Camden

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What a great idea for countries with stray dogs etc ...they also have one that takes drinks cans .....

[ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ11f6urLVQ"]This Vending Machine Takes Bottles And Gives Food To Stray Dogs In Exchange - YouTube[/ame]
 

Kanga

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Jaycey

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Human-made materials now officially outweigh all natural life on Earth

Humankind has reached a notable milestone this week, though it’s not one to celebrate. For the first time in history, human-made materials now outweigh all life on Earth, meaning that humanity’s footprint is actually heavier than that of the entire natural world. According to a new study in Nature, the weight of human-made buildings, roads, and other manufactured materials currently weighs 1.1 trillion tons, and doubles about every 20 years.

The study showed that at the start of the 20th century, the mass of human-produced objects was equivalent to only three percent of the weight of Earth’s total biomass. Since the post-World War II production boom, however, the manufacturing increase has been immense, rapidly increasing the mass of human-made materials.

Ron Milo of Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, and one of the study’s co-authors, said, “This study provides a sort of ‘big picture’ snapshot of the planet in 2020. We hope that once we have these somewhat shocking figures before our eyes, we can as a species take responsibility.”

If the growth rate continues at the current pace, human-made materials are on track to weigh as much as three trillion tons by 2040. This is particularly troubling because natural biomass is declining.

Emily Elacham, the study’s lead author, told AFP that humanity “can no longer deny our central role in the natural world. We are already a major player and with that comes a shared responsibility.”


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Camden

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World Wildlife Fund Sounds Alarm on Turkey Water Shortages

January 22 2021,-- Ten provinces in Turkey, including Istanbul and Ankara, have been declared water-scarce by the World Wildlife Fund, which decried a lack of official planning. The non-governmental organization sounded the alarm following a five-year global analysis using data sets including climate change, water regulation and governance, said Stuart Orr, head of WWF’s Gl

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Camden

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There is nothing good about Covid.... but it has shown how in various ways how we are abusing the planet ...

Pandemic effect: air pollution decreased by 10 percent in Istanbul​

The air pollution rate in Istanbul decreased by 10 percent in 2020 compared to 2019.​


According to the data of the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) air quality measurement stations, the rate of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution in Istanbul decreased by 10 percent in 2020 compared to 2019.

 

Camden

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Making the Turkish news is the plight of the UK red squirrel ....

PA-55808009.jpg Grey Squirrel with its contraceptive pill LoL any one got a glass of water gulp !


In England to save the decline of the native red squirrel where gray squirrels have become the 'invading species', the government is preparing to resort to an interesting path. The plan to give gray squirrels the contraceptive pill.


The first plan of issuing condoms didn't go done well no grey squirrel take up ....
 

IbrahimAbi

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Hardly an incentive to go green

In Turkey a special consumption tax on cars with electric motors producing more than 120 kilowatts of power will be raised to 60 percent from 15 percent a four fold increase according to a presidential degree published in the Official Gazette on Tuesday. No reason was given for the decision.


So will this be applied to Turkey's much-awaited TOGG electric car due out anytime now?
 

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Camden

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Talk about giving contradictory messages the announcement of the hike on tax of private electric cars on the same day the Government mouth piece The Sabah reports the Presidents visit ....

Turkey’s first locally made driverless electric bus was tested Monday with the attendance of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Speaking during the event, Erdoğan said autonomous bus producers will promote Turkey and Turkish brands globally.

Mustafa Varank, the Turkish industry and technology minister, was also present at the event.

Karsan Atak Electric has a range of 300 kilometers (186.4 miles) between charges thanks to its BMW 220-kWh Li-Ion batteries, according to its manufacturing company.

"Atak Electric can charge its battery in five hours by AC (alternating current) or in three hours by DC (direct current)," the firm statement added.

Erdoğan also emphasized that the vehicle was part of the "initial steps for clean energy” because “the world is moving toward clean energy, and this is happening at a time when climate change is on the agenda.”

The 8.3-meter (27.2-foot) Karsan bus has a capacity of more than 50 passengers.

The firm has already started the mass production of the bus.



PS Enoch good call ... another report but a Aug 2020 says to discourage the import of foreign cars tax hikes ( but the new electric degree doesn't show an exemption for the TOGG so far anyway )


Turkey Raises Taxes to Discourage Car Imports Amid Virus Slump
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Camden

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No the TOGG not exempt at the moment

Domestic Electric Cars TOGG SCT Hike Arrives Before Departure!


The increase in the SCT of electric vehicles will be reflected in the sticker prices as approximately 40 percent. There will also be an increase in SCT in TOGG and Günsel, domestic electric cars that count days to go on the roads.


The special consumption tax (SCT) applied to electric cars has been changed. According to the new rates published in the Official Gazette, the SCT rates of vehicles with only electric motors were changed.

Accordingly, the SCT rate of electric cars whose engine power does not exceed 85 kWh increased from 3 percent to 10 percent. The SCT rate for electric cars with engine power between 85 kWh and 120 kWh is determined as 25 percent. The SCT rate of the vehicles in this group was 7 percent before the last regulation.

With the changes made, the new SCT rate of electric cars with an engine power exceeding 15 kWh, for which 120 percent SCT was previously applied, was 60 percent.

550 THOUSAND LIRA INCREASE





PS Enoch or that terrible music on loop ...I thought they had Turkish driverless buses anyway as see in this clip ha ha
 

Tenpin

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Counterintuitively global temperatures increased due to worldwide lockdowns​


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Researchers at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research concluded that temperatures rose as a side effect of worldwide lockdowns due to the pandemic. This effect persisted for several months in 2020.

Small particles and aerosols (a mixture of fine solid particles or liquid droplets in the air, like fog or mist) in our atmosphere tend to block a portion of the sunlight that reaches our planet. Due to the fact that factories were shut down and social activity was at an all-time low (reducing car usage), we had a lot less of it in the air last spring.

According to Andrew Gettelman, lead author of the study published in Geophysical Research Letters, he and his colleagues noticed a large decrease in emissions from industries that generally produce the most air pollution/aerosols, resulting in almost instant short-term effects on global temperatures.
 

yalimart

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We have a heat pump that works well in our super insulated house, 7 Kw to run with an optimum output of around 16Kw, but not when its -5c, our old house used a 40 Kw natural gas combi boiler, a 7Kw heat pump wouldn't get anywhere near. Combine this with the move to electric cars, I see it as an infrastructure disaster waiting to happen unless billions are pumped in from generation to individual homes insulation.
 

IbrahimAbi

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We have a heat pump that works well in our super insulated house, 7 Kw to run with an optimum output of around 16Kw, but not when its -5c, our old house used a 40 Kw natural gas combi boiler, a 7Kw heat pump wouldn't get anywhere near. Combine this with the move to electric cars, I see it as an infrastructure disaster waiting to happen unless billions are pumped in from generation to individual homes insulation.
A heat pump with backup and good insulation seems to be the way forward. IMHO excellent insulation must be essential requirement for building permission.
 

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