Johannesburg – SA Weather Service forecasters have been fielding the same question over and over again over the past days – “When is it going to rain?”
Unfortunately, for rain lovers, the forecasters are the bearers of bad news.
“A whole host of people have asked us that question… from journalists to farmers to bricklayers,” forecaster Puseletso [...]
Water scarcity occurs even in areas where there is plenty of rainfall or freshwater. How water is conserved, used and distributed in communities, and the quality of the water available can determine if there is enough to meet the demands of households, farms, industry and the environment.
Water scarcity affects one in three [...]
Mariska Spoormaker, Die Burger
Port Elizabeth – While Limpopo’s rhino poaching case has the country up in arms, Eastern Cape conservationists are getting nervous about the safety of rhinos in their province.
“In cases like this it’s never just one syndicate that is operational,” explained Sybert Liebenberg, acting head of the EC Parks and Tourism Agency.
But there [...]
As the world increasingly turns its attention to the scarcity of water as its next major environmental and sustainability challenge, rainwater harvesting systems are growing in importance for commercial and residential properties.
These systems allow homeowners, businesses and industry to collect or “harvest” rainwater from roofs and stormwater run-off, and store it for future use. This [...]
The Endangered Wildlife Trust says so far 209 rhinos have been poached.
Carcasses of four white rhinos and one black rhino were discovered yesterday at the Pilanesburg Nature Reserve in the North West. According to the Captain Adele Myburgh, from the North West Police, the carcasses were discovered during a helicopter “routine check”. “One of the [...]
Washington – A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe suddenly is flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of litres of oil spilled into the Gulf since the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
Also, the microbe works without significantly depleting oxygen in the water, [...]
by Willie Venter, for The Mpumalanga Mirror
An innovation in cooking and heating efficiency is set to reduce the demand for wood and charcoal significantly in rural areas.
Developed by Dr Deal Still of the Aprovecho Research Centre in the United States, and distributed by a South African company, it is envisaged that these stoves will drastically [...]