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Prozac Killing E. coli in Lake Water

For better or worse, scientists have found that minute concentrations of fluoxetine, the active ingredient in Prozac, are killing off microbial populations in lake water. When antidepressant pills get flushed down the drain, they do more than create happier sewers. Scientists in Erie, Pennsylvania, have found that minute concentrations of fluoxetine, the active ingredient in […]

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Zimbabwe-China Land Deal: Social & Environmental Costs?

A portion of Zimbabwe’s new black farmers will be trading part of their land to Chinese investors, in exchange for funding for infrastructural development and other farming support. The Zimbabwean government has signed a deal with the Chinese government which will mostly affect farmers on previously white-owned land in the Mashonaland East province. Reports indicate […]

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Mediterranean Sea Invaded by Hundreds of Alien Species

More than 900 new alien species have been encountered in the coastal environments of the eastern Mediterranean Sea in recent decades, including the poisonous pufferfish. The invasion of alien species has had the consequence that the whole food chain is changing, while there is a lack of knowledge on which to base relevant risk assessments, […]

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China: Minister warns pollution, waste imperil growth

China faces acute environmental and resource strains that threaten to choke growth unless the world’s second-biggest economy cleans up, the nation’s environment minister said in an unusually blunt warning. In an essay published on Monday, Zhou Shengxian also said his agency wants to make assessing projected greenhouse gas emissions a part of evaluating proposed development […]

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World Toilet Day observes global sanitation crisis

Friday 19 November is World Toilet Day and although the first flush toilet was invented over 400 years ago in 1596, almost 2,5 billion people – or 40% of the world’s population – still have no access to toilets and proper sanitation. Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection and one of […]

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What is Sustainability?

The concept of sustainability has been sustaining the earth for as long as it’s been around – that’s why this planet is still here. Yet there seems to be some disagreement among twenty-first century humans about the meaning of sustainability.

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Higher rebates spur interest in solar water heating – Eskom

Electricity utility Eskom has seen a dramatic increase in interest in installing solar water heater (SWH) systems since the rebate was increased earlier this year, the utility’s acting senior GM for integrated demand management Corrie Visagie said on Wednesday. Eskom has received expressions of interest from energy services companies, municipalities and SWH installers indicating aspirations […]

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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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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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