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An ecological world cup?

An ecological world cup?
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The brand new Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. One of the icons of the World Cup. Equipped with the latest green technology, it also represents the important efforts being made to try to limit the impact that the competition will have on the environment.

This World Cup is expected to produce nine times as much pollution as the last. This is due to the large number of plane trips needed to transport people between venues as well as the fact that South African electricity is produced by harmful coal power-stations.

In Durban the authorities are dedicated to respecting the environment. Thousands of trees have been planted all over the town whilst the biofuel from landfill sites will soon be able to produce electricity.

Furthermore, as in Johannesburg and at the Cape, Durban has put together a plan for avoiding traffic-jams and limiting pollution. Special trains will run throughout the competition, and people will be made to park in compulsory car parks on the outskirts of town, and take shuttle busses into the centre

Is this world cup set to be an ecological disaster or a chance for people to really grasp what is at stake in the challenge to the environment?

Serge Rombi in Durban.