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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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France Becomes First Country To Ban Fracking

In a major setback for the oil and gas industry, the French Senate last week voted 176 to 151 to ban hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking), the controversial gas industry drilling method facing scrutiny the world over due to water contamination and other concerns. Once the legislation receives presidential approval, France will be the first country […]

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Pollution from China’s massive coal-burning linked to global cooling

WASHINGTON — Scientists have come up with a possible explanation for why the rise in Earth’s temperature paused for a bit during the 2000s, one of the hottest decades on record. The answer seems counterintuitive. It’s all that sulfur pollution in the air from China’s massive coal-burning, according to a new study. Sulfur particles in […]

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Magaliesburg residents lodge appeal against African Nickel

Magaliesburg residents have lodged an appeal with the mineral resources department (DMR) to prevent African Nickel (AN) from prospecting in the Golden Valley area. AN began prospecting in April – much to the dismay of environmentalists and residents.  Golden Valley is in close proximity to the Cradle of Humankind.  It also supports various farming activities, […]

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What about a bamboo water bottle?

After the big BPA scare of aught nine I decided to switch from using my Nalgene bottle, just to be on the safe side. Normally I’m not one to throw away perfectly good water bottles willy-nilly just because I heard that something might possibly be not the healthiest. At least, not without reading the research […]

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Time to Make More out of Waste

Dumping all our household waste on landfill is bad for the environment. A Spanish company teamed up with European Scientists and engineers to find the best way to ensure more of our organic rubbish is turned into biogas and compost. Hundreds of years ago, humans discovered flammable gas could be produced from rotting organic matter […]

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Meatless Mondays growing in US

A campaign to have people stop eating meat on Mondays is gaining ground in the US.  FGI Research said results from its latest online tracking survey for the Meatless Monday campaign found that US awareness has reached  50.22% – up from 30% just six months ago.  There have been no paid media ads promoting the […]

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Maximize Your Fuel Efficiency

Do Your Part by maximizing your fuel efficiency no matter what you drive. Using less gas means fewer emissions and that’s better for your wallet and the planet. Here are my top five ways of getting the most out of every gallon: First up, don’t drive aggressively. Speeding up and slamming on your brakes can […]

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Better policies can solve food crisis

The food crisis in Africa is a golden opportunity for its leaders to review policies and put long-term strategies in place that will make the region the world’s food basket. This was the message from Sindiso Ngwenya, chairperson of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).  “African farmers and the private sector […]

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