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Five Human Aspirations and the Future of Brands

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Despite profound economic, political and social challenges around the world, a rising generation of Aspirational consumers is optimistic about the future and sees brands and free market capitalism as a force for positive change, finds a new global study by BBMG and GlobeScan. According to the report, “Five Human Aspirations and the Future of Brands,” Aspirationals are […]




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City of Cape Town and City of Munich agree to joint climate action

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The City of Cape Town in South Arica and the City of Munich in Germany have partnered to drive five key areas for joint climate action under the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 50 Municipal Climate Partnerships programme. This partnership forms part of an agreement which has been signed between the African and […]




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Bamboo discussed as solution for sustainable housing in Kenya

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A workshop was held recently in Kenya to discuss the development of an integrated national bamboo sector policy, in the context of providing solutions for sustainable housing and supporting green economic development in the country. The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), a founding member of the UN-Habitat-coordinated Global Network for Sustainable Housing, together with the […]




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Global pollination services estimated to be worth billions

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According to a new study by IUCN and partners, global pollination services are estimated to be worth more than US$215 billion. Pollination is critical for food production and human livelihoods.   However, the conservation status of pollinating bird and mammal species is deteriorating, with more species moving towards extinction than away from it. Habitat loss from unsustainable agriculture was found to […]




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Diploma in Biodynamic Agriculture launched in Cape Town

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The Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Southern Africa (BDAASA) has recently launched a 2-year, work based Diploma in Biodynamic Agriculture, which is held in Cape Town, South Africa. The course is presented as a work-based learning programme with prominent farmers in Wellington, Swellendam, Paarl, Hemel-and-Aarde, Stellenbosch and Wolseley in the Western Cape. It aims to equip students to […]




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Scientists call for urgent action on ocean acidification

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A new scientific report has synthesised information about the serious negative impacts of ocean acidification on marine life around the world. The implications of large scale ocean acidification will be dramatic and devastating, based on the vital role that oceans play in global economies, livelihoods, well-being and the important ecosystem services they provide. An international team of […]




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UN Climate Convention Staff Support Climate Neutral Campaign

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Staff at the UN climate change convention (UNFCCC) secretariat are supporting an innovative climate neutral campaign – aimed at promoting a long-term vision of a climate neutral world while generating useful funding for vulnerable communities. The campaign involves staff members and their families using UN-certified carbon credits, so called (CERs), to address personal emissions above […]




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South Africa Celebrates 1st Fairtrade Coffee & Chocolate Week

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Fairtrade Label South Africa has launched South Africa’s first Fairtrade Coffee & Chocolate Week from 14 – 20 July, challenging consumers and companies to opt  for Fairtrade coffee and chocolate. Reasons to buy Fairtrade coffee and chocolate Coffee is the world’s second largest traded commodity with billions of cups being drunk every day around the world. Coffee […]




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Green fundis invited to enter the Eskom eta Awards

Eskom ETA Awards for Energy Efficiency

For 25 years Eskom has been encouraging energy efficiency by celebrating those who have made substantial savings in their businesses, homes, schools and communities through the Eskom eta Awards. The 2014 awards are now open and Eskom wants you to enter! If you are a clean energy innovator or a homeowner who has reduced your […]




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Disaster-Resilience and the Future of Sustainable Insurance

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Building disaster-resilient communities and economies through low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive development were discussion topics at an event last month to launch a ground-breaking alliance between the United Nations and global insurance companies to tackle natural disaster risk by identifying the most effective measures to combat disasters and helping communities implement them. The UN’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative […]




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