Louisiana – A tornado slammed a southwestern Louisiana town on Saturday, killing a woman and injuring 11 other people. More than 100 homes were damaged, many of them destroyed, authorities said, and about 1 500 people were evacuated because of natural gas leaks.
The 21-year-old woman was killed when a tree fell on her house, said [...]
Forests of genetically altered trees and other plants could sequester several billion tons of carbon from the atmosphere each year and so help ameliorate global warming, according to estimates in the journal BioScience.
The study, by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, outlines a variety of strategies for augmenting [...]
Paris – Carbon pollution and over-use of Earth’s natural resources have become so critical that, on current trends, we will need a second planet to meet our needs by 2030, WWF said on Wednesday.
In 2007, Earth’s 6.8 billion humans were living 50% beyond the planet’s threshold of sustainability, according to its report, issued ahead of [...]
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 [...]
Eskom are doubling our electricity prices over the course of three years and this is going to have a terrible effect on both households as well as businesses. The good news, however, is that the government has introduced the Eskom Solar Water Heating Rebate system which looks to motivate people to go green and make [...]
Tokyo – Honda plans to roll out a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric car by 2013, a news report said on Tuesday.
Japan’s number two carmaker – which already produces standard hybrid versions of its Civic and other models – may also build hybrids overseas for the first time, in the US, the Nikkei business daily [...]
Washington – The amount of plastic junk in the ocean does not seem to be growing, and environmentalists are puzzled.
A 22-year study indicates that the amount of plastic corralled by currents into a floating junk yard in the Atlantic Ocean has not increased.
“We know that global production of plastics has increased substantially over the time [...]
New Orleans – BP finally gained control over one of America’s biggest environmental catastrophes by placing a carefully fitted cap over a runaway geyser that has been gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico since early spring.
Engineers, politicians and Gulf residents will watch anxiously over the next day and a half to see if it [...]