Krysia Gaweda: RideLink is a Green Week project under Green Campus Initiative (GCI), where UCT students are encouraged to carpool with other students who live close to them.
RideLink offers an online service in which members of the UCT community are able to sign up and are matched to other students according to their routes of travel.
Jordan du Toit: Anti-fracking activist Jonathan Deal was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday 15 April for his work with the Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG).
Deal and TKAG are heavily involved in the fight against hydraulic fracking in the Karoo.
Siphokazi Lumkile: Galela Amanzi and the Rhodes Debating Society facilitated a "Right to Water" debate on Wednesday 6 March as part of the university's Human Rights Week programme.
The event took place at Zoo Major with the intention to weigh up the pros and cons of privatizing basic services such as water.
Akinoluwa Oyedele: A team of Witsies is one of only three African teams shortlisted for a global aviation competition with a R330 000 prize.
The team, who call themselves Stormhawks, hope their idea ‘to improve the eco-efficiency and sustainability of the aviation industry’ will be the best, and win them a cool €30,000 (R330 000). The prize money will be awarded by Airbus in its biennial Fly Your Ideas competition.
Sibella Louw: Two Grahamstown school girls have devised an innovative method to tracing rhino horns which is likely to trigger hope and fascination.
Jamie-Lee Stone (15) and Louise Poole (15), students at Kingswood College, have trained bees to act as “sniffer dogs”, claiming it could be more effective than actual canines.
Jordan du Toit: Being a student, whether in residence or digs, should not cut you off from the recycling initiatives you may be used to back home.
Even if you may never have recycled before, the City of Angels (as Grahamstown is sometimes called) presents you with a brilliant opportunity to earn your green wings.
Jane Berg: Mercury levels found in fish remain too high worldwide, a recent report shows. The Zero Mercury Working Group has found that globally mercury contamination is at a dangerous level.
Mercury found naturally in the environment can be increased substantially by pollution. It is washed into rivers, oceans and local water resources where it is converted into toxic methylmercury. Those who consume fish regularly are advised to reduce their intake of fish such as fresh tuna, salmon and shellfish in which mercury is the highest.
Jane Berg: In a recent report, the World Bank cautioned that climate change could result in a four degree increase in temperature as early as 2060.
The report warns of “a cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat waves, declining global food stocks and a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people.”