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Selecting a Rainwater Tank – Water Tank Materials

Drought is a part of normal life in many parts of the world and given the threats posed by climate change, place with traditionally low rainfall may become even dryer and long established rain patterns give way to major rain events – a feast or famine scenario. A way to better utilize the feast to […]

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Need Some Green Architecture Ideas?

Need some green architecture ideas?  Watch this short video which showcases a wonderful variety of green building designs. If you are looking at building your own eco-friendly home, be sure to incorporate as many water conservation features and systems as possible- so important in South Africa where water shortages and water scarcity are a already […]

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Why We Must Learn From The Biosphere To Build Green Economies

Interested in ecological economics? (And if you call yourself an environmentalist or are even minimally concerned about green issues, you should be.) Then here are two important pieces you should be paying attention to from the past couple of days: Some good news from the National Wildlife Federation on abandoning GDP as the most important […]

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Blue-green Algae Can Make Water Dangerous

Blue-green algae bloom in China In South Africa, we are highly dependent on surface water (rivers and dams) for our daily water supply.  Pollution of these water bodies can have serious effects such as eutrophication and the presence of algal blooms. Nutrient enrichment (eutrophication) remains one of the leading causes of water quality impairment in […]

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Virus Solar Power?

A virus is a small agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of organisms. Most viruses are too small to be seen directly with a light microscope. The shapes of viruses range from simple helical and icosahedral forms to more complex structures. The average virus is about one one-hundredth the size of the […]

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South Africa: Cabinet backs Karoo fracking moratorium

South Africa’s Cabinet endorsed the Department of Mineral Resources’ (DMR’s) decision to declare a moratorium on natural-gas drilling in the Karoo region, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Thursday. The Cabinet also appointed a task team to investigate the implications of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The team would be led by the DMR and also […]

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Luxurious Eco Travel: 12 Elegant Green Destinations

Staycations and ultra-rustic nature-centric accommodations may be the greenest way to spend your vacation time, but sometimes, special occasions call for a luxurious getaway. The good news is, elegant eco-resorts do exist, and while some have more green cred than others, they offer experiences that rival those of traditional pampering luxury resorts but in a […]

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Sugarcane Can Cool the Earth in More Ways Than One

In Brazil, products made from sugarcane are ubiquitous. From the nation’s favorite liquor, cachaça, to the clean-burning biofuels that power cars and buses, sugarcane has proven to be a particularly diverse natural resource — but as it turns out, the crop could do wonders for the planet’s health, too. According to the latest research, sugarcane […]

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Solar power breakthrough could reduce solar panel costs

Solar power is generated by photovoltaic cells, but two scientists are exploring different materials that could foster voltage from light’s magnetic effects. Scientists at the University of Michigan have discovered a new effect from an old property of light, which they say could lead to an “optical battery” that converts sunlight to electricity at a […]

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