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Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa Launched

The Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (Eapasa) was launched on Thursday. Eapasa aims to advance the quality of environmental assessment practice in South Africa by establishing, promoting and maintaining registration of environmental assessment practitioners. The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) reported that government and the Eapasa would commit themselves to putting in place […]

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The 12 Most Affordable Fuel-Efficient New Cars

Forget the buzz about hybrid and electric cars. For the budget conscious, these are your best buy new cars. These 12 models each get 30 mpg or better, and cost less than $17,500 – including the cost of a year’s worth of fuel. 1 of 12 2011 Hyundai Accent Cost: $9,985 Fuel economy: 30 mpg […]

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Why Even Climate Change Skeptics Should Go Solar

While many people think of solar technology as a part of the ‘green’ movement the idea of harnessing the sun’s energy via solar panels has been around since 1839. Solar technology has advanced a great deal since the early days and modern solar panels operate at a much higher efficiency and continue to improve. Whether […]

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Adopt a New Paradigm this Earth Day (April 22nd)

A recent study found that Americans spend less than one hour a week outside and asserts that this is leading to all kinds of ailments, including increased levels of stress and illness, obesity, fatigue, and even ADHD. This is one reason why we are being encouraged to adopt a new paradigm this Earth Day April […]

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Which will be first, Peak Oil or Peak Water?

A lot of experienced people are predicting water shortages. Investment professionals are advising clients to finds ways to invest in the ability to supply fresh water. Fresh water is becoming a valuable resource that is getting scarcer and going up in cost. Even the latest James Bond movie tapped into this theme. If you saw […]

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The importance of recycling rare earth metals and minerals

“Rare earth” doesn’t mean a patch of soil that’s endangered as such. It refers to a series of metallic elements that while plentiful, are difficult to find in commercially viable quantities. The elements include: Scandium Yttrium Lanthanum Cerium Praseodymium Neodymium Promethium Samarium Europium Gadolinium Terbium Dysprosium Holmium Erbium Thulium Ytterbium Lutetium Compounds of these elements […]

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What is Sustainability?

The concept of sustainability has been sustaining the earth for as long as it’s been around – that’s why this planet is still here. Yet there seems to be some disagreement among twenty-first century humans about the meaning of sustainability. Some people claim that sustainability is a collection of costly boutique solutions only affordable to […]

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Do we have a right to clean, fresh water?

Dear EarthTalk: Recently the UN voted to declare access to safe and clean water a “human right.” Isn’t that a no-brainer? What are the ramifications of this declaration? – P. James, Boston, MA In July 2010 the United Nations (UN) agreed to a new resolution declaring the human right to “safe and clean drinking water […]

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Eco-friendly fishing line that dissolves in water

At first glance, it’s just looks like plain old fishing line — but the strong filament is actually a technological innovation made of special plastic that dissolves into carbon dioxide and water through the work of microorganisms in water. “The time it takes depends on water temperature and other conditions, but it usually dissolves completely […]

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