SA tackles climate change

first_img7 June 2007The goverment is finalising a greenhouse gas inventory which will inform South Africa’s first ever long-term national climate policy.“This process will outline the range of ambitious but realistic scenarios of future climate action, notably long-term emissions scenarios and their cost implications,” Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told the National Assembly in Cape Town this week.The policy is expected to be published in 2008/09.Delivering his department’s budget vote, Van Schalkwyk said the policy recognised the need for integrated government planning, which was currently being carried out through a body called the national climate change committee.He added that various national departments, provinces and cities were refining their plans in line with the national climate change strategy, which would eventually culminate in a national adaptation plan.According to Van Schalkwyk, nature-based tourism and wildlife were cited as key attractions by about 30% of South Africa’s international visitors.“With tourism contributing just over 8% to our GDP [gross domestic product], the economic impact of climate change on tourism could be very large indeed,” he said.“Globally, by mid-century, 20% to 30% of plant and animal species are likely to be at increased risk of extinction as a result of climate change.”The intergovernmental panel of climate change has also indicated that between 25% and 40% of animal species in national parks in sub-Saharan Africa would become threatened.“South African fynbos and the succulent Karoo ecosystem seem particularly vulnerable, and for a mean global temperature increase of between 2º and 3ºC during this century, we stand to lose between 50% and 65% of our unique fynbos,” Van Schalkwyk said.“In order to conserve our magnificent heritage and key environmental assets, and ensure that these are passed on intact to the children and grandchildren of our nation, and indeed the world, we have to recognise that our knowledge base is incomplete.”He added that his department would focus on enhancing research on the impacts of climate change on key environmental assets and biodiversity management on land and in oceans.This would in turn inform ecosystem planning, biodiversity management, the management of marine resources, park management and climate change adaptive plans.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cartoon: Just Venting

first_imgRelated Posts By the time you read this today, the BP/Transocean/Halliburton oil hemorrhage may finally be on its way to a resolution. Or it may still be burbling away, happily coating wildlife, habitat and the region’s tourism and fishing industries with a viscous sheen of Game Over.A lot of us have taken to our networks to fulminate over this without a lot of focus or hope of affecting things – me included. Of course, sometimes you just have to vent (as a certain large, gaping opening in a BP oil pipe could tell you). And raising awareness is a Good Thing.But some folks are taking it beyond just a few retweets, and using online tools to genuinely contribute to our understanding of the disaster. Take Paul Rademacher’s use of Google Earth to map the extent of the oil spill onto any location on Earth – say, your own hometown – and gain a sense of the geographical scope of the situation. (It’s possible, in turn, because of Google’s impressive crisis response page for the spill, which has a collection of mapping layers and resources.)Or look at Oil Reporter, an open-source app for the iPhone and Android that lets ordinary people log individual instances of oil spill impacts they discover – crowdsourcing the documentation of the spill’s effects, Ushahidi-style. It’s created by the good people at CrisisCommons, which has partnered with the San Diego State University Visualization Center to manage the data collected through the app – which is available through an open API.That hasn’t meant one less drop of oil has come out of that pipe. But these two initiatives, and others like them, can help buttress support for spending the billions that will be needed to do what can be done to clean up the aftermath, and in the case of Oil Reporter, help point out places some of those resources should go.And with any luck, it could spur some people like me who’ve confined our activism to subscribing to the BPGlobalPR Twitter feed (which is often funny as all hell) to do something a little more meaningful. rob cottingham 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Cartoons#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App More Noise to Signal.last_img read more

Kings land veteran free agents Zach Randolph, George Hill

first_imgKawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs tries to strip Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies of the ball in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on April 17, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFPThe Sacramento Kings added veteran help to their young roster on Tuesday by agreeing to free-agent contracts with forward Zach Randolph and point guard George Hill.Randolph left Memphis for a $24 million, two-year deal to reunite with former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger in Sacramento, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT After a rocky start to his career in Portland and New York, Randolph found himself in Memphis. He spent eight years with the Grizzlies, emerging as one of the central figures of the team’s “grit and grind” mantra.He helped Memphis make the playoffs the past seven years, including a trip to the conference final in 2013 when Joerger was an assistant. Joerger took over as head coach the following year and had three years with Randolph, including a trip to the second round in 2015.Randolph, who turns 36 later this month, averaged 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season and is still considered one of the better post players in the game.He is expected to be a mentor for young big men like Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Harry Giles, one of the team’s three first-round picks last month.It’s quite a reversal for Randolph, who was considered a malcontent in need of mentoring when he arrived in Memphis in 2009 after failed tenures in Portland, New York and with the Los Angeles Clippers. But he grew into a leadership role with the Grizzlies and became a trusted veteran.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Hill will be expected to provide similar traits in Sacramento, while grooming rookie point guards De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason III. The 31-year-old has spent nine years in the NBA with San Antonio, Indiana and Utah.He averaged a career-high 16.9 points per game last season for the Jazz, helping them make the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2010. He also averaged 4.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He played only 49 games in the regular season because of various injuries.After going into the draft last month with no point guards on the roster, the Kings have invested heavily in the position the past two weeks. They took Fox fifth overall and then used their second-round pick on Mason.Fox is extremely quick and a skilled ball handler who showed the ability to get to the basket in his one season at Kentucky. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.Mason was a four-year player at Kansas and won numerous player-of-the-year awards last season, including from The Associated Press. He averaged 20.9 points and 5.2 assists per game as a senior and finished sixth all-time at Kansas in both points (1,885) and assists (576).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infectioncenter_img I quit! Federer, Djokovic benefit from Wimbledon retirements ESPN first reported the agreement.Hill announced on Twitter that he was coming to Sacramento. Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, saying Hill would get $57 million over three years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Kings started free agency with just two players on the roster who are not on their rookie contracts – guard Garrett Temple and center Kosta Koufos – and were seeking some proven players to provide stability. Sacramento went 30-52 last season, Joerger’s first year, and has not made the playoffs since 2006.The Kings hope the additions of Randolph and Hill will help change that. 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Bucs Beat Mets 8-1, Sweep Series

first_imgFLUSHING — The Mets fell flat in a flash.Soon after a sudden storm, some sloppy play by the NL East leaders helped propel Pittsburgh to an 8-1 victory Sunday that sealed the Pirates’ first season series sweep of New York.Pedro Alvarez, Aramis Ramirez and Gregory Polanco each had run-scoring hits in a breakaway four-run seventh, keyed by reliever Bobby Parnell’s throwing error.Pittsburgh also scored on a passed ball by Travis d’Arnaud in their sixth straight win over this potential postseason foe. The Pirates swept the Mets at home in a three-game set in May.“We had a bad day. Came out of the rain delay, we didn’t play good,” manager Terry Collins said. “We had a terrible two innings in a row in a good weekend.”The Mets were in position, as they were all three games of this series, to beat the team with the second-best record in the National League — New York lost in extra innings the previous two nights.Alvarez homered off Matt Harvey in the second, and d’Arnaud connected off Jeff Locke in the bottom half for a 1-all tie. Harvey and Locke then matched each other in a gritty duel until a surprising sun shower turned to a downpour in the bottom of the sixth, when the Mets had runners on first and second with one out.“Today was definitely a struggle and, overall, it was a tough day for us,” Harvey said. “We’ve got all the games to play and we’re still in good position, so we gotta flush this one and move forward.”Booming thunder and crackling lightning got a scream from the crowd of 40,250 — and a jump and a dash from Daniel Murphy, on second base. The Mets second baseman was startled by the clap and flash and ran from the field before umpires even called for the tarp.After the 42-minute delay, Arquimedes Caminero (4-1) got two crisp outs to end the Mets best chance.The Mets then lost their footing.Parnell (1-3), who got the defeat in the opener of the series Friday, was booed as he yielded four runs — two earned — in relief of Harvey.Parnell’s throwing error to second base in the seventh helped Pittsburgh score four times.In two outings this series, Parnell, whose coming off Tommy John surgery, gave up five hits and six runs — four earned — while only getting two outs. He was booed off the mound after both appearances.“If we turn the double play, we don’t hear that,” Collins said. “And I am a little concerned about Bobby.”Despite the three losses in a row, the Mets are 4 1/2 games up in the division over Washington, losers of six straight.“I believe it in my heart, as I’m sitting here, if any of you guys in this room would’ve told me on May 15th that with 44 games left in the season, we’d have a 4 1/2 game lead, I’d take it,” Collins said. “As bad as this game ended up looking, I’ll take it.”Harvey gave up seven hits and a run in six innings but threw 103 pitches. He walked one, ended a three-start streak without offering a free pass.“The getting the pitch count up, getting some hits early on was big,” Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker said. “It’s a testament to the approach as a whole.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: RHP Vance Worley threw 75 pitches for Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday night, his first action since being designated for assignment July 30 and accepting a demotion to the minors after clearing waivers.Mets: 1B Lucas Duda (lumbar strain) did not start for a sixth straight game. He walked as a pinch hitter in the 12th Saturday and should be back in the lineup Tuesday, after an off day.UP NEXTPirates: Gerrit Cole tries for a majors-leading 15th win when Pittsburgh opens a seven-game homestand against Arizona. The right-hander has lost his last two outings but is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA against Arizona in two career starts.Mets: Jacob deGrom is on a 15-start roll, with a big league-best 1.46 ERA in that span. He makes his sixth career start against an AL team (2-2, 3.06), when New York faces the Orioles in Baltimore on Tuesday.CENTRALLY SPEAKINGThe Mets dropped to 9-20 vs. the NL Central. They are 48-29 against the rest of the league.THAT HAD TO HURTGold Glover Juan Lagares crashed hard into the center field wall trying to catch Polanco’s flyball in the fifth. The ball hit off Lagares’ glove and then off the wall for a triple. Lagares remained in the game. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more