Monthly Archives: September 2011

Water scarcity will hit SA

[Translate] Lack of water and food in South Africa is a critical threat as climate change takes hold, environmental organisations have warned. “It’s very hard to stipulate one major threat because you’re dealing with such a diversity as climate change, … Continue reading

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Eskom signs loans for wind project

[Translate] Johannesburg – Eskom signed two loan agreements totalling $365m with the African Development Bank on Sunday, which will enable it to implement a renewable wind and solar generator, the electricity parastatal said. “These are exciting times for Eskom,” CEO … Continue reading

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Atacama Solar Challenge, the first solar car race in Latin America

[Translate] The abundance of the solar resource in the country and the challenges in the efficient use of energy are among the objectives of the Atacama Solar Challenge, the first solar car race in Latin America, that will be held … Continue reading

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Water shortages for Polokwane

[Translate] Polokwane is faced with severe water shortages as levels at the main reservoirs supplying its residents are declining at an alarming rate, the Limpopo municipality said. A shortfall of 6.6 megalitres was recorded over the past three weeks in … Continue reading

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World water crisis spurs inventors

[Translate] Solutions such as fog catchers, seawater greenhouses and fuel cells powered by microscopic bacteria are on show to help secure water supply and food production as rising population and climate change put the world’s natural resources under strain. Water … Continue reading

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Kia sets fuel record

[Translate] Kia Motors has set a new Guinness World Record for the lowest fuel consumption in a hybrid petrol vehicle, while on a road-trip in America through all 48 adjoining US states. Drivers Wayne Gerdes from Wadsworth, Illinois, and Chris … Continue reading

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Rhino calf saved by getting stuck in tree

[Translate] A 3-week old white rhino calf was trapped for at least eight hours in the fork of a young thorn tree after its mother, named Alpha, was shot by poachers on a game farm in Assen, near Pretoria. The … Continue reading

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Green laws take no prisoners

[Translate] The National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) and its regulations provide for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to be conducted to ascertain the impact that a particular “listed” activity will have on the environment, and to assess the risks involved. … Continue reading

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Fracking worse than coal

[Translate] Research showing that a shift from coal to natural gas-based energy would have a limited effect on climate was “exactly why” SA’s moratorium on shale gas prospecting was appropriate, commentators said yesterday. The research feeds into the often heated … Continue reading

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Acid Mine Water, Government not serious

[Translate] The Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) on Monday accused the government of not taking acid mine drainage seriously. “How can citizens believe their government is taking global issues of climate change… seriously when they cannot even address the … Continue reading

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