Monthly Archives: July 2012

Carbon-sucking funnels found

[Translate] Scientists said on Sunday they had unravelled the mechanism by which Earth-warming carbon is sucked deep into the Southern Ocean to be safely locked away – a process that may itself be threatened by climate change. Wind, eddies and … Continue reading

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Pilanesberg Nature Reserve’s newest weapon

[Translate] Russell, a Belgian shepherd dog, is the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve’s newest weapon against rhino poachers. Beeld newspaper reported on Monday that Russell and his handler walked around the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve in the North West on Sunday – the … Continue reading

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The “greenest Olympics ever” falls short

[Translate] The “greenest Olympics ever” could have been a great deal greener than they will be, says a critical new report that finds fault with the handling of the Games’ environmental impact. On key issues such as energy, waste and … Continue reading

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Carolina water “clean and drinkable”

[Translate] Water supplied to Carolina is “clean and drinkable”, Gert Sibande District Municipality acting manager Vusi Ngcobo said on Monday. He said samples taken on Friday from five points in the water supply system were found to be clean. The … Continue reading

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Alarm bells for water

[Translate] Alarm bells are ringing louder as stakeholders expressed concern last week that South Africa would experience a critical water shortage by 2050 if innovative programmes were not put in place urgently. Industry insiders said the country would “run dry” … Continue reading

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Critical point for energy options

[Translate] South Africa is at a critical point where any means to increase energy supply should be explored, Energy Minister Dipuo Peterssaid on Tuesday. She said energy developments such as fracking explored ways to keep the lights on. “President Jacob … Continue reading

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Working together to conserve water

[Translate] South Africans need to work together for water conservation, Water Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said on Tuesday. “Research says that by 2050 we won’t have any water left, if we don’t change our ways. “We have programmes in … Continue reading

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“Love Red, Think Green” for July

[Translate] The theme for this year’s Durban July is a tough one. “A Material World? Love Red, Think Green” asks fashionistas to look at minimising their environmental footprint by using recycled materials in their creations – kind of “red-siren-meets-eco-warrior”. Here … Continue reading

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Harmony appeal for relief declined

[Translate] Harmony Gold Mining Company must continue paying for pumping and treating acid mine water in and around the Orkney gold mine, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled on Monday. Judge Tati Makgoka dismissed an application by the … Continue reading

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Rising seas due to melting glaciers

[Translate] Rising sea levels cannot be stopped over the next several hundred years, even if deep emissions cuts lower global average temperatures, but they can be slowed down, climate scientists say. A lot of climate research shows that rising greenhouse … Continue reading

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