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Going Green in South Africa - Waste Management and Recycling

Why Waste in conjunction with the Kwazulu Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism recently hosted a Waste Management and Environmental Conservation Workshop at the Ladysmith Department of Public Works Auditorium. Stakeholders from Business and Government were in attendance.


Topics Presented included:

1. Pollution and Contamination of Water and Air Resources.
2. Waste Management.
3. Waste Disposal and Contributing Factors.
4. Recycling and Job Creation within South Africa.
5. Waste Recovery and Prevention.
6. Environmental Degradation.
7. Education and the Environment.
8. The South African Waste Act.
9. Individual Accountability.
10 Waste Business Opportunities.


Presentations were conducted and various stakeholders present included:
DET - Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
DAFF - Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry.
NDEA - National Department of Environmental Affairs.
Uthukela District Municipality.
Okhahlamba Local Municipality.
KZN Ezemvelo Wil…

How Long Does It Take For Materials To Decompose

How long does it take for various materials to decompose...

Here are some popular contributors to pollution.

- Toilet Roll -  1 Month
- Cardboard - 2 Months
- Plastic Bags - 10-20 Years
- Cigarettes - 10 Years
- Drinking Cans - 200 Years
- Diapers - 450 Years
- Fish Hooks - 600 Years
- Plastics - 100-1000-Never Years...



Pollution needs to STOP ... Protect Our Environment...
GeoSolEarth Staff
Cape Town and Table Mountain By Foot - Adventure

Our Crew Love Business Trips to Cape Town...







More Drakensberg Videos... Drakensberg Adventure

On Other Travel Blogs ... Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve






Geothermal Heat Energy Extraction from Boreholes

Shallow geothermal energy – high efficient heating and cooling of hotel complexes and commercial buildings with borehole heat exchanger systems as seasonal storage for heat and cold




The utilization of shallow geothermal energy with borehole heat exchangers and heat pumps for heating and cooling of buildings is very popular in Europe due to low costs of operation and high operating reliability. These systems have the highest rates of growth of all energy supply systems in Europe.
In order to provide a productive and comfortable climate for a living and working environment, buildings have an anti-cyclical demand of heat and cold. During the summer, when abundant heat is available, they have to be air-conditioned, while in wintertime, when cold is at disposal, the buildings have to be heated. Especially the heat and cold supply for hotels and commercial buildings is a challenge, as their huge energy demand needs to be satisfied with a reliable and cost-effective solution. This solution are…

Climate Change and Global Warming

3. Are sea levels rising?





Increases in sea level have tracked strongly with human activity. We started burning fossil fuel during the Industrial Revolution (1760-1850), and our use of coal, oil, and natural gas has increased every year. Sea levels, in response to steadily warming temperatures, also rose steadily.





Unfortunately, the sea level projections don't look like a straight line. It looks like an upward sloping curve. Sea levels aren't increasing at the same rate every year — thatrate is increasing.
At present, sea levels are projected to rise by as much as 3 feet by 2100.





With the planet's ice reserves falling into the oceans faster than humanity has ever seen,the excess water has to go somewhere. 1.6 million people live in the islands scattered across the Pacific (3 million, if you count Hawaii), and they are all in danger of slowly losing their homelands.


But rising sea levels won't just affect faceless people of nations you've never heard of that you don&#…

The Future of Earth - Global Warming

Video - The Future of Earth with Global Warming
Abbreviated version of the visualization 'Heating Up,' which depicts climate model projection of 21st century global temperatures. Credit:NASA Scientific Visualization Studio.

“Do we think about the aerosol propellant in our underarm deodorant every day?” Gavin Schmidt, climatologist and director of The Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), asked me. “I don’t think we even have aerosols anymore,” I answered, wondering where he was going with this.

“That’s the point,” he continued, “and nobody cares. Nobody cares where your energy comes from; nobody cares whether your car is electric or petrol. People confuse energy supply with where the energy is supplied from.” He was trying to make the point that as long as people have the things they want, it doesn’t matter, to the vast majority of us, how we get them. This means that as long as the light switch still turns on the lights, most people would barely notice if we were to shif…

A History of the Landsat Science Satellite

Landsat 1 • Landsat 2 • Landsat 3 • Landsat 4 • Landsat 5 • Landsat 6 • Landsat 7 • Landsat 8
From the Beginning “The Landsat program was created in the United States in the heady scientific and exploratory times associated with taming the atom and going to the Moon,” explains Dr. John Barker. In fact, it was the Apollo Moon-bound missions that inspired the Landsat program. During the early test bed missions for Apollo, photographs of Earth’s land surface from space were taken for the first time.






“This photography has been documented as the stimulus for Landsat,” explains Dr. Paul Lowman, who proposed the terrain photography experiment for the last two Mercury missions, the Gemini missions, and the Apollo 7 and 9 missions.



Thor-Delta rocket prepared to launch Landsat 1, 1972.
In 1965, director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), William Pecora, proposed the idea of a remote sensing satellite program to gather facts about the natural resources of our planet. Pecora stated that the pr…

Slideshow - Climate Change is Real - The Inconvenient Truth

In 2009, Al Gore followed up with the publication of Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, a book that "gathers in one place all of the most effective solutions that are available now and that, together, will solve this crisis". "It is now abundantly clear that we have at our fingertips all of the tools we need to solve the climate crisis. The only missing ingredient is collective will."








00:20:19 One thousand years of temperature history obtained from isotope analysis of ice cores.

00:16:08 Measured since 1958, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) has been increasing steadily.





00:20:53 One thousand years of CO2 and temperature data -- the curves have similar shape.






00:22:49 650,000 years of CO2 and temperature history, from Antarctic ice cores. Dips record ice ages. CO2 concentration and temperature are related. CO2 has spiked upward in recent years.






00:23:53 If no changes are made, CO2 concentration is predicted to climb much higher (to 600 ppm) in 45 yea…