Eskom estimates that emissions from its coal-fired power stations kill 534 people a year – but an independent review of Eskom’s data estimated that he number of people who die is at least 1850 a year.
US environmental regulators have announced they are leaving intact an air quality standard for power plant pollution that can worsen asthma in children, despite calls by health advocates for a tougher rule.
The move keeps in place a threshold for sulfur dioxide pollution established in 2010 by the US Environmental Protection Agency under then US President Barack Obama. Sulfur dioxide comes from burning coal to produce electricity and from other industrial sources.
Some 385 000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a US study found on Wednesday, which singled out diesel engines as the main culprit.
Africa’s first solar-powered seawater desalination plant, the OSMOSUN plant, designed by Mascara and located in Witsand, in the Hessequa municipality, in the Western Cape, has produced more than 10 000 kℓ of drinkable water.
Moipone Tabi was shocked to find a community literally living in the shadow of death around massive open pits left by illegal sand miners. The rural community in villages near Hammanskraal – Dilopye, Suurman and Swartbooistad – had seemingly accepted their lot as a normal way of life.
A carbon tax on fuel of 9c/l on petrol and 10c/l on diesel will become effective from June 5, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday.
Local scientist suspect the millions of litres of sewage pumped into the sea every day from pipelines at Mouille Point, Camps Bay, and Hout Bay are posing serious health risks.
Many South African politicians, economists and specialists in the energy sector are celebrating the news that a promising show of natural gas has been discovered in deep water south of Mossel Bay.
Agri SA has noted its concerns about the potential negative impact of load-shedding on the agricultural sector and the broader value chain. In a statement on Monday, the company highlighted that electricity is an important input cost for many farmers, especially farmers that depend on irrigation.
According to projections, South Africa will need to generate energy from coal until at least 2040, says Vuslat Bayoglu, managing director and co-founder of SA-focused mining investment business Menar Capital.