Monthly Archives: April 2011

‘Ground zero’ of the fracking boom

[Translate] Last June, Tony Zaffuto arrived at his fieldstone cabin in the forested hills of Pennsylvania’s SB Elliott state park, to find a notice pinned on the front door: “Danger. Do not occupy dwelling.” A blow-out at a gas well … Continue reading

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Earth Day organisers call for ‘a billion acts of green’

[Translate] If the environmental movement has a high holiday, Earth Day is it. The annual effort to raise public awareness about the environment and inspire actions to clean it up marks its 41st anniversary on Friday, coinciding with the Christian … Continue reading

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SA cities must prepare for water demand

[Translate] South African cities need to prepare for rapidly increasing oil prices, unpredictable rainfall patterns and fresh water demand, according to a State of the Cities Report released on Wednesday. “City managers, responsible for acting in the best interests of … Continue reading

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The human polar bear takes on Shell

[Translate] PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS: This is the content of a short speech given on Friday night in Cape Town by Lewis Gordon Pugh OIG (a.k.a. the Human Polar Bear) about the proposed fracking for gas in the Karoo, by … Continue reading

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Farmers say ‘no fracking way’ to Shell

[Translate] Shell’s plans to drill wells for natural gas across a large swathe of the Karoo are fatally flawed and should be rejected, according to lawyers representing local landowners. Derek Light Attorneys criticised Shell’s environmental management plan submitted to the … Continue reading

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Eskom to cut solar rebates

[Translate] Eskom will reduce its rebates on solar water heaters at the end of April, the power utility said on Friday. “A year ago, the rebate was doubled to stimulate demand for solar geysers, but we said at the time … Continue reading

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No water licence if fracking is deemed dangerous – Minister

[Translate] If Shell’s plans to “frack” for shale gas in the Karoo are found to have a negative impact on the region’s water reserves, it will not be issued a water license, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday. … Continue reading

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Shale gas carbon footprint bigger than coal?

[Translate] Shale gas, an energy source enjoying a boom in North America and Europe, carries a greater carbon footprint than oil, coal and conventional gas over at least a 20-year period, according to a study released on Tuesday. Scientists led … Continue reading

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Penguin numbers in Simon’s Town drop

[Translate] Cape Town – Penguins waddle over giant boulders and dive into the shallow turquoise sea to the delight of camera-ready tourists near the tip of South Africa. The birds are a top attraction in Simon’s Town, but their numbers … Continue reading

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Pandor welcomes SKA signings

[Translate] Cape Town – Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Thursday welcomed the signing of a letter of intent by nine countries to see the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope built. South Africa, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, … Continue reading

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