot of energy to purify the water, to grow crops, to make the word a better place, and that’s why I titled my book, Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet.”
Solar panel costs are down 60% since early 2011, driving US solar power growth through the roof.
While this article is about the Solar Panel market in the US, I think that a lot of what it says can be adapted to a South African context. The Massive drop in price clearly shows how alternative energy systems are becoming much cheaper to produce as we become more familiar with the technology, which may be useful to bring into any article that is trying to show off alternative energy as viable.
Google today announced that it is investing $12 million in a 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in South Africa. This marks Google's first renewable energy investment in Africa and its 12th overall renewable energy investment.
Apart from curbing South Africa's gigantic carbon footprint and being a reliable and cost-effective source of power, solar energy will create thousands of much-needed jobs if the government plays its cards right.
"The South African government plans to eventually install 1 450 Megawatt (MW) of solar PV through the initial RE IPP program before 2014. According to international research, every MW of solar generates 30 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs of which less than ten for production. The installation phase of plants alone would lead to at least 29 000 jobs (FTE)," says Edwin Koot, CEO of SolarPlaza. "The maintenance phase of solar plants creates another 1 450 employment opportunities. These downstream jobs are mainly local."
Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu.
This is a compelling analysis of the agricultural food system through the case-study of fish farms. If we fish the seas like we clear-cut forests, the biodiversity of the world's waters will be seriously depleted. That has been the economic model for fishing for hundreds of years and it is obviously not sustainable given the growing population and demand for fish. However, not all "sustainable" fish farming businesses are equal, and this TED talk demonstrates some of the best practices to restructure the food industry for the best food and environmental results.
The plant described in this article may be the way of curbing carbon emissions but it also has its faults which leave can poison the land. its potential benefits are discussed in this article as well as how it could be potentially deadly to the land.
Interesting to note the release of an energy-efficient Ferrari which has always had the reputation of a fuel-burning car. A step in the right direction for hybrid technology, but is this something that will eventually lead to reduced use of petrol all over the world, where does this leave countries that cannot afford such technologies? That aside, such an invention creates optimism for this technology.
Two hospitals recently transformed their roofs into living gardens, reducing their carbon footprint while also providing a healing green space for patients.
Last fall, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pa., and Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, became the latest medical facilities to add green roofs to their buildings, not only for aesthetic reasons but also to provide better insulation and stormwater management. Both hospitals used the modular LiveRoof hybrid system (...)
“Views of natural landscapes have a positive effect on emotional and mental health,” said Ryan Jones, vice president of support services at Aultman Hospital. “Some studies have even shown that patients who have a view of green space have lower levels of stress and anxiety and recover more quickly.”
The green roofs at both hospitals also provide environmental benefits, including the ability to absorb rainwater and reduce runoff. The plants and soil also shield the underlying structural roof from UV radiation and reduce temperature extremes, which can help extend the service life of the roof.
A hospital in Ohio has found a way of reducing its carbon footprint by creating garden roofs, which I think is very smart but can be expensive at the same time. However it does save the environment and better the health of the patients.
Google Street View Oceans takes you through the coral reefs of the world.
Google is expanding Google Earth in the hope of boosting public awareness about the deteriorating health of coral reefs as a result of pollution, climate change and overfishing. This is really amazing as anyone in the world with access to the internet can see these images.
Tonnes of e-waste from Bangalore and across India are shipped to Singapore, Belgium and Japan. For the country doesn’t have a single fullfledged unit capable of extracting precious metals like gold, silver and platinum from it.
Interesting article on how e-waste is smelted to retrieve precious metals.
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