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Funding for transfrontier park:

The Sunday Times reports that the World Bank's GEF (Global Environment Facility) will be making a $15.4 million grant to the development of the Maluti-Drakensberg Transfrotier Park.

The funding agreement was signed last week by South African Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa at a special ceremony in Johanesburg together with his Lesotho counterpart Lebohang Ntsinyi.

According to the report, the development is scheduled to be completed in two years.

World Bank country director Fayez Omar is quoted as saying that this should be viewed "as a practical example of the type of partnerships that could be developed between the bank and southern African countries."

Full Sunday Times article

Some alarming Consumption facts!

  • Percent of junk mail never opened: 11. Source: Direct Marketing Association
  • Percent of junk mail recycled: 5.2. Source: Advertising Mail Marketing Association
  • Amount of trash thrown out by average person annually: 1,500 pounds. Source: Embracing the Earth, Mark Harris
  • Amount of trash thrown out by person who composts: 375 pounds. Source: Embracing the Earth, Mark Harris
  • Amount of money spent by Americans on lawn care aid annually: $6 billion. Source: Warren Schultz, The Chemical-Free Lawn
  • Increased likelihood that children who live in homes where chemical weed and insect killers are used will develop cancer: four times. Source: American Journal of Public Health, February 1995
  • Number of miles logged by the average commuter every year: 4,000. Source: U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Percentage more work accomplished by stay-at-home telecommuter versus in-office commuter: 20. Source: JALA International
  • Percentage of solar energy absorbed by dark-colored roofing material: 70
  • Percentage by which cooling bills could be cut if roofing material were white: 10. Source: EEREC, Cooling Your Home Naturally
  • Percentage of solar energy a Norway maple can prevent from striking a house: 75. Source: Energy-Efficient and Environmental Landscaping
  • Gallons of water flushed down conventional toilets annually by average family: 29,200. Source: How to Get Water Smart
  • Gallons of water flushed down low-flow toilets annually by average family: 8,760. Source: How to Get Water Smart
  • Number of people per car in United States: 1.8. Source: Statistical Record of the Environment
  • Number of people per car in China: 1,074. Source: Statistical Record of the Environment
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