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May 2017

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Success at the inaugural Fish Hoek community recycling expo

Recently, the community of Fish Hoek held a Recycling Expo, which – with over 300 attendees – proved quite successful.

39,000kg of waste collected at Two Oceans Marathon

This year the #GOGREEN campaign was launched before the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, resulting in more than 39 000 kg of waste being collected for recycling.

Time to end our destructive obsession with economic growth

The idea that the economic “pie” can grow indefinitely is alluring. It means everybody can have a share without limiting anybody’s greed.

Joburg leadership urged to move to 100% renewable energy

The leadership and management of the City of Johannesburg are urged to get behind the call to switch Joburg to 100% renewable energy. This will very quickly start to make the city more sustainable as it creates jobs.

A friend in need: learning about companion planting

Buddying up the various plants in your garden can help control pests, maximise planting space, assist with pollination, encourage growth and improve yield. It can even enhance the flavour of your produce.

Join the West Coast reforesting pilgrimage this Arbor Month

Join this exciting Arbor Month pilgrimage and reforest project.

Duo welcomed home in Cape Town after rowing to raise awareness

After rowing in two-hour shifts, 24 hours a day for 92 days, Braam Malherbe and Wayne Robertson has completed their 8100km journey from Cape Town to Rio De Janeiro to raise eco awareness.

Western Cape declared a disaster area amid worst drought in 100 years

Premier Helen Zille has officially declared the Western Cape a disaster area in response to the current drought  – the worst since 1904.

Quick action vital for GHG emission reporting regulations

On 3 April 2017, the South African Minister of Environmental Affairs Ms Bomo Edith Edna Molewa gazetted the National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reporting Regulations under the National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act.

Become a Conservation Champion

A third of South Africa’s wine industry has detailed eco-management plans in place.

Health and water impacts of coal still missing from energy plans

The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle campaign, together with Greenpeace Africa, welcome the rigorous research undertaken by the energy unit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

West Africa loses over $2 billion to illegal fishing annually

Poor government communication and coordination is hurting West Africa’s ability to combat illegal fishing, costing it billions of dollars each year in the process.

Toxic chemicals in children’s toys exceed proposed hazardous waste limit

A new global survey finds that recycling plastics containing toxic flame retardant chemicals found in electronic waste results in contamination of the world’s best-selling toy along with other children’s products.

Cape Town issues critical warning on dire water shortage

The City of Cape Town has issued a “critical warning” to its residents to only use water for drinking‚ bathing and cooking. This comes after its usable dam water levels reached 11.2% this week.

New partnership aims to protect endangered birds from power lines

As SA’s electricity needs continue to grow, power lines and other electrical infrastructure are expanding daily. Negative interactions between wildlife and these structures take on different forms including electrocution and collision.

Climate change is already forcing U.S. communities to abandon their homes

For some communities in the United States, losing land to climate change isn’t a future nightmare — it’s a present and daily struggle.

Inside Norway’s ‘doomsday’ vault where the world’s seeds are kept safe

Deep in the bowels of an icy mountain on an island above the Arctic Circle between Norway and the North Pole lies a resource of vital importance for the future of human­kind. It’s not coal, oil or precious minerals, but seeds.

Translating climate science to society through playing

Learning through play is a term used in education and psychology to describe how we can learn to make sense of the world around us. In essence, play can supercharge learning and therefore has the potential translate climate science to society.

Moth-eaten: plastic-eating caterpillars could save the planet

Most scientific research follows a logical progression, with one experiment following up on the findings of another. Every now and then, however, serendipity plays a part.

The Earth just reached a CO2 level not seen in 3 million years

Some records aren’t meant to be broken — but when it comes to climate change, humans still haven’t gotten the memo.

Kruger National Park to combat rhino poaching with new regional court

South African Environmental Minister Dr Edna Molewa has welcomed the opening of a regional court in Skukuza to assist in combating rhino poaching-related offences in the Kruger National Park.
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