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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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HUGE ANCIENT RIVER BASIN EXPLAINS LOCATION OF THE WORLD’S FASTEST FLOWING GLACIER

June 20, 2016
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An ancient basin hidden beneath the Greenland ice sheet may help explain the location, size and velocity of Greenland's fastest flowing outlet glacier. The research also provides an insight into what past river drainage looked like in Greenland, and what it could look like in the future as the ice sheet retreats. An ancient basin hidden …

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ON DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION, UN CALLS FOR ACTION TO RESTORE LAND RESOURCES

June 17, 2016
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17 June 2016 – Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished as a direct consequence of land degradation, declining soil, fertility, unsustainable water use, drought and biodiversity loss, requiring long-term solutions to help communities increase resilience to climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today. “The livelihoods and well-being of hundreds of millions of people …

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RESILIENCE IN SA’S URBAN WATER LANDSCAPE

June 17, 2016
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This article first appeared on The Conversation. Resilience is becoming a core concept in water governance. It refers to the ability of communities, cities or regions to withstand the challenges posed by an increased intensity and frequency of floods and droughts. Resilience often involves adopting diverse, flexible, adaptive and redundant or supplemental systems. This pertains to both …

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BOSVELD PHOSPHATES TO PAY R2.55 MILLION FINE FOR WATER POLLUTION

August 5, 2015
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"What this settlement between Bosveld Phosphates Pty Ltd, the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Department of Water and Sanitation, shows is that environmental crimes don’t go unpunished. While some would have expected a harsher outcome, we believe this is a step in the right direction as we continue to work together to deal with …

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WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

June 5, 2015
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“As we reflect on World Environment Day 2015, it seems like many of our environmental legacies are burdens rather than gifts to our young people. In the Olifants Catchment, we're facing unchecked pollution, poor protection of habitats and inappropriate use of land and resources," says AWARD’s Assistant Director, Derick du Toit. It's not all doom and …

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THINGS ARE HOTTING UP IN THE OLIFANTS CATCHMENT

June 2, 2015
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“With temperatures predicted to rise by maybe as much as 3-4 degree Celcius in some areas of the Olifants Catchment, nobody can afford to ignore climate change,” says Sharon Pollard, Director of the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD). Speaking at an Earth Day event in Hoedspruit, she noted that the Olifants River, which extends …

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AWARD CONDEMNS XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS

April 21, 2015
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As an organization that believes in the equity of all people and a sustainable future for all the citizens of our planet, we strongly condemn the recent and ongoing xenophobic attacks on people in South Africa. We would like to add our voice to all other organizations and individuals within South Africa and across the …

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SEEING THE OLIFANTS THROUGH NEW EYES

March 31, 2015
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“There is nothing like 30 creative minds, fresh eyes and a fountain of interesting ideas to paint a new picture of an old friend,” said Derick du Toit, Assistant Director at the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD). He was appraising senior pupils’ colourful and creative renditions of a river and its role in …

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WHAT’S GOING ON WITH OUR WATER?

March 23, 2015
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What do miners, farmers, luxury lodge owners and fisherman in South Africa and Mozambique have in common? They rely on a river that runs from Witbank and Sekhukhuneland in Mpumalanga, through the Kruger National Park and across the Mozambiquan border to Massingir, Chokwe and XaiXai, where it finds rest in the salty water of the Indian …

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RECYCLING HELPS SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT

November 24, 2014
/ Categories: Report

A strong love for the environment and wanting to be an environmental change agent saw Thembi Maesela, a Burgersfort business woman, establish a company that conducts business through recycling, Marumo Green Projects. Recycling allows us to reduce certain waste products which helps reduce the impact waste has on the environment. Thembi's very first recycling contract was …

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YOUR WETLAND, YOUR OPPORTUNITY

October 7, 2014
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The Makuya Wetland Indaba took place in October 2013 and was hosted by community research monitors who are part of the Wise Use Project, being implemented by the Association for Water and Rural Development in collaboration with the Mondi Wetlands Programme and Working for Wetlands, based at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The Indaba …

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CONSERVATION IN A TIME OF RAPID CLIMATE CHANGE

September 29, 2014
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Conservationists beware: climate change is not some abstract concept thought up by lofty professors, it is a reality that affects you. This was the message from Professor Camille Parmesan, co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007. She delivered a key note lecture on climate change at …

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