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WATER RESEARCH COMMISSION LAUNCHES THE WORLD’S FIRST ’MINE WATER ATLAS’

March 24, 2017
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The Water Research Commission (WRC) today set the trend as world leaders with the launch of the world’s first ’mine water atlas’ in partnership with consulting firm Golder Associates. The event was also part of the World Water Day Celebrations that saw the global Launch of the UN World Water Development Report 2017: “Wastewater: The …

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DRINKING TOILET WATER COULD BE IN OUR FUTURE

March 24, 2017
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THE WORLD is converging on Durban for the next few days to discuss the global water crisis. The theme for this year’s annual World Water Day is ‘Wastewater: The untapped resource’. Experts and officials will be looking at ways to use water from toilets, baths and industries to supplement the ever increasing demand placed on the …

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WORLD WATER DAY SUMMIT – DAY 1 SUMMARY

March 23, 2017
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Approximately 1 000 people converged at iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal to observe World Water Day yesterday, 22 March 2017. The World Water Day Summit and Expo which was organized by the Department of Water and Sanitation, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government and United Nations Water under the theme “Wastewater; The Untapped …

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RECONSIDER THE IMPACT OF TREES ON WATER CYCLES AND CLIMATE, SCIENTISTS ASK

March 20, 2017
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Forests and trees play a major role on water cycles and cooler temperatures, contributing to food security and climate change adaptation. In recent decades, the climate change discourse has looked at forests and trees mostly as carbon stocks and carbon sinks, but now scientists are calling for more attention on the relation between trees and …

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DEATH TOLL IN ETHIOPIAN GARBAGE LANDSLIDE SOARS TO 82

March 16, 2017
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On Monday 13 March, rescue workers were seen carrying the body of a victim recovered out from a pile of refuse, following a landslide at the Koshe dump in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Details emerging from the scene reveal that the and slide submerged residents living next door to the site and the death toll so …

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VICTORY IN SA’S FIRST CLIMATE CHANGE COURT CASE

March 8, 2017
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Today the North Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of environmental justice organisation Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), and referred the appeal against the environmental authorisation for a new coal-fired power station back to the Minister of Environmental Affairs on the basis that its climate change impacts had not properly been considered. In South Africa’s first climate …

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THIS GRAPHIC SHOWS HOW PLASTIC BALLS ARE SAVING L.A. FROM DROUGHT

February 27, 2017
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The city of Los Angeles has dumped millions of small black balls into the city's reservoirs in an effort to protect the city's water supply. The "shade balls" are intended to maintain good water quality and protect against evaporation. It's one solution to the state of California's record-breaking drought, and could save the city millions in …

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2017: AGRICULTURE BEGINS TO TACKLE ITS ROLE IN CLIMATE CHANGE

February 27, 2017
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After years of being off the table in climate talks, agriculture is now being considered widely by countries trying to reach their Paris emissions cuts pledges. By allowing countries to decide how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the landmark Paris climate agreement opened the door to new solutions. And over the past year, many countries, particularly …

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AWARD IWRM TECHNICAL STAFF SITE VISIT MAMBA WEIR,

February 3, 2017
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On the 02 February 2017, AWARD IWRM technical staff carried out a site visit to Mamba weir, Kruger National park. The purpose of the site visit was to replace a dysfunctional battery for the data loggers and, also to calibrate the water quality probes and a flow gauging device. The flow gauge was calibrate …

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TIME TO ACT ON WATER SCARCITY

January 30, 2017
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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva receiving the final communique of the GFFA 2017 on behalf of FAO and UN Water from German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt. 20 January 2017, Berlin - Growing water scarcity is now one of the leading challenges for sustainable development, and that challenge is poised to intensify …

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January 24, 2017
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DROUGHT UPDATE: SA NEEDS RAPID CHANGE IN RAINFALL PATTERNS

January 18, 2017
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Above average rainfall is South Africa’s only hope for a significant improvement in dam levels. According to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), communities across the country to continue to feel the effects of the drought despite recent rainfall and dam levels remain below the desired average levels. As of last week, the average dam levels …

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CSIR DEVELOPS DEVICE TO DETECT E.COLI IN WATER

January 18, 2017
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A portable device that can detect the presence of E. coli in water has been developed by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). The ColiSpot aims to provide waste water treatment facilities with same day results as opposed to the 24-hour waiting period when samples are sent for laboratory testing. The Council of Scientific & …

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January 18, 2017
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TREE-BARK THICKNESS INDICATES FIRE-RESISTANCE IN A HOTTER FUTURE

January 11, 2017
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Bark of a tree species found in the Brazilian Cerrado, which can burn every 3-7 years and contains some of the thickest barked species in the world, with Connarus suberosus having 30 percent of its stem diameter consisting of bark. A new study has found that trees worldwide develop thicker bark when they live in …

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LAUNCH OF POSTCODE MEERKAT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK

December 7, 2016
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A wide area surveillance system, known as the Postcode Meerkat, was today launched in Kruger National Park (KNP). South African National Parks (SANParks), Peace Parks Foundation and South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have partnered to research, develop and manufacture this innovative system. A wide area surveillance system, known as the Postcode Meerkat, …

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STEELPOORT RIVER USED FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH

December 5, 2016
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James Mafolo a 64 years old ZCC church member and resident of Tubatsi Township near Burgersfort says he talks with his God through the Tubatse River. “This river is very special to me. It plays an important role in my spiritual growth, beliefs and faith. All that I ask from God through this river is …

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FIVE OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS

December 5, 2016
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These five megatrends present major global threats for planet Earth - problems that must be solved if the world is to remain a supportive habitat for humans and other species. 1. Air pollution and climate change. Problem: Overloading of the atmosphere and of ocean waters with carbon. Atmospheric CO2 absorbs and re-emits infrared-wavelength radiation, leading to …

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WHAT CAN TREES TELL US ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?

December 2, 2016
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Quite a lot, actually! But to understand what the trees tell us, we first have to understand the difference between weather and climate. Weather is a specific event—like a rain storm or hot day—that happens over a short period of time. Weather can be tracked within hours or days. Climate is the average weather conditions in a …

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SCIENTISTS NEED TO COMMUNICATE WELL WITH POLICYMAKERS

November 30, 2016
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Because of jargons, policymakers are unable to understand scientific solutions. But a new booklet on climate change aims to address this challenge. It proposes targeted actions for policymakers. Lack of communication and excessive reliance on acronyms and scientific jargons hinder the ability of policymakers to understand solutions proposed by scientists, a government official says. Marie Roland …

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