Eleven rhino have been poached in KwaZulu-Natal in the past 20 days, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said on Tuesday.
The carcasses of eight rhino, seven white and one black, were found in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Six were recently shot on the park’s western shores, and the other two along the eastern shores.
Two white rhino were found dead in the uMsuluzi Community Conservation Area, near Colenso. The other rhino, which was reported a week ago, was killed in the Weenen Nature Reserve.
Ezemvelo CEO Bandile Mkhize said this was “depressing”. However, he would keep working to tighten security.
“We will not drop our heads. However heartsore I feel today, we will fight with everything we’ve got to track down these criminals.
“No one can point fingers, but it would appear that these attacks came at a time when we were a little vulnerable, especially in the western shores area that has a 100km long boundary.” READ MORE
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Warming is still on track, however, to breach a goal set by governments around the world of limiting the increase in temperatures to below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, unless tough action is taken to limit rising greenhouse gas emissions.
“The most extreme rates of warming simulated by the current generation of climate models over 50- to 100-year timescales are looking less likely,” the University of Oxford wrote about the findings in the journal Nature Geoscience.
The rate of global warming has slowed after strong rises in the 1980s and 1990s, even though all the 10 warmest years since reliable records began in the 1850s have been since 1998.
The slowdown has been a puzzle because emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases have continued to rise, led by strong industrial growth in China.
Examining recent temperatures, the experts said that a doubling of carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere above pre-industrial times – possible by mid-century on current trends – would push up temperatures by between 0.9 and 2.0 degrees Celsius (1.6 and 3.6F).
That is below estimates made by the UN panel of climate scientists in 2007, of a rise of between 1 and 3 degrees Celsius (1.8-5.4F) as the immediate response to a doubling of carbon concentrations, known as the transient climate response. READ MORE
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“This is an exciting milestone in Eskom’s move towards a cleaner energy mix,” Eskom CEO Brian Dames said in a statement.
“Sere is our first, large-scale, renewable energy project. It demonstrates our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and to investing in a sustainable energy future.”
The licence would allow Eskom to start construction of the R2.4 billion project which was expected to deliver its first power to the national grid in the first half of 2014, with full commercial operation by the end of 2014.
Sere is the Nama word for “cool breeze”.
Eskom said the wind-farm, to be located near Koekenaap, would generate up to 100MW of power for the national grid, and would avoid nearly 4.7 million tons of carbon emissions over 20 years. READ MORE
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Every living thing needs water. It is the source of life. It is needed in our daily activities like cooking, bathing, cleaning and a lot more. Every day, we use the clean tap water that comes from our faucets which is included in our household bills. If we try to think outside the box and try to consider other sources where we can get water, then comes in our mind is the rainwater. It is free and abundant, and it certainly has its usefulness if we simply know how to recycle it. Recycling rainwater is a practical way to conserve water to lessen water bills and would also help us appreciate its importance to our environment. Here is some method to recycle rainwater:
The most inexpensive method is to use empty containers like jugs, cans or gallons. Just place these containers right below your roof gutter where the rainwater falls and these will fill in the containers. Just remember to thoroughly clean your roof and gutters of dirt and other debris to ensure cleanliness of rainwater filling your containers.
You can also make use of a large container tank to collect the rainwater. Although a bit costly because you have to buy one that is made of steel and fiber glass for more durability plus some pumping system and installation, it is still considered useful in the long run. The recycled rainwater collected in the tank can be used for cleaning the bathrooms, cleaning the surrounding areas and for watering plants. READ MORE
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Most business owners have a lot to focus on when building their business, especially a retail business. A retail business usually focuses on selling items for the public. As a business owner, there are several things you can do to make your retail business eco-friendly not just for your company but for the public as well. These tips can help your business save money, resources, and encourage customers to focus on being eco-friendly as well. These tips will also help your business stand out among the competition.
Focus on eco-friendly products
Invest in providing and selling eco-friendly products to your customers. You can find suppliers or manufacturers who use eco-friendly materials or raw materials to produce and design your products. This may be somewhat time-consuming but there are eco-friendly suppliers available. You can do a Google search for these suppliers, or ask other business associates if they know of any eco-friendly suppliers.
Once you find an echo-friendly supplier, you can do a search for the types of materials they provide to make sure they are actually using echo-friendly products. Then you can advertise to your customers or the public that your products stand out because they are high quality echo-friendly products that are not only beneficial to the customer but the environment as well. READ MORE
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