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China starts moving away from coal-based energy - The Spokesman-Review

China starts moving away from coal-based energy - The Spokesman-Review | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
BEIJING – China announced Thursday that it will ban new coal-fired power plants in three key industrial regions around Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in its latest bid to combat the country’s notorious air pollution.
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This is a HUGE step in a cleaner tomorrow as China is said to be one of the largest (if not the largest) economic producers in the world within the next few years. 

 

- Mickey D

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Nissan creates the world’s fastest electric racing car

Nissan creates the world’s fastest electric racing car | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Going green in the fast lane: find out more about Nissan’s ZEOD RC - an electric car like no other…
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I found this interesting because it shows how great the possibility of greener transport in the future is, even in the racing world. 

- Mickey D 

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SMA Sets Milestone: The First Solar Diesel Hybrid Project in the Megawatts in South Africa Goes into Operation

SMA Sets Milestone: The First Solar Diesel Hybrid Project in the Megawatts in South Africa Goes into Operation | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) has equipped the first off-grid solar diesel hybrid power plant generating power in the megawatt range in South Africa with inverters and intelligent system management.
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The fact that such technology is operating in South Africa shows that this country is close to, if not, on par with the world technologically.

 

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HYBRID PEDAGOGY - digital journey of learning, technology and teaching

HYBRID PEDAGOGY - digital journey of learning, technology and teaching | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of learning, teaching, and technology that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This article is important in showing how change will not simply occur because of the creation of new technology. There needs to be some paradigm shift in the way people think.

 

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Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Now Officially Revealed

Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Now Officially Revealed | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it

The Toyota Prius is the world’s best-selling hybrid by a wide margin, but that doesn’t make it an exciting car. Now the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R, which combines Le Mans racing technology with a compact economy car, that’s a hybrid worth some hype. The 420 horsepower hot hatchback has broken cover; but does Toyota dare build it?


Via SustainOurEarth
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Interesting to note that there is new technology out, this clearly means that the use of hybrid technology is still growing steadily. Insightful as it shows how Toyota is taking this seriously

 

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SA set to profit from wind power

SA set to profit from wind power | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Strong government backing for renewable energy has given a much-needed boost to wind farms.
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Some insight into the wind farms currently being set up around south africa as part of a renewable energy innitiative. They wanted to set some up near grahamstown too but local game farmers protested due to the unnatural look of the turbines.

 

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Solar Panels Return to the White House

Solar Panels Return to the White House | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Obama makes good on his pledge to bring solar back

Via Marcus
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Perhaps it would be interesting to see what our national leadership are doing i.t.o alternative energy?
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P&T Bullshit! 113 - Environmental Hysteria

The copyright belongs to Penn&Teller and Showtime. I just love the show.and try to spread the word. If you like it too, please support the authors by buying ...
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I think this is really old, but the way it shows how ignorant people who take up causes are is interesting. There is another one on PETA which is good. Also, hippies.

 

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Panda poop power

Panda poop power | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
GIANT PANDAS are well known for being rather different from other bears. Having a diet composed almost entirely of bamboo is one of the things that sets them apart....
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I found this article humorously interesting. The coming together of science and technology as well as a biological process (defecation) to aid in a cleaner environment, and also to make sure the Giant Panda bear does not become extinct.

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Global warming, ethanol, and will-o-wisp solutions

Global warming, ethanol, and will-o-wisp solutions | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
John Abraham: Contrary to common perceptions, corn-based ethanol is a useful technology on the road to reducing carbon emissions
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This article is beneficial to discussing ways in which carbon emissions, usage of fertilizer, and water can be reduced in the long-term; thereby considerably improving the environment.

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Room with a View: Transforming Early Education Spaces with Simple Design Solutions

Room with a View: Transforming Early Education Spaces with Simple Design Solutions | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
When conjuring up an image of a preschool classroom, a space with bright, primary colors on every surface come to mind. But should this be the case? Studies have shown that a connection to nature t...

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Environmentally friendly bulids are the next thing

 

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Western Cape turns to sun for its power - Times LIVE

Latest news from South Africa, World, Politics, Entertainment and Lifestyle. The home of The Times and Sunday Times newspaper.
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This article is beneficial to discussing the impact renewable resources have not only to the environment but also to the economy as well as sustainability.

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Cracking up? Fake foods

How about for breakfast -- some nice artificial eggs that have been nowhere near a chicken, farm or any other animal? Report by Helen Wellings.
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This video is about the new artificial egg that is made from plants. I think it is an interesting story because of how it will impact our future if we consume this and the impacts it will have on chickens and farmers etc.

 

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SOUTH AFRICA: Status of Marine Fisheries Resources Report 2012 published

SOUTH AFRICA: Status of Marine Fisheries Resources Report 2012 published | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it

The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries has published the 2012 Status of the South African Marine Resources Report earlier this month.

 

According to a recent United Nations report, more than two-thirds of the world's fisheries have been overfished or are fully harvested and more than one third are in a state of decline due to the loss of fish habitats, soaring pollution levels in oceans and rivers, and climate change.

 

Further statistics reveal that global main marine fish stocks are in a state of crisis, increasingly pressured by overfishing and environmental degradation. The United Nations report further indicates that fishing is central to the livelihood and food security of over 200 million people, especially in the developing world, while one of five people on this planet depends on fish as the primary source of protein.

 

In South Africa the  fisheries sector is worth around six billion rand per annum and directly employs, in the commercial sector, some 27 000 people. 

 

Thousands more and their families depend on these resources for food and the basic needs of life.  Within the context of food security, regular scientific work to understand the dynamics of these resources and the provision of reasonably accurate assessments of their status is therefore important for information-based management to ensure that these resources can be utilized sustainably. While research alone cannot prevent stocks from crashing, it remains one of the key components of the overall management system which includes resource management and monitoring, control and surveillance.

 

The 2012 Status Report confirms that South Africa stocks show no exception to global deteriorating trends as local wild resources generally continue to decline. 

 

Abalone stocks remains in a depleted to heavily depleted state as the resources continues to decline due to increasing levels of poaching and ecological factors.

 

Linefish resources range from heavily depleted to optimal states depending on species, but there are signs of a positive response of some species to the emergency management measures implemented in 2000. Given the low population sizes of many other linefish species, however, present management measures are expected to assist to allow stock sizes to increase.

 

The West Coast rock lobster resource show some signs of recovery under the current operational management procedure. Deep-water hake remain depleted but the status of this resource is improving, whereas shallow-water hake are considered optimal to abundant. The implementation of precautionary management approaches in the hake fishery in recent years has resulted in a faster than-anticipated recovery of deep-water hake. Harders, which are the main target of the beach-seine and gillnet fisheries, remain in a depleted to heavily depleted state. Environmental anomalies and Illegal netting have impacted on the recruitment of the species in recent years.

 

The abundance of Agulhas sole has remained relatively constant over the past 15 years and this resource is considered to be abundant.

 

Cape horse mackerel have increased in abundance in recent years due to good recruitment, and the stock is considered to be in an optimal state.

The status of Patagonian toothfish remains unknown although some data suggest that this resource is depleted and may be declining. The total allowable catch (TAC) for 2011/2012 has been reduced by 20%.

 

Small pelagic resources are in optimal or abundant states and fishing pressure is optimal to light. Recruitment of all three species was relatively low in 2011 and the anchovy stock is at the lowest level observed during the past 15 years, but sardine and round herring stocks continue to increase.

 

As wild stocks continue to decline, aquaculture is growing more rapidly than all other animal food producing sectors – and recent figures from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicate that around 80 million tonnes of fish and seafood are caught globally each year.

 

South Africa is among the global fishing nations who have identified the challenges within their fishing industries. With twenty two commercial fisheries sectors and new fisheries being explored and experimented with, South Africa has two fishery sector components. The one component is the wild capture fisheries which include commercial, recreational and small scale fisheries each with their own specific research and management mandates whilst the other component is the aquaculture (fish farming) sector which is considered underdevelopment and as a result been prioritised due to declining wild stocks.

 

Overall, fisheries and aquaculture support the livelihoods of an estimated 540 million people, or eight percent of the world population, according to the FAO.  People have never eaten as much fish and more people than ever are employed in or depend on the sector.

 

For more information, contact:
Lionel Adendorf
Tel: +27 21 402 3702
Cell: +27 76 267 5838
E-mail: LionelA@daff.gov.za

 

Issued by: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
27 Dec 2012


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Good reasource for crediby statistics on seafood and fish industry in South Africa.

 

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Hong Kong Drops Shark Fin From Official Menus

Hong Kong Drops Shark Fin From Official Menus | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
The authorities, yielding to years of pressure from environmental groups, also applied the curbs to bluefin tuna and black moss, a type of algae.

Via Kathy Dowsett
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Interesting article. It seems like it could supplement towards a topic on the seafood industry in relation to endangered species of fish.

 

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WesBank Press Room

WesBank Press Room | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
At WesBank we've turned our more than 40 years of first hand experience into expertise. We offer a comprehensive range of innovative finance products, value added Insurance products as well as fleet management solutions and services.
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This shows that there is a gradual increase in the sales on hybrid cars in South Africa. I find this particularly interesting because it seems we are following the world trend

 

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New York City Cleans up With Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Discover how New York City uses natural gas, biodiesel, and hybrid electric trucks.
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Shows how this technology is used to help the environment in 'first world' countries. This video shows the plight of hybrid technology.

 

S. Gaxamba

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New York City Cleans up With Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Discover how New York City uses natural gas, biodiesel, and hybrid electric trucks.
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Shows how this technology is used to help the environment in 'first world' countries. This video shows the plight of hybrid technology.

 

S. Gaxamba

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Twitchers flocking to see rare bird saw it killed by wind turbine - Telegraph

Twitchers flocking to see rare bird saw it killed by wind turbine - Telegraph | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Scores of twitchers flocked to the Outer Hebrides to see a bird that has been recorded just eight times previously in the UK in nearly 170 years - only to see it slain by a wind turbine.
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The dangers of alternative energy. There really isn't much else to say. 

 

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How Panda Poop May Hold the Secret to Better Biofuels

Read more at http://cenm.ag/panda. Mississippi State researchers are studying panda poo at the Memphis Zoo in search of better ways to turn plants into biofu...
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The vegetarian panda, secret to better renewable energy.

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Poor to reap big benefits from Port Elizabeth wind farm

Poor to reap big benefits from Port Elizabeth wind farm | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Port Elizabeth community to get a stake in MetroWind Van Stadens project, which will bring power to about 6,000 homes, writes Mark Allix
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I found this article to be intersting in that, not only will the windfarm provide solar energy (renewable source) and in the process reducing carbon-dioxide emissions, electricity will be affordable for the community. The residents also have an investment with this project which will reap big return.

This project is the result of the private sector, public sector as well as a community working together.

-N.Khuzwayo

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Tuna closely related to some of the strangest fish in the sea

Tuna closely related to some of the strangest fish in the sea | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Some of the strangest fish in the sea are closely related to dinner table favorites the tunas and mackerels, an international team of scientists has found.

Via Maria Nunzia @Varvera
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Be careful of what you consume

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Chinese school shut after students fall sick due to pollution

Chinese school shut after students fall sick due to pollution | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
A school in eastern China has been shut down after a number of students started bleeding from nose due to harmful emissions from adjacent factories.

Via Cyril Cassisa
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I find this article intersting because soe factories just done realise how harmful their fumes can be people

 

-Sphiwe

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Cyril Cassisa's curator insight, September 9, 2013 1:49 AM

Has the link with the industrial emissions been proved or is it only bad quality renovation of the school building ? Anyway, public health consideration in China is never taken as a priority. Hope people may, in the future, be able to keep diffusing information on the internet.

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Phonebloks

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PHONEBLOKS.COM & THUNDERCLAP.IT ARE OVERLOADED OFFLINE!! NICE SUPPORT :D PLEASE COME BACK TOMORROW AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! A phone only lasts a couple of year...
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A fascinating video that shows how we could change technology completely and combat e-waste in the near future. Also a very interesting use of social media in attempt to get funding for this great idea.

-L Dixon-Paver

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