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Environmental Affairs Minister warns polluters will pay

Those responsible for contaminating South African land will pay, Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Wednesday. “We have taken the view that the cost of reducing pollution must be shared between people who are responsible for waste: the polluters,” she told a waste management conference in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg. “We are now saying […]

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World Water Week focus on water quality progress

Progress in efforts to improve water quality as a response to challenges facing the global water sector will be in the spotlight when delegates meet for this year’s World Water Week (WWW) in Sweden. Water and Environmental Affairs Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi will on Friday depart to Stockholm, where she will be representing South Africa. […]

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Kick the Bottle Habit

Save resources by drinking from a glass whenever you can, or use a refillable, stainless steel bottle when you are on the go. Ever wonder where most of those plastic water bottles go that we knock back from every day? Into landfills, where they live on and on and on and on. Exempt from many […]

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River mismanagement behind massive Pakistan flooding

Years of river mismanagement have made the massive floods in Pakistan, which have inundated a fifth of the country and rendered millions of people homeless, worse, experts have said. The Indus River is considered as Pakistan’s lifeline, and since the partition in 1947 people have expanded the canal system to cater to the needs of […]

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Severe Global Water Shortages Seen Taking Root in Developing Nations

The near absence of fresh water for the human population is already beginning to impact many sectors of the world, notably with the current situation in India. By the year 2020, most major Indian cities are projected to run dry, according to data from the World Bank.  Severe water shortage had already led to a […]

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Special task team to investigate acid water drainage in SA

Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has been mandated to urgently convene a special task team to investigate acid water drainage in some provinces. Briefing the media on Thursday following Cabinet’s regular Wednesday meeting, government spokesman Themba Maseko said the task team would develop a clear and co-ordinated strategy to deal with the matter. Cabinet was […]

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President Jacob Zuma Faces Water Pollution Charge

President Jacob Zuma and the Minister of Environment and Water Affairs, Buyelwa Sonjica, have been charged under Section 151 of the National Water Act in a bid to get them to answer for rampant pollution in the Hartbeespoort area. Environment and Conservation Association chairwoman Nicole Barlow filed the charges at the Hartbeespoort police station yesterday. […]

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Climate Change & Politics are Inseparable

Some things we take for granted, like a predictable climate and a temperate earth. Oops. Our carbon emissions are fundamentally changing that climate — faster and more radically than we imagined. Humanity now has an unprecedented choice. Do we deny, ignore and selfishly delay until it’s too late? Or do we rise to the challenge? […]

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Worst Impact of Climate Change May Be How Humanity Reacts to It

The way that humanity reacts to climate change may do more damage to many areas of the planet than climate change itself unless we plan properly, an important new study published in Conservation Letters by Conservation International’s Will Turner and a group of other leading scientists has concluded. The paper Climate change: helping nature survive […]

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