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FRACKING: Drink the Water at Your Own Risk

Fracking is currently used in 90 percent of the U.S.’s natural gas and oil wells. The practice makes drilling possible in areas that 10 to 20 years ago would not have been profitable. Fracking involves injecting water, sand, and a cocktail of chemicals at high pressure into rock formations thousands of feet below the surface. […]

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Billions of City Dwellers in Water Shortage by 2050?

Imagine living on less than a bathtub of water for all your daily needs: drinking, cooking, bathing, washing clothes…and everything else? By 2050, more than 1 billion city dwellers may be doing just that if we don’t build new infrastructure or begin new water conservation efforts, according to a new study by scientists at The […]

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South Africa saved 350 MW during Earth Hour

South Africans saved 350 MW – enough electricity to power the city of Bloemfontein – when they switched off their lights during Earth Hour this weekend, power utility Eskom said on Tuesday. As part of its support for the Earth Hour campaign, Eskom measured the reduction in electricity used during the hour against typical consumption […]

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Environmental Tips – How to Go Green (Video)

Some tips and suggestions for going green and doing your part to save the environment. With Earth Hour fresh in our minds, let us try to do something eco-friendly every day.  With home recycling, always try to reuse or ‘re-purpose’ before recycling (see Recycling vs. Reusing).  When it comes to water, this precious commodity can […]

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Scientists Develop the First Practical ‘Artificial Leaf’

Scientists have claimed one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy — development of the first practical artificial leaf. Speaking in Anaheim, California at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, they described an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card that mimics the process, called photosynthesis, that green […]

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Seven Things to Know when Buying Eco-friendly Food

More and more people these days are choosing eco-friendly and organically grown foods — instead of or in addition to — the conventionally grown food they’re accustomed to buying. Nowadays, even regular grocery stores stock organic food brands. However, just by buying a product whose label says “Organically Produced” doesn’t necessarily solve anything. Here are […]

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Save Water & the Environment with a Rain Garden

What is a rain garden? A rain garden is an attractive landscaping feature planted with perennial native plants. It is a bowl-shaped or saucer-shaped garden with deep, loose soil, designed to absorb stormwater run-off from impervious surfaces such as roofs and parking lots. Rain gardens can be small, formal, home-owner style gardens, large complex bio-retention […]

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EARTH HOUR Countdown!

Saturday 26 March 8:30 – 9:30PM Earth Hour is the largest mass participation environmental event in the world and every year, WWF encourages people all over the world to turn off their lights for one hour in a symbolic gesture to pledge their commitment to combating climate change. This year is especially important for South […]

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A Busy Week for Water in South Africa!

22 March 2011 was World Water Day 2011, one day into South Africa’s National Water Week (21-27 March 2011)… a busy week for water coservation! “South Africa needs to be more sensible about the use and management of land and water resources. The more we reduce the ecosystems’ ability to deliver clean fresh water, the […]

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