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21 Practical Tips to Help the Environment

In this list are things you can implement both indoors and outdoors to help save the environment.

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Study: Fish in drug-tainted water suffer reaction

What happens to fish that swim in waters tainted by traces of drugs that people take? When it’s an anti-anxiety drug, they become hyper, anti-social and aggressive, a study found. They even get the munchies. It may sound funny, but it could threaten the fish population and upset the delicate dynamics of the marine environment, […]

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Why are wetlands so important?

Many communities across Africa are directly dependent on wetlands for their survival, while wetlands provide indirect, but crucial services to many others. Yet despite this, these critical ecosystems are deteriorating and their capacity to provide goods and services is increasingly diminished as a result of human activities.

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Global water wars: A possibility?

Thirst may bring technical progress to a halt, UN experts warn in their report “Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk”. The authors of this document are calling for water distribution, adding that one billion people in the world do not have any access to water. Are water wars possible? Experts are trying to answer this […]

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Innovative schemes to work with water rather than against it (UK)

FLOODING has inundated 7,320 properties around the country this year, including nearly 1,900 in recent weeks. Models predict that the climate will get wetter, with more intense downpours in winter, putting more houses and businesses at risk. The damage is estimated at some £1.1 billion ($1.8 billion) a year. As floods grow more frequent, and […]

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South Africa’s winemakers use technology to cut power & water costs

South Africa’s wine producers are increasingly using modern wine-making technology in a bid to reduce power and water costs, says winemaker Johan Weidenman of Spruitdrift, in the Olifants River wine district. Weidenman said his winery had spent about R18m importing new grape-crushing machines from Germany. The machines reduced the process by at least three steps, […]

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Prevent Rainwater From Stagnating

The management of rainwater is an increasingly important priority for counties and municipalities across the United States. Impermeable surfaces such as roofs and driveways, and the poor water absorption of manicured lawns, lead to storm water running into waterways, bringing pollutants with it.

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Australia: Recycled stormwater to secure water supply

A NEW scheme to save water could help prevent harbour pollution as well as provide an ongoing water supply for Sydney, experts say. The plans, being discussed at a national water conference, would involve harvesting and recycling stormwater for non-drinking purposes.

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Alleviate rainwater runoff problems with rain gardens

There are many reasons to create landscapes in our yards – to add softness to the harsh angles of a home, to make the transition from the natural environment to the built environment appear more seamless, to abide by deed restrictions for foundation planting or simply to foster a passion for gardening. What if these […]

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