Articles Posted in the Green News category

News in brief

October 27, 2008
Posted in Green News

  • Rebels have taken over the headquarters of the Virunga National Park, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, which is home to more than a quarter of the world’s 700 remaining mountain gorillas. [AFP].
  • A previously unknown coral reef has been discovered in the Seychelles, south of Curieuse Island. There are plans to establish a centre of marine research on the island. [ScienceDaily]
  • Vegetarians have been listed as one of a number of groups using Twitter as a “social activism tool” in a draft US army intelligence report that looks at the potential use of mobile and web technologies by “militants”. [AFP]

Something to make vegans feel smug

August 27, 2008
Posted in Food

South Africa is a meat-eating nation. Only in Cape Town will you get away with cooking a butternut or vegetable sosaties on a braai – anywhere else, if there’s isn’t at least chops and wors, you’ll offend your guests. But, sadly, our meat-loving ways are not environmentally friendly.

AFP reports on a German study that says:
– A diet that includes meat produces about double the amount of greenhouse gases as a vegetarian diet (over a period of 12 months it’s the same as driving a mid-sized car 4,758km versus 2,427km, they say).
– Going vegan, which means giving up meat and dairy products, would cut the emissions dramatically (to the equivalent of driving 629km).
– If you’re a vegan and your food’s organic, your food footprint is even smaller (the equivalent of driving 281km).

Via :: The Star