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New Seven Wonders - vote for Table Mountain!

Table Mountain has gone through as South Africa's nomination in the first round of voting for the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World! There are seven categories, with Table Mountain in the...
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Wicked Cool White House Organic Garden

Did you hear? There's a new garden at the White House, the first working variety in over six decades. And it's organic. First lady Michelle Obama helped break ground on a new White House...
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IFAW enforcement training prompts unprecedented wildlife seizure in Caribbean, 1000+ animals confiscated

In the Caribbean twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, three corrupt police officers were arrested this week for stealing over one thousand protected animals from Venezuelan wildlife...
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Using Human Rights Law to Address Climate Change

As the evidence becomes stronger and the science more serious, people in countries, companies, institutions and professions everywhere are taking up the issue of climate change and sounding the...
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Greening yor new office

The Enviropaedia Team have just moved into new offices, and we have tried to keep our move as green as possible. Here are some tips, based on the simple steps that we took to achieve our...
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SADC pools power for 2010

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has joined hands to ensure that South Africa has enough electricity during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Under the Southern African Power Pool...
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BRT first phase to be rolled out

With just 45 days to go until the start of the FIFA Confederations Cup – the roll-out of the first phase of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System will be on time for the tournament. Transport...
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SANParks opposes proposal to mine coal at Mapungubwe

South African National Parks (SANParks) is challenging an application for a R3 trillion mining operation to be established at the entrance to the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site. SANParks...
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Mapungubwe emerges as new theatre in tussle between mining and ecotourism

The consistently contentious question of whether or not mining, ecotourism and agriculture can co-exist, was once again highlighted during the public consultation process for Coal of Africa...
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Woolworths begins labelling its seafood in accordance with its sustainable fishing journey

Woolworths begins labelling its seafood in accordance with its sustainable fishing journey Having signed the landmark WWF Sustainable Seafood Initiative's Retail Charter in 2008, Woolworths is now...
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Hemp - Cannabis sativa

Industrial hemp refers to the non-psychoactive varieties of the Cannabis plant. The diverse range of products derived from this very useful plant include durable fibres, paper, construction...
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SA not energy efficient enough, says minister

Despite energy saving campaigns such as Earth Hour, South Africa is still battling to create a healthy electricity reserve margin. "A healthy electricity reserve margin sits at 17 to 20 percent,...
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Joule on South African roads by 2010

Optimal Energy, the Cape Town based company that unveiled a full electric multi-purpose urban passenger vehicle named Joule to the world at the Paris Autoshow in 2008, has announced...
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Pretoria man arrested for killing lions, rhino illegally

A man has been arrested on suspicion of allegedly killing animals on a residential premises in Pretoria's wealthy suburb of Waterkloof, without the correct authority to do so. It was discovered...
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Sarah Baartman returns after successful off-shore environmental vessel returns from patrol

South Africa's off-shore environmental protection vessel, the Sarah Baartman, returned to Cape Town Harbour on Thursday from a four-nation transboundary fisheries patrol in South African,...
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SA's cities to be given status on water quality

An incentive-based regulation programme which aims to acknowledge municipalities which have excellent drinking water quality management was launched by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry...
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Motlanthe highlights importance of low carbon economy

President Kgalema Motlanthe has expressed hope that the National Climate Change Conference will through its deliberations draft a national framework which will lead South Africa in becoming a low...
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Filtering Cholera out of your drinking water

Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right, but as South Africa faces the current Cholera outbreak which to date has seen more than 8971 cases reported for treatment, the cleanliness of...
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Political will and action required to combat climate change

Politicians and policy makers need to show political will and action in order to deal with the issue of climate change, says President Kgalema Motlanthe.
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu supports Earth Hour movement

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has lent his voice to Earth Hour’s global call for action on climate change.
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Education & Awareness

SA celebrates Environment Month

Climate change is expected to be the focus of this year’s National Environment Month which is celebrated in June.
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Galápagos Battles with Climate Change

The unique flora and fauna of the Galápagos Islands - as well as the economy of the archipelago - is profoundly threatened by climate change and requires specific strategies to prevent...
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Afghanistan Declares Its First National Park

In celebration of Earth Day, Afghanistan's National Environment Protection Agency Wednesday announced the establishment of Band-e-Amir as the country's first national park. High in the Hindu...
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No market for pelts overshadows expanded seal hunt quota

As Canada's commercial seal hunt is set to re-open in the Gulf of St. Lawrence today with another 64,000 pups scheduled for slaughter, IFAW welcomes the news that many sealers may not participate...
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Extraordinary victory for seals: Russia bans the hunt for all harp seals less than one year of age

Today, Yuriy Trutnev, Russia's Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology announced a complete ban on the hunting of all harp seals less than one year of age. This historic end to Russia's harp seal...
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Water saving project extended to more schools

A water project which can save between 15 to 35 percent of a school’s water bill is to be extended to ten more schools in Cape Town. The project, which involves fitting water efficient adaptors...
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CISTA: Modern Rainwater Harvesting Made Beautiful

Generally associated with plastic and wooden 55 gallon drums covered with slimy moss, rainwater harvesting just doesn’t seem to capture the imagination like an exotic green roof or a gleaming solar...
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Earth Hour at Your School

2009 is a vital year for climate change. Governments are meeting in Copenhagen in December to debate, and hopefully agree on, measures to slow down and reverse climate change. The World Wide Fund...
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NSPCA Farmland Game

Build your own virtual animal welfare friendly farm and even compete with other players around the world. Go to; http://www.farmland-thegame.eu/home_en.html. Have fun! This game is great for kids...
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Save an animal this holiday

While you're enjoying the weather and wilderness that makes our beautiful country one of the best to be in over the holiday season, why not give back? Support the conservation of our natural...
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Our planet's great whales are battling for their lives

Whales face more threats today than at any other time in history. While commercial whaling has been banned for more than 20 years - Japan, Iceland and Norway continue to fire harpoons into these...
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PhD Opportunity: Biodiversity Commercialisation and Social Justice

A PhD scholarship is available to undertake research in the growing arena of biodiversity trade, natural products commercialization, and social justice. This highly topical research area deals with...
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Tradable Renewable Energy Certificates (TRECs)

Tadable Renewable Energy Certificates (also known as RECs, green tags, or green certificates) represent the value of the benefits associated with the supply of Renewable Energy (in addition to the...
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Greening the Green Building Convention & Exhibition

The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), an emerging member of the World Green Building Council and official Green Star SA accreditation body, proudly introduced the Green Building...
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Discovered: Nature Segregates Dirty, Rich Nations From Clean, Poor World

Nature has finally confirmed it: the industrialized nations may be rich but the air that people breathe in poorer nations in the Southern Hemisphere is cleaner four times over.
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Worldmapper Cartograms Revisualize the World

Whereas standard maps offer an approachable means of visualizing the world, Worldmapper’s striking cartograms work the other way, de-stabilizing the earth as we know it while focusing upon some...
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Global warming greatest in past decade

Researchers confirm that surface temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere were warmer over the last 10 years than any time during the last 1300 years, and, if the climate scientists include the...
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New research helps save albatrosses from extinction

A new report released today (21 August) by WWF, the conservation organisation, reveals important new information about the threat to seabirds from commercial fishing operations and where they're...
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Massive Arctic ice shelf breaks away

A huge 19 square mile (55 square km) ice shelf in Canada's northern Arctic broke away last month and the remaining shelves have shrunk at a "massive and disturbing" rate, the latest sign of...
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Another Endangered Species Bites the Dust

Remember: Just because you claim to be upholding the mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (presumably to preserve and manage said "fish and wildlife") doesn't mean you actually have to...
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Environmental Goods & Services (EGS) News

US Organic Product Sales Grew 17% In 2008

The US-based Organic Trade Association's new survey indicates 2008-sales of all types of organic products reached $24.6 billion, a 17.1 percent increase over 2007. This came in spite of the...
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In India, Bucking The 'Revolution' By Going Organic

Indian farmer Amarjit Sharma grows wheat and other crops on five acres in the heart of the region known as "the breadbasket of India," the fertile fields of Punjab. Until four years ago, he was...
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Bee disease puts fruit exports at risk

Hundreds of thousands of South African bees are at risk from a disease sweeping through hives and posing a threat to fruit and vegetable farming in the country, an industry expert said on Tuesday.
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Nanosponges: South Africa's high hopes for clean water

Can nanosponges solve a continent's water contamination problems? Munyaradzi Makoni investigates. Some have likened them to honeycombs; others to unending teacups, each only a billionth of a...
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World Climate Panel to Report on Extreme Events, Disasters

Increasing human ability to cope with most extreme effects of global warming such as disasters due to floods, droughts, storms and heat waves will be the focus of a special report by the United...
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Hurrah for Hemp

Industrial hemp refers to the non-psychoactive varieties of the Cannabis plant. The diverse range of products derived from this very useful plant include durable fibres, paper, construction...
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Economic growth will not be hampered by water shortage

To ensure there is sufficient water available for generations to come and that economic activity in the country is able to grow, government has launched the Water for Growth and Development...
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F&S sees room for solar energy growth in SA

The recently -announced R60-million support for renewable energy from the Danish government should open up investment opportunities in South Africa’s solar energy market.
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The State of Green Business 2009: Information Technology Plugs Into Green

Information technology has been both a hindrance and help to the environment -- on the one hand, dematerializing commerce and increasing efficiencies; on the other, becoming a voracious consumer of...
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Pulling the Plug on Phantom Power

Data centers and office buildings waste energy when their electronic devices are plugged in but are sitting in standby or no-load operation mode. Now there is a universal power adapter called Green...
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Case Study: Green is the New Black

Tyre and wheel fitment company Tiger Wheel & Tyre (TWT) has recently come of age. IT executive Melody Fourie saw the writing on the wall when she joined the organisation 18 months ago. It was time...
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Life in Balance 2009 Ecodiary

Navigate your way through 2009 with the only ecodiary that is full of tips on how to make small steps every day that will have a positive impact on your environment
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Innovation Fund backs climate change mitigation projects

The Innovation Fund, which falls under the aegis of the Department of Science and Technology, has supported eight climate change mitigation projects during its 2007/8 financial year, with a...
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High performance / green office building

Designed by Michael Orchard of New Earth Architecture, this compact new office building in the historically sensitive Dorp st precinct of Stellenbosch, aims to be the first GBCSA (green building...
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Most Consumers Can't Name a Green Brand: Survey

Most Americans can't name any brands taking the lead in fighting climate change, according to a recent survey. Of the 1,000 people in the U.S. questioned for "Consumers, Brands and Climate...
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Women's Health Centre by FARE Architects

Completed in 15 months by a local builder, under the direct supervision of FAREstudio, the CBF is functionally and cost-effective answer to the needs expressed by AIDOS, while simultaneously and...
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Woolworths Trust Launches Guidelines for Predator-Friendly Farming

In the latest step in its campaign to introduce predator-friendly meat to the South African market, Woolworths has just released a comprehensive set of guidelines called “Predators on Livestock...
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SA ponders business spin-offs from solar

South Africa is in the fortunate position of having one of the best climates in the world. Many South Africans, especially those living in the interior of the country, have become accustomed to...
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Solar Tree

Photovoltaic gadgets often get trapped in the monotonous façade of plain panels, which often leave something to be desired in the aesthetics department. Not so with Vivien Muller’s sleek...
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Demand Surges for Sustainable Wood

We've been saying for months that green real estate and green building can help homeowners, builders and developers get a leg up in this dismal housing market. And we love it when we're right (who...
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Calendar

Wastecon 2014 - 6-10 October 2014

WasteCon 2014

Hosted by the Western Cape Branch of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa 6 - 10 October 2014

Venue: The Lord Charles, Somerset West, Western Cape

On behalf of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA), it is with great pleasure that we invite you to join us for WasteCon 2014 which will be held from 6 – 10 October, 2014 at NH The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Cape Town, Western Cape which is nestled amidst the natural beauty of the Cape Winelands. The theme we have chosen for this year’s conference is “WIRED FOR WASTE: VALUE * GROW * SUSTAIN”.

“Wired” implies that WasteCon 2014, our International Conference, is well positioned to provide solutions and inspiration for change and transformation, with a multitude of specialists, nationally and internationally, regularly attending, sharing their insight and lessons learnt. The goal of this multi-day conference is to re-energize change and offer solutions for debate. 

Further information at www.wastecon.co.za  

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