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Fracking: A Clear and Present Danger

I don’t like to exaggerate the impacts of the many environmental issues we face. But  it’s impossible to overstate how dangerous fracking is. Fracking stands for “hydraulic fracturing,” a highly polluting process for tapping underground pools of natural gas. It involves drilling a hole a mile deep, thousands of feet long, then pumping down millions […]

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Southern Africa: Improvements to regional groundwater management

With a view to improving development and management of groundwater in the region, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is developing several tools to empower persons and organisations involved in the management of groundwater in southern Africa. Groundwater is likely to play an even greater role for human development under changing climatic conditions hence the […]

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Fishermen, Hunters Take On Fracking

WHITELEY, Pa. — Fishermen are gearing up and hunters are taking aim – for Marcellus Shale gas drilling. A new coalition of outdoors groups is emerging as a potent force in the debate over natural gas drilling. The Sportsmen Alliance for Marcellus Conservation isn’t against the process of fracking for gas, but its members want […]

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Water is the new liquid gold

Oil companies that need water for “fracking” wells compete for access Bruce Frasier sweats in the 106-degree heat at his Carrizo Springs, Texas, farm while stacking 42-pound boxes of cantaloupes bound for Kroger supermarkets and Wal-Mart Stores. But he’s turning away all offers for his most prized commodity: water. Texas’s worst drought since record-keeping began […]

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Cape Town to study sea water desalination as water supply choices dwindle

The City of Cape Town will issue a tender for a feasibility study of a large-scale seawater desalination plant within the next month, the Department of Water Affairs has revealed. The department says the proposed study comes against the backdrop of strong population growth, which has placed considerable strain on the Western Cape’s water system, […]

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Is It True That Farmers Feed Antibiotics To Livestock To Make Them Grow Faster?

I always thought the ‘it makes them grow faster’ reasoning for why they put antibiotics in animal feed was a myth and that the truth was more complex. Farmers found they could crowd animals while keeping disease levels down – giving consistently higher meat and dairy production – if they constantly laced the feed with […]

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More Valuable than Gold

GROUNDWATER Where does it come from? Groundwater is an important part of the water cycle. It comes from rain, snow, sleet and hail that soak into the ground. The water moves down into the ground because of gravity, passing between particles of soil, sand, gravel, or rock, until it reaches a depth where the ground […]

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What would you choose: Energy or Drinking Water?

With South Africa’s 2011 Municipal elections on 18 May, this is the time to vote for the part/candidates in your area who will protect our precious water resources from shale gas fracking.  Just because Shell is interested in fracking the the Karoo, doesn’t mean it won’t do exploratory fracking in other parts of South Africa […]

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Know Your Groundwater

The subsurface water system can be divided into an unsaturated (vadose) zone that normally has air-filled spaces, and a saturated zone in which all available spaces are filled with groundwater.  Soil is an important component of the unsaturated zone, and the properties of a soil, especially its texture and structure, affect both its ability to […]

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