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10 ways that Woolies is walking the water talk

Tuesday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Retailer Woolworths was one of the first companies to put up its hand up when WWF South Africa launched its #WatershedWednesday campaign. Here are 10 innovations the retailer has made to cut back on water use.1. Real-time meteringWoolworths has installed real-time water metering at 77% of its stores across South Africa and in Africa – and is thus able to monitor 95% of its total water...

Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan – a roadmap to a sustainable and inclusive living environment

Monday at 10:00 AM, via CapeNature

The Western Cape Nature Conservation Board (CapeNature) is mandated to conserve the unique natural heritage resources of the Western Cape for the benefit of all. The responsibility for conserving the Western Cape’s biodiversity, however, also lies with many other state agencies within national, provincial and local spheres of government, supported by organisations in the private […]

Khetha – supporting communities' right to choose

Monday at 02:00 AM, via WWF

CAPE TOWN (11th December 2017). The illegal trade of wildlife products – including rhino horn and elephant ivory – is the world's fourth largest transnational crime. These crimes represent not just a threat to Africa's endangered animals, but also affect the safety and well-being of communities who live near these protected areas.  WWF South Africa and the United States Agency for...

The Perpetual Fire Season

08 December at 14:38 PM, via CapeNature

With an alarming 50 fires recorded since April this year, it appears as if the Western Cape fire season has never stopped. Tony Marshall, CapeNature’s Programme Manager: Integrated Catchment Management says this is an unusual occurrence. “Traditionally, winter is not part of the fire season.” He adds “Yet, we’ve seen this change in pattern with […]

The whopping truth of that burger

08 December at 02:00 AM, via WWF

We never think about how much water a meat-based diet takes. It won't break the bank to buy that burger meal but when you consider the illustration below, you'll realise you're paying the earth for a bite.That yummy burger we chow on the go uses roughly 1 500 litres of water to make – that's from farm to table.

BLOG: Next-level water restrictions call for next-level action

07 December at 02:00 AM, via WWF

By Sue Northam-RasA colleague picked up a breaking news story this week that might have flown under the radar for most. For me, and hopefully at least half of Cape Town, it was a scary reminder that the worst of our water nightmares are yet to come.It was another increase in Cape Town's water restrictions to level 6, coming into effect from 1 January 2018, as stated in the Western Cape...

Counting the drops with WWF's Braamie army

06 December at 02:00 AM, via WWF

I had watched the 6-star green building in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, being built from afar and when I was given the chance to work in it, I leapt at the opportunity.I've never looked back.It's meant that I can make a considerable impact on cutting water wastage without having to give it a second thought.In the process, I uncovered an interesting pattern: When business operations are framed...

#WaterwiseXmas: The 'new normal' way to celebrate the festive season

06 December at 02:00 AM, via WWF

It's the festive season and the time of travel, food, fun and family.But with the severe drought in the Western Cape and added water stress in other parts of the country forcing us to think differently about how we celebrate this festive season, we can't #YOLO through the summer holidays. This is why we're hosting a #WaterwiseXmas Twitter chat.Together with our water-conscious co-host Traveller...

Western Cape gearing up to meet summer fire threat

04 December at 22:22 PM, via CapeNature

The 2017/2018 fire season is expected to be one of the worst in recent memory with hot, dry and windy conditions expected across the province already impacted by a severe drought. Local Government and Environmental Affairs Minister Anton Bredell issued the following appeal, “We are concerned about this season and we implore the public to […]

Let's get #Down2Earth: Food edition

04 December at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Let's admit it – food will never go out of fashion!Food defines our health goals and well-being, characterises celebration and culture and, simply, brings us together. But how often do you think about the journey of your sushi before it reaches your plate?Everything comes from somewhere.There are risks and benefits associated with every decision we make. We usually base choices on what's...

Drought is a “watershed moment” for business

29 November at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Cape Town (29 November 2017). The severe drought in the Western Cape is expected to be a taste of things to come. Businesses and individuals should prepare themselves for the “new normal”, with long-term climate predictions indicating that this region will become increasingly drier in the coming years.This was the message from Christine Colvin, Senior Manager of WWF South Africa's Freshwater...

Pandas slow the flow for #WatershedWednesday

29 November at 02:00 AM, via WWF

WWF South Africa is driving a day of drastic water disruption known as #WatershedWednesday on 29 November. This day is to call on everyone in shared spaces and corporate offices to experience a simulation of life with limited water.Leading the charge in the workplace, WWF embarked on a “dry run” on Wednesday, 15 November and is doing it again on 29 November in solidarity with corporate South...

Bunnies on the Brink

28 November at 09:25 AM, via CapeNature

According to the Zoological Society of London, the riverine rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis) represents one of the top ten Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) mammal species in the world. Currently listed as Critically Endangered their futures are inextricably linked to the farmers of the Karoo on whose land most of the remaining rabbits occur. The […]

It's time for more toilet talk (or cubicle conversations) in the workplace

21 November at 02:00 AM, via WWF

With the reality of the drought in the Western Cape digging ever deeper, Klaudia Schachtschneider contemplates how to apply the “let it mellow” rule in public spaces.Having been raised in Namibia, I always fancied myself as a bit of a hard-core conservationist. I was sure I knew all about camping, minimal water use and roughing it.So when the Cape Town water restrictions slowly notched from...

Get Black Friday ready with CapeNature reserves!

16 November at 13:21 PM, via CapeNature

An unbelievable Black Friday promotion is coming and you’re going to love it. All will be revealed at the stroke of midnight on Friday, 24th November 2017. You’ve been under a rock (at one of our reserves possibly) and you don’t know what Black Friday is? It’s only the biggest online shopping phenomena of the […]

Could offshore wind power be about to take off in Africa?

15 November at 15:19 PM, via Environment.co.za

The post Could offshore wind power be about to take off in Africa? appeared first on Environment News South Africa.

Despite a real boom in the development of global offshore wind power in recent years, several of the world’s leading economies are proving sluggish when it comes to catching up with the early pace-setters. Admittedly, both China and America have invested heavily in land-based...

Plastic bags ban won’t fix Africa’s serious waste problem

15 November at 14:59 PM, via Environment.co.za

The post Plastic bags ban won’t fix Africa’s serious waste problem appeared first on Environment News South Africa.

Africa, it’s fair to say, has long struggled with serious garbage issues. The South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) found in 2011 that its citizens generated around 108 million tonnes of waste between them, 90% of which went directly to landfill or open dumps.

Six of the best: breathtaking picnicking and camping sites in the Western Cape this summer

14 November at 11:34 AM, via CapeNature

CapeNature has a summer lifestyle holiday choice for everyone, from families to young travellers, adventurers to relaxation-seekers with activities galore on offer at your choice of nature reserves across the Western Cape. But if you just want to get away from it all and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in tranquil surroundings this […]

Join #WatershedWednesday to save water in the office

13 November at 02:00 AM, via WWF

Amid ever-tightening water restrictions across the Western Cape, water awareness in domestic homes is higher than it's ever been but the truth is that many of us continue to waste water out of home. This has to change. Water consumption in Cape Town is too high. The aim is for less than 500 million litres per day. The current use is around 585 million litres per day – which is still 85 million...

All CapeNature reserves now on Google Street View!

07 November at 16:17 PM, via CapeNature

Cape Town based travel company Drive South Africa, has partnered with Google through the Google Street View camera loan program to capture 360-degree Street View imagery of South Africa’s top wilderness, cultural and historic sites for Google Maps, including a number of CapeNature’s trails. Each “off-road” location was captured with Google’s Street View Trekker, a wearable […]

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