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Planting the town green for Earth Day

Currently, the earth is losing approximately 15 billion trees every year because many of them are being cut down. This can be compared to losing 48 soccer fields every minute. The EDN believes its initiative will be able to serve as a foundation for a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable. Read more...

Research into the psyche of an African soldier

For the last decade the CSIR has been building a behavioural sciences capability geared to assist military and defence related clients in soldier selection and support programmes. The 2014 Defence Review described the African peace climate as 'persistently troubled', making the continent an ideal candidate for behavioural sciences research.

CSIR research on mercury in fish informs consumer choices

Fish is an excellent source of high-quality protein and one of the best sources of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. However, some fish are known to naturally accumulate mercury, a potent neurotoxin, in their tissue. CSIR researchers tested the levels of mercury in fish and used the results to produce a meal advisory table.

Integrating informal waste pickers into the economy

CSIR waste experts are investigating ways in which informal waste pickers – individuals picking through bin bags at kerbside, recovering valuable recyclables – can be integrated into the South African waste and recycling economy. Read more...

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