Friday, April 30, 2010

Botswana :: Why schools should close during winter
Young as they are, especially at primary level, children are forced to wake up early on a cold winter mornings. Watching these six-year olds, walking long distances, some of them scantily dressed and barefooted, can be a very painful sight. Many of them, especially in the rural areas or townships come from poor families without the wherewithal to dress their families for the winter season.

In some cases, because of the chilly weather, the children abscond from school. This obviously has an adverse impact on their performance making it difficult for us as a nation to achieve one of the key pillars of Vision 2016, which envisages an educated and informed nation. Also because of the biting weather, most of those in attendance will find it difficult to pay attention to their teacher. Even their teachers are affected by the cold weather and are likely to spend a good part of the day trying to keep warm.
Coal Sans CO2: Appealing Pipe Dream - Dot Earth Blog -
Overall, I have yet to see anyone rebut the simple calculations of Vaclav Smil, the resource and risk polymath at the University of Manitoba, who has shown how capturing and processing just a small percentage of today’s CO2 from coal combustion would require as much pipeline and other infrastructure as is now used globally to get oil — a costly commodity — out of the ground. Imagine the price required on carbon to make that doable beyond boutique scale.
Green Scheme is Greatest Scam on Earth
We used to have a few names for people selling nothing but hot air… con-men, snake oil salesmen, charlatans and thieves. But today’s society has been indoctrinated to think “carbon credits” (hot air) are a good deal, worth enriching only a handful of leftist elitists like Al Gore, who are raking in billions in cold cash selling nothing but hot air. - Weather News | Honeybees Suffer More Losses Following Harsh Winter
The harsh winter of 2009-10 is being blamed for contributing to the stunting of North America's already-dwindling honeybee population.

According to the results of a survey conducted by the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), bee losses over the winter totaled 33.8 percent.

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