Monthly Archives: March 2012

Children and Earth Hour

[Translate] Organisers of the annual Earth Hour event are hoping that more young people will switch off the lights for an hour on Saturday. The campaign hopes to raise awareness of damage to the environment though carbon emissions and is … Continue reading

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The future of water in South Africa?

[Translate] The availability of freshwater presents one of the greatest risks to our global economy. The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Risk Report 2012 lists a global water supply crisis as the second most important global risk, following shortly on … Continue reading

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Failing old municipal treatment plants

[Translate] The government’s drive to ensure all South Africans have access to a reliable water supply by 2014 could be undermined by failing old municipal treatment plants, the DA warned on Tuesday. The problem lay with “weak” municipalities, which often … Continue reading

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Limits on power plant carbon for the US

[Translate] The Obama administration will press ahead on Tuesday with the first-ever limits on heat-trapping pollution from new power plants, ignoring protests from Republicans who have said the regulation will raise electricity prices and kill off coal, a dominant US … Continue reading

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Geologist warns of fracking risks

[Translate] Renowned geologist Chris Hartnady has resurrected concerns that Econometrix, the country’s largest independent macroeconomic consultancy, underplayed environmental consequences in its assessment of the potential macroeconomic benefits of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract gas in the Karoo. The report, … Continue reading

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Man-made global warming

[Translate] Extreme weather events over the past decade have increased and were “very likely” caused by man-made global warming, a study in the journal Nature Climate Change said on Sunday. Scientists at Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Research used physics, … Continue reading

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Coal power uses more water

[Translate] Although South Africa has been blessed with amazing natural resources, sadly water isn’t one of them. While we have incredible coastlines and fisheries, fertile lands for feeding the nation, and an abundance of renewable energy sources, when it comes … Continue reading

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The rippling heart of South Africa

[Translate] The Orange-Senqu river system is the rippling heart of South Africa’s economy. Its waters power the people and industries of Gauteng and about half of South Africa’s population relies on its regular flow. The San call it the Gariep … Continue reading

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Raw sewage spills into our rivers

[Translate] Raw sewage is spilling into the Harts River in Vryburg in the North West, civil rights group AfriForum said on Monday.  Chairperson Herman Swanepoel said the problem had been going on for six months. “Members of the community have … Continue reading

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“Green water” can go along way

[Translate] Our bread, meat, milk and bananas, whatever we eat demands water–more or less depending on the type of food. Agriculture is the primary water user reaching up to 90 percent of water used in some regions. With a rapidly … Continue reading

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