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

Chilean police train dogs to sniff out COVID-19

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first_imgPolice in Chile are training dogs to detect people that may be infected with the novel coronavirus by sniffing their sweat.The dogs — three golden retrievers and a labrador — are between the ages of four and five. Until now they have been used to sniff out illicit drugs, explosives and lost people, police say.The training program is a joint effort by Chile’s national police, the Carabineros, and specialists at the Universidad Catolica de Chile. Medical Detection Dogs, a British charity set up in 2008 to harness dogs’ sharp sense of smell to detect human diseases, also started training canines to detect COVID-19 in late March. It follows in the footsteps of similar efforts taking place in France, said Julio Santelices, head of the police school of specialties.Dogs have 330 million olfactory receptors, and an ability to detect smells 50 times better than humans. They can also smell 250 people per hour.”The virus has no smell, but rather the infection generates metabolic changes” which in turn leads to the release of a particular type of sweat “which is what the dog would detect,” Fernando Mardones, a Universidad Catolica professor of veterinary epidemiology, told AFP.According to Santelices, tests in Europe and Dubai shown a 95 percent efficiency rate in canine detection of COVID-19 cases. Four-legged biodetectors “The importance of this scientific study is that it will allow dogs to become biodetectors, and detect this type of illness at an early stage,” Santelices told AFP.Mardones said that there is already evidence that dogs can detect diseases such as tuberculosis, parasite infections, and even early stages of cancer.Canines can detect subtle changes in skin temperature, potentially making them useful in determining if a person has a fever.According to the World Organization for Animal Health, the possibility of contagion from a dog is remote.The canine trainees began their education one month ago, and will use sweat samples taken from COVID-19 patients being treated at the Universidad Catolica’s clinic.The experts hope to have the dogs trained and working in the field by August. The plan is to deploy them with an officer in pedestrian-heavy areas such as train stations and airports, and at health control stations.Chile on Tuesday reported 1,836 new cases of COVID-19 — the lowest figure in two months — bringing the total of cases since March 3 to 319,493.The viral infection has killed more than 11,000 people, according to the most recent Health Ministry official report, which includes “probable” COVID-19 victims. Topics :last_img read more

Buffon Extends PSG Stay at 41

Posted on September 17, 2020Categories btyvtfheTags , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Buffon Extends PSG Stay at 41

first_imgGianluigi Buffon has confirmed Paris Saint-Germain have offered him a contract extension after a successful debut season.Buffon, 41, was expected to retire at the end of the 2017-18 campaign with Juventus before PSG persuaded him to move to France, and now he is considering a further extension to his career.The Italian has featured 24 times across all competitions for the Ligue 1 champions this season, sharing first-choice responsibilities with Alphonse Areola. Gianluigi Buffon He only signed a one-year deal with PSG but has shown himself to still be capable of performing at the highest level despite his age.And PSG seems intent on keeping him around until he is 42.Speaking to Sky Uno, Buffon said: “The club has offered me an extension, which makes me really happy.“We will look in a few days to examine this project and see if we both believe that it is good to continue together.“It’s going well in Paris. I have exceptional life experience at 41 years old. I arrived convinced that I would be involved as a player and as a person, and I found what I came for.”Should Buffon stay at PSG for another year, he will enter his 25th season as a professional.Thomas Tuchel’s side have had the Ligue 1 title wrapped up since beating Monaco 3-1 at Parc des Princes on April 21, holding a 16-point lead over second placed Lille in the standings.Next up for the French giants is a home clash against Dijon before a trip to Stade Reims on the final day of the season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ask the Mayor — July 15, 2020 — Clear Lake mayor Nelson Crabb

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first_imgKGLO News · Ask the Mayor — July 15, 2020 — Clear Lake mayor Nelson Crabb Clear Lake’s mayor Nelson Crabb was the guest on “Ask the Mayor” on July 15th, 2020. Listen back to the program (and download it) via the audio player below.last_img