Polluters will pay, warns Environmental Minister

Those responsible for contaminating South African land will pay, Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said on Wednesday.

"We have taken the view that the cost of reducing pollution must be shared between people who are responsible for waste: the polluters," she told a waste management conference in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.

"We are now saying that the policy of 'the polluter pays' will be strictly pursued without any fear."

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UK introduces Google Earth maps showing temperature rises

Google Earth image showing extract of the new temperature rise layerThe UK government has produced an interactive Google Earth map, which highlighted the impacts that a 4 ºC average temperature increase would have on different regions of the world.

The map aims at stimulating the climate change debate, as the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16), in Cancun, in December approached.

The multi platform, interactive map focused on some of the changes that could occur if the global average temperature increased by 4°C above the pre-industrial climate average.

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Western Cape looking to attract renewable energy projects

Wind farm initiativesThe Western Cape provincial government was seeking to attract renewable energy developers into the area and wanted to play a greater role in facilitation between municipalities, as well as project developers and national government, to get projects started.

The provincial government has set a target of generating 15% of its total energy generation mix from renewable energy by 2014.

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'Green' energy strategy launched

Cape Town - The Western Cape Provincial Government has approved a white paper on sustainable energy that sets the strategic course for "green energy" in the province.

The province's economic growth has come at the cost of bio-diversity loss, MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell told News24.

"We want to secure a supply of safe, clean energy in the Western Cape," he said.

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Energy alternative for your home that is friendly on the pocket

Not only is Eskom becoming more and more expensive as time goes on, but it is still as unreliable as ever. The average household will be paying at least double for the same amount of electricity within three years!

For most of us converting the entire home to an alternative energy source would be prohibitively expensive, but regardless of the monetary fact everybody should be working towards this goal – as not only is it less expensive, but it is far more eco-friendly as well. Let us have a look at what uses up the most power in the home, and show some energy alternatives that are friendlier on the pocket and the environment to run:

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Unite on a single day and support Planting Season

Planting Season

Imagine 1,000,000 South Africans uniting on a single day to plant an organic vegetable in their home or office.

23 September 2014 is Planting Season day, and the goal is that 1 million South Africans unite on a single day to plant an organic vegetable in their home or office.

You can join this initiative by visiting the website www.plantingseason.co.za. The Planting Season website also offers a handy free e-book on organic gardening.

Being able to make a small but positive difference in our own backyard is well worth every effort.

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