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Despite ongoing on-site drug and alcohol testing, and rehabilitative measures, undertaken by many organisations in a bid to reduce alcohol and drug related accidents and incidents at the workplace, many businesses are still struggling with ongoing problems. ALCO-Safe is assisting these organisations with the introduction of a line of educational handbooks, providing a wealth of educational information, assisting to reduce the incidents of positive drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. Many businesses are turning to companies such as ALCO-Safe, leading provider of alcohol and drug testing and educational material, to give educational talks on the dangers of alcohol and

Stagnant weather caused by fast-melting Arctic ice helped create conditions for China’s recent extreme air pollution events, scientists say Climate change played a major role in the extreme air pollution events suffered recently by China and is likely to make such “airpocalypses” more common, new research has revealed. The fast-melting ice in the Arctic and an increase in snowfalls in Siberia, both the result of global warming, are changing winter weather patterns over east China, scientists found. Periods of stagnant air are becoming more common, trapping pollution and leading to the build up of extreme levels of toxic air. The

Intel is following up on news early Tuesday about its partnership with Mobileye and Delphi on self-driving tech with more autonomous vehicle news: it’s creating a whole group dedicated to pursuit of self-driving solution development, called – you’ll never guess – the Automated Driving Group (ADG for short). The new Intel ADG will be headed up by Intel vet Doug Davis, who previously led the IoT group and is putting off his retirement after 30 years with the chipmaker to act as SVP and strategic lead for the group. Reporting to Davis will be Kathy Winter, who comes to Intel

COP22 host leads by example in the fight against climate change with 52% green energy target by 2020 and Africa’s first city cycle hire scheme. As the host of this year’s COP22 climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco has been keen to demonstrate its green credentials and make this COP the “African COP”. In the past year, Morocco has banned the use of plastic bags, launched new plans for extending the urban tram networks in Casablanca and Rabat, started the process of replacing its dirty old fleet of buses and taxis, launched Africa’s first city bicycle hire scheme, and launched

Africa poised to embrace next-generation small-scale clean energy systems The price of electricity and cost of generation are key challenges facing large parts of Africa, according to Webb Meko, Business Development Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Black & Veatch. “Such an environment presents opportunities to implement clean small-scale energy solutions that can utilize existing infrastructure and apply Africa’s natural resources,” he said. Microgrids are low cost, fast-track, flexible power solutions being applied all over the world, though still relatively new to South Africa and other African countries. When planned and integrated effectively, microgrid solutions provide energy security and can reduce electricity cost

South African Airways (SAA) and its low-cost subsidiary Mango made history last week when they operated the first ever flights on the African continent utilizing sustainable biofuel made from tobacco plants grown in the Marble Hall region in Limpopo. The Boeing 737-800 planes flew between OR Tambo airport near Johannesburg and Cape Town. Sunchem SA is an industrial research and developing company holding the patent for the Solaris tobacco plant – from which vegetable crude oil is extracted to be used as aviation fuel. Its CEO, Hayo de Feijter, said the agricultural project to grow the tobacco started two and a half

South Africa’s Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has dismissed objections to the country building two new coal-fired power stations. This will mean 16-million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent will be added to the atmosphere. The power stations will also use up water in areas that are already water stressed, at a time when the country is toying with its third year of drought. The minister’s decision came on the second day of COP22, where South Africa is negotiating on the nuts and bolts of how the Paris Agreement will play out. This put countries on the same path to ensuring that global warming