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Pollution: a few notes
Climate Change is a fact of life. There is some debate about whether industrialation has affected the climate. But there is no doubt that pollution in all it’s forms has harmed our planet, and it’s time we accepted responsibility and contribute to reversing it’s detremantal effects. We should not wait for incandescent lamps to become impossible to find before replacing them with LED and Compact Flourescent lamps. As an added bonus, they reduce our electricity bill.
Traditional Incandescent - 60w/100W Compact Flourescent - 15W Light Emitting Diode - 5W CF & LED lighting reduces the demand at power stations, which in turn reduces the pollution at our coal fired power plants.
The Curse of Plastic
Single use plastic containers are a major problem. We buy groceries at our local supermarket, and they are packed into flimsy plastic bags. We get back home and unpack, and these plastic bags are binned and eventually land up on dump sites. Almost all of the groceries are also wrapped or bottled in plastic, and these single use plastic bags & bottles also land up on that municipal dump site. Buy re-usable grocery bags made from bio degradeble material, and take them to your supermarket. Plastic is not bio degradeable, and lasts millions of years. When we sort our refuse we can ensure that plastic waste is not sent to the dump but ends up in other plastic products, thereby reducing the demand at plastic manufacturing factories and reducing the total plastic waste product. The Guardian News agency reports (2017-05-02) that the Coca-Cola Company produced more than 100 billion plastic bottles in 2016. It is also been estimated that, based on current trends, by 2050 the plastic in our oceans may weigh more than all the fish. The Guardian also reports that scientists have accidentally created an enzyme that eats plastic bottles (2018-04-16). This could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis.
The world’s dirtiest air
GreenPeace has published a piece on “the world’s dirtiest air” on it’s website. Go down the page to Chapter 2. The quality of air in Witbank is worse even than Beijing, where people have to wear face masks to protect themselves from air pollution. Not for the faint of heart!
Deadly air pollution caused by coal power stations Air pollution from coal fired power stations kill more than 2,200 South Africans annually and causes thousands of cases of bronchitis and asthma in adults and children each year, costing the country more than R30 billion every year, according to Dr Mike Holland. A very strong case can be made for SA’s Nuclear Pebble Bed Reactor The bebble bed reactor for producing power could get a second chance. The technology is safe, contrary to unsubstatiated rumour.
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Pollution
Climate Change is a fact of life. There is some debate about whether industrialation has affected the climate. But there is no doubt that pollution in all it’s forms has harmed our planet, and it’s time we accepted responsibility and contribute to reversing it’s detremantal effects. We should not wait for incandescent lamps to become impossible to find before replacing them with LED and Compact Flourescent lamps. As an added bonus, they reduce the electricity bill.
Traditional Incandescent - 60w/100W Compact Flourescent - 15W Light Emitting Diode - 5W CF & LED lighting reduces the demand at power stations, which in turn reduces the pollution at our coal fired power plants.
a few notes
Single use plastic containers are a major problem. We buy groceries at our local supermarket, and they are packed into flimsy plastic bags. We get back home and unpack, and these plastic bags are binned and eventually land up on dump sites. Almost all of the groceries are also wrapped or bottled in plastic, and these single use plastic bags & bottles also land up on that municipal dump site. Buy re-usable grocery bags made from bio degradeble material, and take them to your supermarket. Plastic is not bio degradeable, and lasts millions of years. When we sort our refuse we can ensure that plastic waste is not sent to the dump but ends up in other plastic products, thereby reducing the demand at plastic manufacturing factories and reducing the total plastic waste product. The Guardian News agency reports (2017-05-02) that the Coca-Cola Company produced more than 100 billion plastic bottles in 2016. It is also been estimated that, based on current trends, by 2050 the plastic in our oceans may weigh more than all the fish. The Guardian also reports that scientists have accidentally created an enzyme that eats plastic bottles (2018-04-16). This could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis.
Typical coal fired power station
Deadly air pollution caused by coal power stations Air pollution from coal fired power stations kill more than 2,200 South Africans annually and causes thousands of cases of bronchitis and asthma in adults and children each year, costing the country more than R30 billion every year, according to Dr Mike Holland. A very strong case can be made for SA’s Nuclear Pebble Bed Reactor The bebble bed reactor for producing power could get a second chance. The technology is safe, contrary to unsubstatiated rumour.
The world’s dirtiest air
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GreenPeace has published a piece on “the world’s dirtiest air” on it’s website. Go down the page to Chapter 2. The quality of air in Witbank (South Africa) is worse even than Beijing, where people have to wear face masks to protect themselves from air pollution.