Wellington – A strong earthquake killed at least 65 people in New Zealand’s second-biggest city of Christchurch, with more casualties expected as desperate rescuers picked through rubble to find people trapped in toppled buildings.
It was the second quake to hit the city in five months.
“We may well be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day…The death toll [...]
Cairns – One of the most powerful cyclones on record began pounding Australia’s northeast coast, threatening popular tourist cities and sending people scrambling to find refuge after police turned them away from overcrowded shelters.
Cyclone Yasi, packing winds of up to 300km/h near its core, started to come ashore along hundreds of kilometres of coastline on [...]
A terrifying, top strength cyclone is barrelling towards Australia’s populous northeast coast on Wednesday, threatening to become one of the most lethal storms in the country’s history.
As the winds whipped up by Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi began wreaking havoc along the Queensland coast, state Premier Anna Bligh warned the region’s one million residents to steel [...]
Cape Town – The massive floods that have swept across parts of the country have raised the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa warned on Wednesday.
The flooding had “created conditions that are conducive to the possibility of water-borne diseases like cholera”, as well as animal diseases such as Rift [...]
New York – The benefits for heart health of eating fish may outweigh concerns over the potential negative impact of increased exposure to mercury as a result, according to a study.
But restrictions are still needed in connection with fish high in mercury, which include species such as perch, shark, swordfish and halibut, said a Swedish [...]
Mthatha – Residents of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape are fed up with authorities for failing to fix the city’s water infrastructure, which has had water flowing freely from burst pipes for years now, the Daily Dispatch reported on Wednesday.
Ratepayers’ Association of Mthatha (RAM) chairperson Graeme Alexander said the leaks were “frustrating”.
“OR Tambo [District Municipality] [...]
It goes without saying that we highly recommend that you use organic liquid or powdered soap instead of petroleum based detergents, but did you know that you can also clean your dishes with a mix of baking soda and a basic biodegradable liquid soap?
In dishwashers, you can use equal parts borax and washing soda in [...]
DURBAN, South Africa — Get paid to pee. That’s the deal on offer in the South African city of Durban, where the city is looking to buy liquid waste to encourage residents to use dry toilets.
Aiming to improve hygiene and save money, the port city has installed in home gardens about 90,000 toilets that don’t [...]
Welkom – Four sites in Welkom where tons of illegal medical waste was dumped received a clean bill of health from the Green Scorpions on Wednesday.
An independent environmental hydro-geologist Richie Morris said some 18 600 tons of soil and medical waste was removed from the four Welkom sites in an operation costing R53m.
“The main burial [...]
South Africa – South Africa’s plan to build what could become the world’s biggest solar project has drawn keen interest from investors even though it is still in its infancy.
An official said today that more than 400 investors and solar industry insiders from around the world converged on the arid town of Upington, Northern Cape [...]