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{pp}Save the world – unplug your charger from the wall.Inspired by Al Gore’s Climate In Crises, here are five ways to save the environment without spending a cent.
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 12:52

Portable Solar Energy

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{pp}Just about everyone relies on a cell phone… then there are laptops, satellite phones, portable GPS systems...portable electronics are popular as ever, but what do you do when you hear that ominous ‘beep’ telling you that your battery is low – and you are nowhere near an electrical socket? Southern…
Monday, 30 November -0001 01:30

Sappi Forests’ comment on fires in KwaZulu Natal Midlands

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{pp}During extreme weather conditions experienced in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands near Howick on Monday 25 June 2007, several runaway veld fires caused extensive fire damage to the property of Sappi Forests and other land owners in the area.
{pp}While Africa has been to some extent protected from the worst manifestations of acid rain, lead pollution and smog, it is by no means problem-free. In one of the quests for solutions, Shell SA is investing in today’s children by increasing their awareness and knowledge of environmental issues through its…
Tuesday, 29 May 2007 18:56

Has solar power's day finally dawned?

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{pp}You've seen them in the country - even on the odd eccentric's home in the city - and, like many people, you may have wondered why a country with such abundant sunshine (amongst the highest in the world, averaging 8 hours a day) has failed to embrace solar power more…
Wednesday, 02 May 2007 14:11

Wasting Away…Count Down To 2022

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{pp}Since the Polokwane Declaration of 2002, Waste Management has been under the spotlight. The aims of the Declaration are firstly to ensure that waste generation is reduced by 50% by 2012. Secondly owing to increasing pressure on available land for productive uses, there is limited space available for landfilling; the…
[] Scientists generally believe that Africa is the cradle of mankind. But where and when did human language originate and evolve? There is wide support for the view that also language emerged first in Africa. The merits and limitations of this view will be reassessed at a multidisciplinary, international conference…
[] South African National Parks Board’s (“Sanparks”) proposed slaughter of over 5,000 elephants in the Kruger National Park (KNP) is untenable, according to Lawrence Anthony, Founder of The Earth Organization, a South African-based international conservation organization.
Thursday, 20 April 2006 04:00

Memoranda of Understanding

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[] At a historical event on 21 April 2006 the South African Weather Service will sign several Memoranda of Understanding with various community leaders at the Highbury Radar Installation in Mthatha to ensure the security provision for meteorological equipment.
[] Cape Town South Africa has been suffering a power blackout since 18 February 2006. The cause of the blackout is not quite clear. Premier Ebrahim Rasool expressed alarm and concern about the reparation delays at Koeberg, Cape Town'. Eskom Chief Executive Thulani Gcabashe and Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin…
[] Engines require a certain level of octane in order to prevent "pinging" or "knocking." Uncontrolled detonation of the last part of the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chamber cause engine knocking and may damage the engine. Lead was traditionally added to petrol in order to increase the octane level.…
[] Activist Chris Mercer charges that while new South African hunting regulations ban the language of "canned hunting," loopholes remain for the continued killing of captive bred animals.Animal rights activists contend that the practice of “canned hunting” in South Africa is a “shameful” practice, since animals are bred in captivity…

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