Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs Barbara Thomson has called on municipalities to ensure the country’s environment is clean.
“I would like to encourage other municipalities to adopt the best practices … and ensure we live in clean environments which are healthy, carbon dioxide free, which promote energy mix, manage their water resources effectively and whose resilience is strengthened every day to fight the onslaught of climate change,” Deputy Minister Thomson said. READ MORE
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Plant the Right Plants
You may never think of this as a way to have an eco-friendly yard, which is why we’ve included it here. When planning your landscape, choose plants that are native to your area. Native plants are naturally adapted to your area so require less maintenance and water than exotic plants. READ MORE
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Setting the stage for World War 3, Russian leader Vladimir Putin is threatening to expand Russia’s nuclear weapon defense systems near Europe in response to efforts by NATO and the United States to extend air and anti-missile defense coverage over Europe.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, President Obama is also considering giving Ukraine military support and lethal aid as required by the Ukraine Freedom Support Act. READ MORE
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A proposed acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment facility could threaten an internationally-protected wetland near Nigel, east of Joburg.
The Saturday Star reported that the environmental impact assessment for the sludge disposal facility in the Eastern Basin warns that its proximity to the Marievale Bird Sanctuary and the Blesbokspruit wetlands could “have a negative impact on flora and fauna”.
The report was compiled by Digby Wells Environmental, which is handling government’s response to AMD.
The Blesbokspruit wetlands are protected as a Ramsar wetland of international importance but, if the plans go ahead, from next year partially-treated acid mine water could spill into it from the plant. READ MORE
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As flagship nuclear projects run into long delays and huge cost overruns, solar and wind power are falling in price, writes David Elliott. Renewables already supply twice as much power as nuclear. It’s just too bad the nuclear-fixated UK government hasn’t noticed.
Renewables are winning out just about everywhere. They now supply over 19% of global primary energy and 22% of global electricity. Nuclear is at 11% and falling.
With many of the UK’s old nuclear power plants off-line due to faults and prospects for their ultimate replacement looking decidedly shaky, it is good that the renewable energy alternatives are moving ahead rapidly. READ MORE
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