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Heavy rains cause water shortages

Residents and businesses in several towns in northern kwaZulu-Natal have been adversely affected by water shortages following recent heavy rains.

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Lotus-Shaped Singapore Museum Collects Rain and Light

The newly opened over-the-top Marina Bay Sands Casino and Resort in Singapore will soon host a slightly more down-to-earth museum focused on the fusion of art and science. Renowned Architect Moshie Safadie, who has been tickling the edge of green design for decades, designed the mega resort to grab the world’s attention — but the […]

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The Perils of Carbon Offsets: ‘Perverse’ CO2 Payments

Writing in Yale Environment 360, Mark Schapiro reports on European companies that have been overpaying China to offset their own carbon emissions by incinerating a powerful greenhouse gas known as hfc 23.

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Cancun climate talks get under way, WWF says catch-up plan needed

The yearly global climate change negotiations kicked off on Monday in Cancun, Mexico, with fewer political leaders present, and lower expectations of forging a legally binding inclusive deal on climate change, than was the case at last year’s conference in Copenhagen. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) executive secretary Christina Figueres welcomed the […]

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Articifical vs. Real: Which Christmas Tree is More Eco-Friendly?

Which type of Christmas tree – real or artificial – is more eco-friendly has long been a heated ecological debate. Both have environmental quandaries and knowing which one is best for your family can be surprisingly confusing. Here we break down the pros and cons of each so you can make a healthy and informed […]

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Pollution levels in rivers alarming

NELSPRUIT – It is not safe to drink water from any river in Mpumalanga. This alarming fact is just one of the concerns  mentioned in the most recent report by Inkomati in Mpumalanga. Inkomati is South Africa’s first catchment management agency and was launched in the province in November 2006.

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Dubai has most damaging eco footprint on Earth, WWF report

Humanity’s demands on natural resources are sky-rocketing to 50 per cent more than the earth can sustain, reveals the 2010 edition of WWF’s Living Planet Report – the leading survey of the planet’s health. The biennial report, produced in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London and the Global Footprint Network, uses the global Living […]

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How can I improve my greywater system?

We’ve had an email from Su: I do like to tax the minds of all who read these sites, not intentionally, but in a ‘why don’t I know how to do that’ sort of way. Here goes, I collect all the water from my washing machine, and use it to flush the loo. However, hauling […]

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Large-Scale Fish Farm Production Offsets Environmental Gains, Assessment Finds

Industrial-scale aquaculture production magnifies environmental degradation, according to the first global assessment of the effects of marine finfish aquaculture (e.g. salmon, cod, turbot and grouper) released Oct. 27, 2010. This is true even when farming operations implement the best current marine fish farming practices, according to the findings.

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