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5 Psychological Reasons We Go Green

Going green isn’t just about doing things like using cloth bags instead of plastic or paper or taking a bike to work once in a while instead of driving. There is a certain psychology behind a green or environmentally friendly lifestyle. The term green psychology, or ecopsychology, refers to the motivation or reasons people have […]

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Toxic Concerns Spur Greener Alternatives

Revelations of toxic ingredients in consumer goods reached a crescendo during 2010, elevating the topic on the agendas of companies, activists, and regulators alike. Toxics, endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, and other chemical evils seemed to be showing up everywhere: baby bottles, fast-food toys, celebrity-branded jewelry, mattresses, wallpaper and flooring, food packaging, even cash register receipts. In […]

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Saudi Arabia’s Oil Overestimated by 40%, Wikileaks Reveals

Looks like peak oil might be even closer than we thought — the most recent Wikileaks cable released by the Guardian has revealed that US diplomats are convinced that Saudi Arabia has overestimated its vaunted oil reserves by a stunning 40%. Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil supplier, and is widely believed to be […]

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Mining can threaten SA’s water security, WWF warns

The World Wide Fund for Nature on Monday urged mining companies not to choose areas that are environmentally sensitive for prospecting.

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9 Myths and Facts About New Clean Diesel Cars

Not long ago the word “diesel” was synonymous with loud, smelly, and unreliable vehicles in the United States. In fact, over the last several decades diesels had all but disappeared as an option for American passenger cars — becoming relegated to the lives of work trucks and heavy-duty pickups. Throw in a recent fuel price […]

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New rules for waste collection come into effect

The National Domestic Waste Collection Standards, which sought to redress the past imbalances in the provision of waste collection services, would have come into effect on February 1 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa published the standards under the National Environmental Management: Waste Act. It aimed at providing a uniform framework within which domestic […]

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Get used to the weather …

These extremes of drought and flood are the new normal, says latest SA climate data It’s official: the weather is getting weirder. South Africa’s top scientists, however, say it is too soon to confirm that global warming is behind the increasing number of droughts and floods – including countrywide floods that have now claimed at […]

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Robben Island to become SA’s first green community

In 1999 Robben Island was inscribed on Unesco’s list of world heritage sites. As such it holds distinct historical meaning for South Africa and is a popular tourist destination. Initially it served as a training and defence station during the Second World War. Later it was a place of quarantine for those suffering from leprosy, […]

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Eskom aims to have 925 000 Solar Water Heaters installed by 2013

Electricity utility Eskom said that it aimed at having 925 000 solar water heaters (SWH) installed by 2013, which would result in energy savings equivalent to about 578 MW. The power generator said that since the launch of its SWH rebate in 2008, some 6,4 GWh had been saved as a result of consumers opting […]

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