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Environmental Studies News

AMD report stresses ‘urgent’ intervention to avert crisis 

By: Christy van der Merwe     24th February 2011 The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) on Thursday released the long-awaited 146-page acid mine drainage (AMD) report, which was compiled by a team of water and geology experts, and presented to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on AMD in December. After assessing the situation in the Witwatersrand... 

Cabinet approves acid mine drainage report

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd February 2011 The South African Cabinet has approved the recommendations made by a team of experts on the acid mine drainage (AMD) situation in the Witwatersrand, spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Tuesday. The report, which includes recommendations on control measures to reduce the rate of flooding and the... 

Sustainability and collaboration emerge as key African themes for International Year of Chemistry

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th February 2011 The role of chemistry in Africa’s future development was the theme of the fortieth South African Chemical Institute (SACI) convention, held recently at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg. The convention was the first in a series of events planned by the International Union of... 

Bank, conservation group have supported 170 projects over 20 years

By: Eleanor Seggie     3rd December 2010 Conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) and South Africa’s fourth largest banking group Nedbank have donated over R100-million in funds towards the Green Trust, over the course of their partnership.  

Master plan for South African solar park

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation has been selected by the Department of Energy (DoE) to perform a study for a potential solar park development in South Africa’s Northern Cape.

Following the completion of a prefeasibility study by the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), Fluor will now develop a more... 

National land degradation disaster looms for SA 

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th October 2010 If the impact of climate change on agricultural production, together with increasing land degradation is considered, the indications are that South Africa is heading for a national disaster, says International Erosion Control Association Southern Africa Chapter (IECA-SA) president Lehman Lindeque.  

New enviro precinct launched

29th October 2010 The Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of the eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province, and the landowners in the Giba Gorge area have launched the Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct. 

Ecodriving for Western Cape’s metered-taxi drivers

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th October 2010 An ecodriving training pilot project, in the Western Cape province, aims to have its ecodriving training material integrated into the unit standard professional driver qualification under the national Transport Education Training Authority (TETA). 

Degraded rivers, unsustainable farming catalysts for soil erosion

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th October 2010 Western Cape rivers are generally degraded and unstable, said Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s (DoA’s) Hans King.  

Dube TradePort wants ‘green’ projects for AgriZone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2010 The Dube TradePort (DTP), which is an international airport and trade development in KwaZulu-Natal, has called on bids from interested parties to conduct feasibility studies and compile business plans for potential “green” projects within its AgriZone. In an effort to promote the sustainable... 

SA student recognised for research into combating global warming

By: Petronel Smit     22nd October 2010 The Haughton Award for the top honours student in geology in South Africa has been awarded to Bjorn von der Heyden, of Stellenbosch University (SU), for his studies in biogeochemistry and combating global warming.  

WWF urges South Africa to be more sustainable

By: Christy van der Merwe     15th October 2010 South African government, private sector and civil society would need to work together to ensure that the value of nature and natural capital was measured and protected, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said this week, when it released the ‘Living Planet' report. "South Africa now faces real... 

Project launched to document role of South Africans in Antarctica

By: Petronel Smit     17th September 2010 A research project recently launched by the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (CIB) at Stellenbosch University aims to build an electronic database of South Africans who helped with the building, logistics and maintenance of the various South African research bases in Antarctica. 

An inside account of the trials and tribulations behind the development of Antarctica’s E-Base

27th August 2010 When the 16-man construction crew for the South African National Antarctic Programme’s (Sanap’s) new emergency base sailed out of Table Bay Harbour in early December, they expected the voyage to the white desert to take just 14 days.  

Developing a project 
pipeline in Africa

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 AMEC Minproc, part of international engineering and project management company AMEC, is developing its project pipeline in Africa through the delivery of feasibility studies, some of which it expects to convert to executable projects later this year. 

New fuel cell technology testing under way for marine industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th July 2010 Provider of power solutions for the marine and energy industries Wärtsilä has installed a Wärtsilä Fuel Cell (WFC) 20 unit on board the Undine, a car carrier owned by Swedish maritime transport company Wallenius Lines and managed by Wallenius Marine, with the aim of testing a fuel cell in a... 

Four SA cities earmarked for big Africa green city review 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2010 German technology giant Siemens has commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to compile an ‘African Green City Index' by the beginning of 2011, ranking the greenest cities in 12 African countries, including four South African cities. The study follows on from the recent publication of... 

New EIA regulations to be effective from July

By: Jade Davenport     16th April 2010 New environmental-impact assessment (EIA) regulations, which will be published shortly, will come into effect in July this year, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Friday. Addressing the National Assembly during the Department of Environmental Affairs' budget vote,... 

Climate change mitigation and adaptation under way

By: Petronel Smit     5th March 2010 The Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning’s communications and marketing manager Aziel Gangerdine says that the department has developed a climate change strategy and action plan, which positions the Western Cape favourably to implement climate change... 

Onshore gas 
production rights 
application under way 

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th January 2010 Environmental consultancy Environmental Impact Management Services (EIMS) is assisting Highland Exploration & Production in preparing its onshore gas production right application, to the Petroleum Agency of South Africa, as well as with associated environmental requirements.


Big interventions needed to offset World Cup carbon emissions  

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd January 2010 With an estimated carbon footprint of 2 753 250 t of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e), the FIFA 2010 World Cup, in South Africa, would have the largest carbon footprint of any major international sporting event, and would need major interventions to achieve the ambition of leaving a positive... 

The World Cup’s 2,7 MT carbon footprint and what's being done about it

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd January 2010 With an estimated carbon footprint of 2 753 250t of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e), the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa will have the largest carbon footprint of any major international sporting event, and will need major interventions to achieve the ambition of making it an event with a... 

Framework released for FIFA World Cup greening

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th December 2009 South Africa’s FIFA 2010 World Cup organising committee (OC), together with the Department of Environmental Affairs and the event host cities, have launched the national ‘greening 2010’ framework, which aims at reducing the environmental footprint of the sporting spectacular. 

Efforts to mitigate 
environmental impacts 

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2009 Every effort has been made to reduce the negative environmental impact of the new airport at La Mercy, says Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) spokesperson Colin Naidoo. Acsa policies try to deal with aircraft noise, bird management, storm-water runoff, air quality and occupational health and... 

Responding to 
climate change

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Winery Nederburg’s viticultural team is currently involved in a range of vineyard management strategies in response to climate change. 

Identifying the water footprints of the beer value chain

By: Petronel Smit     13th November 2009 Major beer brewer SABMiller and global conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are working together on water footprinting to better understand the quantity, efficiency and geographical context of water used to produce beer, in order to better manage the resource. 

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... 

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