G20 countries set to invest over $1.6tn in ‘fossil gas,’ jeopardising…

first_imgFeatured image: Stock New analysis finds G20 countries are investing heavily in fossil gas in direct contradiction  with Paris Agreement goals they have agreed to, according to a report titled ‘Debunked: The G20 Clean Gas Myth’.The report finds that G20 countries, in the absence of new policies, are set to see investment of over $1.6 trillion in new gas projects. If this investment takes place – and if Argentina’s Vaca Muerta shale gas reserves are developed – it would seriously jeopardise the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement.Paul Horsman, Greenpeace Andino Project Leader commented: “Opening more oil, gas and coal reserves condemns the world to more deadly climate impacts. Governments should take responsibility, keep to their Paris Agreement pledges, and stop spending billions of dollars to open even more reserves that neglect the rights of citizens and the environment. People are already paying with their lives and livelihoods for oil and gas extraction, only a shift to massively expand renewable energy sources will guarantee economic success and protect us and our children.”Published by Oil Change International and endorsed by over 20 organisations around the world, the report findings include:The concept of fossil gas as a “bridge fuel” to a stable climate is a myth. Emissions from existing gas fields, alongside existing oil and coal development, already exceed carbon budgets aligned with the Paris Agreement. Even if all coal mines were shut down tomorrow, the gas and oil in already-developed fields alone would take the world beyond the carbon budget for a 50% chance at staying below 1.5ºC of global warming.Despite this reality, G20 countries are projected to host investment of over $1.6 trillion in new gas projects by 2030. If this happens, emissions unlocked through 2050 would make it extremely difficult to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, which has been signed by all G20 members.Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International, commented: “The idea that fossil gas could be a bridge to clean energy dates back to the time when cell phones were tethered to briefcase-size batteries. Fossil gas today is just one more dirty energy source now completely bypassed by newer, cleaner, cheaper, and better technology. It’s time for the G20 to follow through on their commitment to end fossil fuel subsidies, and to begin to discuss how to limit production of all fossil fuels in line with the Paris Agreement’s goals.”Five countries – the United States, Russia, Australia, China, and Canada – are projected to be responsible for 75% of capital expenditures in gas production in G20 countries from 2018-2030.Argentina’s push to open massive shale gas deposits to investment risks undermining its commitment to the Paris Agreement and the work of the Energy Transitions Working Group during its G20 Presidency.Lidy Nacpil, Coordinator of the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development commented: “The world does not have the time nor the space to use gas as bridge or transition fuel. We need to fully decarbonise by 2050 if we are to have a good chance of preventing the climate crisis from reaching catastrophic levels. And that means phasing out the use of all fossil fuels as fast as possible. Those who argue for stepping up production and consumption of gas in the transition are either conveniently ignorant of the science or are deliberately deceptive.”Dr. Katherine Kramer, Climate Change Global Lead of Christian Aid said: “The G20 presents an opportunity for economically powerful countries to debunk the dangerous myth that fossil gas can act as a bridging fuel to a low carbon future. Fossil gas is a false solution, all the more egregious when there are sustainable renewable sources of energy that are cost-effective and provide energy access for the poorest people through using indigenous wind and solar. Why ‘bridge’ when you can leapfrog to truly clean energy?”Download ‘Debunked: The G20 Clean Gas Myth’.A partner report, ‘Debunked: The Promise of Argentina’s Vaca Muerta Shale Play,’ published by Greenpeace in Argentina, focuses on the myths surrounding the development of shale gas in Argentina, particularly the Vaca Muerta shale play. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector BRICS Finance and Policy Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Generation TAGSG20 countriesnatural gas Previous articleEgypt: Ministry to announce revised tariff structureNext articleWorld Bank provides funding for Morocco’s Noor-Midelt complex Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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1086 students to sit 2016 Grade Six National Assessment

first_img Share Sharing is caring! St Martin Primary School students celebrating the 2013 Grade Six National Assessment results (file photo)Roseau, Dominica – May 23, 2016…The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development will administer the annual Grade Six National Assessment (G6NA) on Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27, 2016.1086 students, 537 girls and 549 boys, are set to write the exams. This number represents a slight increase (3%) from last year when 1058 students sat the exam.The examinations are scheduled to begin at 8:00 am, with an assembly at 7:45, at 53 centers around the island.On day one, students will be tested on Language Arts and Social Studies, while on day two; Mathematics and Science will be administered. With the exception of language Arts, all exams will be single multiple-choice papers. The Language Arts examination will consist of two (2) components; a sixty (60) item multiple-choice paper and a composition paper.The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development advises parents that they are not allowed at testing centers while the examinations are in progress. Share Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary 1086 students to sit 2016 Grade Six National Assessment by: – May 23, 2016 Share 826 Views   one commentlast_img read more

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Tay Tung 4-peat NOPSCCEA girls volley champs

first_img Also part of the Ian Macariola-mentored team were Kiesha Bedonia, Katherine Cortez, Rhean Almendralejo, Aurea Alvero, Gwen Banas, Annika Cabasac, Sophie Cagalawan, Nicolei Galvan, Jermaine Joniega, Julianne Monares, Kathleen Tan, and Alijah Ysulan. “NOPSSCEA is one of the prestigious tournaments here in Negros. It is like the UAAP in Manila. So the girls really prepared hard for this since the start of the year,” Montalbo told Panay News. Bacolod Tay Tung High School. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERTO CALAMBA JR. Meanwhile, St. John’s Institute BabyFalcons needed just one game to clinch the U-12 category tiara with a victoryover the Trinity Christian School./PN Jose Montalbo, Tay Tung’s (team manager), said that aside from solidifying their NOPSSCEA dominance, the tournament was also a good preparation for the Rebisco National Finals next week in Metro Manila. Led by veterans Alyssa Bertolano, Joan Marie Monares and Shane Carmona, the Thunderbolts jumped to an early double-digit lead in each set before staving off the Lady Falcons’ comeback attempt to finish the match in straight sets. He added: “This also helped us to prepare the players and also build chemistry among themselves as we represent Western Visayas in the Rebisco National Finals next week in Pasig City,” he added. BACOLOD City – Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts extended its championship reign to four years by topping the 39th NOPSSCEA girls volleyball yesterday at the University of St. La Salle Gym here. Armed with a twice-to-beat incentive heading into the championship round, the Thunderbolts needed just one game to stave off the St. Johns Institute Lady Falcons, 25-12, 25-17, 25-19.last_img read more

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Gondola Testing Now at Epcot

first_imgShare This!We’ve seen Disney testing the new Skyliner gondola system at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a few months. Now testing has moved over to Epcot.The Epcot Skyliner station is located at the International Gateway entrance to the park, located between the England and France pavilions in the World Showcase area.There’s still lots of landscaping to do around the Epcot station, but the mechanics look nearly complete and the decorative painting at the face of the station is lovely. We were able to get a few shots of the gondolas in action. We’re still impressed by how quiet they are.The first video includes a good shot of the construction happening on the new Ratatouille ride that will be part of the France pavilion. And the second video has a brief shot of one of the cabins without its protective plastic covering. Still no word on when the gondolas will be open for guest use. Photos and video: Christina HarrisonI’m getting very excited to try out this new form of Disney transportation. Are you?last_img read more

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East London IDZ woos investors

first_img24 March 2003The South African government has given the East London Development Zone Corporation a license to operate on the West bank of the Buffalo River, in the Buffalo City metropole. There are a number of other IDZ’s in South Africa, including IDZs at Coega (outside Port Elizabeth), Richards Bay, and Johannesburg International Airport. So far only the ELIDZ and Coega have received government permits to operate an IDZ.The idea behind the IDZ is to encourage export investment by providing a duty free customs secure area and associated industrial park, manned by full time customs officials, next to good quality transport infrastructure (port and airport), allowing duty free imports and VAT-free purchases of SA goods, and combine with major investment incentives.The ELIDZ comprises 1,500 hectares of prime land located next to the port, the N2, and next to the airport. 20 hectares is already serviced and 2 manufacturers are already committed to development.The next phase of the development will provide a further 300 hectares, including a 250 hectare duty free area for exporters. The customs secure area will open for business in mid 2004, paid for by R100m ($12.5m) in local government funding for the next financial year.The SA and Eastern Cape governments are committed to providing funding for major infrastructure improvements, including the creation of the office park, the building of an access road, the upgrading and complete electrification of the EL – Gauteng railway line and an extension of the port at East London. East London is the only river port in SA and already has the most sophisticated car terminal in the country. The idea is to position East London as a major automotive hub port.Funding for these infrastructure upgrades has all been agreed in principle by the South African government and will be announced in detail at the end of April 2003.Taking into consideration the long lead times for new investment projects, the East London IDZ is beginning its marketing process now with a view to moving the first major businesses into the IDZ in mid 2004.Source: EL Industrial Development Zonelast_img read more

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Joburg’s Xtreme Parks wins gold

first_imgWilgeheuwel Park was created in one day and is one of Joburg’s successful Xtreme Park projects, which brings new greenzones to busy developments. Diepkloof Park during the makeover process, which took just 24 hours. City Parks MD Luther Williamson accepts the Planning for the Future criteria award. (Image: Dongguan Today)Janine ErasmusThe City of Johannesburg’s innovative and uplifting Xtreme Parks project won a gold medal at the 2008 International Liveable Communities award ceremony, a programme run under the aegis of the United Nations programme for environmental protection. The ceremony took place in mid-November.The Living Communities Awards were launched in 1997 and ceremonies have since been held in cities around the world including Madrid, Al’Ayn in the United Arab Emirates, Hamamatsu in Japan, Washington D.C., and London.The programme is run as a UK-based non-profit organisation and is endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme. It’s aimed at acknowledging those communities worldwide that enhance and protect their landscape and heritage, with an emphasis on sustainability, healthy living and best environmental practice.Communities’ commitment to tackling social and conservation issues such as pollution, poor housing and unemployment are also a factor in the decision of the judges.A world firstThe Xtreme Parks project, which is overseen by Johannesburg’s City Parks division, sees neglected spaces around town transformed into vibrant community parks in 24 hours. Luther Williamson, MD of City Parks, is the brains behind the idea.Williamson says he was inspired by the similar concept seen on the American television show Extreme Makeover Home Edition and felt that it would be an effective way to reduce the community development backlog, as well as encourage communities to take ownership of their green spaces, raise the profile of city parks in general, and attract the private sector.In June 2007 the world’s first 24-hour park was created in Wilgeheuwel suburb west of Johannesburg, when a neglected patch of soil was transformed literally overnight into a charming 1.2ha play space complete with mini soccer field and fountain. Under normal circumstances, said Williamson, such an area would take three to six months to develop.City Parks repeated the feat in 2008 when they tackled Diepkloof Park in Soweto, a 2ha area that was used as an illegal rubbish dump but now boasts a splash pool, mini-soccer field, multi-purpose court, landscaped gardens, concrete walkways, ablutions, and a natural amphitheatre area with a big screen for sport and cultural broadcasts.Residents of both areas can now enjoy a better quality of life, while children have a safe, dedicated place to play. “I love the swings. I haven’t played on the swings for a long time and I feel like I can play on them until sunset,” said an excited nine-year-old of the Diepkloof Park.Rewarding communities that careThis year there were 50 Liveable Communities finalists from five continents. The City of Johannesburg had three finalists in the Sustainable Project category, which is further divided into two sub-categories for Built and Natural projects.In the Natural Projects section Xtreme Parks took gold along with New Zealand’s New Plymouth District. Johannesburg’s Klipriver Greening and Rehabilitation Project took silver in the same category, as did the town of Plzen in West Bohemia, Czech Republic, which successfully improved the quality of the water in its Velky Bolevecky pond, a popular recreation site. Broadland district in the UK also took silver for its Stairway out of Crime initiative.In fact, all three Johannesburg finalists in the project category were lauded, because the massive Cosmo City housing development won a silver award in the Built Project sub-category.The City, which was the sole representative from the African continent in 2008, came third in Category E of the Whole Cities category, which is divided into five sub-categories according to population. Category E is for cities with a population of over 750 000.Johannesburg also scooped a Criteria award for its Planning for the Future strategies. Awards are given for each of the six criteria that are considered essential for liveable communities. These include Enhancement of the Landscape; Heritage Management; Environmentally Sensitive Practices; Community Sustainability; Healthy Lifestyles; and Planning for the Future.“This community has really had to reinvent its philosophies and its values,” said New Zealand judge Rob Small, commenting on Johannesburg’s achievements. “It has been an enormous challenge but consultation and engaged communities have been the secret to delivering these outstanding programmes and projects.”The judging panel, comprising environmental and horticultural luminaries, gathered at the Songshan Lake Science and Technology Industry Park in Dongguan, China, to decide on the winners.Among them were experts such as Japanese academic Yoritaka Tashiro, president of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architects, Belgian Gabriel de Buysscher of the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration, Krista Vilta of the City Environmental Department of Haapsalu Municipality, Estonia, and Canadian horticulturist Claudette Savaria who chaired the panel.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Related articlesMakeover for Soweto parkUseful linksJohannesburg City ParksCity of JohannesburgLiveable Communities awardslast_img read more

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Africa’s first fact-check website launched

first_img2 November 2012Africa Check, a fact-checking website devised by the AFP Foundation and run in partnership with the journalism department of the University of the Witwatersrand, was launched in Johannesburg on Wednesday.The first website in Africa set up exclusively to fact-check public debate, www.africacheck.org was launched during a conference on investigative journalism in Africa run by the university.Modelled on similar sites in the US and Europe, Africa Check aims to hold public figures accounting by “sorting fact from fiction”.As well as producing its own fact-checking reports, the site provides tips and advice for its readers on how to fact-check, as well as a library of databases and fact-checking tools.‘Promoting a culture of accuracy’“I believe that Africa Check can make an important contribution to public discourse by promoting a culture of accuracy and making public figures think twice about playing loose with the facts,” Anton Harber, professor of journalism at Wits University and the former editor of South Africa’s Mail and Guardian, said in a statement.Harber, who is senior adviser to the project, told AFP that Africa Check would “quite simply follow things that are said in the public arena by politicians or by other media or by experts, and where we think they need checking, we will verify them and we will publish what we find, to say this was true, this was not true, or it was disputed, and here’s how you understand the nature of that dispute”.According to AFP, while the site is currently managed by project staff at Wits University, it aims to become a forum for interactive contributions by South African journalists.“Fact-checking is a growing trend in the media, and in wider society, around the world,” said AFP Foundation deputy director Peter Cunliffe-Jones, who devised and oversees the project.“But to our knowledge, this is the first time anyone has tried to do something like this here in Africa.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Blogging with Jupiter Research

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#web I’m excited to be involved in the Jupiter Research bloggingproject, as described by Michael Gartenberg:“It wasn’t easy but we’ve just sent the the first three bloggerstheir invites to join us. Will Wagner and Thomas Hawk will betaking a look at our stance on standalone and PC Based DVRs andRichard MacManus will be looking at our latest report on RSSReaders. We’ll be linking directly to what they write and ofcourse, engage in a few comments of our own as well.”I only found out today, so I’ll be reading the Jupiter Researchreport on RSS Readers over the next couple of days. Expect a postfrom me about it by end of this week.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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FEMA agrees to consider disaster aid for more counties

first_imgFEMA is looking at Missouri’s request to make more counties eligible for disaster aid.President Trump’s declaration this month opened the door for people in Boone, Cole, and other counties to get federal help recovering from recent flooding and the May tornado. The state wants that disaster declaration expanded to counties like Callaway, Cooper, and Howard.The declaration allows for federal aid like temporary housing, home repairs, and help paying for uninsured property damage.last_img

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Italian on Mou’s Spurs staff

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Italian analyst Giovanni Cerra has been confirmed as a member of Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff at Tottenham Hotspur. Mourinho officially took charge of Tottenham earlier today, and he will once more work with Cerra in North London. The Roman was technical analyst at Manchester United between 2016 and 2018 – a position he will again fill for the ex-Inter boss. Prior to that, he worked as lead visual designer for Chelsea from July 2013 to July 2016. His role as technical analyst entails turning scouting data and game plans into charts and images, making them easier for players to understand. However, little is known about him in his native Italy, where he has yet to work for a professional club.last_img read more

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