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.
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...
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.
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.
"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. ..."
"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.
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.
South African electric utility Eskom is testing out Nissan Leafs to see if the nation's power grid could handle electric vehicles.
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.
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)
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.
Total of 688 rhino deaths passes last year's record, with three months of the year still to go
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.
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.
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...
So according to this, South Africa isn't doing so bad environmentally i'd say
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 ...)...
Holds majot oppurtunies for Sout Africa in more aspects than just with the solar energy being a renewable source
While hybrid sales remain minuscule in South Africa, the market has been steadily picking up speed, especially over the last four years.
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.
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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