Perspectives
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:37

What’s your perception of green design?

The Cape Homemakers Expo is an annual exhibition which has its roots firmly planted in a history of nearly 15 years of speaking to the every need of homemakers and home-owners. The Expo is a renowned ‘showcase’ event held in the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) each year, and attracts around 30 000 visitors to each event, be it their need for décor, electronics, safety, relaxation, maintenance or, more recently, ‘greening’ their homes.
Large-scale tree planting on agricultural land may save those primary forests, agroforestry experts argue, but the new plantations are detrimental to biodiversity and indigenous people, critics respond.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 14:30

Sharing low-carbon development costs

Following a strict global carbon budget is the only way to ride out climate change – a precept that is as much the responsibility of developing countries as it is of developed ones.
International carbon offsets are financial instruments that allow companies and governments to mitigate their GHG (greehouse gas) emissions through funding renewable energy projects in developing countries. Friends of the Earth contends that international offsets allow developed countries to go on polluting, delaying the development of a global low-carbon economy.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 09:52

Innovators from around the world

Rolf Papsdorf, CEO of Alternative Energy Development Corp. Ltd., has been named The Tech Awards 2009 Laureates. Papsdorf was one of 15 global innovators recognised for applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change. The Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum, selected Rolf Papsdorf from among hundreds of nominations representing 66 countries.
“G8 countries have so far failed to take sufficient action to protect the world against climate change. The latest G8 Climate Scorecards report shows that Germany, followed by the UK and France, is performing better than the rest of the rich nations' group. Italy and Japan are in a lower medium ranked group. Canada, the USA and Russia are lagging behind, despite the USA moving up one rank,” stated WWF.
Several ecologists believe there is existing evidence to support the view that climate change is already increasing the incidence of malaria in the highlands of Ethiopia.
Monday, 22 June 2009 13:33

Funding the Eskom expansion programme

It is therefore clear that the utility needs to urgently access sources of capital so that it can continue with its expansion program.
Monday, 22 June 2009 13:31

Carbon Expo 2009

Andrew Gilder, IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd.


 

Monday, 20 April 2009 08:54

SA 2007 crop estimates

The Crop Estimates Committee, chaired by South African Department of Agriculture has issued its third production forecast and area estimates of summer field crops for the 2006/07 production season.