Monthly Archives: February 2012

45% of water lost due to leaking taps

[Translate] About 45% of water purified for human use in Kimberley is lost through leaks, a municipal study has found. The study, commissioned by the Sol Plaatje municipality in 2010, found that only 26.2% of the water it distributed was … Continue reading

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Africa faces water shortages by 2025

[Translate] Recent statistics and developments indicate that availability of the precious liquid ‑ or blue gold as it is now called ‑ is declining and has the potential to be a major source of military conflict. And SADC is not … Continue reading

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SA will start running out of water

[Translate] South Africa will start running out of water 13 years from now without better management, according to Treasury’s 2012 Budget Review, tabled on Wednesday. “On current projections, South Africa’s water demand will outstrip available supply between 2025 and 2030,” … Continue reading

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Residents are drinking polluted water in Mpumalanga

[Translate] Carolina residents in Mpumalanga who cannot afford bottled water have resorted to drinking the town’s polluted water to quench their thirst. Many have fallen ill and ended up in local clinics and hospitals. It is therefore best you buy … Continue reading

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SA and Biofuel

[Translate] South Africa plans to invest R2bn to build an ethanol plant and help a nascent biofuels sector that could reduce the country’s reliance on imported fuel, an industry player said on Monday. South Africa imports about 60% of its … Continue reading

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Global warming will get worse

[Translate] As agricultural methods accelerate the rate of soil erosion, which depletes the amount of carbon the soil is able to store, a United Nations’ Environment Programme report said on Monday. Soil contains huge quantities of carbon in the form … Continue reading

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The slow melting Himalayan Glaciers

[Translate] Himalayan glaciers and ice caps that supply water to more than a billion people in Asia are losing mass up to 10 times less quickly than once feared, reports a study published on Thursday. Based on an improved analysis … Continue reading

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Endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in Indonesian

[Translate] Conservation group WWF said it spotted 18 critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in Indonesian waters off Borneo Island on Tuesday and called for greater protection of the species’ habitat. There is little data on the Irrawaddy dolphin – which resembles … Continue reading

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Experts concernd about Antarctic drilling

[Translate] Experts on Monday raised questions over the scientific benefit and environmental impact of Russia’s feat in drilling into a virgin lake under Antarctica’s ice sheet. Kerosene, which the Russians used as antifreeze to prevent the borehole from closing up … Continue reading

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Wetlands conservation crucial for tourism

[Translate] Water and Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi on Thursday highlighted the importance of wetlands conservation, saying they were important for tourism and community livelihoods. She marked World Wetlands Day at an event held at the Makuleke Wetlands in … Continue reading

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