Local Stories

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...

67 minutes for a cleaner South Africa

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  Pretoria – South Africans have been encouraged to dedicate 67 minutes of their time this Mandela Month to clean their com...

The EWT’s Rhino Project wins Mail and Guardian Greening the Future Award

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  The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is proud to announce that its Rhino Project has won the Rhino Rescue Award Category of ...

Comments sought on South Africa’s greenhouse gas inventory

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  Pretoria - Members of the public have until next Monday to comment on the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory for South Afric...

International Stories

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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...

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Plastic “Graphene” Solves The Problem

  A research team from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology has just come up with a novel solution to the graphene problem: no graphene! While graphene has practically limitless uses in ...

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Thin-Film Toxicity, Expense Will Plummet With Magnesium Chloride

  We’re seeing bath salts in the news again. This time, the alternative use of the product has a benign purpose, unlike a couple of years ago, when people associated it with designer drugs.

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Energy Towers: Behind The R&D Funding Pleas & Hype

  Recently energy towers have been back in the hype cycle, specifically the misnamed Solar Wind Energy Tower. How do they stand up to scrutiny? Well, there are numerous good reasons why they don...

Featured Articles

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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...

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Electric Vehicle Sales Growing Fast

  It’s no secret that electric vehicle sales are on the rise, but it seems that EV sales may have hit a turning point, both in Americ...

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Mountaintop Coal Mining Schooled By Federal Judge

  Advocates for mountaintop coal mining lost a big one at the DC Circuit Court of Appeals last Friday, when Judge Brett Kavanaugh affir...

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Cellular Creature Carpets: 8 Amazing Microbial Mats

Microbial mats composed of bacteria, algae or other micro-organisms make these otherwise minuscule creatures visible – often br...

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China Now The World’s Largest Solar PV Market

  China is now the world’s largest solar PV market, according to the Global New Energy Development Report 2014, having now surpassed ...

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America’s Deadliest Lake is Loaded with Toxic Chemicals

From afar, at just the right angle, the surface of this deceptively peaceful-looking body of water reflects the sky, making it look like a ...

Healthy Eating

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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Smoking Meat: Six Opps to Learn from Serious Pitmasters

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  In Texas, we revere our pitmasters — those crusty, smoke-covered souls who lovingly tend meat as it cooks low and slow over wood-fi...

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“Organic” Not As Healthful As You May Think

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  Organic foods may be tainted by heavy metal pollution regardless of anyones’ intentions. A post on Alternet.com titled, Food Labell...

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Benefits of Dark Chocolate: 4 Delicious Reasons to Indulge

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  Do you have a vague idea that chocolate may be healthy but no facts to back that up? Here are four solid benefits of dark chocolate! ...

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5 Unusual Benefits of Going Vegan (Warning: Poop Talk)

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  There are two types of vegans in this world: the ones who do it for the animals and the ones who do it for their own health (this one...

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Books

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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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Heal Thyself, Heal Thy Planet: Healthy S

I guarantee this book will guide you to healing from harmful unnecessary thoughts and actions, as an aftereffect the word will become a more tranqui...

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The Best Homemade Kids' Lunches on the P

We all know that kids need to eat right and get the nutrition they need to be their best all day long. So why not make lunches that will power their...

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger....

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Following Oil: Four Decades of Cycle-Tes

In a forty-year career as an oil and gas investment analyst and as an investment banker and strategic adviser on petroleum-sector mergers, acquisiti...

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Simply Green Magazine - Issue 2, 2014