Eskom is currently building two of the world’s biggest coal fired power plants. While they will use less water per unit of electricity than traditional coal plants would use, the sheer size of Kusile and Medupi means they will still swallow up monstrous amounts of scarce water. Include the effect that coal mining has on local water systems, and we have a recipe for disaster – with Eskom at its center.
Prairie dogs are named for their habitat and warning call, which sounds similar to a dog's bark. The name was in use at least as early as 1774.The 1804 journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition note that in September 1804, they "discovered a Village of an animal the French call the Prairie Dog." Its genus, Cynomys, derives from the Greek for "dog mouse".