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South Africa: Wetlands under threat

It has been six years since Anglo Coal established a wetland in Mpumalanga to “offset” its encroachment on another of the province’s wetlands. Wetlands cover a mere 2.4% of South Africa’s total 122-million hectare surface area, but the benefits they deliver, from water purification to tourism, far exceed their size.

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Eco roof generates solar energy, harvests rainwater

The rise in the cost of energy along with the need to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, architects around the world have started to come up with buildings that either generate energy, save energy or try to conserve freshwater by harvesting rain. With such designs, the future of architecture definitely seems green, but buildings […]

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Zimbabwe: Minister urges rainwater harvesting

Water Resources Development and Management minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo has urged residents to take advantage of the rains and harvest rainwater especially in areas like Bulawayo where stringent water shedding was introduced last year.

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Adaptation planning needed to protect poor from climate risks

Communities with low socioeconomic status based on income, education and housing would be the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new Water Research Commission (WRC) study showed.

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Northern Algeria suffering from recurring water shortages

The mountainous district of Bouzeguène, situated in northern Algeria’s Kabylie region, has been suffering from recurring water shortages, much to the anger of local residents. Our Observer points the finger at an obsolete pipe system and poor management by the state company in charge of water distribution.

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Water conservation incentives for U.S. Embassies

Facing mandates from the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and a 2009 executive order from President Obama, federal government agencies are working to reduce energy and potable water consumption in their buildings. Compliance should help these agencies cut their costs and carbon footprints. But for the State Department, which manages some 19,000 buildings […]

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Namib Desert beetle inspiration for self-filling water bottle

A US start-up has turned to nature to help bring water to arid areas by drawing moisture from the air. NBD Nano aims to mimic the way a beetle survives in an African desert to create a self-filling water bottle capable of storing up to three litres every hour.

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Global Warming From the Roof of the World

Sometimes described as the engine of the global climate system because of its role in climate and water systems, the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in western China, with its fragile and sensitive ecosystem, is considered a “canary in the coal mine” for global climate change.

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Water scarcity affecting profitability of South African farms

Dwindling profitability and water scarcity have left South Africa with less than two-thirds of the number of food-producing farms it had in the early 1990s, says the latest agricultural trends report by the World Wide Fund for Nature in South Africa. The report indicates that failed land reform projects and the flight of commercial farmers […]

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