Articles Posted in the Green News category

Climate change: Storms, drought and insurance

September 10, 2008
Posted in Green News

If you’ve been wondering whether the bad weather battering Cape Town of late is a sign that the effects of climate change are upon us, and thinking about whether you should sell the beach house and move to higher ground. Relax. iAfrica.com asked SABC weatherman Simon Gear some questions, like what happened to spring day this year? Here’s what he said:

“The weather was only unusual in the sense that really big storms don’t happen every day. But, in terms of weather, Cape Town should expect a storm like that every year or so. So, no, it wasn’t particularly unusual. Typically September does see a few fronts so the timing wasn’t unusual. Read more

SA is named a top-10 ethical destination

July 30, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle

South Africa and Namibia have made it onto a list of the Top-10 ethical tourism destinations – the only two African countries to do so. The Developing World’s Best Ethical Destinations list is compiled by an American group called Ethical Traveler which assesses countries on their records in environmental protection, social welfare and human rights. Read more

News in brief

March 17, 2008
Posted in Green News

BEACH BUMMER – Four of Durban’s swimming beaches have lost their “blue flag” status because of unacceptable faecal pollution readings, Sapa reports. This comes less than a week before the start of the Easter school holidays. The blue flag is an “eco-label” awarded by independent non-profit organisation Foundation for Environmental Education.

BIG GAME SPENDERS – Dubai World, the investment arm of the government of Dubai, has bought into three South African game reserves for an undisclosed amount – Shamwari (Eastern Cape), Sanbona Wildlife Reserve (in the Western Cape) and Jock Safari Lodge (near the Kruger National Park) – Business Day reports. Dubai World acquired Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Water Front in 2006.

ANOTHER BIOFUELLED BOEING – American carrier Continental Airlines, Boeing and GE Aviation have announced plans to conduct a biofuels demonstration flight early next year using a Boeing Next-Generation 737. Last month a Virgin Atlantic Boeing flew from London to Amsterdam on a biofuel mix. The three companies are looking identify sustainable fuel sources that don’t impact food crops, water resources or contribute to deforestation, and which can be produced in sufficient quantities. Read more at EnergyDaily

CLOSING PRICE – Think nuclear power stations are expensive to build? Well decommissioning them doesn’t appear to be cheap either. Britain’s Sellafield nuclear site is expected to cost billions of pounds to decommission. At present, a number of consortia are at bidding for a 20-billion pound (about R320-billion) decommissioning contract, the Observer reports. According to Britian’s Independent, the Sellafield site’s main activity over the past few decades has been reprocessing used reactor fuel, separting out plutonium and uranium from nuclear waste. The Thorp reprocessing plant will reportedly close around 2011 when its contracts run out.

Online guide for green travellers

March 11, 2008
Posted in Green News

green-passport.jpgThe UN Environment Programme has launched an Internet-based campaign called Green Passport to raise awareness on sustainable tourism. Tourism is the world’s biggest industry and is continually growing, but it must be sustainable to keep damage to the planet at a minimum, Unep head Achim Steiner said at the campaign’s launch in Berlin on Friday.

The World Tourism Organisation estimates that there will be 1.5 billion tourists in the world in 2020, representing 21 percent of the world population. Over 9-million people visited South Africa in 2007, an 8.3 percent rise from 2006, according to the SA department of environmental affairs and tourism. The department is aiming for 10-million in 2010. This will put considerable strain on natural landscapes, especially, coastlline, mountains and biodiversity. Other tourism-related impacts result from the rise in the number of flights, an increased demand for water and energy that can bring tourists into conflict with local populations, and more pollution.

But don’t let this put you off going on holiday. The Green Passport website tells you what you need to know about being a green tourist – the kind that’s respectful to the environment and good for the economic and social development of the host communities.

Via :: Environment News Service