Monthly Archives: July 2013

$71 billion needed to meet the SA’s growing demand for water

[Translate] South Africa will look to the bond markets, banks and increasing customer revenue to finance the 700 billion rand ($71 billion) needed to meet the country’s growing demand for water, the Department of Water Affairs said. Africa’s largest economy … Continue reading

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Contamination of the sea

[Translate] The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant said on Monday that contaminated ground water had possibly been flowing into the sea, acknowledging such a leakage for the first time. Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco, made the … Continue reading

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SA must start fracking NOW!

[Translate] The US Energy Information Administration says South Africa has the eighth-largest technically recoverable shale-gas resources in the world. It estimates these resources, located in the Karoo, to be 11-trillion cubic metres. This is huge. Mossgas was developed on the … Continue reading

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29 Greenpeace activists arrested

[Translate] Police on Monday arrested 29 Greenpeace activists who snuck into a nuclear plant in southern France, in the latest break-in by the environmental group aimed at highlighting alleged security weaknesses at atomic facilities. The activists managed to enter the … Continue reading

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South Africa should focus energy efforts on renewables.

[Translate] An environmental organisation has said that the production delays at the Medupi power plant are an indicator that South Africa should focus energy efforts on renewables. “The difficulties arising at Medupi present a lesson for South Africa. Large bulk … Continue reading

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More controversy around fracking

[Translate] Powerful earthquakes thousands of km away can trigger swarms of minor quakes near waste water-injection wells like those used in oil and gas recovery, scientists reported on Thursday, sometimes followed months later by quakes big enough to destroy buildings.The … Continue reading

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