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Reaction: Paris Climate Change Agreement Will Come Into Force

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Richard Benyon, MP for Newbury and former Environment Minister, has welcomed the Paris climate change agreement now that it will come into force next month [1], and said it will enhance opportunities for British industry:

“The speedy ratification of the Paris climate agreement is fantastic news. The Prime Minister and her Cabinet are to be congratulated for signaling unequivocally Britain’s backing, which of course continues the long history of Conservative leadership on tackling climate change stretching back to Margaret Thatcher,” he said.

“Britain now has a real chance to cement the opportunities presented by the low-carbon transition into the heart of a new industrial strategy, as Greg Clark highlighted in his Conference speech yesterday.

“The reality is that Britain is engaged on a transition to clean energy – today’s news that solar power generated more electricity that coal-fired power stations over the last six months is the latest indication that new, clean technologies are supplanting the dirty ones of the last century – and we’re excellently placed to shine as this new industrial revolution gathers pace.” [2]

Guy Smith, National Farmers Union (NFU) Vice President, also welcomed the news:

“Following the historic 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, its ratification this year by a majority of world Governments opens the door to a wealth of opportunities for farmers, at home and worldwide, to deliver clean energy alongside other beneficial environmental outcomes,” he said.

“NFU members are on the front line of climate change, and among the first to see the impacts of extreme weather events such as flooding and drought. Tackling both the causes and effects of climate change will be vital to make our food supply more resilient.

“Farmers need to be investing in better buildings, better drainage, and better irrigation in the face of increasingly volatile weather – and they need profitable business income from both food and non-food production to enable those investments.”

Marylyn Haines Evans, Chair of Public Affairs Committee, National Federation of Women’s Institutes said that globally, women are often most vulnerable to climate change:

“The WI has campaigned on environmental issues for many years, and we’re proud that so many of our members have joined calls for action to tackle the threat posed by climate change. It poses risks to so many things, like the British countryside that we love and want to preserve for future generations, and to women worldwide, who are often most vulnerable to the changing climate,” she said.

The approval of the Paris Agreement is fantastic news, but it does not mean that the problem is solved.

“We will keep working with our members to make sure that climate change remains a priority with our leaders in the coming months and years, and one of the top priorities must be to keep building clean, sustainable energy for everyone in Britain.”

Lord Michael Howard of Lympne commented:

“Politics has thrown up many surprises in recent months, but in many ways the Paris Agreement is the most remarkable. For such a deal to be brought into force less than a year after its agreement is almost unprecedented in the history of the United Nations, and signals unequivocally the desire of all nations to move forward together and find a solution to the problem of climate change.

“For Britain, the agreement presents clear opportunities for our businesses to take advantage of the opportunities that the global transition to a low-carbon economy presents. This is true now more than ever as we look to forge new global partnerships, where British expertise in sectors like offshore wind, low-emission vehicles and clean finance are already in demand.

“The Prime Minister and her new Cabinet are to be congratulated for signaling their support for the Paris Agreement, and ensuring that Britain retains its place at the heart of this profoundly important global treaty.”

 

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Extra-Mile Water Conservation Efforts Amidst Shortage

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While some states are literally flooding due to heavy rains and run-off, others are struggling to get the moisture they need. States like Arizona and California have faced water emergencies for the last few years; water conserving efforts from citizens help keep them out of trouble.

If your area is experiencing a water shortage, there are a few things you can do to go the extra mile.

Repair and Maintain Appliances

Leaks around the house – think showerheads, toilets, dishwashers, and more – lead to wasted water. Beyond that, the constant flow of water will cause water damage to your floors and walls. Have repairs done as soon as you spot any problems.

Sometimes, a leak won’t be evident until it gets bad. For that reason, make appointments to have your appliances inspected and maintained at least once per year. This will extend the life of each machine as well as nip water loss in the bud.

When your appliances are beyond repair, look into Energy Star rated replacements. They’re designed to use the least amount of water and energy possible, without compromising on effectiveness.

Only Run Dishwasher and Washer When Full

It might be easier to do a load of laundry a day rather than doing it once per week, but you’ll waste a lot more water this way. Save up your piles of clothes until you have enough to fully load the washing machine. You could also invest in a washing machine that senses the volume of water needed according to the volume of clothes.

The same thing goes with the dishwasher. Don’t push start until you’ve filled it to capacity. If you have to wash dishes, don’t run the water while you’re washing. Fill the sink or a small bowl a quarter of the way full and use this to wash your dishes.

Recycle Water in Your Yard

Growing a garden in your backyard is a great way to cut down on energy and water waste from food growers and manufacturers, but it will require a lot more water on your part. Gardens must be watered, and this often leads to waste.

You can reduce this waste by participating in water recycling. Using things like a rain barrel, pebble filtering system, and other tools, you can save thousands of gallons a year and still keep your landscaping and garden beautiful and healthy.

Landscape with Drought-Resistant Plants

Recycling water in your yard is a great way to reduce your usage, but you can do even more by reducing the amount of water required to keep your yard looking great. The best drought-resistant plants are those that are native to the area. In California, for example, succulents grow very well, and varieties of cactus do well in states like Arizona or Texas.

Install Water-Saving Features

The average American household uses between 80 and 100 gallons of water every single day. You obviously can’t cut out things like showering or using the toilet, but you can install a few water-saving tools to make your water use more efficient.

There are low-flow showerheads, toilets, and faucet aerators. You could also use automatic shut-off nozzles, shower timers, and grey water diverters. Any of these water saving devices can easily cut your water usage in half.

Research Laws and Ordinances for Your City

Dry states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada must create certain laws to keep the water from running out. These laws are put into practice for the benefit of everyone, but they only work if you abide by the laws.

If you live in a state where drought is common, research your state and city’s laws. They might designate one day per week that you’re allowed to water your lawn or how full you can fill a pool. Many people are not well versed in the laws set by their states, and it would mean a lot to your community if you did your part.

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Cyprus is the Forerunner for Ecotourism

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When I was looking for a second citizenship, I happened to see One Visa’s offer on Cyprus Citizenship by investment program. I had heard about Cyprus being a beautiful country, but I did not know much else, so I decided to start my own research about this gem of a place.

After I did some research, I discovered that Cyprus is a popular destination for tourists. Unfortunately, heavy tourism and the associated development affected villages here and there, with some communities being slowly abandoned. To avoid this from happening any further, Cyprus went into ecotourism, and today, it is the forerunner in this arena. Let’s look in further detail at ecotourism in Cyprus here.

How was it started?

It all started in 2006 with the launch of the “Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.” This program has the sole scope of promoting ecotourism developments in the tourism industry. It concentrates on those areas which require conservation and environmental safety. At the same time, it helps develop social, as well as economic statuses in the rural parts of Cyprus. Through this program, the government was able to acknowledge that ecotourism will play an essential role in the future of Cyprus, with the concept gaining momentum among tourists from all over the globe.

How to go about it?

So, now you are interested in going for an ecotourism vacation in Cyprus. How will you go about it? I would immediately say that everyone should visit the quaint Cypriot villages spread throughout the island. These communities have a smaller population, and not many tourists visit. They make for a great relaxing spot. Enjoy seeing the bustle of village life go by where simple pleasures abound. Most hamlets are linked by specific minibus tours which ferry tourists to these havens. These trips will have a regular schedule, aimed at promoting ecotourism further. Such tours will be regulated to ensure that while the villages can benefit and develop, they do not get overpopulated or overcrowded with tourists. Therefore, you can be sure to enjoy the beautiful sceneries that nature has to offer here.

If you are wondering if there are any activities to do here, my answer would be: “Yes, plenty.” You can go for some guided walks across various regions here. Here you will be able to explore the diversified natural beauty and wildlife of the area. Several agritourism activities and services are planned to open shortly. Once launched, you will be able to engage in picking olives, milking goats, and several other such events here.

What can be learned?

Although we are aware that natural resources need to be preserved, we do not always remember it in real life. When we go on tours such as these, we can realize the significance of protecting nature. Also, when more and more people visit these places, the concept of ecotourism will become popular among more people. Awareness about ecotourism is set to grow and spread throughout the world. Subsequently, sustainable tourism will gain popularity around the globe with Cyprus being the forerunner for ecotourism .

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