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CITES COP17 decides ‘no trade’ in rhino horn

By | September 17th, 2016|Green|

  On Monday, 3 October, at CITES COP17 in Johannesburg, Swaziland's proposal for limited, legal international trade in rhino horn was turned down. CITES COP17 is one of the world's most important wildlife trade conferences and was held from 24 September to 5 October 2016. Currently 182 countries are signatories to CITES. Togo will be the 183rd from the end [...]

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Water on our minds

By | September 17th, 2016|Green|

– Stellenbosch citizens get active Water is on everyone's minds, at last. It should have happened a long time ago, but now that we are facing ongoing water shortages, droughts and water quality crises, South Africa is finally paying attention to what conservation and water health mean. Foreseeing this three decades ago, the WWF-SA's Freshwater [...]

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Shifting processed foods from road to rail

By | December 20th, 2014|Green|

Processed foods are the commodity group with the highest freight carbon footprint on South Africa’s major road corridors: the Gauteng-Cape Town corridor and the Gauteng-Durban corridor. This is according to data published by WWF-SA in: Low Carbon Frameworks: Transport: Understanding Freight Emissions. ‘Based on this, we commissioned a freight transport model, completed this year, to [...]

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Grasslands plus Grassland Birds equal Water for SA

By | September 4th, 2014|Green|

Water, grasslands and grassland birds go together. You simply cannot secure water production for South Africa without securing the grasslands, which are our natural water factories. […] «Grasslands plus Grassland Birds equal Water for SA»

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Cape flowers for pleasure, profit, employment and the green economy

By | July 31st, 2014|Green|

We need to look to the earth beneath our feet to see the riches of our land. This could not be more evident than in the smallest, richest floral kingdom in the world, the Cape Floristic Region (CFR), also known as the Cape Floral Kingdom. […] «Cape flowers for pleasure, profit, employment and the green economy»

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Three years with the Cape Leopard

By | June 6th, 2014|Green|

Leopards frequently hunt and eat baboons in the Little Karoo, and most landowners in the region are highly supportive of Cape Leopard conservation. These are two of the findings that surprised Rhodes University’s Dr Gareth Mann during the most detailed study ever undertaken on the Cape Leopard of the Little Karoo. […] «Three years with the Cape Leopard»

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The Many Shades Of Green

By | May 11th, 2014|Green|

So we have a population explosion and a food crisis, and we have to find alternatives to meet the protein needs of large volumes of people on our planet. Enter fish farming or aquaculture, which is definitely the way of the future, says Gavin Johnston, who holds a Master’s degree in ichthyology from Rhodes University [...]

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Let’s talk about the weather

By | February 18th, 2014|Green|

Is the weather really changing? Is global warming real? We hear so many conflicting opinions that many of us don’t know whether to head for the hills or stick our heads in the sand. I love the taste of solar-powered coffee in the morning. A nice strong cup, freshly ground, and served by electrical engineer [...]

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Anglican, Muslim and other faith communities unite for conservation

By | February 18th, 2014|Green|

Where politics divide, the environment unites. Anglican priests, Muslim Imams, congregations, youth leaders, and children attending Sunday schools and madrasas, will all be focusing on the natural environment and what their communities can do to protect and conserve it. […] «Anglican, Muslim and other faith communities unite for conservation»

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Deaf by stakeholder

By | October 15th, 2013|Green|

On a recent flight I sat next to a politician who operates in the energy sector. Seizing the captive hour, I asked her why, when the oil sheikhs are allocating vast revenues to developing renewable energy technologies and building renewable energy cities like Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates, are other governments still banging on about the merits of investing long-term in fossil fuel. […] «Deaf by stakeholder»

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