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Environmental Studies News

Researchers suggest 100% renewable energy system is plausible

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 A multinational group of researchers have co-authored a paper to demonstrate that there are no roadblocks to sourcing 100% of a country’s power supply from renewable sources. The researchers, from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Biomimicry is one of the top tech trends, says expert

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 Nature-inspired design – biomimicry – has been highlighted as one of the key technology trends that will shape the future and is beginning to transform industries across the world. The rapidly growing field focuses on adapting nature’s solutions to solve man-made design challenges. 

Tanzania asks bank to finance hydropower project in heritage site

By: Reuters     30th April 2018 Tanzania has approached the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance a 2 100 MW hydroelectric plant in a World Heritage site renowned for its animal population, despite concerns from conservationists. The East African nation considers the project at Stiegler’s Gorge in the UNESCO-designated... 

Two South African women receive major international environmental award

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2018 Two South African women have been awarded a prestigious international environmental award for their work in winning a crucial court case against plans by government to proceed with a nuclear build programme. Earthlife Africa-Johannesburg’s (ELA-JHB) Makoma Lekalakala and Liziwe McDaid from the... 

NCPC-SA hosts green chemistry awareness workshop

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 As part of a global initiative, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University, hosted a workshop on green chemistry, in... 

NCPC-SA hosts green chemistry awareness workshop
Prof Paul Anastas Yale University, Ndivhuho Raphulu National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa and Dr Alufelwi Tshavhungwe Department of Science and Technology

Nigerian government invites tenders for environmental remediation project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th April 2018 The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) is seeking to appoint environmental remedial contractors for phase one of its Remediation of Hydrocarbon Impacted sites in Ogoni project.  

Nigerian government invites tenders for environmental remediation project

Renewability driving forest and paper industry

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Renewable commercial forests that supply the pulp, paper and board industry with wood fibre provide key environmental services and conserve our indigenous forests, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. “Commercially grown trees have helped to... 

DEA orders halt to seabird handling as avian flu is detected

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd March 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) said on Friday that it was dealing with the H5N8 strain of the avian influenza (bird flu) that has been detected in several seabird species, including Swift Terns, African Penguins and Cape Gannets on the country’s coastline.  

DEA orders halt to seabird handling as avian flu is detected

CSIR makes progress on first African climate change model 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is making progress in developing the first Africa-based earth system model to provide reliable projections of the potential impact of climate change on the continent. The model will provide input into the coupled model intercomparison... 

CSIR makes progress on first African  climate change model
CSIR natural resources and environment executive director May Hermanus and CSIR principal researcher Dr Rebecca Garland discuss the new Africa-developed earth system model.

SA company exploring nuclear, other opportunities abroad

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services’ current plans surrounding diversification into biomass, waste-to-energy and gas projects as well as its targeted geographical expansion is supported by the company’s niche expertise in bespoke... 

CSIR publishes latest Atlas to guide response to climate change  

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has published the second edition of the South African Risk and Vulnerability Atlas (Sarva), alongside the relaunch of the newly revamped online portal, to help business navigate current research on the risk and vulnerability of key social... 

CSIR publishes latest Atlas to guide response to climate change
CSIR Natural Resources and Environment executive director May Hermanus discusses the climate change impact on Africa and the need for accessible information to aid decision-making. 21/02/2018. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Christo Greyling.

Companies urged to ‘proactively’ reduce their carbon footprint as second Draft Carbon Tax Bill is released for comment

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In light of National Treasury’s publishing the second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for public comment in December, systems integration specialists Jasco Group’s CEO Pete da Silva suggests that companies proactively determine their carbon footprint and implement measures to mitigate the eventual effects... 

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan hope to break Nile dam talks deadlock in one month 

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 The leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan on Monday set a one-month deadline for laying out the ways to break a deadlock in talks over a mega dam Addis Ababa is building along its share of the Nile, an official said. Egypt and Ethiopia are at loggerheads over the construction of the Grand... 

High-tech vessel leaves Durban for African coastal research

By: African News Agency      26th January 2018 A Norwegian research vessel deemed the most technologically advanced in the world set out from Durban on Friday to assist coastal African countries with data collection to promote sustainable marine and fishing environments. The Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, a state-of-the-art vessel equipped with three... 

Microgrids using solar energy to meet energy demands

26th January 2018 Communities and producers in Africa are struggling with energy deficits caused by a lack of infrastructure access in some cases and poor energy quality and high-power costs in others, explains procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch. As a result, Black & Veatch has... 

Microgrids using  solar energy to meet energy demands
SOLAR SOLUTION Providing power through solar power projects is just one of many solutions that could grant electricity access to communities

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

Green building improvements needed to meet Paris agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th December 2017 The energy intensity per square metre of buildings need to improve by 30% by 2030 to keep the Paris Agreement on track, the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction’s ‘Global Status Report 2017’ has revealed. The report, released on Monday, found that total floor area reached an estimated... 

Authority to implement plan to protect Lesotho’s local heritage

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has appointed PSG Heritage Solutions to develop and implement a comprehensive cultural heritage plan that will protect and manage Lesotho’s rich cultural heritage during the construction and operation of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands water project.... 

CGS discovers fresh water resource in Beaufort West 

By: African News Agency      13th December 2017 An unprecedented discovery of a fresh water resource has been found in Beaufort West, Western Cape, the Department of Mineral Resources said on Tuesday.  According to the department, the resource was discovered by the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory science council reporting to the... 

Fourth industrial revolution brings hope to youth – Makhura 

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Thursday tabled the fourth Political Report of the Gauteng provincial government and highlighted the opportunities that were arising from the fourth industrial revolution. Makhura said the unfolding of the fourth industrial revolution was shaping the economy and... 

Fourth industrial revolution brings hope to youth – Makhura
Hip hop artist Cassper Nyovest and Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Focus on environmental services boosts project sustainability

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Applying focused environmental services at every phase of any project ensures that opportunities to incorporate social and environmental aspects into the engineering design are flagged, which boosts the overall sustainability of the project, explains consulting engineering and project... 

Focus on environmental services  boosts project sustainability
SUSTAINABILITY REQUIREMENTS Sustainability requires the optimisation of environmental, social and economic outcomes

General public taking heed of environmental law

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 The general public is becoming more familiar with the tools that are available under the Constitution and environmental law to protect what is perceived as the unacceptable environmental or social impacts of businesses, says law firm Norton Rose Fulbright environment lawyer Matthew Thornton-Dibb. 

General public taking heed of environmental law
MATURED LEGISLATION South Africa’s environment regulatory system has matured since the publication of the National Environmental Management Act

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Increasing pressure on the built environment to address inadequate energy resources, carbon reduction targets and tightening building energy efficiency standards, continues to drive green building trends in South Africa, states multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP Africa sustainability... 

Green consciousness continues to drive green building trends
GREG RICE Businesses and citizens have recently become more conscious of the importance of resilience and resource scarcity

Growing eWaste could affect ecosystem

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Electronic Waste (eWaste), if not properly processed, will eventually leach hazardous material – mainly heavy metals – into the water table, states computer support and services provider Xperien CEO Wale Arewa. 

Growing eWaste could affect ecosystem
WALE AREWA The global estimate of eWaste is about 50-million tons

Municipalities to reduce emissions by diverting waste

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Consulting engineering company JG Afrika and international specialist waste consultancy RWA have developed a strategy to help South African municipalities reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by diverting biodegradable waste from their landfills. 

Municipalities to  reduce emissions  by diverting waste
WASTE-DIVERSION STRATEGY The strategy entails waste disposal and the beneficial use for business development

Potential of groundwater in spotlight again amid Western Cape drought

By: Dylan Slater     1st December 2017 Groundwater still holds significant potential to provide water for various uses, especially to augment large-scale supply during drought, notes Geological Society of South Africa: Western Cape ground water division chairperson Dr Roger Parsons.  

Green cleaning products can pack a punch

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Midrand-based cleaning solutions provider Blendwell Chemicals has completed the development of the company’s Enviro Waterless Car Wash, and is aiming to officially launch the product early next year. 

Green cleaning products can pack a punch
JUDY SUNASKY Companies are constantly developing products, but consumers are still hesitant to use green cleaning products

Large companies driving increase in land contamination assessments

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 With there being an increase in land-contamination assessments among large companies owing to recently promulgated environmental legislation, sustainability services and consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) partner Steve McKeown says this will hold companies accountable for the... 

Large companies driving increase in land contamination assessments
STEVE MCKEOWN Companies that have a global footprint are more committed to assessing their impact on the environment

Power and utilities drone market worth more than $9bn

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 The international drone market comprising solutions that use drones for the power and utilities industries is worth as much as $9.46-billion a year, according to a report published by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  

New DNA barcoding kit to stifle illegal animal trade

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2017 Aimed at sharpening conservation efforts, the international Barcode of Life (iBoL) project on Monday launched its Lab-in-a-Box portable deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) barcoding kit, which enables rapid species identification for port of entry officials within a few hours. The launch took place... 

New DNA barcoding kit to stifle illegal animal trade

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Conceptualised as a “for Africa by Africa” event, exhibition company Messe München South Africa (SA) will host the third biennial food and drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) exhibition from September 4 to 6 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, next year. 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018
FDT AFRICA 2018 The aim of fdt Africa 2018 is to consolidate the existing target groups of exhibitors and visitors

Industry still suffers effects of drought

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Although innovative production practices and a diversified geographic production area helped to buffer the effect of the drought on the 2017 harvest, wine industry body VinPro explains that insufficient rainfall in the winter months will undoubtedly have an effect on vine functionality and yield... 

Industry still suffers effects of drought
DROUGHT EFFECTS As a result of the drought, the Western Cape has received 30% less rainfall than the amount needed at this stage

SKA site doubles as environmental observatory 

16th November 2017 Creamer Media’s Samantha Herbst talks to senior journalist Keith Campbell about the Integrated Environmental Management Plan for Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array. 

SKA site doubles as environmental observatory
SKA site doubles as environmental observatory

Better regulations needed to prevent tailings dam failures – UNEP

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2017 In the last decade, there have been over 40 mining waste failures, killing some 341 people and damaging hundreds of kilometers of waterways, affecting drinking water sources and the livelihood of communities, a new report entitled ‘Mine Tailings Storage: Safety Is No Accident’, reveals. The... 

Better regulations needed to prevent tailings dam failures – UNEP

Reforms, business models key to unlocking private sector investment for climate change – IFC

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 Smart policy reforms and innovative business models can unlock the trillions of dollars in private investment that is needed to ensure Africa meets its climate targets as agreed to in the landmark Paris Agreement. The private sector, boasting innovation, the financing and resources, is considered... 

UCT’s business school to participate in UN programme research council

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th October 2017 The University of Cape Town’s (UCT’s) Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been named as one of nine leading universities to be part of a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to develop a research agenda that will better leverage private investment to finance the... 

Apartheid Museum to honour Advocate Bizos

By: Sane Dhlamini     24th October 2017 The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg will on Thursday commemorate stalwart anti-apartheid icon Advocate George Bizos by launching a new gallery in his honour a few weeks before his 90th birthday, and by launching his memoir, detailing his friendship with Nelson Mandela and titled 65 Years of... 

Apartheid Museum to honour Advocate Bizos
Advocate George Bizos
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