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Waste not

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Health Facilities Management, a publication of the American Hospital Association, is the most trusted and credible publication in its field.
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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.

 

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Rhino horn poison ‘extremely toxic’ - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za

Rhino horn poison ‘extremely toxic’ - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
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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.

 

-D. Hartley

 

 

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Nissan's latest green offering | Grocott's Mail Online

Nissan's latest green offering | Grocott's Mail Online | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
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I do not know how far off this is from hybrid technology, but I think Siya yo should take a look at this article. May or may not be beneficial to your article.

 

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Thank you so much Nicole. This article can actually be very helpful
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Solar energy to become cheaper than grid electricity in South Africa

Solar energy to become cheaper than grid electricity in South Africa | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
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.

Via Douglas Short
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giving hope for both an economical, friendly and now cheaper way to use electricity

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Douglas Short's curator insight, February 11, 2013 3:11 PM

PPA Energy forecasts the crossover to take place in 3-5 years. They make two assumptions: South African solar electricity costs will continue to decrease at 10% per year, and the national electric utility, Eskom, gets its requested annual 16% rate increase for the next five years.

 

I think at this point, any electric utility, almost anywhere in the world, that contemplates significant, continual price increases dies by its own hand. Customers have continually increasing alternatives and utilities cannot take them, and their purchases, for granted as in the past.

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Blood Minerals in the DRC: Coltan Conflict Minerals For Cell Phone and Laptop Technology

The main mineral in question is coltan which is short for columbite--tantalite. These mining operations are problematic because control is contested between ...
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This si a video showing coltan mining and the conditions of it as well as giving inside information of those who have to farm it and what the mineral is really used for...

 

 

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Animation of Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

Safe, cost-effective refinements in hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking), horizontal drilling and other innovations now allow for the production of ...
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Here is fracking from an oil companies perspective. it seems more like a PR scheme but its interesting to see the other side of the story

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Hydroponic Produce Farming

Hydroponic Produce Farming (Hydroponic Produce Farming: http://t.co/lDfiuP2MJR via @YouTube)

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Just a supplementary video for Hydroponic farming, and its benefits


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Coltan: a new blood mineral

Coltan: a new blood mineral | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
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.
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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.


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Blood Phones, Coltan and Gorillas

Blood Phones, Coltan and Gorillas | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
The next time you're considering a new techno gadget purchase, you might want to research whether coltan is involved. Coltan is short for
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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...

 

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Saving Lives and the Environment: Solar Power For Emergency Hospitals | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Saving Lives and the Environment: Solar Power For Emergency Hospitals | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
This is the kind of story that illustrates perfectly the beauty of solar power and alternative energy in general.

Via Flora Moon
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Very smart and sustainable method to use in saving the environment and lives, this could be a new way of generating energy in hospitals and prevent power-cuts.

 

- Aphiwe Khambule

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Fluoridation and the Environment (video 31min)

The actual science on fluoridation: its effect on salmon and the environment, efficacy for dental health, and safety for human consumption...


Via Sepp Hasslberger
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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.

 - Aphiwe Khambule

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We are the poisoners of the environment ... and ourselves as well. Alcoa Aluminium funded the studies proving fluoride "safe". It's a by-product of aluminium smeltering...

 

This excellent video adds another plank to the arguments against fluoridation of water, still prevalent in the US, the UK and Ireland, as well as other countries of the English speaking world. 

But lest we continental Europeans should be smugly content because here, the water is not fluoridated, let me remind you that the European Food Safety Authority, in its infinite wisdom, has included fluoride as an "approved substance" to be used in the manufacture of food supplements, while at the same time excluding a number of safe forms of real nutrients we DO need to stay healthy...

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E-waste is a 'global time bomb' › News in Science (ABC Science)

E-waste is a 'global time bomb' › News in Science (ABC Science) | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Urgent action is needed to stop the planet's ever-expanding pile of toxic electronic waste, says an international expert.
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E-waste dubbed a "time bomb" at international Clean Up 2013 conference. 

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SOUTH AFRICA - Woolworths strengthens seafood sustainability commitment

SOUTH AFRICA - Woolworths strengthens seafood sustainability commitment | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it

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.


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Good evidence for responsibly sourced seafood.

 

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Corporate Propaganda - Fox News Sells Fracking as 'Incredibly Good for Our Environment" - Waking Times « Waking Times

Corporate Propaganda - Fox News Sells Fracking as 'Incredibly Good for Our Environment" - Waking Times « Waking Times | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Corporate Propaganda - Fox News Sells Fracking as 'Incredibly Good for Our Environment"
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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.”


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Solar Panel Costs Drop 60% In US Since Early 2011, Can Now Power 1.5 Million US Homes - Cost of Solar

Solar Panel Costs Drop 60% In US Since Early 2011, Can Now Power 1.5 Million US Homes - Cost of Solar | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Solar panel costs are down 60% since early 2011, driving US solar power growth through the roof.
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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.

 

-D. Hartley

 

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Google Makes Its First Renewable Energy Investment In Africa, Puts $12M Toward South African Solar Plant | TechCrunch

Google Makes Its First Renewable Energy Investment In Africa, Puts $12M Toward South African Solar Plant | TechCrunch | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
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.

Via SWGi
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Africa finally getting a chance to get better environmentally friendly electricity from google, which may save Africa from many future problems

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South Africa. Switch to solar energy can create thousands of jobs

South Africa. Switch to solar energy can create thousands of jobs | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it

January 23, 2012

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."


Via Pol Bacquet
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Solar energy providing both a safer environment for the planet as well as creating much needed jobs for the country

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Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish

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.


Via Seth Dixon
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This is an interesting video on sustainable fish farming, it might be helpful to someone who wants to write about sustainable farming. Apologies, it is quite long

 

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Desert 'carbon farming' to curb CO2

Desert 'carbon farming' to curb CO2 | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Researchers say that planting large amounts of trees in deserts could cheaply and effectively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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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.

 

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Vertical, Hydroponic Farming the Future of Farming? – CleanTechnica | Aeroponics | Indoor Gardens | Hydroponics

Vertical, Hydroponic Farming the Future of Farming? – CleanTechnica | Aeroponics | Indoor Gardens | Hydroponics | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Blogged Vertical, Hydroponic Farming the Future of Farming?

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An interesting article on the potential economical as well as enviromental benifits of Hydroponic farming,

 

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Ferrari hybrid marks the beginning of the end for gas-powered automobiles

Ferrari hybrid marks the beginning of the end for gas-powered automobiles | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Why the gasoline engine is on the way out
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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.

 

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Green Roofs Help Brighten Up Hospital Stays

Green Roofs Help Brighten Up Hospital Stays | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it

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.

 


Via ddrrnt
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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.

 

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Hospital PVC Recycling Pilot Programme

Hospital PVC Recycling Pilot Programme | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it

Hospitals in two Australian states have recycled 15 tonnes of PVC waste, turning it into industrial hoses and non-slip floor mats.

 

The hospitals are part of a recycling programme, PVC Recovery in Hospitals, sponsored by the Vinyl Council of Australia in conjunction with manufacturers.

 

Plastics apparently make up about one third of hospital waste, and PVC makes up 25% of that.

 

It is hoped that the programme will expand rapidly now, with education packets prepared for the hospitals.


Via Adam Johnson
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An ideal article showing the importance of recycling in hospitals, because some of the products used in hospitals can be very harmful to the environment. 

 

- Aphiwe Khambule.

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Google Street View Conquers the Oceans [VIDEO]

Google Street View Conquers the Oceans [VIDEO] | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Google Street View Oceans takes you through the coral reefs of the world.
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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.


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Singapore, Japan get rich on Bangalore’s e-waste - The Times of India

Singapore, Japan get rich on Bangalore’s e-waste - The Times of India | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
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.
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Interesting article on how e-waste is smelted to retrieve precious metals.

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