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Dissolution or creation of huge gypsum deposits changed sulphate content of the oceans.

Scientists have discovered a potential cause of Earth's ‘icehouse climate’ cooling trend of the past 45 million years - and it has everything to do with the chemistry of the world's oceans.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Natural reserves in some cases might not be doing the job expected of them.

Many of the protected areas in tropical nations are struggling to sustain their biodiversity, according to a study by more than 200 scientists from around the world. The study, which will appear Thursday in the journal Nature, found that deforestation is advancing rapidly in these nations and most reserves are losing some or all of their surrounding forest, writes Alison Hewitt.    Read More...




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SA is prone to droughts. This research could well have applications here.

UCLA life scientists, working with colleagues in China, have discovered a new method to assess plants’ drought tolerance quickly. The method works for many diverse species growing around the world. The research, published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, may revolutionise the ability to survey plant species for their ability to withstand drought, said senior author Lawren Sack, a UCLA professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.  This article has been written by Stuart Wolpert, UCLA.
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Using sport to save the rhino.

The University of Johannesburg cricket club has adopted a strong stance against rhino poaching and will be coming out to bat for the endangered creatures this season. The university’s teams will wear kit bearing the “stop rhino poaching now” logo at all of their upcoming fixtures as part of an awareness-building campaign.   Read More...




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There is a lesson for Africa: Tamper with nature at your peril.

Cambodia is a last bastion of vultures in Asia as populations of the much-maligned bird are collapsing, conservationists are reporting. Scientists blame the deaths on the spread in the environment of a veterinary drug for cattle, diclofenac, which is poisonous to vultures. This article courtesy of the Wildlife Conservation Society and World Science staff.   Read More...




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Tree-tally: More than 200 trees have been planted so far.

Trees for Zambia has started! The Greenpop Campsite is hosting more than 70 international and Zambian volunteers here in Livingstone and we are planting trees every day with schoolchildren, subsistence farmers and fellow volunteers from all around the world.   Read More...




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Planting time is here - and this project aims to change lives for the better, forever!

The time has come for ‘Trees for Zambia’ - a 3-week eco-education and tree-planting project in Livingstone. Head teachers, community members, local business, partners, sponsors, media reporters and volunteers gathered (29 June 2012 at 2000) at the SPOT in Livingstone to open the event with an Exciting Launch Concert - with live music by Jeremy Loops and Co, the ChikenBus Band, Yes Rasta and more.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Environment & Bio-diversity
“Champions” take charge of internal sustainability drive.

Leading paint company Dulux South Africa – well known for its wide range of vibrant paint colours – has gone the green route internally as it seeks to minimise the impact of its operations on the environment. In line with this commitment, the company held its first-ever Global Sustainability Day which underlines the company’s commitment to ensuring that sustainability issues are at the forefront of its agenda.   Read More...




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Wanjira Mathai is the daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai.

Greenpop's Trees for Zambia project begins in two weeks, video address received from Wanjira Mathai of the Green Belt Movement and Reliance Compost sponsors Miss Earth contestants to join the project and plant trees.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Donald Kaberuka: ‘Let’s make it a reality, together.’

The African Development Bank (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have released a joint  report on the state of environment in Africa, and are calling world leaders to invest in Africa’s natural capital. The report is intended to catalyze decision-makers to invest in Africa’s sustainable development and is being presented at Rio+20, at an event organised by the AfDB and WWF and hosted by the Senegalese government.   Read More...




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Could what happened to the woolly mammoth hold lessons for us today? In a word... Yes!

Although humans and woolly mammoths co-existed for millennia, the shaggy giants disappeared from the globe between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago, and scientists could not explain until recently exactly how the Flintstonian behemoths went extinct, writes Alison Hewitt.   Read More...




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Local control of forests brings economic, environmental and social gains.

Governments and businesses must give local people more control over forests to maximise social, economic and environmental benefits, says a new book by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the G3 - a global network whose members manage a quarter of the world’s forests. African communities too can benefit - and benefit the environment - with greater control over their forests.   Read More...




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Mine waste is a massive pollutant in SA,writes John Capel.

Air and water pollution as a result of mining, acid mine drainage, toxic waste and abandoned mines continue to pose serious risks to South Africa’s communities and its environment says the Bench Marks Foundation. The single most destructive impact of mining is on the environment.   Read More...




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Business and governments must adapt now - the clock is ticking.

GCX Sustainable Business Analyst Geoff Perrott* takes us ‘back to the future’, by exploring the fine line between 2012 and 2112, in this article, reprinted courtesy of Global Carbon Exchange - http://www.globalcarbonexchange.com/.   Read More...




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Endangered Riverine Rabbit benefits from Easter – to the tune of R270,000!

One of South Africa’s most endangered mammals – the Riverine Rabbit – will again benefit from LINDT GOLD BUNNY sales when a cheque of R270,000 is handed over by LINDT South Africa to the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Riverine Rabbit Programme at the LINDT Chocolate Studio and Boutique in Cape Town on 12 June.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
What you are exposed to today can impact on your future generations.

Scientists have found increased stress sensitivity and differences in weight gain in rats whose ancestors were exposed to a hormone-disrupting chemical three generations earlier in this article courtesy of Washington State University and World Science staff.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
We can all contribute to a greener economy

In keeping with the spirit of World Environment Week, encompassing World Environment Day on 5 June 2012, the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA) supports all endeavours, both personal and commercial, to observe this year’s theme titled ‘Green Economy: does it include YOU?’   Read More...




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Let's make it our business to grow South Africa and improve the planet.

The Greenpop Reforest Fest happened 2 weeks ago at Platbos Forest. Here's what went down:
1 day
230 people
2001 trees
Live music   Read More...




HEADLINES, Environment & Bio-diversity
Be the change you want to be.

On 30 May 2012 the first of 30,000 trees were planted during an inspirational event at Paradise Valley Nature Reserve in Pinetown. The event was held by the Wildlands Conservation Trust and forms part of the Bonitas ReLeaf Campaign linked to the Comrades Marathon.   Read More...




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Greenpop wants some wheels… for trees…

Carrying trees is a bit of a schlep – which is Greenpop is appealing for a vehicle for our ongoing tree planting project in Livingstone, Zambia. Greenpop is setting up an ongoing tree planting and eco-education project in Livingstone, Zambia - the country with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world.   Read More...



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