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Micro Solar Systems: a Life Changer for the Developing World

A solar phone charging station in Uganda If someone offered you a solar system for $12, you’d probably be immediately suspicious. Once they told you it only powered a LED light bulb and charging plug for your cell phone, you might chuckle… such a device might be kind of cool, but hardly useful… right? Not […]

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Reducing meat waste

Respecting meat by cutting waste at home I’ve written before about reducing meat consumption – the amount we eat – and I’ve also covered tips on cutting food waste, but I wanted to tackle a crossover aspect; reducing meat waste specifically. Usually when I write about meat topics, comments are made about the fact we […]

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South African firms turn to green pest control

South African companies are making a substantial contribution to protecting the environment by introducing eco-friendly pest control agents in the form of Barn Owls to control rat populations. Many companies turn to traditional pest control agents to get rid of rats on their properties. However, after many years of using poisons and bait stations, Sunspray […]

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Water quality a global problem…are you prepared?

Cities of the world are under threat because of water quality issues, United Nations Habitat said on Wednesday. “The fact of the matter is that our cities in the world are under threat. Johannesburg is one of those cities,” said UN Habitat spokesman Piers Cross.

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Mystery of the missing pool water

Thieves in Port Elizabeth are stealing pool water in a bid to make money. They are making a quick buck in the drought stricken city’s suburbs, apparently by selling it to residents desperate to top up their pools. The latest victim, Jacki Bilsbury of Walmer, said she had laughed when she read a local newspaper […]

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Hospitals Go Green and Cut Costs

Hospitals are a major source of waste and energy consumption, second only to the food industry in the amount of waste produced every year.

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Why Genetic Engineering Is Dangerous

“The Canadian GM risk assessment process is so simplistic that not a single submission has ever been rejected in Canada. Everything submitted, almost wholly by industry, has been accepted,” according to Ann Clark PhD, one of this country’s leading experts on the dangers of genetically modified organisms.

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‘Water poverty’ to rise in the UK as scarcity pushes up bills

“Water poverty” will become the new fuel poverty for an increasing number of households as scarcity of water supply pushes up bills, according to an influential thinktank that says Britain must deal urgently with climate change. Four million British households already ‘water poor’ as climate change and increased demand lead to higher tariffs A report […]

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South Africa plans urgent clean-up of toxic mine liquid

South Africa plans to set up a chain of pumping stations and treatment plants to prevent toxic liquids building up in defunct gold mines beneath Johannesburg from reaching dangerous levels. Immediate action is needed because acidic mine water is expected to reach environmentally critical levels under Johannesburg by June 2012, government officials and scientists told […]

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