"While we quite rightly have concerns of water quality issues in the context of pollution and acid mine drainage, we need to remind ourselves that by and large drinking water quality in South Africa is still very good", says Mr Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO of the South African Water Research Commission (WRC). What makes people either trust or distrust the quality of the water?
COP17 (the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), which was held in Durban from 28 November to 9 December 2011, brought not only climate change to the attention of South Africans but also the issue of sustainable energy. But did you know that more than 1.4 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity, and 1 billion more only have intermittent access? Some 2.5 billion people – almost half of all people – rely solely on traditional methods such as burning wood and coal for cooking and heating.
Be a responsible tourist! When a vehicle goes off road, it in essence goes where it is not really suppose to and enters an environment that may be very fragile to any type of disturbance. Even the best intentioned driver of such a vehicle could potentially cause havoc.
The ocean has long been thought to have a limitless ability to absorb human impacts. However, increased pressures on the marine environment resulting from increases in human population, industry and agriculture have led to concern that the ocean's health is being negatively affected by human activities.