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Vital Cop26 climate talks could be derailed by coronavirus

Vital Cop26 climate talks could be derailed by coronavirus

Concern is growing among campaigners that vital UN climate talks will be derailed by the coronavirus outbreak, while government officials are working to find ways round the problem.

This year’s UN talks on the climate are the most important since the Paris agreement in 2015, as the world is now far adrift of the Paris goals and the Cop26 summit – scheduled for Glasgow this November – is seen as one of the last chances to put nations back on track to avoid climate breakdown.

Full Story by Fiona Harvey at The Guardian

Heathrow third runway ruled illegal over climate change

Heathrow third runway ruled illegal over climate change

Plans for a third runway at Heathrow airport have been ruled illegal by the court of appeal because ministers did not adequately take into account the government’s climate change commitments.

The ruling is a major blow to the project at a time when public concern about the climate emergency is rising fast and the government has set a target in law of net zero emissions by 2050. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, could use the ruling to abandon the project, or the government could draw up a new policy document to approve the runway.

Full Story by Damian Carrington at The Guardian

Products to beat loadshedding from EcoDepot

Products to beat loadshedding from EcoDepot

To the Do-It-Yourselfer who is improving his home to make it safe and sustainable, EcoDepot is THE online shop offering a wide range of quality products at more competitive prices than local hardware stores, sourced from professional suppliers based in South Africa, and delivered by courier across the country.

EUROLUX O166COL Solar Lights, 10-Pack, 0.06W LED, Multi-Coloured, Plastic, Black

R 379.00

Shipping takes 3-5 working days in SA. 14-day return policy. Standard manufacturer’s guarantee applies, unless extended guarantee is specified below. Contact EcoDepot for any claim.

  • 10-pack multi-coloured solar lights for the garden
  • Turns on in the dark automatically
  • Includes and AA 1.2V 600mAh rechargeable battery
  • Equipped with an On/Off switch and requires no wiring

EUROLUX O166COL Solar Lights, 10-Pack, 0.06W LED, Multi-Coloured, Plastic, Black saves electricity while keeping your garden lit at night

Eurolux started in Cape Town as a humble operation over 25 years ago and has since developed into one of the lighting industry leaders in South Africa.



EUROLUX Solar Charging Kit With 3W Solar Panel, Phone Charger & 1W LED Lantern

R 485.00

Shipping takes 3-5 working days in SA. 14-day return policy. Standard manufacturer’s guarantee applies, unless extended guarantee is specified below. Contact EcoDepot for any claim.

  • Solar lantern for convenient and portable lighting with on/off button
  • Includes recharge cable, USB socket & 7 piece phone charging kit
  • Solar panel has over-charge, over-discharge, short circuit, overload & reverse current

EUROLUX solar charging kit is perfect for charging phones & will shed light when camping or during loadshedding.
Eurolux started in Cape Town as a humble operation over 25 years ago and has since developed into one of the lighting industry leaders in South Africa.

Product specifications:

  • Colour: Grey
  • Material: Plastic & glass
  • Lens: Opal plastic
  • Lamp specification: Power: 1W Lumens: 55lm Colour Temperature: 6100K Lifetime: 10 000 Hours Voltage: 12V DC
  • IP rating: 20

Battery specifications:

  • Rechargeable 3.7V 1600mAh sealed lli-ion battery 
  • Max charging current: 1000mA 
  • Charging time: 3-4 hours in full sunlight 
  • Lifetime: 4 hours (normal), 11 hours (energy saving mode)

Solar panel specifications: 

  • STC Power: 3W 
  • Operating voltage: 4V 
  • Operating current: 530mA 
  • Open circuit voltage: 7.1V 
  • Short circuit current: 600mA

EUROLUX F84 Portable Rechargeable Mini Fan, 220-240V, White/Blue

R 359.00

Shipping takes 3-5 working days in SA. 14-day return policy. Standard manufacturer’s guarantee applies, unless extended guarantee is specified below. Contact EcoDepot for any claim.

Keep cool during power outages or camping trips with the Eurolux F84 Portable Rechargeable Mini Fan.

  • 3-speed portable rechargeable mini fan
  • Rechargeable 4V 3Ah sealed lead-acid battery
  • 2 hours (fan high), 6.5 (fan low) & 3 hours (LED bright) battery life
  • Charge time:12 – 15 hours
  • Includes recharge cable

Eurolux started in Cape Town as a humble operation over 25 years ago and has since developed into one of the lighting industry leaders in South Africa.

Product specifications:

  • Model: F84 = Portable Rechargeable Mini Fan
  • Primary voltage: 220-240V
  • Class: 2
  • Blades: 3
  • Operating functions: 3 speed, including USB 5V input
  • Colour: White/blue
  • Material: Plastic
  • IP rating: 20
  • Lamp type: 28 x 0.1W integrated LED
  • Lens: Opal plastic
  • Pack size: 1
  • Charge time: 12 -15 hours
  • Dimensions [w x l x d x h]: 188 x 910 x 288 x 85mm
  • Warranty: 12 months

OmniPower Ratel 412P Micro DC-to-DC Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with USB, DC & POE Charge, 15W

R 759.00

Shipping takes 3-5 working days in SA. 14-day return policy. Standard manufacturer’s guarantee applies, unless extended guarantee is specified below. Contact EcoDepot for any claim.

The OmniPower Ratel 412P delivers clean, reliable, automatic and constant power to small DC devices during power outages or where grid power is not available. 

  • Keep your phone, WiFi router, security cameras, monitors and tablets powered with no interruption
  • 15W DC-to-DC micro UPS with USB, DC & POE charging options
  • Selectable DC output voltages of 5V, 9V, 12V, 15V and 24V
  • 4 x 2200mA Li-Ion batteries ensure the system lasts over 4 hours at 15W load
  • Switchover to the device during a power outage is automatic & instantaneous

The OmniPower Ratel is a range of micro DC UPSes (uninterruptible power supplies) with a Lithium-ion battery, and solar and power over ethernet (POE) options. The Ratel provides clean, reliable backup power during power failures for items such as mobile phones, security cameras, monitors, gaming devices, digital cameras, tablets, compact MP3 players, recorders, WiFi routers and more. 

Unlike a traditional power bank that solely provides backup power when needed, the Ratel Micro DC-to-DC UPS remains in-line between your device and the power source and modulates the incoming power feed to prevent damage to your sensitive electronic devices. 

The battery bank is Lithium-ion and is charged via grid power or a 50W solar panel (depending on model). Available outputs are power over ethernet, USB interface and DC interface, again depending on model.

Product specifications:

  • Output power (max): 15W
  • Output voltage (max): 24V
  • Battery: 4 x 2200mA Li-Ion battery
  • Run time at 12V: 15W for 4 hours
  • USB interface: Yes
  • DC interface: Yes
  • POE interface: Yes
  • Solar input: No
  • Weight: 0.5kg
  • Dimensions: 16 × 10.5 × 2.8cm

The world is failing to ensure children have a ‘liveable planet’, report finds

The world is failing to ensure children have a ‘liveable planet’, report finds

Every country in the world is failing to shield children’s health and their futures from intensifying ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices, says a new report.

The report says that despite dramatic improvements in survival, nutrition, and education over the past 20 years, “today’s children face an uncertain future”, with every child facing “existential threats”.

“In 2015, the world’s countries agreed on the sustainable development goals (SDGs), yet nearly five years later, few countries have recorded much progress towards achieving them,” says the report by a commission of 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world.

“Climate change, ecological degradation, migrating populations, conflict, pervasive inequalities, and predatory commercial practices threaten the health and future of children in every country,” it says.

Full Story by Saeed Kamali Dehghan at The Guardian

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion to fight climate change

Today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he would be committing $10 billion to fight climate change through a new fund called the Bezos Earth Fund.

He announced new fund in a post on Instagram.

Bezos said that the money will be used to help scientists, activists, NGOs, and “any effort that offers a real possibility” to help preserve the earth from the impact of climate change. A person close to the fund told The Verge that it would not engage in private sector investment, but focus entirely on charitable giving.

Full Story By Jay Peters at The Verge

Study Shows Deepwater Horizon Oil Spread Much Further Than Previously Known

Study Shows Deepwater Horizon Oil Spread Much Further Than Previously Known

Ten years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster sent hundreds of millions of gallons of oil across the Gulf of Mexico, researchers say the reach of the damage was far more significant than previously thought.

In a study published Wednesday in Science, Claire Paris-Limouzy and Igal Berenshtein of the University of Miami revealed that a significant amount of oil was never picked up in satellite images or captured by barriers that were meant to stop the spread.

Full Story by Julia Conley at Common Dreams

Should single-use plastics be banned?

Should single-use plastics be banned?

In October 2019, the hole in the ozone layer was the smallest it has been since it was detected. Yay, right? It’s been 35 years since the hole was discovered, sparking the scientific community to sound the alarm.

Two years after its discovery, global governments came together to ban the ozone-depleting substances. What does this have to do with banning single-use plastic?

When science confirms that a substance poses a severe and sustained threat to human health, biodiversity or the planet’s ability to support us, the only logical thing to do is to eliminate the threat.

Full Story by Sarah King & Angela Logomasini at The Star

It’s T-Shirt Weather in Antarctica as Temperature Breaks Record

It’s T-Shirt Weather in Antarctica as Temperature Breaks Record

The temperature at one research base in Antarctica reached a record-breaking 18.3 degrees Celsius (65 Fahrenheit) on Thursday, almost a full degree above the previous high set five years ago.  

Argentine scientists on the Esperanza base who confirmed the reading said that wasn’t the only record broken this week. The nation’s Marambio site registered the highest temperature for the month of February since 1971. Thermometers there hit 14.1 Celsius, above the previous February 2013 reading of 13.8 Celsius. 

Full Story by Laura Millan Lombrana at Bloomberg Green

Bumblebees’ decline points to mass extinction – study

Bumblebees’ decline points to mass extinction – study

Bumblebees are in drastic decline across Europe and North America owing to hotter and more frequent extremes in temperatures, scientists say.

A study suggests the likelihood of a bumblebee population surviving in any given place has declined by 30% in the course of a single human generation. The researchers say the rates of decline appear to be “consistent with a mass extinction”.

Full Story by PA Media at The Guardian

Rewilding can mitigate climate change, researchers report after global assessment

Rewilding can mitigate climate change, researchers report after global assessment

A new study has shown that rewilding can help to mitigate climate change, delivering a diverse range of benefits to the environment with varied regional impacts.

Research led by the University of Sussex and published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, provides a global assessment of the potential for trophic rewilding to help mitigate climate change.

Full Story by Stephanie Allen at phys.org