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DROUGHT RAVAGES LESOTHO AS WATER IS EXPORTED TO SA

August 15, 2016
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SEPHARENG — For farmer Mohlakoane Molise, the view of the enormous Katse dam from his smallholding high in the mountains of Lesotho taunts him daily. His country is suffering through its worst drought in 35 years, but the vast and vital water reserves remain out of reach, destined instead for export to neighbouring SA. "I am very …

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NOMVULA MOKONYANE’S ALLEGED INTERFERENCE IN LESOTHO WATER PROJECT CITED AS CAUSING DELAYS

August 8, 2016
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Water Affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane has allegedly insisted on new terms of reference for a R26-billion Lesotho water project, raising concerns about political interference and a further delay in a scheme vital to Gauteng’s water security. The Polihali dam, part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme, was originally scheduled for completion in 2018 but has …

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THABANG MOHALE SHARES HER CO-MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES SO FAR

August 5, 2016
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As a co-management support of protected areas intern, my field work experience has largely involved working with communities, which can often be a daunting task if one is not prepared to understand their context, culture and world view. During my first field trip we did just that; we met with one of the community groups …

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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS AWARDED $229K TO STUDY LEAD PIPE CORROSION

August 1, 2016
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New funding from the National Science Foundation and the Water Research Foundation will allow Washington University faculty members to study how to best control lead pipe corrosion. The National Science Foundation, along with the Water Research Foundation, has awarded a pair of Washington University in St. Louis researchers $229,000 in grants to study ways to best …

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HOW MARKETS CAN HELP US ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE

July 22, 2016
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We are on course to set another record for the hottest year, the third year in a row, and 2016 may well have the most billion dollar weather disasters. Adaptation to a changing climate looks both necessary and inevitable. Adaptation is most successful when we let markets identify the best opportunities to protect us. Markets have …

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CHANGING CLIMATE AFFECTS MINE PLANNING IN SOUTH AFRICA

July 15, 2016
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Research done in South Africa shows that change in the global climate is affecting the way local mines need to plan and build their infrastructure, particularly when it comes to water management. Studies by Lumsden and Schulze show climate change is going to make the eastern parts of SA significantly wetter, and western regions drier. In …

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CLIMATE CHANGE HEALTH IMPACTS LOOM LARGE

July 15, 2016
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The world should brace for potentially devastating impacts on human health due to climate change, top policy makers and officials from around the globe meeting in Paris said Thursday. Some of these consequences may be avoided if humanity radically curbs its use of fossil fuels in coming decades, but many are already being felt, they said …

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TANZANIA’S MAASAI FACING IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

July 15, 2016
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The air across the plain sizzles in the 95-degree heat, blurring the image of the huts in the distance. There’s a 23-year-old Maasai warrior named Lekoko beside me and a group of 35 American tourists behind me. Despite having only spent three months learning English, Lekoko gives us a seamless tour of his boma, a …

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STUDY QUANTIFIES CLIMATE-CHANGE-RELATED DEATHS

July 15, 2016
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A study in Environmental Research Letters suggests a fifth of premature deaths during a 2003 heatwave in Europe are linked to human-caused climate change. “We are now able to put a number on the deaths caused by climate change in a heat wave,” said lead author Daniel Mitchell of the University of Oxford. “This has never …

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STUDY: WATER INTAKE OVERLOOKED IN OBESE INDIVIDUALS

July 15, 2016
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There might be something in the water when it comes to the relationship between hydration and body mass index Researchers are learning whether a simple part of our diets might be linked to a healthier weight - and it has nothing to do with carbs, fat or protein. The potential secret weapon? Water. People who are obese and …

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WHY RIVER FLOODPLAINS ARE KEY TO PRESERVING NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY IN THE WESTERN US

July 7, 2016
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Although they may not commonly be viewed as hotspots for biodiversity, gravel-bed river floodplains are by far the most important feature for nature across the landscapes of western North America. This is because gravel-bed rivers disproportionately create high diversity of habitats, concentrate nutrients for growth, and provide corridors to link populations of species that would otherwise …

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CSIR CLIMATE MODELLERS TAKE ON ENORMOUS TASK OF MODELLING THE FUTURE OF CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH AN AFRICAN LENS

July 7, 2016
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  The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing Africa's first Earth System Model that would make an input into the sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A total of 30 global climate models exist, with only the Australian model having its genesis in the Southern Hemisphere. CSIR climate …

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NEW RESEARCH: CLIMATE MAY BE MORE SENSITIVE AND SITUATION MORE DIRE

July 7, 2016
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When comparing apples to apples, a new study finds energy budget climate sensitivity estimates consistent with climate models Scientists use a variety of approaches to estimate the Earth’s climate sensitivity – how much the planet will warm as a result of humans increasing greenhouse effect. For decades, the different methods were all in good general agreement …

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LOCAL CONSUMPTION, GLOBAL CONSEQUENCES: EXAMINING IMPACTS OF AN INTERCONNECTED WORLD

July 7, 2016
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Everything, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear to cars we drive, has global implications, requiring resources from distant places and generating pollution far from our homes. But while these impacts have been known for a long time, our understanding of the complex ripple effect throughout the global economy and on natural …

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DROUGHT STALLS TREE GROWTH AND SHUTS DOWN AMAZON CARBON SINK, RESEARCHERS FIND

July 7, 2016
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A recent drought completely shut down the Amazon Basin's carbon sink, by killing trees and slowing their growth, a ground-breaking study led by researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Leeds has found. Previous research has suggested that the Amazon -the most extensive tropical forest on Earth and one of the "green lungs" of the …

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SEVEN CLIMATE RECORDS SET SO FAR IN 2016

June 24, 2016
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  Scorched land on the outskirts of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The desert state recorded India’s hottest ever temperature of 51C on 19 May. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo From soaring temperatures in Alaska and India to Arctic sea ice melting and CO2 concentrations rising, this year is smashing records around the world. 1) Arctic sea ice is melting at …

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ORGANIC FARMING COULD FEED THE WORLD, IF ONLY WE WOULD LET IT

June 24, 2016
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A new report argues against critics who claim industrial agriculture is the only way to meet the nutritional needs of a growing population. Workers tend an organic farm in Bolinas, California. Organic farming still represents a tiny percentage of overall agriculture in the U.S., but holds the potential for so much more. When it comes to organic …

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LEVY ON DISPOSABLE NAPPIES MOOTED TO SAVE SA’S WATERWAYS‚ CLOGGED BY INADEQUATE WASTE MANAGEMENT

June 24, 2016
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Across South Africa‚ disposable nappies are adding to the cocktail of poisons contaminating the country's waterways‚ and as yet no one knows its full effect. The problem‚ according to the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD)‚ is that in many rural areas‚ there are no facilities to collect disposable nappies. AWARD has found that in many …

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A ‘BLACK AND SMELLY’ JOB: THE SEARCH FOR CHINA’S MOST POLLUTED RIVERS

June 23, 2016
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A Chinese government campaign asks the public to hunt down polluted waterways that can then be mapped and cleaned up One sunny morning, Shi Dianshou sets off for China’s River of Happiness. “It’s not very happy right now,” the 24-year-old environmentalist admits as he drives north from Beijing to inspect the poetically named waterway. Driving 42km out of …

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RESEARCHERS TO STUDY HOW TO REDUCE CARBON DIOXIDE IN RANCH SOIL

June 23, 2016
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  Researchers hope to reduce possible pollutants emanating from soils in Florida cattle ranches by using a $710,000 federal grant to study soil microbes. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers hope to reduce possible pollutants emanating from soils in Florida cattle ranches by using a $710,000 federal grant to study soil microbes. In the …

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