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Stellenbosch University launches Water Institute (South Africa)

The Stellenbosch University (SU) Water Institute, an initiative aimed at strengthening the work being done in the field of water research, was launched on Tuesday, which marked World Water Day. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who attended the launch, said it was vital for policy makers to follow a model such as that of […]

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Eight Myths and Challenges of Renewable Energy

Growing concerns over the threat of climate change, energy security, and rising oil prices have all stirred interest in the development of alternative energy and the race for clean green energy is on. But before we get caught up in the emotional and political hype, let’s take a hard look at some common myths and […]

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Germany’s solar panels produce more power than Japan’s entire Fukushima nuclear complex

Germany is the world leader in installed solar photovoltaic panels — and they also just shut down seven of their oldest nuclear reactors. Coincidence? Maaaaybe … Anyway, it’s worth noting that just today, total power output of Germany’s installed solar PV panels hit 12.1 GW — greater than the total power output (10 GW) of […]

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Top 5 Eco Video Games

Video games have come a long way from the days of idly twiddling a joystick in an attempt to sneak some white pixels past a slowly moving line. These days, video games allow players to build economies and cities, pit one civilization against another, and manage intense simulations that rivel the best scientific models in […]

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South African professor slams climate change as ‘world’s biggest distraction’

Climate change is probably the world’s biggest distraction and not its biggest and most immediate challenge, which belongs to clean water, says Professor Grant Cawthorn. Cawthorn, Wits University’s School of Geosciences Platinum Industry Igneous Petrology professor, contends that the lack of fresh water will have a much greater global impact than a “one or two […]

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Eco-Friendly Bathroom Practices

An eco-friendly bathroom should not only save on water, but should avoid all harsh chemicals which are deadly to wildlife and eco-systems and aim to save energy. A geyser is often heated to far higher than necessary, wasting electricity used to heat the water inside. Reducing the temperature setting on a geyser saves electricity, as […]

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Geothermal Energy

We can generate geothermal energy by drilling deep holes into the earths crust pumping cold water through one end and then by the time it rises back to the surface the water can be hundreds of degrees Celsius which we then use as steam to drive a turbine which drives a generator creating power. Geothermal […]

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How to Choose a Water Tank

Installed above or below ground? When planning the installation of a rain water tank, it is important to consider where it can be located on your property. In many cases water tanks are installed above ground, especially when the water tank is being installed alongside an existing dwelling. However installing the water tank underground can be […]

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