Monthly Archives: April 2012

Wind farms may affect weather

[Translate] Large wind farms may have a warming effect on the local climate, research in the United States shows, casting a shadow over the long-term sustainability of wind power. Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels contribute … Continue reading

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Gautrain still has water

[Translate] At places in the Gautrain tunnel there is four times the water agreed to with the contractor. This could shorten the life of the train system and kill off plants in the environment. The problem persists even after the … Continue reading

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Antarctica ice shelves are shrinking

[Translate] Antarctica’s massive ice shelves are shrinking because they are being eaten away from below by warm water, a new study finds. That suggests that future sea levels could rise faster than many scientists have been predicting. The western chunk … Continue reading

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“Green” building for Singapore

[Translate] From the bone-chilling air conditioning that pumps through Singapore’s malls and offices to lights that burn all night, the city state is one of Asia’s most intensive energy users. Nearly all electricity used by the industrialised island is produced … Continue reading

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Increased water supply tariffs

[Translate] The already existing socio-political pressures in South Africa stemming from high unemployment, widespread poverty, service delivery discontent, sharply increased electricity tariffs, runaway fuel prices and ever-rising food prices could soon be exacerbated by sharply increased water supply tariffs. Minister … Continue reading

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Huge volumes of underground water for Africa

[Translate] Huge reserves of underground water in some of the driest parts of Africa could provide a buffer against the effects of climate change for years to come, scientists said on Friday. Researchers from the British Geological Survey and University … Continue reading

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ABSA get five-star Green Star certification

[Translate] The Green Building Council of South Africa has given Absa Towers West five-star certification for its environmentally friendly design. ABSA Towers West on the eastern edge of the Johannesburg inner city is the first South African building to receive … Continue reading

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Still no water for Diepsloot

[Translate] It was not known when the drinking water supply in parts of Diepsloot would be fully restored, Johannesburg Water said on Thursday. “I can’t say when the water will be restored but we are doing everything possible,” said spokesperson … Continue reading

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Water crisis will cost billions

[Translate] Over R570-billion will be needed for investment across South Africa’s water value chain, in the coming 10 years, according to Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa. The money is needed to pay for water resources infrastructure, water … Continue reading

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Water shortages will impact business within 5 years

[Translate] Water scarcity and declining quality are likely to adversely impact on major companies within five years, making water conservation, water efficiency and effective water management an immediate challenge. Urging companies to act now, SA’s first Water Disclosure Report reveals … Continue reading

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