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Could a Brightening Sun Cool the Earth?

We’ve talked before about the sun-climate connection, which is often invoked as the great missing link in understanding climate change. It’s absolutely true that the sun is crucial to Earth’s climate. Without it, we’d have no winter, no summer, no day/night temperature variations — and it wouldn’t matter anyway, because the planet would be frozen […]

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Bamboo Clothing: Green, or Greenwashed?

If you’re looking for more eco-friendly clothing, should you choose bamboo? Bamboo has been touted for the last several years as being one of the most environmentally-responsible fabrics on the market. A hardy grass, it grows like a proverbial weed, sometimes sprouting 4 feet in a single day – and that’s without the assistance of […]

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Water Rhapsody Mpumalanga Co-Owner selected as Planet Protector

PLANET PROTECTOR – ALISTAIR HAIG When he spotted the desperate water supply problem in the White River area, ‘rain man’ Alistair (an environmentalist by nature and training) took up a franchise with rainwater harvesting, grey-water company Water Rhapsody to help people in Mpumalanga conserve this precious commodity. Alistair grew up on a farm, pent his […]

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Solar Power Myths

Solar power myth busting I’ve been working in the renewable energy industry for a couple of years now and while I’m still by no means a technical expert, I’ve picked up a decent working knowledge along the way. In the time I’ve spent talking with people about solar power, the same sort of myths and […]

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India- The Thirsty Giant faces Water Scarcity

NEW DELHI — The quest for water can drive a woman mad. Ask Ritu Prasher. Every day, Mrs. Prasher, a homemaker in a middle-class neighborhood of this capital, rises at 6:30 a.m. and begins fretting about water.  It is a rare morning when water trickles through the pipes. More often, not a drop will come. […]

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Sun farm construction could start in 2012

Government expects the construction of Eskom’s planned solar farm in Upington to start in 2012, Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan said on Friday. Eskom is likely to be able to finalise a decision on which technology it will use at the sun farm in December, start construction in mid to late 2012, and complete a […]

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Bin Laden concerned by climate, Pakistan floods

DUBAI — Osama bin Laden has expressed concern about global climate change and flooding in Pakistan, in an audiotape aired on the Internet, his first public remarks since March, a monitoring group said on Friday. “The number of victims caused by climate change is very big … bigger than the victims of wars,” said the […]

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Save money and the planet with these tips

You don’t have to build your own home or spend a fortune to live a little more sustainably. Even if you’re renting there are a number of simple things you can do to reduce your water use and power consumption. Saving water: Saving water can be as simple as fixing leaking taps and collecting the […]

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Dual grey- and drinking water reticulation systems could save SA’s high quality water

Municipalities may soon learn to utilise water of inferior quality for uses such as flushing the toilet in an effort to save drinking water. For example, irrigation in South Africa uses approximately 54% of the total freshwater demand followed by another major user, toilet flushing. Domestic toilet flushing consumes between 50 and 70% of a […]

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