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Environmental problems in South Africa

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Environmental problems in South Africa
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South Africa's freshwater supply is almost stretched to its limit. Less than 10% of South Africa’s rainfall is available as surface water, one of the lowest conversion ratios in the world. The country’s groundwater resources are equally limited. This ofcourse will influence our quality of life dramatically. 


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Microsoft cloud to power environmental big data

Microsoft cloud to power environmental big data | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
At the United Nations climate conference in Durban, South Africa this week, The European Environment Agency, geospatial software company Esri and Microsoft showed off the “Eye on Earth” network, which uses Microsoft Azure to create a online...
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The United Nations climate conference was held in Durban, South Africa this week and discussed the "eye on earth." The community uses the cloud to create an online site and group of services for scientists, researchers and policy makers to upload, share and analyze environmental and geospatial data. Cloud computing and big data analytics will be an increasingly important way to manage a limited number of resources — energy, water, and food — as the world population explodes.

 

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Environmental problems in South Africa

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Environmental problems in South Africa
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But, on the other hand, this may be the more practical reality of South Africa's environmental state

 

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Woolworths join Pick 'n Pay and Vodacom pioneering South African Commercial Solar

Woolworths join Pick 'n Pay and Vodacom pioneering South African Commercial Solar | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Since the South African Government loosened its subsidy rules for solar energy, the solar energy systems have become an increasingly interesting and realistic investment.

Via Laura Dinnewell
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A goog investment for business owners as well as bieng environmentally friendly to the surrounding areas

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South Africa - Durban. Concentrated Solar Energy Plant To Power COP17

South Africa - Durban. Concentrated Solar Energy Plant To Power COP17 | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it

South Africa's first Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) plant will be supplying electricity for the 17th annual Conference of the Parties (COP17) climate talks in Durban.

A 10-meter-high solar panel tracking system is also installed at the entrance to COP17's Climate Change Response Expo, which will be used to charge electric vehicles and to provide visitors a close-up look at CPV technology. Guided tours of the fully functional solar plant, located around 25 kilometres outside of Durban, will also be offered twice daily from December 5 through December 9.


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As a person living in the durban region, I'd say this takes my interest in moving forward in the solar world

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Customer Care Unit - Makana Municipality

Customer Care Unit - Makana Municipality | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
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Unfortunately I can't seem to scoop the page itself, but under the Customer Care tab is a great contact list for different positions in the Makana muncipality.
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Durban Climate Change Conference: 2011 'caps decade tying record for heat' - Telegraph

Durban Climate Change Conference: 2011 'caps decade tying record for heat'  - Telegraph | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it

"The year 2011 caps a decade that ties the record as the hottest ever measured, the WMO said in its annual report on climate trends and extreme weather events, unveiled at UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa.
"Our science is solid and it proves unequivocally that the world is warming and that this warming is due to human activities," WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement, adding that policy-makers should take note of the findings.
"Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached new highs and are very rapidly approaching levels consistent with a 2 to 2.4 Celsius rise in average global temperatures."
Scientists believe that any rise above the 2.0 threshold could trigger far-reaching and irreversible changes on Earth over land and in the seas.
The 2002-2011 period equals 2001-2010 as the warmest decade since 1850, the report said. ..."

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"Thirteen of the warmest years recorded have occurred within the last decade and a half." This article has some interesting facts on weather in south africa as well as links to alot of related articles.

 

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Why Do So Many People Still Doubt Climate Change? | Slate.com

Why Do So Many People Still Doubt Climate Change? | Slate.com | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it

When scholars of the future write the history of climate change, they may look to early 2008 as a pivotal moment. Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth was bringing the science to the masses. The economist Nicholas Stern had made the financial case for tackling the problem sooner rather than later. And the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had just issued its most unequivocal report yet on the link between human activity and climatic change.

 

The scientific and economic cases were made. Surely with all those facts on the table, soaring public interest and ambitious political action were inevitable?

 

The exact opposite happened. Fast-forward to today, with the release of the IPCC's latest report on the state of climate science, and it is clear that public concern and political enthusiasm have not kept up with the science. Apathy, lack of interest, and even outright denial are more widespread than they were in 2008.

 

How did the rational arguments of science and economics fail to win the day? There are many reasons, but an important one concerns human nature.

 

Through a growing body of psychological research, we know that scaring or shaming people into sustainable behavior is likely to backfire. We know that it is difficult to overcome the psychological distance between the concept of climate change—not here, not now—and people's everyday lives. We know that beliefs about the climate are influenced by extreme and even daily weather.

 

One of the most striking findings is that concern about climate change is not only, or even mostly, a product of how much people know about science. Increased knowledge tends to harden existing opinions.

 

These findings and many more are increasingly available to campaigners and science communicators, but it is not clear that lessons are being learned. In particular there is a great deal of resistance toward the idea that communicating climate change requires more than explaining the science.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Interesting insight into the different views on climate change

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Lee Pratt, MASS, MSA's curator insight, October 2, 2013 2:35 PM

subcontiasly, I remember how little control I had over the tempeture as an infant. I think that is why we get so totally defeated when thinking about climate change, what do you think? 

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South Africa taking three-year study to see if it's ready for EVs

South Africa taking three-year study to see if it's ready for EVs | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
South African electric utility Eskom is testing out Nissan Leafs to see if the nation's power grid could handle electric vehicles.
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Eskom  is testing the usage of electric vehicles in South Africa and if there is a market for them here. This article also states how South Africa hopes to cut down their emissions down drastically by 2050 since South Africa is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions. 

 

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Wind farms are a 'blot' on 'God's creation', says bishop - Telegraph

Wind farms are a 'blot' on 'God's creation', says bishop - Telegraph | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Winds farms have become a “blot” on the face of “God’s creation” and are threatening to destroy a landscape where saints once trod, a bishop warns today.
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Cant remember whos doing the story on winf farms,Could this be helpful?

 

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Electronic Wasteland | MIT Technology Review

Electronic Wasteland | MIT Technology Review | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
What happens to trashed electronics, and what we can do about it?
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This article talks about the bill that will regulate the movement of hazardous electronic material across international borders,read more about it.

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Untitled Page

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I wrote a whole thing and then Scoop.it! broke. Now I am sad. Basically this is a map which illustrates the data in my other post more clearly, but it lacks the longitudinal information. (It is about water levels)

 

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Towards setting environmental water temperature guidelines: A South African example

Towards setting environmental water temperature guidelines: A South African example | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
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This document talks about how water temperature is a primary factor affecting the number and kinds of species in a stream. Samples have been taken from South African waters which obviously impacts our lives. This could be an interesting angle in seeing how it impacts our lives and heath.


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Record number of rhinos killed in South Africa in 2013

Record number of rhinos killed in South Africa in 2013 | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
Total of 688 rhino deaths passes last year's record, with three months of the year still to go
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A record number of rhino's have been killed this year with a total of 688 rhino deaths which passes last year's record, with three months of the year still to go. This affects SA's tourism and environment dramatically. The rhino horn is seen as a status symbol is Asian countries and is in demand.

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List of wind farms in South Africa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of wind farms in South Africa

There are currently no large scale wind farms operational in South Africa, though a number are in the initial planning stages. Most of these are earmarked for locations along the Eastern Cape coastline. Eskom has constructed one small scale prototype windfarm at Klipheuwel in the Western Cape and another demonstrator site is near Darling with phase 1 completed.

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I know wikipedia isn't the most reliable source, but to whoever was considering writing about South African wind fars, this could give you a nice overview of what to look for or where to begin.

 

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UNEP Environmental Data Explorer - The Environmental Database (search | map | graph | download)

UNEP Environmental Data Explorer - The Environmental Database (search | map | graph | download) | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
The UNEP Environmental Data Explorer (former UNEP GEO Data Explorer) online database holds more than 450 different variables, as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial data sets (maps), covering themes like...
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So according to this, South Africa isn't doing so bad environmentally i'd say

 

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SolarReserve consortium completes $586mn financing for South African solar PV power projects - Renewable Energy Focus

Joint venture's two 75-megawatt solar photovoltaic projects will spur economic development, create jobs and contribute to South Africa's renewable energy goals (SolarReserve consortium completes $586mn financing for South African solar ...)...
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Holds majot oppurtunies for Sout Africa in more aspects than just with the solar energy being a renewable source

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A paperless application process will put universities in control

Moving direct university application processing to a paperless environment will put students and lecturers in the driving seat, so why is it that fewer than half of universities have made the leap?
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Interesting article on the perks of a paperless institution. 

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Rhodes University Phone Book

http://www.ru.ac.za/ruphonebook//

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For anyone reporting on university-related stories, this is a fantastic resource to find contact details for various staff members.
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WaveNet: The online real time waves and weather for South Africa: Richards Bay Weather

WaveNet: The online real time waves and weather for South Africa: Richards Bay Weather | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it

Richards Bay Weather Last Data Update: 2011-06-01 11:19 http://tinyurl.com/486w378 #csir #yam @ioteg...


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Figures for weather in richards bay south africa. It can be used as a starting point for comparing figures and using them to substanciate claims.

 

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Hybrid market grows as budget-conscious consumers turn green

Hybrid market grows as budget-conscious consumers turn green | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
While hybrid sales remain minuscule in South Africa, the market has been steadily picking up speed, especially over the last four years.
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Interesting to note how the rise of hybrid technology sales world wide is not particularly reflected in South Africa. The slow rise could be a reflection on how the country is just not ready for the technology mostly because of the high prices involved in buying these types of cars.

 

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The Palace Green Forum - » Hybrid Cars not the future -Join the Conversation

The Palace Green Forum - » Hybrid Cars not the future -Join the Conversation | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
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This is merely a forum and so thr views expressed here are opinion-based but I find this article rather interesting. One could see it as a starting point of research because it gives insight into why hybrid cars are not a good buy for the average South Africa. With more research onne could be able to back this information up. 

 

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Hazardous Waste - Violations and Permits (RCRIS) Database | rtknet.org: The Right-to-Know Network

Hazardous Waste - Violations and Permits (RCRIS) Database | rtknet.org: The Right-to-Know Network | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
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Some databases on hazadous wastes that are distributed.

 

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Man arrested for shooting alleged rhino poacher

Man arrested for shooting alleged rhino poacher | EnviroJMS | Scoop.it
The son of a well-known rhino breeder in Mpumalanga has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly shot a suspected rhino poacher.
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Not much to this article past the title. It is interesting how legal issues can get in the way of protecting the world etc..

 

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Untitled Page

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Table that will allow you to look at individual dams in the Eastern Cape see how there water levels are holding up over the last 12 months...

 

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