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Having Babies: Bad for the Environment?

There ’s no doubt that every person who is born uses more food, more water, more land, more fossil fuels, more trees and produces more rubbish, more pollution, more greenhouse gases and adds to the problem of over-population. Natalie Wassung, a Masters student at Stellenbosch´s Sustainability Institute, explains: “The earth has a fixed land area, […]

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Reducing Your Carbon Footprint One Month at a Time

With all the Earth Day reminders on reducing your carbon footprint you might feel a bit overwhelmed as to how to make a 360-degree turn in a matter of days. Many of you have worked diligently to make sustainable changes in your surrounding environment. Then again, there are your family and friends who have no […]

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The FIFA World Cup’s Carbon Impact

South Africa tournament’s emissions to be eight times amount in Germany the last time around Africa’s first football World Cup will generate 2.75m tonnes of carbon emissions, one of the biggest environmental impacts of any sporting event in history, a study has found.  The finals in South Africa are expected to have a carbon footprint […]

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What is an Eco Estate?

Two years ago, you could probably count the number of developments that used the term ‘eco estate’ in South Africa on one hand. During the research of this article, we identified close to 50 countrywide that are currently up and running or in the planning stages and that refer to themselves as eco developments in […]

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Competing for Limpopo Water

Climate change will bring higher temperatures to Southern Africa while changing rainfall patterns will affect the amount of water available for food production. “Irrigation is often listed as an adaptation strategy for farmers, but no one has really looked at the impact of climate change on irrigation,” said Claudia Ringler, a Senior Research Fellow at […]

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Micro-Hydro Turbine Station – Harnessing Water Power

A Lowveld Guide to Green Electricity (updated October 2012) We read a small article in the Farmer’s Weekly a few years ago that mentioned that the amount of coal burnt to create the electricity to heat water for the average bath (we are not talking about those huge Jacuzzi things) is about 50kg of coal […]

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Water Footprints of Nations

What is your country’s ‘water footprint’? The ‘water footprint’ of a country is defined as the volume of water needed for the production of goods and services consumed by the inhabitants of the country. The water footprint of a country can be calculated with either

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