25 June 2012 Press Release A water crisis is looming in South Africa, communities are at risk of losing access to water, and coal is right in the middle of it, according to a report released by Greenpeace today. This latest briefing is a stark reminder to the SA government to start pushing Eskom to . . . → Read More: South Africa: Eskom and SA Government Responsible for Threatening Water Crisis
Hundreds of millions of people across the globe turned off their lights for 60 minutes during earth hour as a gesture of solidarity in caring for and protecting the planet.
This symbolic act has the added benefit of saving everyone a little bit of money.
Soaring electricity prices have made opening the monthly lights . . . → Read More: Turning Off Lights Saves Water
Given the historical and natural significance of its positioning, the redevelopment of the Clock Tower Precinct – and in particular the construction of No 1 Silo – is guided by the latest global requirements for environmentally sustainable construction, as governed by the Green Building Council of South Africa.
Covering over 200 linear meters, and equalling . . . → Read More: Vertical garden as part of green development V&A Waterfront
Sipho Kings The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy has been too slow to keep global temperature increases within the threshold needed to avert serious disaster.
This is one of the main findings of the 12th PricewaterhouseCoopers Annual Power and Utilities Survey, which is based on the views of the top management of 72 . . . → Read More: Emissions set to exceed tipping point
Debby’s deluge: 2 feet of rain, thousands flee floods
By Miguel Llanos msnbc.com updated 6/26/2012 3:25:54 PM River flooding from Tropical Depression Debby — downgraded from a tropical storm late Tuesday — forced up to 20,000 people out of their homes in one Florida county alone, while another area had already seen more than . . . → Read More: 2012 sets record for most named storms so early in Atlantic season
The ANC has not done enough to improve the quality of education in the country, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said on Saturday.
“Today’s black children are still doomed to be ‘hewers of wood and drawers of water’ who cannot read or write,” he said at a Youth Day rally in Mthatha, Eastern Cape.
. . . → Read More: ‘Today’s black children are still doomed’
By Enos Phosa
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – With inspiration from a friend too lazy to take a shower and a few months of research on the Internet, South African university student Ludwick Marishane has won global recognition for an invention that takes the water out of bathing.
Marishane, a 22-year-old student at the University of Cape . . . → Read More: South African innovator takes water out of showering
Jun 18, 2012 Belo Monte Dam will be the world’s third-largest hydroelectric project and will displace up to 20,000 people while diverting the Xingu River and flooding as much as 230 square miles of rainforest in Brazil. The Brazilian government says residents forced to relocate will be compensated and that most will benefit from the . . . → Read More: Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam to Displace Thousands in Amazon
By Jillian Eugenios
After a school sunscreen ban left two Tacoma, Washington elementary students severely burned, their mother is taking on the school district.
Jesse Michener’s daughters Violet, 11, and Zoe, 9, set out from their home last Tuesday for an all-day school event. The morning had been a rainy one but by noon the . . . → Read More: Mom challenges school sunscreen ban after daughters are severely burned
More than 50 000 delegates from 190 nations are due to attend the Rio+20 summit on sustainability marking the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit in the city. On the agenda are 80 pages of recommendations on how to preserve the diversity of plants, eradicate poverty, protect oceans and clean the air . . . → Read More: Failure to account for natural capital can backfire