Environment

SA Platinum Boom not Benefiting Migrant Workers – Report

Mail & Guardian, 2 July 2007. 

According to a new report, South Africa's platinum boom has given rise to mushrooming informal settlements by migrant labourers around mines, posing serious health, social and environmental risks to communities.

Despite the announced multibillion-rand expansion plans by the world’s two biggest platinum producers, AngloPlat and Implats, the report shows many miners, especially contract workers, are falling through the cracks.

Paraffin Safety in South Africa

Energy – A Human Right

According to the Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa  (PASASA), an NGO established to mobilise communities to take action and influence household energy issues in South Africa, between 3 000 and 3 500 people were burnt due to paraffin-related incidents in South Africa in 2001. PASASA recently held a two-day Paraffin Users Household Energy Summit in Johannesburg.

The Great Biofuel Hoax - Holt-Gimenez

AlertNet, 26 June 2007.

Eric Holt-Gimenez’s article titled “The great biofuel hoax”, gives an overview of the general problems that most countries will experience when they switch to biofuels.

The article, which contains five myths about biofuels, contends that biofuels pose other environmental problems as they require large applications of petroleum-based fertilisers whose global use has more than doubled the biologically available nitrogen in the world.

Google To Be Carbon Neutral by 2008

Yahoo News, 25 June 2007.

According to the Climate Group, an international NPO dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change, Google has committed itself to cutting all its greenhouse emissions by 2008.

The Climate Group will partner with Web search leader Google to support its plans for greater energy efficiency and renewable energy, it said. Emissions that cannot be eliminated directly will be "offset" by investments in projects such as clean energy.

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