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Environmental Studies News

Asbestos banned, but legacy continues

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 Environmental consulting firm Conservation Support Services (CSS) South Africa project manager Robert Jones completed a study for the former Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, which indicated that a large number of communities in the Northern Cape, North West province and Limpopo... 

R12,5m air pollution project under way 

By: Petronel Smit     30th October 2009 The South African government has contracted environmental monitoring company SI Analytics to measure the pollution levels for the five-year, R12,5-million Highveld priority area project, which started in August 2008. 

Firms increase carbon transparency as SA moves to make practice mandatory 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2009 South African resources and industrial groups, many of which are involved in what would be considered highly carbon-intensive business activities, featured strongly in the top 15 positions of the 2009 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) report, which was topped by banking group Nedbank. The report,... 

Companies lauded for 
being open about their 
carbon footprints

By: Darren Parker     9th October 2009 Insurance company Allianz, energy company Consolidated Edison, infrastructure systems provider EMC, home, health and personal-care product supplier Reckitt Benckiser, technology producer Siemens, chemicals group BASF, airplane maker Boeing and network provider Cisco Systems were among the global... 

How one SA company mines SA’s satellite-imagery resource to make life easier while making a profit 

By: Leandi Kolver     9th October 2009 There’s more to geography than capitals, clouds and tornados, climate, countries, people, maps, and flags. Today, geography is a serious consumer-facing business, helping us to reach our destinations with the aid of global positioning systems (GPS) on our cell phones, or even the simple road map,... 

Active antenna solution could 
help reduce carbon emissions

By: Leandi Kolver     2nd October 2009 Global communications network solutions and services provider Nokia Siemens Networks and international mobile telecommunications company Vodafone have successfully tested a new antenna technology designed to reduce carbon emissions and improve the cost efficiency of mobile phone networks for... 

Turton urges SA to integrate water, energy and agricultural policies 

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th September 2009 South Africa must link its water, energy, and food security policies, urged Touchstone Resources director Dr. Anthony Turton, emphasising that the relationship between these three areas was inseparable. Focusing on the interdependence of these systems, Turton explained that South Africa’s... 

'Maize-based ethanol can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 50%'

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2009 Newer corn ethanol facilities show that modern processes can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 50% compared to petrol, according to the ‘Improvements in Life Cycle Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Corn-Ethanol’ analysis. 

Biofuels forecast to account for 46,1% of ‘unconventional fuel’ growth in next 20-odd years

By: Leandi Kolver     28th August 2009 The world’s liquid fuels supply will grow 22% from 86,2-million barrels per day (mbpd) in 2007 to 105,4 mbpd in 2030, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projections in the 2009 Annual Energy Outlook. 

Enviro study into R1,5bn Western Cape wind farm project to start next month

By: Jade Davenport     28th August 2009 An environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a proposed R1,5-billion 70 MW wind farm in the vicinity of Darling in the Western Cape is anticipated to begin within the next month. 

Companies urged to slash their 
environmental impacts

By: Leandi Kolver     31st July 2009 Companies needed to consider the impact that creating their product has on the environment, noted consulting firm LMI research fellow Taylor Wilkerson at the recent Association for Operations Management of Southern Africa conference, pointing out that the biggest environmental challenges came... 

The production of biofuels could 
adversely affect water supply

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd July 2009 American scientists, in a recently released report, are cautioning that water consumption and agrochemical use during biofuels production can have an adverse impact on both the availability and quality of water resources. 

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