The icy side of enviromental advocacy
When Lewis Gordon Pugh was growing up, none of the famous landmarks of the planet had been swum.
Taking corporate giving to community level
Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have recently raised the profile of global philanthropy, but being good at making money or generous in distributing it does not mean that corporate givers always know how best to spend the money.
Trashing the trash
US academic and economist Lawrence Summers found himself the subject of global outrage in 1991 when, while working at the World Bank, he signed a memo which advocated the shipping of toxic waste to the poor world.
Keeping the sea at bay
Increased intensity of storms, rising sea levels and the melting of the polar ice caps are scenarios that could have dramatic consequences for future development along Cape Town’s 307km of coastline.
Not in my backyard, thank you
One of the problems with the Kyoto Protocol is that developed countries sniff out regions with less stringent environmental requirements, and export their pollution.
Worldwide investment in sustainable energy more than doubled over a twoyear period, from 2004 to 2006, according to the United Nations Environmental Programme (Unep) 2008 year book, an annual overview of the changing global environment.
An oasis in the desert
In what may prove to be one of the great ironies of the climate crisis induced by the carbon economy, oil money could produce the blueprint for the zero carbon city of the future.
Getting a second life
Second Life, a digital world with millions of users, has sparked interest amongst internet watchers because of its networking potential.
Fairtrade farming movement set to grow
At the end of a tar road in the luscious mountain farming region of Grabouw one hour outside of Cape Town, Ernest Fredericks has spent the last 25 years turning over soil, planting seeds and watching things grow.
ISO tackles a standard for sustainability
ISO has embarked on its most ambitious and multilateral project ever – to develop a sustainability standard for business – and Mind Shift’s associate editor is chairing the international process.
Whether or not coal can be clean might seem like a debate hardly worth having given it's dirty record.
Think of schools as miniature renewable power stations, plastered with solar panels generating electricity that could be fed back into the national grid or used by surrounding communities.
Good Food & Wine, Bad Footprint
In response to concerns from consumers about the carbon footprint of fresh produce, the south African fruit and wine industry has launched a multimillion rand research scheme to establish how the industry’s carbon emissions compare to international competitors.