International Weedbuster Day (16 October, 2013) was celebrated by Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi during a visit to Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. Scientists from Rhodes University took the opportunity of the Deputy Minister’s visit to officially launch and release a plant hopper.
In an effort to increase the population of the endangered South-central Black Rhinoceros of South Africa, conservationists from the WWF and local partners are moving the animals to new territories ...
In an effort to increase the population of the endangered South-central Black Rhinoceros of South Africa, conservationists from the WWF and local partners are moving the animals to new territories as part of the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. In the video there are many local conservationists from the Eastern Cape - this could relate to RU in some ways. I thought this was just quite an amazing and interesting way to help rhinos.
Food products on supermarket shelves are so diverse and abundant they surpass the number of species in the wild. But producing all this cheap food has not been without consequences and cannot be sustained, says GreenChoice’s Tatjana von Bormann.
Another (potentially outdated?) piece on farming in SA. A bit scary. Mickey, this might help with your article if you're still writing about food. - L Dixon-Paver
The study, led by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, sought simply to measure how much methane leaks from natural gas production sites immediately following the process of hydraulic fracturing, a method of gas drilling that has...
For the fracking article i think someone was thinking of writing,maybe this could be interestng.
New figures from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change reveal that renewables' share of electricity generation in the country reached a record high in the second quarter of 2013 - accounting for 15.5%.
The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs has asked for public comment on the new National Environmental Management Act. This could be a great way for G-town residents to have their say on their water issues.
IBM has launched a crowdsourcing project to help capture, share and analyze information about the water distribution system in South Africa. This could be a great tool for RU students and surrounding areas as we have been experiencing water shortages.
The circular economy, recycling products after use, is cheap and environmentally friendly – but is it up to companies, consumers or the government to drive it forward? Sponsored feature (Can the economy go full circle?
The Ocean Health Index was launched last year to much fanfare; for the first time policy makers and businesses worldwide had a tool to assess how well individual countries – and the world – sustainably use ocean resources and benefits.
This article talks about how Grahamstown has been chosen to be the country's first biomass power station fueled exclusively by invasive alien vegetation. This will provide 150 + jobs for the town and reduce alien vegetation in the area. This will have an impact of quality of life for RU students and Gtown as a whole.
Source: www.sundaytimes.co.zaMEGAN POWER and JOCELYN MAKERSouth Africa is in the grip of a massive medical waste crisis as warehouses and other sites are i
This article shows the bad side of the medical waste companies, exposing how some are illegally disposing the medical waste which is harming the environment and can also become dangerous for people as some are dumping the waste in areas where people live.
This provides an insight on how university hospitals are also finding recylcing of medical waste to be a challenge for them. With Stellenbosch University conducting a study on medical waste management at Tygerberg.
Some Mpumalanga residents believe it is safer to drink beer every day than to drink dodgy water – and they may have a point, since the province officially has the worst water quality in South Africa.
Some Mpumalanga residents believe it is safer to drink beer every day than to drink dodgy water – and they may have a point, since the province officially has the worst water quality in South Africa. I thought this was interesting since we're Rhodes students and love to drink. Thought it was an interesting take on survival skills rather than pleasure as we use it.
We are broadcasting this week from Durban, South Africa, where critical talks on fighting climate change have entered their second week. Key issues at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP17, remain unresolved, including the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the international treaty with enforceable provisions designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Delegates are also debating how to form a Green Climate Fund to support developing nations most affected by climate change. We begin not inside the summit, but out in the streets of Durban, where thousands of people marched on Saturday calling for climate justice. "We are here to send a solid, strong message, simple message to the leaders and negotiators at the climate change conference that this is no time to play around," says award-winning Nigerian environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey. "This is a time for a real commitment to cut emissions, a legally binding agreement to cut emissions, as such that rich, polluting countries should understand that their inaction…will destroy the planet… We can’t accept that." [includes rush transcript]