Climate Change

Volume 8, Number 1-February/March 2013

WEBSITE: Was the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which took place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November to 8 December 2012, a colossal failure? Or did it provide a pathway towards a more sustainable future? Karien Slabbert investigates.
WEBSITE: The renewable wind energy industry in South Africa has achieved lift-off and is set to grow from strength to strength.
Website: A look into the future – welcome to 2030. Through the looking glass – what our world looks like in 2030
Website: Exploring commercial processes in wastewater treatment.
WEBSITE: The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme has attracted interest from many international companies. 25 Degrees in Africa gives a status update on projects after the first round of the bidding was concluded.
Website: Pioneering steps in implementation of solar energy technologies.
Website: Schneider Electric’s Green Premium exposes the environmental impact of its products.
WEBSITE: South Africa’s top companies still have some way to go in integrating sustainability into their strategy and daily operations, according to a recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Andrew Gilder (Contributor) The 18th United Nations Climate Change Conference took place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November to 8 December 2012 – the first time that the conference was held in the Middle East. There is some irony in the choice of location for the reason that Doha is the world’s largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases.
By Steve Nicholls, National Business Initiative (NBI) programme manager for climate change and water
WEBSITE: A zero-energy building under construction in Germany is set to provide the first real-life test for a new facade system that uses live micro-algae to provide shade and generate renewable energy at the same time. Forward-thinking people who live in glass houses should use a bio-adaptive facade and grow algae, writes Karien Slabbert.
WEBSITE: Electromagnetic flow meters for applications in the water and wastewater industry.
WEBSITE: Water disclosure reporting has become increasingly important and needs to become a key discussion point on corporate agendas. By Harmke Immink, co-director of a carbon advisory firm, Promethium Carbon
Website: I-CAT products introduced to wine industry. Recently, the members of the Simonsberg Conservancy near Stellenbosch invited I-CAT to address a meeting held on November 22, 2012.
Website: Industrial reservoirs up to 25-million litres.
Website: Once a luxury for the eco-conscious, deep-pocketed elite, “green” hospitality is finally becoming a mainstream trend.
WEBSITE: It’s time to stop swimming upstream.With smart apps, up-to-date reports, smart thinking and innovation, water management stands to benefit from information technology in more than one way.
Website: Renewable energy: Is there a place for localisation and job creation requirements?
Website: The Coastal Award 2012 was won by the Belitung Coastal Community Group (BCCG) on 22 October 2012.
WEBSITE: Off-the-shelf solutions can help to improve subsoil drainage in waterlogged gardens.
WEBSITE: Collective action and long-term solutions are required to address water-related issues such as quality, securing supply and maintaining a “licence to operate”. These were some of the key discussion points at the recent Deloitte energy and resources media roundtable.
Website: Ecosystems play a significant role in economic and social development, especially in countries like South Africa.
Website: A country profile of the thriving Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
Website: Corobrik looks to affordable housing for growth in 2013. The construction industry seems to have remained static for the past two years, with growth in office, retail and other non-residential construction reported as negative. Offsetting this, the residential housing market as expected increased by just two percent during 2012.
WEBSITE: The COP18 Doha talks clearly suggested that the window period for taking action on the spiralling effects of climate change is closing in on us.
Website: Bridging the water volume gap-Public and private sector partnerships help find smart commercial water solutions.
Website: Finding commercial water solutions in agriculture.
WEBSITE: The 2013 Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) season is now officially upon us – the new questionnaire has already been issued and responses are requested by 30 May.
WEBSITE: Carbon Tracker’s research has revealed to South African investors that current fossil fuel reserves reported to the country’s stock exchange stand at 19,2GtCO2e, exceeding the government’s stated carbon budget of 16,4GtCO2e for the period from 2010 to 2050. This raises a real question mark over the valuations of South African coal firms and whether capital should continue to be channeled into the country’s fossil fuel industries.
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Website: The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) launched the world’s first atlas on clean energy on Sunday, 13 January 2013.

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