Earth science consultancy goes green

Consultancies in the environmental or earth science fields provide services that are often used to minimise the impact on the environment for new developments. But how much consideration is given to the fact that these companies activities have an ecological footprint themselves?

New City Forum helps buildings save energy

Energy efficiency has become increasingly important to property owners because of rising electricity tariffs and the medium-term shortage of South Africa’s electricity supply. The economic recession, forthcoming legislation and the need to reduce our carbon emissions all add up to the need for a concerted effort to find solutions to improve energy efficiency – particularly large energy users.

2010: International Year of Biodiversity

pic: Bruce Sutherland

The UN has declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), and South Africa, with its wealth of natural treasures, is set to mark the event along with the rest of the world.


The year-long celebration of the variety of life on earth is driven by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), under the slogan Biodiversity is life, Biodiversity is our life.


Citizens, scientists collaborate on climate change bird booklet

Our environment is changing fast as a result of changes in the global climate and also because of land-transforming human activities. Our ability to weather these changes depends on our capacity to detect the first signs of them.

Massive Wind Farm planned for Western Cape

A 150-turbine wind farm capable of generating 300MW of electricity is planned for near Caledon.

The Caledon Wind Farm would span 15 farms covering an area of 3500 hectares within the Theewaterskloof Muncipality approximately 16km west of Caledon and 7km east of Botrivier.

Each turbine will be able to generate between 2 and 3.6 MW, stand 80 metres tall to the hub and have a 40m blade. Additional infrastructure required will include powerlines, access roads and a new electricity substation.

Here's to a Greener 2010

It's already a week into 2010 and about time to check in on those New Years resolutions...

The tradition to make resolutions at the start of the year goes back a long way - all the way to the time of the Babylonians around 2000 BC when festivals were held at the time of the spring and autumn equinoxes. Back then spring heralded the beginning of a new year as it was the time to begin the annual cycle of sowing crops once again. The beginning of the Babylonian New Year was also marked by paying off debts and returning borrowed goods.

Top News Stories for 2009

The most popular news story on the Cape Town Green Map website this year was the news of the virtual launch of the online green map itself - no surprises there! But other than the online launch on World Environment Day and the launch of the print map at the end of November, this is what made popular headlines on the site in 2009.

What is a biodiversity hotspot, exactly?

© Bruce Sutherland

The City of Cape Town is one of only three cities in the world ranked as an urban biodiversity hotspot. A biodiversity hotspot is a term that was first coined by British ecologist Dr Norman Myers in 1988 in an article in "The Environmentalist" journal. The concept was revised after further analysis by Myers and others in "Hotspots: Earth’s Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions" published in 1999.

Dreaming of a Green Christmas...

What happens when you cross an angel with coca-cola or a Christmas tree with recycled plastic? Ever dreamed of hanging tin end tinsel and bottle top mistletoe from your hallways? How about giving tin openers or juice boxes as gifts this year?

Copenhagen climate deal - starting point or sham?

© Chris Riddell 2009

Whilst US President Barack Obama is speaking of a "the beginning of a new era of international action" and China says the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen yielded "positive" results, NGO's and scientists are largely shell-shocked.

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