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Bangkok adding solar to grid

Thailand’s energy minister ceremonially broke ground Thursday on what will become the largest solar farm in Southeast Asia. The outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand, will be home to a 44-megawatt solar farm to be completed by the end of 2011. The plant dovetails with the country’s aim to get 20 percent of its energy from renewable […]

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Solar Roadways for a Sustainable Future

The Solar Roadways project is working to pave roads with solar panels that you can drive on. The Vision Our long range goal is to cover all concrete and asphalt surfaces that are exposed to the sun with Solar Road Panels. This will lead to the end of our dependency on fossil fuels of any […]

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South Africa’s Latest Population Statistics

South Africa’s population has increased by about 530 000 people to 49.99 million, according to Statistics South Africa’s Mid-Year Population Estimates. This year’s estimates are up from last year’s updated estimate of 49.46 million. The estimates also show that 51 percent (about 25.66 million) of the South African population is female. Black Africans at 39.68 […]

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Limpopo women team to clean river for a year

A team of 100 women have undertaken to spend a year cleaning up the Luvuvhu River in Thohoyandou, Limpopo. Addressing the launch of the Luvuvhu Adopt-A-River project in Tshishaulu, near Thohoyandou, on Wednesday, Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, said R800 000 had been allocated for the initiative. “We have set aside […]

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Indian Wind Energy Giant Suzlon Could Invest $1.6 Billion in UK Factory

India’s largest wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy is in talks with British officials to invest $1.57 billion to build a wind turbine manufacturing facility. While the details about the talks are still sketchy, such an investment makes perfect sense for the company. Sulzon Energy (NSE:SUZLON) bought European wind energy major RePower in December 2009 to […]

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Waterwise Gardening in South Africa

South Africa’s water consumption is increasing despite the fact that we live in country that is predominantly semi-arid with regions that experience regular drought periods. As a country our average annual rainfall is just 450mm per annum compared to the world average of 850mm. Waterwise gardening has therefore now become an essential facet of responsible […]

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Eskom signs IEA clean coal agreement on behalf of SA

Power utility Eskom would now represent South Africa on the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) Clean Coal Centre, which is a subsidiary of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Eskom signed a contracting partnership with the IEA, which upgraded Eskom’s existing sponsor membership to the organisation, to that of national contracting party status. In […]

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The Use of Wind Turbines vs Solar Power in South Africa

Many of us associate a wind turbine with sustainable farming as we regularly see them spinning ferociously on grassy hill tops in rural areas. The truth is that wind turbines have now been specially adapted for residential use and they can be used in addition to other energy efficient products to reduce one’s carbon footprint. […]

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Wetlands: their Importance and Function

Wetlands range from springs, seeps, mires and bogs in the mountains, to midland marches and flood plains, to coastal lakes, mangrove swamps and estuaries. All wetlands are linked by rivers. Water purification • Plants and soils in wetlands play a significant role in purifying water. • Many nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, which are […]

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