New South Africa plan looks to cut coal reliance, expand renewables

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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:South Africa has dropped proposals to boost supply from nuclear plants in its latest energy blueprint and will increasingly harness renewable sources as it trims a reliance on coal.“There will be a study to determine if more nuclear is needed after 2030,” Energy Minister Jeff Radebe told reporters in Pretoria on Monday. “But until then, there is no increase in nuclear generation envisaged.”The long-awaited update of the country’s Integrated Resource Plan for power sector spending, the first in eight years, calls for the biggest increase in capacity from wind and natural gas.Wind and natural gas are each projected to increase by 8,100 megawatts of capacity, while 5,670 megawatts will come from solar and 2,500 megawatts from hydropower, according to the plan. Coal, which currently makes up the bulk of the country’s energy source, will add 1,000 megawatts. The Department of Energy, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa and state-owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. are tasked with carrying out the proposals.President Cyril Ramaphosa has this year overseen the replacement of Eskom’s leadership as he seeks to attract $100 billion of investment to the country. A program to add more renewable power from independent producers has been revived.“There is significant change in the energy mix post 2030, which is mainly driven by decommissioning of old coal power plants that reach their end of life,” Radebe said. Close to 30 gigawatts of Eskom’s coal fleet is to reach end-of-life by 2040, according to the draft document.More: South Africa drops nuclear, adds renewables in energy plan New South Africa plan looks to cut coal reliance, expand renewableslast_img read more

Colombian Authorities Seize Drug-Trafficking Submersible

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first_imgBy Dialogo May 31, 2012 A homemade submersible with the capacity to transport up to five tons of drugs was seized by the Colombian Navy near the port of Buenaventura (on the Pacific, in southwestern Colombia). The submersible, 7.5 meters long and 1.5 meters wide, is the first of its kind found in Colombia this year, but a total of 76 have been found since the first one was seized in 1993, the Navy specified. According to that institution, the submersible found near Buenaventura is an unmanned vessel that submerges in order to be towed by boats, making it difficult to detect while at sea. Near the location where the submersible was found, Navy units also found a go-fast boat with the capacity to transport up to ten tons of drugs. Drug traffickers use the Colombian Pacific coast especially for the manufacture of illegal vessels, due to its marshlands and areas with constant rain, low tides that enable the production and stockpiling of drugs, and high tides that facilitate the departure of the vessels. Of the total vessels seized from drug-trafficking organizations since 1993, 59 were found in the Pacific, two of which were classified as fully submersible, because they had the specifications to travel long distances underwater. The Colombian Navy indicated that in 2011, 33 percent of the 74 tons of cocaine seized were transported on speedboats, while 17 percent of the drugs were found on fully and partially submersible vessels. Very good work, I am pleased on the one hand by your work, but please be careful: people involved in those actions are dangerous. I am afraid, I am fearful about my family. They do the same here. I do not want bad things to happen, I wish you the best, as if you were my brothers and my children, or nephews or grandchildren, I ask God to protect you, because with you work you protect other people.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, Jan. 18

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first_imgConsider the effect of vapor on climateModels of climate change are little more than educated guesses. For one thing, models don’t even include the most common global warming gas, water vapor, which is far more common than CO2 or methane. The Republicans in Congress should declare Trump a “lame duck” president and work with Democrats to diminish his powers now, and not wait for the Mueller report.They should quickly pass laws (by two-thirds majority) that will limit the president’s executive powers, especially in regard to shutdowns and states of emergency. Sitting Republican senators and congressmen need to start rebuilding their party now.Louis BachScotia Trump is nation’s national emergencyThe only true national emergency this country is facing is the urgency of removing Trump from office.Louis Restifo Sr. SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine A population drop is on the horizonThis is in response to Doreen Harris’ Jan. 12 letter, “Include population in climate change fight.”  She states that “every individual should assess the “need” to reproduce” in order to fight climate change. The reduction in population began several years ago. The fertility rate (number of children per female) in the United States is below 1.7 and falling. Just recently, it dropped again. It requires a rate of 2.1 to replace the population we have; 2 to replace the husband and wife and 0.1 for early deaths. In Mexico, the rate has dropped from around 6 to just above 2. In most European countries, Italy, France, etc., the rate is well below that. It’s about 1.3 in Russia. In China, the rate is just above 1.1, even with a one-child-per-family policy, which has been changed,. But people there aren’t having more than one child due to numerous factors. In India, many sections also have a low fertility rate. It’s only in Africa that the rate is higher, but deaths are also higher. Projections are for the U.S. population to stop growing in 2040, level off, and then begin to drop in 2050. Without immigrants, we would see a quicker decline in population numbers. Be not stressed, Doreen, as the fight is being made.Arthur GlaudeRexfordcenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRepublicans must take back their partyFact: Trump has destroyed the Republican Party of Lincoln and Reagan, but it’s not too late. The reason modelers don’t include water vapor is because it’s too difficult to model. It varies from region to region and from season to season. But that’s no reason for not attempting to model it. We do know that warm air can hold more water vapor than cold air. So as the atmosphere warms, there is a synergistic effect, as warming begets more water vapor from the oceans, which enters the atmosphere and begets more warming.Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet is 50 percent higher than previously measured and is a major cause of concern. Lobes of the ice sheet may surge. Glaciers may advance, not at the rate of a few inches per day; they can surge up to 100 feet per day.The cause of these surges is unclear, but Greenland has conditions that seem ripe for surging. Water is flowing at the base of the glaciers, which decouples the glaciers from bedrock. And the leading base of the glaciers is being melted by seawater. Should Greenland completely de-glaciate by 2200, most coastal cities will be underwater. Venice will cease to exist and damage in the United States alone will be in the trillions of dollars.Richard Moody Jr.Middleburghlast_img read more

How the New Department of Health and Human Services Will Help People with Substance Use Disorder

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first_img Budget News,  Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced his plan to create a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in his 2017-2018 budget which would merge the Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS) in order to help provide more streamlined services to Pennsylvanians.One group of Pennsylvanians the creation of this new department will benefit are those suffering from substance use disorder. Currently, PDA, DDAP, DOH, and DHS have all been critical to battling the opioid and heroin epidemic. For example:DOH launched a prescription drug monitoring program and has been raising awareness of the naloxone standing orderDDAP has led the effort to increase the availability of naloxone and drug take back boxesDHS has created 45 centers of excellence to coordinate treatment for those suffering from substance use disordersPDA has led prescription drug take back efforts among the senior population encouraging proper use, storage, and disposal of unused prescription medicationsBy creating a single organization that is structurally better able to support and coordinate these efforts, individuals in desperate need of substance use disorder treatment will be able to access services through one agency with an integrated data and delivery system.It’s important to note that the creation will not result in a loss of services for those suffering from substance use disorder. In fact, just today Governor Wolf announced that his proposed 2017-2018 budget will include $10 million to provide live-saving Naloxone to first responders and law enforcement across the state to help save lives and get people into treatment.Governor Wolf is continuing to make battling the opioid and heroin crisis epidemic a top priority which is why there will continue to be a cabinet-level position in his administration that will be dedicated to battling this public health crisis.Additionally, the new HHS will serve as the single state authority for Medicaid, substance use, and mental health purposes enabling the commonwealth to maximize available federal dollars and offset state costs for staff and services.By streamlining services and getting rid of unnecessary red tape, Pennsylvania will be able to provide additional, high-quality services to those suffering from substance use disorder so we can stem the tide of the terrible disease of addiction.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Beth Melena, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 31, 2017 How the New Department of Health and Human Services Will Help People with Substance Use Disorderlast_img read more