Our Olifants News

Victory in SA’s first climate change court case

2017-03-08

Today the North Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of environmental justice organisation Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA), and referred the appeal against the environmental authorisation for a new coal-fired power station back to the Minister of Environmental Affairs on the basis that its climate change impacts had not properly been…

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VAs to sue Public Works and ECSA

2017-03-07

Fourteen Voluntary Associations (VAs) are taking legal action against the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), alleging that the appointment of the new ECSA council is unlawful.

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Tips to Conserve Water – A Continued Effort

2017-02-28

California is not out of the woods yet when it comes to over coming this historical drought. While there was some rainfall last winter from El Niño, it wasn’t enough to put us in the safe zone in terms of water supply.

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Can organic farming improve food security for SA's poor communities?

2017-01-30

​14 million South Africans do not have access to regular food supply, and seven million are chronically hungry despite South Africa producing enough food to feed its 53 million citizens. Produce crop yields that can provide food and income to families, require soils containing plenty of minerals and water. While…

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Sustainable farming is water smart farming

2017-01-30

It's no secret South Africa's water resources are indeed limited and scarce. Water scarcity is one of the most crucial challenges we face as a country, and as the local population continues to grow, so are our water related problems expected to rise.

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How Close Is 1.5°C? Depends When You Measure From

2017-01-30

Most scientists studying global warming compare today’s temperatures to those of the late 19th century because that is as far back as quality temperature observations go. But a new study makes the case for a better comparison period, one that includes the warming that had already resulted by the middle…

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Time to act on water scarcity

2017-01-30

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva receiving the final communique of the GFFA 2017 on behalf of FAO and UN Water from German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt.

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Did you know

1. The Olifants River is approximately 560 kilometres in length.

2. Our Olifants is polluted