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South Africa running out of surface water

South Africa has been warned that available surface water is lower than previously estimated – four percent lower. Scientists have recently done an update on a study on water resource availability in South Africa.

UCT Green Week and Ticket Giveaway

The University of Cape Town rolls up its green sleeves again this year with their annual Green Week running from 28 September to 2 October. Green Week aims to raise awareness of "green" issues through talks, panel discussions and active displays on campus and screenings of environmental documentaries at the Labia.

The Loeries go green

This year’s highly anticipated marketing and advertising awards ceremony, The Loerie Awards, is taking the idea of climate change very seriously. The ceremony, aside from attempting to be environmentally friendly, will also be carbon neutral as they are planting hundreds of trees to offset the environmental impact of the event.

Global Climate Wake-up Call

Capetonians and South Africans outside the Mother City are gearing up to demand more action on Climate Change. Events are planned around the country today, Monday 21st September, as part of a "Global Climate Wake-up Call". International human rights organisation, Avaaz, along with other partners have planned over 2000 separate events in more than 120 countries.

Official premiere of Age of Stupid in Cape Town

The critically acclaimed documentary, The Age of Stupid will be screened as part of its global premiere, at The Labia Cinema in Cape Town next week. This jarring and provocative expose on climate change and global warming, which came to our shores a few months ago, should not be missed this time around. See what urban sprout had to say about the film.

Will SA's Insurance Industry survive Climate Change?

The effects of a changing climate must be written into policies for insurance companies to ensure their survival as well as that of their policyholders.

"Agencies that ignore climate change as a threat may soon see themselves out of business," said Ed Gluckman, MD of Global Carbon Exchange (GCX), who is presenting the first ever South African white paper on Adaptation for the Insurance Industry at Santam’s Ecocentric Journey, currently underway in Cape Town (15 - 17 September 2009).

Scoring Green for 2010 - Green Goal Progress Report launched

Reducing the carbon footprint of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and hosting a socially and environmentally responsible event requires major investment and effort on the part of the event's organisers.

SA National Parks Week promises free access to parks

In an effort to promote the diversity and natural beauty that South Africa has to offer, South African National Parks (SANParks) has initiated the 2009 National Parks Week. The week, which begins today, the 14th of September and which will end on Sunday the 20th, will allow free access to the majority of national parks, like Kruger National Park and Cape Town’s very own Table Mountain National Park.

 

State of our Environment Competition

African Carbon Trust, together with the Two Oceans Aquarium, is running a competition where South Africans can submit details of an environmental problem close to their hearts.

Gardening for Life

With the back of her hand, she wipes beads of sweat from her forehead and adjusts the headscarf that protects her from the sun. It is mid-morning, but Maggie Mbovu has already put in a good few hours of hard work, tilling the soil of her community garden.

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