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Wine with a lighter footprint

South African winemakers are starting to introduce lighter wine bottles into their collections to help off-set their carbon footprints.

Sales of individually packaged SA wines in the UK rose by 11 percent in 2009, and in 2008 this country's wine earned in excess of R6 billon in foreign exchange. But the increase in sales means that the carbon footprint has also increased, a fact that eco-conscience consumers in foreign markets concerned about climate change and food miles, will be aware of.

Get free tickets to the Natural & Organic Products Exhibition 2010

pic: Natural & Organic Products Exhibition

If you're in Cape Town and interested in all things green and organic, then you'll want to head down to the Natural & Organic Products Exhibition this weekend.

This year's show at the CTICC (Fri 19 - Sun 21 Feb) promises to be bustling, judging by the turnout at the Joburg show last year and the growth in consumer interest, so get there early!

Scoring green goals for the environment

AP Photo / Denis Farrell

The City of Cape Town launched its "Making Connections: Soccer and the Environment" programme for learners today at the Athlone Soccer Stadium.

Soetwater becomes coastal conservancy

pic: Bruce Sutherland

Soetwater Resort, between Kommetjie and Scarborough on Cape Town’s south peninsula, is an important historical camping site that represents the environmental challenge of finding a balance between conservation goals and community needs.

The area represents some of the last remaining functioning coastal ecosystems in Cape Town and is of great long-term cultural importance.

How green is your fleet?

The City of Cape Town, through its Air Quality Managment Plan (AQMP), aims to be "the city with the cleanest air in Africa" and underpinning this plan are eleven key aims, one of which is the control of vehicle emissions.

Brown haze

The brown haze that appears on certain windless winter days when a temperature inversion layer traps pollutants has become a depressingly familiar sight.

Cape Town's Blue Flag Beaches

With the recent suspension of Big Bay's Blue Flag status we thought we'd take a closer look at what all the fuss is about a Blue Flag Beach.

What is a Blue Flag beach?

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to over 3450 beaches and marinas in 41 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.

Leo Mews - affordable, greener living

Until recently it has been nearly impossible for a South African household earning below R10 000 to buy a home of their own, let alone a home that is friendlier for the environment and the owners' pockets. The City of Cape Town, in partnership with Standard Bank and Bitol Developments, recently won a South African Housing Foundation Merit Award for its new "gap" housing project called Leo Mews situated in Leonsdale, Elsies River.

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.

 

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