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/ 30 May 2008

Green welcome for surging oil price?

Several theories were emerging this week over the environmental effects of oil at a barrel or more. In the green corner were the optimists, who believe that the shock will force people to cut their energy use, invest in renewables and energy conservation, downsize their cars, take fewer foreign holidays and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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/ 27 August 2007

Greener pastures

Eskom and Sasol are among the companies that will be reporting under the carbon disclosure project in 2007. South Africa is the first developing nation, alongside Brazil, to participate, says a report by global wildlife fund WWF released recently.
”Eskom will in all likelihood rate as the highest greenhouse gas producing company to report from any country, with 200million tons of carbon dioxide per year, compared to Shell’s 105million tons.

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/ 18 June 2007

When motoring’s a gas

How cool would it be to own and drive a car in Johannesburg which is emission free? One of the reasons South Africa is a disproportionately large contributor on a per capita basis to the build-up of greenhouse gases is the fact that the country has an under-developed public transport system.

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/ 19 March 2007

EU pact gets green light

Europe became the world leader in tackling climate change recently, when 27 governments agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% and commit the European Union to generating a fifth of its energy from renewable sources within 13 years. Greenpeace has hailed it as the biggest decision taken to fight global warming since the Kyoto protocol 10 years ago.

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/ 5 January 2006

US plans meetings on greener development

Producers of half the world’s greenhouse gases are angling for more private investment to create cleaner energy technologies and help slow global warming. The White House said its talks with Australia, China, India, Japan and South Korea will enhance rather than replace the Kyoto climate treaty that President George Bush rejected because of its mandatory cuts in carbon dioxide, methane and other gases.

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/ 18 October 2005

Scientists to search for greenhouse evidence

An Australian scientific team set off for Antarctica on Tuesday to search for definitive proof in the polar ice cap that human activity is responsible for rising levels of greenhouse gases. The team from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation will drill 250m below the surface to obtain cylinders of ice containing trapped bubbles of methane dating back to 1750.

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/ 15 April 2005

More cash, but more gas too

BP was forced to defend its environmental policy last week after it admitted its production of greenhouse gases increased last year. The world’s second-biggest quoted oil producer produced more than 85-million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2004, up from 83,4-million tonnes in the previous year, according to the company’s green report published last week.

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/ 28 November 2004

Greenhouse effect ‘may benefit man’

Climate change is ‘a myth’, sea levels are not rising and Britain’s chief scientist is ‘an embarrassment’ for believing catastrophe is inevitable. These are the controversial views of a new London-based think-tank that will publish a report on Monday attacking the apocalyptic view that man-made greenhouse gases will destroy the planet.

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/ 7 April 2004

Still green about environmental policy

Most parties have not given much prominence to environmental issues, focusing instead on jobs and crime. Yet we are already seeing the first frightening heralds of climate change, caused by excessive greenhouse-gas emissions. This could mean crop failure and famine in Southern Africa in the near future. Are any of our politicians paying attention?