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the blue side of carbon

Submitted by JimmySprout on Wed, 2012-02-01 09:30

mangroves are important marine carbon-storage sinks and areas of rich biodiversitymangroves are important marine carbon-storage sinks and areas of rich biodiversity

The first policy framework outlining the activities needed to include coastal marine areas such as mangroves, tidal marshes and ocean ‘grasslands’ into the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was presented at the end of last year in a report by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and Conservation International (CI) - two of the leading members of the Blue Carbon Initiative.


winds of change

Submitted by JimmySprout on Mon, 2011-12-19 13:28

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As Eskom keeps raising the price of our local electricity, more of us are seeking new, greener and cleaner, independent sources of power. Not only can 'off-the-grid' power save us (a lot of) money, it is also more kind to our environment than the coal-hungry power of Eskom. Although often more expensive upfront, green and localised sources of electricity always pay themselves off… and once that’s done, guess what? You’ve got free power!

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copcast: more news from COP17

Submitted by JimmySprout on Fri, 2011-12-09 14:05

With COP17 drawing to a close this week, a new deal on climate change and GHG (greenhouse gas) emission policies is hot on the cards. Although outcomes are far from known and 'climate wrangling' is still hampering real action, this week's discussions will have a pivotal role to play in any deals that take shape. Here is our copcast on the latest and most important news, side-line stories, events and more...

south africa and the other 'basic' countries are willing to take the plunge with a new climate contractsouth africa and the other 'basic' countries are willing to take the plunge with a new climate contract

Down to the BASICs

Brazil, South Africa, India and China - collectively known as the BASIC countries - share a common approach in the climate change negotiations: they are all urging that the final text

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COPcast: news from COP17

Submitted by JimmySprout on Wed, 2011-12-07 08:18

With the second week of COP17 in full swing, here is our newscast on the latest and most important stories, side-line news, events and more...

what will the outcomes post-kyoto hold?what will the outcomes post-kyoto hold?

A new way forward? Kyoto lives on?

The Kyoto Protocol comes to an end in 2012 and a resolution on the second-commitment period is now no longer a question of if but how.

With intense debates over GHG (greenhouse gas) emission policies taking centre-stage this week at COP17, the outcomes and details of a legally-binding treaty are still very much a deliberated topic. Opinions are varied and some nations remain unhappy with certain targets and agreements.

However, it is not all doom and gloom, and there is good news within the realms of treaty discussions. China, the world's worst emitter, publically announced late last week that it


what's sprouting this weekend

Submitted by JimmySprout on Fri, 2011-12-02 09:56

weekend: 2 - 4th dec 2011weekend: 2 - 4th dec 2011

Tis the season for... COP GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION, night markets, local markets of all flavours and descriptions, and more green gatherings besides.

Here's our guide to a good, green weeked!

FRIDAY

"Warm up" action for Global Day of Action In preparation for the mass march on the Global Day of Action tomorrow Saturday, December 3rd, the call has been made for a mass, non-violent, “warm-up” action today, Friday, December 2nd at 2pm. Demonstrate against the "Conference of Polluters" at Speakers’ Corner – Corner of Samora Machel and Bram Fisher. Read more here

The first MA KIT takes place this Friday afternoon in Claremont, Cape Town. Expect a chilled garden market with laughter and fun. Stalls of all sorts and tasty eats! For more information, click here

Gaia Food Market will be having the first of its Summer Nights markets this

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what if...? south africa in light of a new climate

Submitted by JimmySprout on Thu, 2011-12-01 12:55

the fate of our planet?the fate of our planet?

South Africa is generally considered the leader on the African continent, but not always for the right reasons. While it is deliberated that SA is Africa’s economic and industrial powerhouse, it has come with a price – South Africa is by far the worst polluter and GHG (greenhouse gas) emitter on the continent.

Global climate change is possibly the greatest environmental challenge facing the world this century. But ‘global warming’ is really about the serious disruptions of the world’s weather and climate patterns including impacts on rainfall, extreme weather events and sea level rise, rather than just the temperature increase which may be considered moderate compared to other more severe effects.

It is largely regarded (and warned) that the developing world, especially Africa, will be

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from the heart of the world: the elder brothers' warning

Submitted by JimmySprout on Tue, 2011-11-29 14:24

From the Heart of the WorldFrom the Heart of the World

Exploding Cinema and Cafe Ganesh present another documovie screening this Wednesday, 30th November. From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers' Warning is being shown as part of this season's documentary screenings.

This beautiful, sobering documentary from 1990 carries a strong warning from a remote South American tribe that cautions us, the “younger brothers”, to give up our self-destructive ways and honour the planet, before it is too late.

After four centuries of seclusion


feathered friends & lucrative layers: part II

Submitted by JimmySprout on Mon, 2011-11-28 11:42

National Geographic: OrpingtonNational Geographic: Orpington

Previously we gave you 10 great reasons to look into keeping your own urban chickens.

Now we take a look at some suitable home-range breeds, where to get them, and what you can expect to pay.


climate change response expo: green innovation in a parking lot

Submitted by JimmySprout on Fri, 2011-11-25 14:34

Durban International Convention CentreDurban International Convention Centre

A host of green events, entertainment and exhibits will be held as part of the Climate Change Response Expo (CCR) which opens next week Monday the 28th November.

The biggest green expo in SA to date, it will be running alongside the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17) in Durban and is expected to draw over 30 000 people and 15 000 UN delegates!

More than 100 exhibitors will showcase their innovations towards clean and efficient energy, sustainable development and water resource management amongst a host of climate change initiatives.

Business, Green Solutions, Science and


COP17: the play of power and politics

Submitted by JimmySprout on Wed, 2011-11-23 13:10

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Lance Greyling, MP and National Policy Convenor to the DA, recently hosted a talk on South Africa and Climate Change. What quickly evolved was an intricate debate on climate change, COP17 and the politics behind our power sources, how they are impacting our world globally and locally, and what we can (or should) expect in the next few years.

With COP17 just around the corner, there is a growing deliberation around what this year’s Durban hosted conference will achieve.

After the Kyoto Protocol was brought into force in 2005, industrialised countries were bound by a legal treaty to reduce their combined GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions by at least 5% over the period of 2008 - 2012. This was a big step in the right direction, from a convention to a legal commitment, the protocol created some certainty around the fate of much of our global emissions. The problem we face this year: the Kyoto Protocol comes to an end in 2012 and the destiny of any legal obligations rests on the outcomes of COP17. Not only does this


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