Monthly Archives: January 2012

Coral reefs can cope with the rising sea temperatures

[Translate] There is further evidence that coral reefs can cope with the rising sea temperatures associated with climate change. Researchers working on the Great Barrier Reef have found that the assembly of 2 900 individual reefs stretching 2 600km down … Continue reading

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Water supply affected by heavy rains

[Translate] Heavy rains in Limpopo in the past week have damaged infrastructure and affected the water supply in and around Hoedspruit, a local official said on Thursday. “There is a serious shortage of water in the Hoedspruit area as all … Continue reading

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Agriculture is part of the solution

[Translate] Agriculture is part of the solution to the world’s environmental challenge and must play a key role at next June’s Rio summit on sustainable development, the Brazilian head of the UN food agency said here on Tuesday. “Agriculture ministers … Continue reading

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Europe could cool due to a pool of Arctic water

[Translate] A huge pool of fresh water in the Arctic Ocean is expanding and could lower the temperature of Europe by causing an ocean current to slow down, British scientists said on Sunday. Using satellites to measure sea surface height … Continue reading

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CSIR invents new water treatment

[Translate] A new technology that could potentially limit the impact of acid mine water has been invented in South Africa. The CSIR has developed a new process to reclaim high-quality precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) from calcium-rich industrial solid waste. High-quality … Continue reading

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Oregon volcano to boost green energy

[Translate] Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 91 million litres of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Oregon to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to … Continue reading

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Kruger National Park get 150 extra rangers

[Translate] An additional 150 rangers will be deployed to the Kruger National Park this year in a bid to combat rhino poaching, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Sunday. Molewa, addressing a National Press Club briefing in Pretoria, said … Continue reading

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Take down the kingpins of poaching

[Translate] Investigators need to do more to take down the kingpins of rhino poaching syndicates, the WWF urged on Monday. CEO of WWF-South Africa, Dr Morné du Plessis, said rhino poaching is being conducted by sophisticated international criminal syndicates that … Continue reading

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Complete ban on Ivory please

[Translate] The International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) on Tuesday called for a complete ban of the trade in ivory after the seizure in Malaysia of an illegal ivory consignment shipped from Cape Town. “The operations with Interpol are vital … Continue reading

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The first Green street lights up

[Translate] South Africa’s first resource-saving “green street” was launched by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), the country’s official authority on green building, this past week. The Cop17 legacy project involves thirty low income homes in a street … Continue reading

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