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In Need of a Unified Climate Change Policy

Inter Press Service: The implementation of a unified climate change policy across all of South Africa’s government departments will not be easy as the divisions currently work largely as separate entities, says Greenpeace Africa. The South African government announced on Sep. 13 that it would beef up its climate policy "to ensure that all government departments responded well to the issue of climate change." South Africa will host the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban from Nov....

Testing the Waters Ahead of Closer Collaboration on River

Inter Press Service: You would expect to find children in the Vaal River outside Parys on a hot afternoon. But 28 of them, on the Gauteng side of the river, are not swimming; they are doing research for ORASECOM. For three months beginning in November, ORASECOM, the Orange-Senqu River Commission, will test the water quality, the environmental impact of industry and the general health of the ecosystem at some 60 sites along the river basin. The data is to be shared amongst all four of the participating states and the...