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Environmental Studies News

SKA SA teams up with IBM to explore space using data analytics

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2012 The Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA) on Wednesday said it planned to work with global computing firm IBM to develop a next-generation big-data analytics platform with self-tuning and self-learning capabilities, to better analyse large volumes of radio astronomy data. The proposed... 

Determining carbon tax rate a fine balancing act – Treasury  

By: Henry Lazenby     29th February 2012 Determining the correct rate for a carbon tax in South Africa is a fine balancing act, National Treasury deputy director-general Ismail Momoniat said on Wednesday. Speaking at the launch of conservation organisation Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa’s discussion paper on carbon tax... 

Super Group implements carbon accounting solution

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th February 2012 Supply chain management and fleet services business Super Group announced its implementation of carbon solutions company Greenstone’s carbon management and accounting solution to measure, manage and reduce its environmental impact, early this month. 

Infant space agency says foundations being laid for launch of SA programme 

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2012 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) was formally launched on December 9, 2010 but began operations on April 1, 2011.  

Construction team finds shipwreck at V&A Waterfront 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2012 Construction company WBHO has found a wooden shipwreck during excavation works for a new office block in the Clock Tower precinct of the V&A Waterfront, the South African Heritage Resources Agency (Sahra) said on Thursday. Workers last week uncovered a section of wooden wreck covered by ballast,... 

Transnet Ports continuing talks with UAL on Saldanha lease

By: Henry Lazenby     10th February 2012 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) this week continued negotiations with shipping company Universal African Lines (UAL) to save an investment deal at the Saldanha port. Last week it was announced the Dutch-headquartered group would withdraw from the Saldanha Oil and Gas Service... 

Agriculture key to climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions 

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 The world’s agriculture sector can contribute to climate change mitigation, while at the same time helping countries to adapt to climate change, say 14 scientists writing in the January 20 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Science. Members of the contributing team are drawn from from 12... 

TCTA calls for prequalification bids to build KZN water infrastructure

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2012 State-owned bulk water provider the Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has invited companies to prequalify for the construction of a new 8.5 MW pump station and 14 km pipeline as part of the Mooi Mgeni Transfer Scheme Phase 2 (MMTS-2) project in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The MMTS-2 involves... 

Census data processing to start in January 

By: Henry Lazenby     12th December 2011 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has trained about 880 people to deal with a new methodology to capture the data from the Census 2011 questionnaires, with processing set to start in January, project director Calvin Molongoana said on Monday. Minister in the PResidency responsible for National... 

Power utility strives to minimise environmental impact

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 State-owned power utility Eskom continues to act on its sound management principles to ensure that it minimises the impact of the construction of its Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme on the surrounding environment, says environmental services company NCC Environmental Services. 

New setback lines to be drafted for WC coastline

By: Joanne Taylor     28th October 2011 New coastal development setback lines are being drafted for the Overberg district municipality coastline, in the Western Cape. 

SA approves climate policy, confident on COP 17 

By: Sapa     13th October 2011 Cabinet has approved the National Climate Change Response Policy, government spokesman Jimmy Manyi said on Thursday. "Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa will update the media about this policy next week," he told reporters after Wednesday's regular Cabinet meeting. The policy... 

Biotechnology research needed to bolster food security, create jobs

By: Dimakatso Motau     16th September 2011 It is imperative for governments to explore the use of agricultural biotechnology to produce healthy food and create employment, said the National Research Council Canada executive director Dr Jerome Konecsni. 

Consultancy urges exploration of new waste treatment methods

19th August 2011 Ground engineering and environmental consultancy group Golder Associates says waste management in South Africa, as in most developing countries, is heavily reliant on landfilling, with alternative waste treatment technologies, including recycling, anaerobic digestion, mechanical biologic... 

COP 17 carbon footprinting contract awarded

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th August 2011 Engineering and management consultancy Arup has been contracted by the eThekwini municipality to assist in calculating the carbon footprint of the seventeenth international Conference of the Parties (COP17) event, which will be held in Durban from November 28 to December 9. 

Acsa, Transnet negotiating sale of portion of old Durban International Airport site

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th August 2011 Negotiations between the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) and Transnet on the sale of a portion of the old Durban International Airport site are continuing, says ACSA group communications manager Solomon Makgale. 

Consultancy targets Africa for further growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Consultancy firm SRK Consulting South Africa is focusing on developing its latest ventures in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ghana, while building its capacity in Zimbabwe and Angola, says MD Peter Labrum. 

Waste offenders face stiff penalties, but enforcement capacity questioned

By: Eleanor Seggie     22nd July 2011 While the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, No 59 of 2008 brings with it abundant opportunities and regulatory tools, it also introduces severe criminal liability for directors and companies.  

Joint venture aiming to deliver enviro-friendly taxiing system

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st July 2011 Diversified technology and manufacturing company Honeywell and French aerospace leader Safran have signed a memorandum of understanding to create a joint venture (JV) company which will deliver an innovative, ‘green’ taxiing system for new and existing aircraft.  

New publication outlines ‘sustainable concrete’ protocols

24th June 2011 The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) has produced the first in a series of new, free publications on the sustainability of concrete. 

New toolkit aims to help municipalities improve waste performance

By: Eleanor Seggie     24th June 2011 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) unit has launched a toolkit entitled ‘Municipal waste management – good practices,’ to help improve practice in waste management in municipalities. 

R225m for acid mine drainage not enough, Parliament hears 

By: Jean McKenzie     21st June 2011 The R225-million set aside to deal with acid mine drainage (AMD) would not be enough, and closer to R750-million would be needed to address the problem successfully, Johann Claassens from the Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) said on Tuesday. Claassens was addressing Parliament’s Portfolio... 

US researchers find high levels of methane contamination in wells near fracking sites, but think-tank doubts accuracy of study 

By: Eleanor Seggie     27th May 2011 A study by Duke University (Duke) researchers has found high levels of leaked methane in well water collected near shale-gas drilling and hydrofracking sites, reports ScienceDaily.  

Competition seeks ‘concrete’ sustainable designs

20th May 2011 The Future African City is the theme of the fifth yearly Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) architectural sustainable design competition.  

Global alliance seeks to promote renewable solutions for rural electrification

By: Eleanor Seggie     13th May 2011 Africa, whose electricity consumers already pay more for power than is the case in other regions, should turn its attention to renewable sources to deal with current shortfalls and high prices, particularly in rural areas, Belgium-based Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) secretary general... 

Limited edition coin celebrates WWF’s 50th anniversary

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2011 The South African Mint on Thursday launched a limited edition R2 coin to commemorate the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF’s) 50th anniversary. The coins were struck atop Table Mountain – a first in history, and acknowledge the role that WWF has played in conservation, both locally and globally. 

Wastewater treatment pilot making green-brewing strides at PE plant 

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th April 2011 Rhodes University’s (RU’s) environmental-friendly wastewater treatment plant has successfully treated about 0,15% of South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) iBhayi Brewery’s total yearly water use, during its pilot phase. 

Agricultural association concerned over Karoo gas exploration plan 

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st April 2011 Agri SA plans to ask the Minister [of Mineral Resources] to place a moratorium on the further exploration and production of natural gas in the Karoo by oil giant Shell. 

NGO to host Joburg green economy business briefing next month  

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     10th March 2011 Sustainable living nongovernmental organisation Mama Earth will host a green economy business breakfast in Johannesburg on April 11, 2011, where the link between government’s industrial policy plans and South Africa’s sustainable development commitments will be explored. 

Global spotlight on the importance of chemistry in society

4th March 2011 The International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011 is well under way, with activities including a global water experiment taking place at schools around the world. 

AMD report stresses ‘urgent’ intervention to avert crisis 

By: Christy van der Merwe     24th February 2011 The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) on Thursday released the long-awaited 146-page acid mine drainage (AMD) report, which was compiled by a team of water and geology experts, and presented to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on AMD in December. After assessing the situation in the Witwatersrand... 

Cabinet approves acid mine drainage report

By: Christy van der Merwe     22nd February 2011 The South African Cabinet has approved the recommendations made by a team of experts on the acid mine drainage (AMD) situation in the Witwatersrand, spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Tuesday. The report, which includes recommendations on control measures to reduce the rate of flooding and the... 

Sustainability and collaboration emerge as key African themes for International Year of Chemistry

By: Eleanor Seggie     4th February 2011 The role of chemistry in Africa’s future development was the theme of the fortieth South African Chemical Institute (SACI) convention, held recently at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg. The convention was the first in a series of events planned by the International Union of... 

Bank, conservation group have supported 170 projects over 20 years

By: Eleanor Seggie     3rd December 2010 Conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) and South Africa’s fourth largest banking group Nedbank have donated over R100-million in funds towards the Green Trust, over the course of their partnership.  

Master plan for South African solar park

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation has been selected by the Department of Energy (DoE) to perform a study for a potential solar park development in South Africa’s Northern Cape.

Following the completion of a prefeasibility study by the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), Fluor will now develop a more... 

National land degradation disaster looms for SA 

By: Eleanor Seggie     29th October 2010 If the impact of climate change on agricultural production, together with increasing land degradation is considered, the indications are that South Africa is heading for a national disaster, says International Erosion Control Association Southern Africa Chapter (IECA-SA) president Lehman Lindeque.  

New enviro precinct launched

29th October 2010 The Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of the eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) province, and the landowners in the Giba Gorge area have launched the Giba Gorge Environmental Precinct. 

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