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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. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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Food fascism or food security: the pros and cons of Monsanto and GM maize

By | October 15th, 2013|Green|

I keep picturing Snow White’s apple when I see Genetically Modified (GM) maize or mielies as we call them. If you see them ripening in the fields they are beautiful. They grow tall and strong and each cob is perfectly formed. Just like Snow White’s apple. […]

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Private to public, road to rail the future of low carbon transport in SA

By | August 29th, 2013|Green|

In our cities we have to move away from private cars towards public transport. In our freight transport we have to move from the roads back to the rails. How can this be achieved in a society where the first item people want to buy when they start earning more is a motor vehicle and where our railways leave much to be desired? […]

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