Local Stories

Poacher's 77-year sentence welcomed

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  Pretoria – National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega has welcomed the sentencing of a rhino poacher to a total of...

No decision yet on SA rhino horn sales

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  Parliament - No decision has been taken yet on whether South Africa will seek permission from Cites to sell its 18-ton stoc...

‘No fracking – or we go to court’

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  Cape Town - It’s high noon for fracking, with anti-fracking lobby group Treasure the Karoo Action Group calling on Presid...

R850million of R7.4billion budget earmarked for nuclear development in South Africa says Minister

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  Pretoria – Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says R850 million of her department’s R7.4-billion budget will go tow...

SA needs a national dialogue on its energy future

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  Pretoria - While strides have been made since the establishment of the Department of Energy in 2010, Minister Tina Joemat-P...

President to lead nation in cleaning up for Madiba

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  Pretoria – South Africans have heeded the call to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to clean their communities on Mandela...

Globeleq Commissions South Africa’s Largest Wind Energy Project

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  The initiatives undertaken by the South African government through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (RE-IPP...

150 rhinos poached in two months

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  Durban - More than 150 rhinos have been poached in about two months nationwide. The national statistics on the scourge, rel...

The EWT’s Biodiversity Stewardship work in KwaZulu Natal bears fruit

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  The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is celebrating the publication of the Notice of Intent to Declare the Beaumont Nature R...

Free screening of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom to honour and celebrate

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  As South Africa prepares to celebrate the anniversary of Madiba’s birthday, for the first since his passing in December l...

International Stories

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Kiva Funds Renewable Energy Projects, Solar Lights and Clean Cookstoves

  Kiva is a world leader in microlending and has helped many people pull themselves out of poverty by lending them money to start small businesses. What may not be known as much is that Kiva also...

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Dell’s Mobile Solar-Powered Classroom Brings Computers To Areas Without Electricity

  We generally take computer-assisted learning for granted in the developed world: even schools in underserved areas can find funding to provide at least some computer technology for their studen...

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More Steam From Less Energy, Thanks to Creepy Sponge Thing

  A new, sponge-like material developed engineers at MIT can convert water to steam using just 1% of the sunlight required by conventional steam-producing solar generators. Floating above the wat...

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Ampt Launches New Solar Power Optimizer

  How do Ampt Optimizers deliver more power per inverter? Systems with Ampt Optimizers allow inverters to operate in Ampt Mode™ – a higher and narrower input voltage range. This optimized inp...

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Imergy Power Systems Interview On Vanadium Recycling For Flow Batteries

  Imergy Power Systems has developed an exclusive process that recycles waste to recover vanadium for use in their flow batteries. Below is an interview about the process and its value.

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MiniSpec — Sophisticated, Portable, Inexpensive Radiation Detector Created

  A highly sophisticated, inexpensive, portable, radiation-detection device designed for public use was recently developed by nuclear engineers at Oregon State University.

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Solar Cell Efficiency Rises By 30% Through Singlet Fission

  Scientists were pretty excited when they discovered you could convert light energy directly into electricity by capturing photons in semiconductors, exciting them into “excitons” (bound ele...

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New Energy Storage Demo Rides On Pacific Northwest Winds

  Three Washington State utilities with big investments in wind power have just signed on to a new $14.3 million energy storage and smart grid demonstration project. The end payoff will be furthe...

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‘Natural’ Battery Created At USC Lab

  Scientists at the University of Southern California created a battery using quinones, organic compounds that can be found in nature. Plants, fungi, bacteria and some animals contain them. “Th...

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Meyer Burger Offers First Diamond-Wire Saw System Designed For Monocrystalline Solar Wafers

  One of the world’s leading suppliers of systems and production equipment to the photovoltaic and semiconductor industries, Meyer Burger, is now offering the DW 288+ — the first diamond-wire...

Featured Articles

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Strong & Sustainable: 12 Fun DIY Bamboo Projects

Strong, lightweight and incredibly renewable, bamboo is a natural choice to make all sorts of things, from computer cases to ...

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DIY, Zero-energy Pool Warmers Could Save You Thousands

  There’s nothing better than a swimming pool for beating the summer heat and spending some quality time with friends and family outd...

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The U.S Has More Solar Workers Than Coal Miners

  Though solar power is still far from surpassing coal as America’s primary energy source, the number of people employed by the solar...

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India Doubles Tax On Coal To Fund Clean Energy, Environmental Projects

  22,000 MW solar power capacity by 2022, a dedicated national-level program for promoting wind energy generation, implementation of th...

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Construction Of Six Tidal Lagoons Could Contribute £27 Billion To The UK Economy

  Construction Of Six Tidal Lagoons Could Contribute £27 Billion To The UK EconomyThe Centre for Economics and Business Research in th...

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10 Most Creative Buildings Made from Salvaged Wood

Think that broken piece of furniture, busted boat or scrap siding from a renovation is trash? You’ll think again after seeing these 10 ma...

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Generating Electricity With Jumping Water Droplets Or Humidity

  Electricity can be generated via the action of tiny water droplets spontaneously jumping away from superhydrophobic surfaces, and can...

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North Dakota Pipeline Spill Thwarts Beavers’ Best Efforts

  Despite the valiant efforts of local beavers, it appears that the impact of last week’s North Dakota pipeline spill are far more wi...

Healthy Eating

Genetically Modified Vegan Cheese: Best and Worst Thing Ever?

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  It’s the white whale for vegans. Cheese. Sure, there are plenty of vegan cheese options on the market. We’ve all grinned and eate...

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Vegan Food: It’s Not About Deprivation

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  There’s a widespread misconception that vegan food has to be healthy and that veganism is the gateway to an eating disorder. Let’...

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Where’s the Beef? Causing Global Warming, Study Finds

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  Beef is contributing more to global warming than poultry, pork, eggs or dairy, finds a study published in the current issue of the jo...

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Shucking Corn Without Making a Hairy Mess

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  Ah, corn. Sweet, juicy, fresh, and an utter mess to prep. But shucking corn doesn’t have to leave you standing in an explosion of s...

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Local Is Better Than Organic

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  Buying local may be the best thing you can do for your community — and the planet. I’ve been singing the praises of buying locall...

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Apple Juice is Not Healthy for Kids (or for you)

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  Apple juice is the quintessential kid’s drink, right? It turns out that your child’s favorite drink isn’t so healthy.

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Not as Hard as You Think: Veganism is My ‘Easy Button’ for Healthy Eating

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  ‘I just could never do it!’ my friend said. ‘Just, gosh, the constant vigilance — I could never be vegan, it’d be way too h...

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Coffee Alternative: Maca Mocha Smoothie

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  Looking for a coffee alternative? This creamy smoothie will kick your iced coffee cravings to the curb!

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Books

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Comfort Food Makeovers: Healthy Alternat

Mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, chocolate chip cookies, ice cream, soup...these are the comfort foods we crave—but many of us are af...

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Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to

We are what we eat, but we also are what we use to clean our homes, pamper our skin, and decorate our rooms, according to Renée Loux, accomplished r...

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The Collapse of Western Civilization: A

The year is 2393, and the world is almost unrecognizable. Clear warnings of climate catastrophe went ignored for decades, leading to soaring tempera...

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural Histo

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted....

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It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Ea

Surveys find that over 80 percent of Americans agree with the goals of the environmental movement. Sadly, most Americans admit to doing little more ...

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Easy Househol

Answers all of your recycling questions with a complete A-Z listing of everyday household items and how to recycle them. From old cell phones and E-...

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Simply Green Magazine - Issue 2, 2014