Monthly Archives: August 2011

The leader of a Rhino horn syndicate in court

[Translate] The alleged leader of a rhino horn trafficking syndicate is set to apply for bail in Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, the SA Revenue Service said. “Chumlong Lemtongthai is the only person who has been formally charged in … Continue reading

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CO2 to be pumped into rocks

[Translate] Sometime next month, on the steaming fringes of an Icelandic volcano, an international team of scientists will begin pumping “seltzer water” into a deep hole, producing a brew that will lock away carbon dioxide forever. Chemically disposing of CO2, … Continue reading

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New solutions for water conservation

[Translate] It has become a “moral imperative” for major businesses operating in South Africa to adopt water saving schemes for their buildings, thereby helping the country sustain the declining resource. CEO of car rental company Avis, Wayne Duvenage, did not … Continue reading

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Johannesburg is dying

[Translate] SA has sacrificed its water for gold and gold has therefore become a curse as acid mine drainage is affecting the economy and health of citizens, says CEO of the Federation for a Sustainable Environment, Mariette Liefferink. Acid water … Continue reading

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Eskom has new funds for solar geysers

[Translate] Eskom has an allocation of R45m a month to spend on solar-geyser and heat-pump rebates. This will last for seven months. A media report recently warned that that money was fast running out to fund rebates. But Eskom’s media … Continue reading

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WWF salutes fracking freeze

[Translate] Cape Town – The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) welcomed South Africa’s extended freeze on shale gas prospecting, saying more investigation was needed on the controversial process. “This is an important and welcome example of leadership from government,” … Continue reading

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Fracking opponents slated

[Translate] The Karoo Shale Gas Community Forum on Thursday said fracking critics are ignoring the needs of the Karoo’s poverty-stricken residents. The forum’s members attended a briefing by Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu in Cape Town. Spokesperson Vuyisa Jantjies used … Continue reading

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Melting ice drives walruses onto land

[Translate] Fast-melting Arctic sea ice appears to be pushing walruses to haul themselves out onto land, and many are moving around the area where oil leases have been sold, the US Geological Survey reports. Walruses are accomplished divers and frequently … Continue reading

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Red lights flash for SA rivers

[Translate] Water affairs officials were unable to tell MPs on Wednesday whether the health of South Africa’s rivers was improving or worsening, but a rash of red spots across maps they presented suggested the latter. Briefing members of Parliament’s water … Continue reading

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Fracking moratorium extended a further 6 months

[Translate] Mining Minister Susan Shabanguhas extended a moratorium on prospecting for shale gas for a further six months, to allow time for public consultation on the matter. The extension would be published in the Government Gazette, she told journalists at … Continue reading

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