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Using Water Hyacinth (seaweed) to create everyday household products

Achenyo Idachaba, C.E.O, Mitimeth, is working with rural communities in using water hyacinth (seaweed) to create everyday household products. Achenyo very recently (Jan, 2016) spoke at a TED Women gathering about the process and the incredible environmental and social implications of this meaningful work. Rainharvest.co.za adds: Water hyacinth is a free floating, or mud rooted plant, […]

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Carolina residents demand clean water

Judgment is expected today in an urgent application for access to clean water in Carolina, Mpumalanga. Lawyers for Human Rights and the Legal Resources Centre, acting for the Federation for a Sustainable Environment and Silobela Concerned Community, filed an urgent application in the High Court in Pretoria when no agreement could be reached with the […]

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World Wildlife Fund (WWF) calls for protection of ‘no-go’ mining areas

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF South Africa), together with numerous South African non-governmental organisations and the Centre for Environmental Rights, has handed over a list of areas to the Minister of Mineral Resources, Susan Shabangu, to be declared ‘no-go mining zones’. The list is aimed at assisting the minister in exercising her discretion […]

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Ecological Aspects of Artificial Water Provision in African Ecosystems

Waterholes play an important role in regulating animal behaviour and they influence the functioning of ecosystems.  Some examples include: Most conflicts between different species and between members of the same species occur when waterholes, water supplies or drinking space are limited.  Aggressive animals such as elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo have been known to kill and […]

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How To Stop Soil Erosion In Your Garden (Video)

Slowing Water Stops Soil Erosion At its simplest level soil erosion is caused by water washing away soil. Stopping soil erosion is not rocket science either. By reading the land, watching out for heavy slopes and gulleys, and understanding the flow of water on your property, you can identify where water is washing down and […]

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Japan Nuclear Plant: Radioactive Water Still Spilling Into Ocean

TOKYO — Japanese nuclear power plant operator TEPCO expects to stop pumping radioactive water into the ocean on Monday, days later than planned, a step that would help ease international concern about the spread of radiation from a smashed nuclear plant. Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Democratic Party was likely to be punished at Sunday’s local […]

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Why Do Sea Turtles Need Solar Panels?

Five things you may or may not know about sea turtles: They can live 80 years or longer. They’re important to ocean and beach ecology. They’re immune to (and happily feed on) deadly box jellyfish. All seven species worldwide are either endangered or critically endangered. And solar panels might be their salvation. People sometimes ask […]

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A Guide to Terminology about Radiation Exposure

Sometimes it must seem as though reports on releases of radioactive materials from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami are going out of their way to confuse people. Some reports talk about millisieverts while others talk about rem or becquerels, when what most people really want to […]

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Top 5 Eco Video Games

Video games have come a long way from the days of idly twiddling a joystick in an attempt to sneak some white pixels past a slowly moving line. These days, video games allow players to build economies and cities, pit one civilization against another, and manage intense simulations that rivel the best scientific models in […]

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