Top News Stories for 2009

The most popular news story on the Cape Town Green Map website this year was the news of the virtual launch of the online green map itself - no surprises there! But other than the online launch on World Environment Day and the launch of the print map at the end of November, this is what made popular headlines on the site in 2009.

What is a biodiversity hotspot, exactly?

© Bruce Sutherland

The City of Cape Town is one of only three cities in the world ranked as an urban biodiversity hotspot. A biodiversity hotspot is a term that was first coined by British ecologist Dr Norman Myers in 1988 in an article in "The Environmentalist" journal. The concept was revised after further analysis by Myers and others in "Hotspots: Earth’s Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions" published in 1999.

Dreaming of a Green Christmas...

What happens when you cross an angel with coca-cola or a Christmas tree with recycled plastic? Ever dreamed of hanging tin end tinsel and bottle top mistletoe from your hallways? How about giving tin openers or juice boxes as gifts this year?

Copenhagen climate deal - starting point or sham?

© Chris Riddell 2009

Whilst US President Barack Obama is speaking of a "the beginning of a new era of international action" and China says the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen yielded "positive" results, NGO's and scientists are largely shell-shocked.

On track to score green goals in 2010

Last week South African host cities and organisers launched the national Green Goal 2010 programme and logo. They have pledged to make the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ a 'green event' by supporting those initiatives that promote environmental responsibility in the areas of waste minimisation, emissions reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation and the promotion of public transport.

Fifa World Cup Final Draw – go armed with a 'green' vuvu

When one first takes a look at the amazing designs by graphic designer, Adam Carnegie, of vuvus made from kelp, the initial reaction is a double-take. In the first place, what an obvious marriage – kelp by its very nature lends itself to morphing into the shape of a horn of some kind - and secondly, the designs turn, what is to some simply an annoyance, into an art form.

Toadlets on the move

Western leopard toad at Zandvlei

The Western Leopard Toad, with it's cute markings and annual excursions, gets its fair share of publicity around breeding time between late July and mid September. At this time, large scale efforts by volunteer groups, conservationists and scientists alike are employed to protect these migrants, as they cross roads moving from urban gardens to local ponds and rivers where they breed.

New Biodiversity Showcase Garden in Green Point Park

Green Point Park

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ just around the corner, the City has been hard at work implementing a variety of greening initiatives that aim to make the event one of the greenest in the world. The latest project in the ‘Green Goal Programme’ is the construction of the Biodiversity Showcase Garden within the newly developed Green Point Park.

Print map launched today!

Today is the launch of the print version of the Cape Town Green Map - a user-friendly, handy guide that makes green choices both accessible and meaningful.

The print map is a fresh take on the Mother city's natural environment, reminding visitors and residents to live, work and play responsibly in order to reduce human impact on our fragile ecosystems.

Kumi Naidoo takes the reigns of Greenpeace

Kumi Naidoo, a South African, is the new Executive Director for Greenpeace. He grew up here, studied in Britain, was one of the founders of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, and led the Global Campaign for Climate Action.

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