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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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HOW WARMING IS THREATENING THE GENETIC DIVERSITY OF SPECIES

November 30, 2016
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Research on stoneflies in Glacier National Park indicates that global warming is reducing the genetic diversity of some species, compromising their ability to evolve as conditions change. These findings have major implications for how biodiversity will be affected by climate change. The meltwater stonefly has adapted to a very specific and extreme niche — the cold, …

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CIVIL SOCIETY REJECTS IRP BASE CASE SCENARIO UNRESERVEDLY

November 26, 2016
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Reacting to the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case scenario introduced by the Department of Energy earlier this week, civil society groups and individuals have responded as follows: “Civil society rejects the IRP ‘base case scenario’ as nothing more than renewed attempts by the Department of Energy and Eskom to promote vested interests in nuclear …

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THIS PHOTOGRAPHER HAS AMASSED THE WORLD’S LARGEST COLLECTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE

November 25, 2016
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For the past 13 years, award-winning environmental photographer Ashley Cooper has traveled across seven continents, amassing the world's largest collection of climate change images. His work can be viewed on Global Warming Images as well as his new 416-page photo book, Images From a Warming Planet, featuring 500 of his best images. A selection of photos …

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GARBAGE AND SEWAGE KILLING RIVERS EVERYWHERE

November 10, 2016
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Photo By Thato Phakela Half of all rivers in Asia are affected by pathogen pollution due to untreated sewage, warns a new UNEP report. Water pollution has risen across three continents, placing hundreds of millions of people at risk of life-threatening diseases like cholera and typhoid, warned the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The worrying rise in the …

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HOW WELL ARE THE WORLD’S RIVERS PROTECTED?

November 10, 2016
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Photo By Thato Phakela To what extent are the world’s rivers protected? In 2010, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) set a 17 percent target for the protection of ‘inland waters,’ including rivers. Given that freshwater systems are widely acknowledged to be among the most threatened systems worldwide, it was an accomplishment for countries to commit …

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SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE DESERVES CENTER STAGE IN MARRAKECH

November 8, 2016
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Agriculture, including forestry and fisheries, is the sector most threatened by climate change. At the same time, the agricultural sectors produce a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The transformation of the agricultural sectors to address climate change for adaptation and mitigation is essential to tackling hunger and poverty, and offers considerable benefits and opportunities …

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WORST SEWAGE SPILL HITS HARTBEESPOORT DAM

November 8, 2016
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The cause of the foul smell emanating from the Hartbeespoort Dam for several weeks was identified as a sewage spill coming from the Jukskei River in Gauteng. The source of the massive spill was found to have come from the Leeuwkop Prison and the Northern Waterworks. The spill fed into the Jukskei River, which feeds into the …

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WATER RELEASED FROM STERKFONTEIN FOR VAAL DAM – DWS

November 8, 2016
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The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), this morning began the process of releasing water from the country’s reserves at Sterkfontein Dam into the Vaal Dam. The release is necessitated by the low dam level of the Vaal Dam that is due to the drought and the high evaporation as a result of high temperatures. The …

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CLIMATE CHANGE NEGOTIATIONS IN SEARCH OF A HOST

November 7, 2016
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It is a bit like waking up after a big party and trying to find someone to help wash up the dirty dishes. After the excitement of sealing the Paris climate change agreement last December, no country has come forward with an offer to host next year’s UN negotiations, which will focus on the less glamorous …

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November 7, 2016
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WATER POLLUTION FACTS

November 2, 2016
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Water is the greatest gift of nature. Humans have exploited this natural resource to a level where controlling water pollution is impossible. Here are some important reasons why water is considered as a precious natural resource. The misuse of this can cause damaging consequences and a threat to human life. Here is an interesting way …

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ENSO THREATENS FOOD SUPPLY IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

October 17, 2016
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Rapid climate change will lead to greater shortages of food, fuel, energy and animal feed in vast rural areas of eastern and southern Africa. These are the findings of an interdisciplinary study from Lund University in Sweden. The two weather phenomena El Niño and the Southern Oscillation (jointly abbreviated to ENSO) lead to powerful variations in …

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