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7 Reasons to go Organic

We have experienced a surge in the green movement over the last several years. Environmental activists have emphasized the need to protect our most precious natural resources and the food industry has begun to offer healthier options. Many people still hesitate to embrace organic products, oftentimes because it is simply more convenient or less expensive […]

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Water crisis by 2020

Experts tell conference that action to avert shortages is needed now South Africa faces a water crisis and could start having critical shortages as early as 2020, experts told the inaugural South African Water and Energy Forum in Johannesburg. The forum’s two-day conference is being held at the Sandton Sun for local and international experts […]

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Johannesburg gold riches spawn acid water woes

South Africa’s city of gold, Johannesburg, may soon start being eaten away by acidic water flowing from the mines that created its astronomical fortunes. Mines dug more than a century ago stretching about 40 km (25 miles) along one of the world’s largest gold deposits have reached their water storage limit and will start leaking […]

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No vision in Karoo fracking plans

What is it going to take to stop the plans to threaten our sensitive Karoo region from being destroyed by Shell’s plans to blow it apart in search of natural gas? A controversial application by oil giant Shell to explore for gas in an area of the Karoo should be put on hold, the Democratic […]

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Three Reasons Why Green Living Is Important

How to go green has been a frequent topic on this site. I have addressed the question of why someone would want to go green to a lesser extent. There are many reasons, and people are motivated by different things, so there is no over-riding reason to go green. Here I will just give three […]

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Soil and Water Conservation Methods

The management and conservation of our water resources depends heavily on the conservation of soil integrity. Sensitive environmental areas and civil construction sites are two areas where revegetation techniques (including the use of Vetiver grass systems) may be most valuable! Ever Heard of Vetiver Grass?? • The Vetiver Grass System is low cost and efficient […]

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Government Must Respond to Acid Mine Water

Acid mine water is causing huge damage to plants, animals and the health of humans, otherwise legal steps will be taken to protect the people’s constitutional rights. A letter to this effect was addressed to ministers Susan Shabangu (Mineral Affairs) and Edna Molewa (Water and Environmental Affairs) in their capacity as co-chairs of the Inter […]

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Natural Gas: It’s Not Easy Being Green

Tapping natural gas in Texas. The green bona fides of the energy source are coming under increased scrutiny. Natural gas has long enjoyed a clean-and-green reputation — at least in comparison with coal, its brethren fossil fuel and most immediate substitute in the electricity-generation game. And of course, T. Boone Pickens and others would like […]

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Water Saving Tips for your Swimming Pool

You can save precious water with a few simple steps… around your pool(A republication of a very popular www.rainharvest.co.za 2010 post) Use a pool cover. It will reduce water loss due to normal evaporation. The cover can also reduce heating bills by preventing night heat loss and will save on chemicals too. Pool covers come […]

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