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FLIPPING THE SWITCH Technological innovators for a greener world

SMALL CHANGE BIG IMPACT Sustainable solutions for the day-to-day


WELCOME | issue four of SYNC mag

WELCOME Welcome to the fourth issue of SYNC. Our aim with this monthly publication is to keep you abreast of all the exciting developments in the technology world. The New Year presents us with new opportunities to take care of our planet. In this month’s issue we introduce you to the technological innovators who enable us to create a more sustainable environment and showcase pioneering apps and tips to green your life. In addition, we provide you with sustainable solutions for dayto-day activities and present you with a selection of upcoming events that will focus on eco consciousness. I hope you find inspiration in our green-themed issue and enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

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inside the magazine | CONTENTS

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COVER STORY Making the Earth sustainable may be a daunting task but thanks to our technological innovators, we might just be able to create a sustainable environment.

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LIFESTYLE Making small changes can make a big impact. Follow this step-by-step guide to ensure a greener you.

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PRODUCTS Find your perfect companion with our latest range of handsets and office technologies.

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IN THE NEWS Stay abreast of technology developments by being in the know.

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ENTERTAINMENT The Hobbit: Bilbo Baggins finds himself on a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

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CONTRIBUTORS

Amanda Stone

Henry Cloete

Jessica Gliddon

Gadget girl and regular

Writer and journalist,

Originally from

tech contributor Amanda is a self-

Henry is an enthusiast of all things

Northern California, Jessica’s been a

professed social media junkie and has been freelancing

incongruous. He spends most of his time reading or

freelance writer and editor working in publishing for nearly

since 2011. Favourite OS: Android OS

listening to music. Favourite OS: IOS 7.0

10 years. Favourite OS: IOS 7.0

ALSO - Innovation - What’s on


COVER STORY | flipping the switch

FLIPPING THE

SWI TCH

Making the Earth sustainable may just be the most daunting task of the 21st century – but thanks to our technological innovators, we might just be able to create a happily functioning world that doesn’t destroy the environment. WORDS JESSICA GLIDDON

When it comes to energy and our use of the environment, innovation is key. “Achieving sustainability is fundamentally a technical challenge,” Jeffery Immelt, CEO of GE, recently said. With carbon dioxide at record levels in the atmosphere, it’s more crucial than ever that we find efficient, convenient and smart ways to go green – and technology may be the key. Sustainable energy is perhaps the key component, with innovations in fields such as solar or wind power, carbon capture and hydrogen power offering appealing options for future alternative energy sources. New developments are constantly taking place in the field of sustainable energy: at the Abu Dhabi World Future Energy Summit, amazing gadgets were unveiled such as the AREVA Near Fresnel Reflector, which uses rows of flat and curved mirrors to track sunlight and concentrate it into a receiver. Masdar Institute

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in Abu Dhabi recently produced a solar cell using printed electronics. These are amazing achievements, but technical innovations are also appearing in much simpler and often more effective guises. For example, one of the most inventive ways technology is being used for sustainability is through mobile phones. Africa now boasts 650 million mobile phone users. This means people living in rural areas have increased access to resources, so that assistance can be brought swiftly to areas that might otherwise be held back by a lack of infrastructure. Solar technology has been particularly important for Africa, where it has helped with basic tasks like pumping water or keeping health facilities running. There are projects such as Power Up Gambia, which uses solar power to provide power to Gambian health


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care facilities, or Energy for Opportunity, which has a similar purpose for schools and clinics in Western Africa. Neither of these would have been possible with conventional energy. Perhaps the most important developments have come from the internet, which allows information to travel rapidly, spreading education about

“Achieving sustainability is fundamentally a technical challenge” how people can live in more sustainable ways, and holding companies accountable that don’t. With R33.8 billion set aside by the South African Government for 17 clean energy projects in South Africa in the coming years, it’s obvious that sustainable initiatives are important to us all – and technology makes it that much easier for us to do our bit.

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COVER STORY | flipping the switch

SERVER SMART With Gmail, Google Plus, Google Maps, Google News, Google Books and much more, Google handles an immense amount of data on a daily basis. This means it needs huge servers to keep it all going, which require a massive amount of energy. In keeping with its reputation as innovators, Google has worked hard to ensure that its impact on the environment is minimal despite massive energy needs, having managed to cut down its data usage to 50% of that of other data centres. Google’s customised systems evaluate every bit of electricity use its servers generate, including pumps, cooling towers, humidifiers, supporting power and office power usage.

There are several ways the company has accomplished its lean output, such as using outside air for cooling, extensively customising servers to maximise their efficiency, and monitoring every bit of the server’s performance. Google even recycles everything that leaves its data centres. The company’s cloud servers are also a valuable part of energy efficiency. Lawrence

“CLOUD COULD REDUCE THE ENERGY USED BY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BY UP TO 87%”

Berkeley National Laboratory recently published research indicating that moving all office workers in the United States to the cloud could reduce the energy used by information technology by up to 87%. In this way, Google even makes the businesses that use its services more efficient, with products such as Google Apps and Gmail drastically decreasing environmental impact.


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Transportation

GreenMeter GreenMeter for the Apple iPhone lets you track exactly how much impact your vehicle is having on the environment while you’re driving. The app uses the

Green On The Go

iPhone’s accelerometer to meas-

These eco-friendly apps ensure that you minimise your environmental impact no matter where you are or what you’re doing

your car’s fuel usage and engine

ure forward acceleration which it uses to provide data about power so you can know exactly how much you’re using every time you press the accelerator. iOS hunter.pairsite.com/greenmeter

Business

Lifestyle

Shopping

Home

PaperKarma

Joule Bug

GoodGuide

Green Outlet

Annoyed with endless junk mail

Turn saving the environment into

It can be bewildering trying to fig-

Learn how to cut down on

in your mailbox? PaperKarma

a game – earn points every time

ure out the most environmentally

your electricity use with Green

makes it effortless to stop

you recycle, use a reusable shop-

friendly goods to buy when you

Outlet, a handy app that keeps

wasteful and annoying junk

ping bag or take a bicycle in-

head to your local store. That’s

track of your household appli-

mail with a simple app that lets

stead of driving your car. It’s a fun

where the GoodGuide comes in

ance power usage. Just select

you take a photo of the mail;

competitive app and the more

– this handy app rates commonly

the type of appliances you use

the company will then contact

points you score, the more you

bought items according to their

in the app and it will estimate

the mailer and remove you

end up saving money as you’ll be

benefits for health, the environ-

your electricity bills for you.

from their list. It’s that simple.

cutting down on electricity bills,

ment and social responsibility –

iOS

iOS, Android

petrol bills and more.

just scan the product’s barcode.

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LIFESTYLE | small changes, big impact

SMALL CHANGES,

BIG IMPACT The first step to a more eco-friendly you is finding sustainable solutions for day-to-day activities. WORDS MICHELLE MARAIS

At first light If you can’t bring yourself to give up the warm glow of incandescent light bulbs, well, you have to. The savings in energy are enormous. Trading just one incandescent for a compact fluorescent (CFL) prevents greenhouse gas emissions equal to that of about 800 000 cars.

Raise your glass Teach yourself to wash out your glass jars in order to make them recycle-ready. When you’re doing the dishes, pour some of the hot, soapy water into your lightly scraped jar, put the lid back on, and give it a couple of good shakes. For mayonnaise, that should do the trick. For peanut butter or jam, let it soak – by the time you’ve finished the dishes, you should be able to clean it easily.

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Test the water

Bag it!

Clear the air

Bottled water is very convenient but by giving it up you will save an enormous amount of waste. Install a filter under your sink at home, and lobby to have one installed at work. Buy a wide-mouth stainless-steel or BPA-free plastic bottle with a removable lid; wide-mouth bottles are easier to clean. At the airport, carry it empty past security and then fill it from a water fountain.

Remembering your market tote every time you hit the shops is hard. Especially when you’ve had a very busy day. Try folding a couple of bags into small packets that fit in your purse or pocket and make sure to always have a bag in your vehicle. The main thing is to have something you feel good carrying. Make sure you purchase a tote that you feel comfortable carrying around. As soon as you’ve gotten into the habit, you won’t think twice about it.

Air-conditioning uses a lot of energy. You can lower the temperature indoors dramatically by switching to CFL lightbulbs. Ceiling fans, double glazing and crossventilation will all help. If you are building or renovating, consider alternative ways to cool your house.

You can lower the temperature indoors dramatically by switching to CFL lightbulbs. Come clean

Throw in the towel

Cup runneth over

If you have used the same cleaning products all your life, now’s the time to change. For countertops, cutting boards and bathroom surfaces, scrubbing with a good cleaner is always the first step to remove visible soil. Then spray with hydrogen peroxide, a 3% solution, followed by plain vinegar. It’s inexpensive and is all you need to kill household germs.

Everyone loves a handy paper towel. However, the truth is that their manufacturing process has a huge impact on the Earth. If you can’t afford eco-friendly paper towels, buy just one roll to keep on hand for really disgusting cleanups, and use it like gold. Cut up old cloth towels, or buy a large stack of bar towels from a restaurant supply store. The idea is to have towels that aren’t attractive, so you won’t hesitate to use them. Use hydrogen peroxide-based bleach if needed and wash them only when you have a full load.

Billions of paper cups are used each year. They’re usually coated, so they can’t be recycled or composted. With a variety of beautifully designed thermos flasks the transition should be effortless. If you work in an office, get a coffeepot and have everyone bring a mug. If you travel by car, then you have no excuse for not carrying a commuter mug.

These easy and effective ways can truly make a difference. Remember that small changes can make a big impact when it comes to sustainability.

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PRODUCTS | top product picks

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PRODUCTS Stay connected with the best in the business


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PRODUCTS

notebook

SAMSUNG ATIV The ATIV Book 9 Plus is the first truly flagshiplevel Ultrabook Samsung has released since Windows 8 came out. Like its predecessor, the ATIV Book 9 Plus is impressively thin, with an understated design and sturdy build quality. And thanks to a sharp 3 200 x 1 800, low-glare screen and a current Haswell processor, it rises to the top in terms of both display quality and performance. Even the battery life, which isn’t technically best in class, is still very good. Samsung already had the best Ultrabook on the market, and it’s managed to stay on top in 2013, even as its competitors have improved battery life and performance on their own models. While there are some other excellent, similarly priced options out there, the ATIV Book 9 Plus is a fantastic option in its own right.

OS Microsoft Windows 8 Processor Intel Core i5 Memory/Storage 4GB DDR3L/128GB SSD Screen 13,3” LED Display 3200 x 1800 pixels Battery Life 12 hours


PRODUCTS | top product picks

tabletdevices SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 3 7.0 Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is the smallest of the three Tab series slates the Korean company released in 2014, and it is the most affordable too. The device is a mild upgrade over earlier 7-inch tablets by Samsung and the smaller bezel makes it easy to hold single-handedly. Its compact design allows you to connect with friends and family, watch your favourite movies or to browse the web on the go. The Samsung tablet experience is intuitive and better optimised than those offered by many other manufacturers, making this device the perfect companion. This tablet makes it a breeze to do all your favourite activities no matter where you are.

OS Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean) Processor Dual-core 1.2 GHz Memory/Storage 8/16 GB storage, 1 GB RAM Screen 600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE (SM-T215)


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APPLE IPAD AIR The iPad Air is thinner, slimmer, lighter and faster than its predecessor. While the Air’s hardware is largely improved over the previous generation, the tablet’s battery life and processing power remain more than adequate. The iOS ecosystem also provides plenty of software choice – Apple currently claims 475 000 iPad apps on its App Store. The iPad Air might not be a game changer but it has nearly perfected Apple’s winning iPad formula.

OS iOS 7.0.3 Processor Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) Memory/Storage 16/32/64/128 GB [internal], 1 GB RAM DDR3 Screen 1536 x 2048 pixels, LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data Speed DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps


PRODUCTS | top product picks

LENOVO YOGA 10 After forging a formidable reputation for itself in the global market with conventional notebooks and tablets, Lenovo has taken a fresh leap into Android tablet segment and has launched the Yoga Tablet 10. As far as looks go, Lenovo’s Yoga Tablet 10 is a complete departure from the tablet norm and features a cylindrical end design at one end, which is reminiscent of a folded magazine. Much like other Yoga devices in Lenovo’s line-up, the Yoga Tablet 10 features multimode design and can be used in different modes. The Chinese giant has been touting the Yoga tablets as the company’s biggest launch of 2014 and it is said that the cylindrical design is more user-friendly when compared to other conventional tablets.

OS Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean) Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 Memory/ Storage microSD, up to 64 GB [external]; 16/32 GB, 1 GB RAM Screen 1280 x 800 pixels, 10.1 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data Speed HSPA+


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mobiledevices

LG G2 Brimming with specs that would make a discerning geek drool, the LG G2 is making waves in the smartphone world. The screen is large and gorgeous, and because the display almost reaches out to the very edges of the device, it doesn’t feel any wider than it has to. It eats up every benchmark for breakfast, turns out great photos and dazzles with its high-resolution display. In addition, the battery life is a charm. The most interesting thing about the G2 is its button placement. The power and volume buttons are both placed on the back, just underneath the camera. Once you are comfortable with this, the phone handles exceptionally.

OS Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Processor Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400 Memory/Storage 16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM Screen 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inches, True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 21 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL/ EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps


PRODUCTS | top product picks

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OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8 Black Processor Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 Memory/Storage

NOKIA LUMIA 1520

microSD, up to 64 GB; 32 GB, [internal], 2 GB RAM Screen 1080 x 1920 pixels, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours Data Speed HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 50 Mbps UL, 150 Mbps DL

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is a powerhouse of productivity. With its six-inch, supersensitive, full HD display and great readability in sunlight, the phablet is the perfect canvas on which to tell your story. Built-in Microsoft Office means you can view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the go, without losing any original formatting. The addition of respected business applications like Microsoft Exchange, Office 365 and Lync, as well as enterprise-level security to give you peace of mind makes the Lumia 1520 a formidable business smartphone.

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PRODUCTS | top product picks

dataconnectivity

SONY PLAYSTATION 4 With more graphical power than the Xbox One, 32 times more system memory than the PS3 and a firm focus on pure gaming experiences rather than media mojo, the Sony Playstation 4 has established itself as the next-gen console to beat.

Processor Single-chip custom; Low power x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores Memory GDDR5 8GB Hard Disk Drive Built-in Optical Drive [read only] BD 6xCAV; DVD 8xCAV I/O Super-speed USB [USB 3.0], AUX

Gaming on the PS4 is fantastic. The graphics are good, not mind blowing if you’ve used an expensive gaming PC lately, but a big step up from last-gen consoles. The PlayStation 4 is a great piece of hardware. It is fast, attractively built and has a streamlined philosophy that puts games front and centre and has helped it achieve a relatively attractive price point.


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techaccessories LIVESCRIBE 3 SMARTPEN Livescribe’s smartpens are designed to eliminate the pain associated with note-taking by making digital copies of everything you write or draw. The Livescribe 3 is based on Anoto’s digital pen technology. This uses a built-in infrared digital camera and special paper with a non-repeating dot pattern, allowing the pen to identify exactly where it is on a page. It includes a whopping 2GB of internal storage, which is said to store up to 20 000 pages of notes. However, the best feature of the device is its ability to sync notes with an iPad, iPod or iPhone using the Bluetooth – in close to real-time. In addition, the efficiency of Bluetooth Smart will allow you to use the smartpen for up to 14 hours. Impressive.

Processor ARM 9 Connectivity Bluetooth Smart (Bluetooth 4.0) Camera High speed infrared camera Colour Livescribe 3: black & chrome Length 162.0 mm Width 14.9 mm Weight 34 grams


INNOVATION | eco-friendly mobile

eco-friendly mobile Having a cellphone has become a vital part of our daily lives but do we ever consider the impact it has on the environment? Here are ďŹ ve simple ways you can do your part with little effort.

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Recycle your old phone If your old phone is still in good condition, don’t dispose of it. Give it to a family member or a friend who needs a mobile. A large number of major retailers and charities participate in recycling programmes. By taking part in these programmes, you are helping the disadvantaged and saving on waste. Win-win situation. Every step you take to make your phone more eco-friendly can have a significant effect on your carbon footprint and can inspire others to do their part in going green.

Use a solarpowered charger These chargers are becoming increasingly popular as people are thinking about energy conservation. Solar-powered chargers work equally as well as electric phone chargers and you won’t notice any difference in your cellphone’s functionality.

Power off your phone when not in use Teach yourself to turn off your cellphone when you are at the movies, on a flight or out for dinner. Turning off your phone conserves your battery life. Not only will this help you minimise your carbon footprint, but others will appreciate your full attention.

Download green apps If you have trouble keeping track of things, download apps that will automatically reduce your carbon footprint by turning off your GPS function and Wi-Fi when you are not using them.

Choose a good phone and stick with it Upgrading your phone constantly is a huge temptation but it does have a very big impact on the environment. If you are in the market for a new smartphone, consider one with great functionality and a beautiful design that you could keep for a number of years. With new phones emerging on the market seemingly every day, it is easy to be tempted. Holding onto your phone longer means less waste later.

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IN THE NEWS | happenings in the tech world

JUST IN NEWS!

Words Amanda Kelly Stone

Stay abreast of the latest tech-related news by being in the know.

Antares – Tonini Lamborghini limited edition luxury smartphone…

Qualcomm’s Toq smart watch has made its debut… The recently launched Toq smart watch features a Mirasol Display (originally demonstrated in e-ink-style e-readers), a first in the smart watch market. This technology allows the watch to stay on for lengthy periods of time without draining battery life, and supports an impressive screen refresh rate. It also features a backlight and a 1.55-inch, 288x192-pixelresolution display, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 450mAh battery. The watch is able to screen incoming calls, show text messages, connect to the internet, play music, store your calendar and a fair amount more. Apps do exist on the Toq, but it’s also designed for use (specifically) with Android devices. And it’ll set you back about R 3 800.

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Tonino Lamborghini’s smartphone is expected to be a key player in pioneering a new tech niche; techno-luxury. The phone operates using Android 4.2 (Jelly bean), and features hardware that struggles to compete with regular smartphones such as the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4. The specifications include a 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a built-in Yamaha amplifier and a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. All this for the steal of roughly R 42 300. It will be available in Italy, the UK and the USA from early 2014 onwards.


Samsung unveils the Galaxy Grand 2… Samsung has unveiled its latest large screen smartphone, the Galaxy Grand 2. The 5.25-inch screen offers improved HD viewing in comparison to the smartphones 5-inch predecessor, and is being punted as ideal for media consumption and gaming. It features some impressive specs, including dual SIM capabilities and expandable storage capacity of up to 64GB, and runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean). Pricing has not yet been confirmed, but rumour has it the phone will be available in classic black or white as well as pink.

Microsoft Xbox One arrives eight years to the day after the Xbox 360… The Xbox One has finally arrived, and apparently it was worth the wait. According to Microsoft, the company is seeing an unprecedented demand for the console, and recording-breaking sales. The console integrates live TV within its range of functions, and is able to control the users satellite cable box, TV and receiver. Games released for the Xbox One also offer improved graphics. To make this console your own, you can expect to fork out roughly R 5 400.

The Klipsch Gig demands you listen up... This ultra-portable wireless speaker has been making waves in the sound arena. Compact enough to slip into a briefcase or backpack, it’s surprising that what this gadget lacks in size it makes up for in bass. It features 1-inch full-range drivers, two 2-inch passive radiators and DSP equalisation, a 3.5mm input jack, microphone and speakerphone options and 20 watts of power. Battery life lasts up to 12 hours and the speaker will retail for about R 2 200.

Google brings the voice activated “OK Google” command to Chrome… Although Google voice search isn’t a new concept (having been available on Chrome via desktop browsing for a while already), it certainly is new to mobile. Google have recently released a hotword extension for Chrome, which prompts the Chrome browser into listening mode when the user chimes “OK Google”. This allows mobile users to browse the web hands-free. Currently this extension is limited to the English, and is only functional in the US version of Google.com.


ENTERTAINMENT | be entertained

BE ENTERTAINED This month’s hottest movie, music and book releases Words Michelle Marais Movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Part two of Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth prequel trilogy picks up right after the events of An Unexpected Journey as Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Thorin Oakenshield and his company of dwarves continue their journey to the Lonely Mountain. Pursued by a horde of Orcs, Bilbo and his friends have no choice but to brave the dangers of Mirkwood as they go on an epic journey to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Music

Book

Midnight Memories One Direction

Green Gone Wrong Heather Rogers

pop quintet couldn’t become more popular, One Direction kick it up a notch on their third album, Midnight Memories. The album

In Green Gone Wrong, Heather Rogers asks a simple question: do today’s much-touted “green” products really work? Expertly reported, this gripping exposé

is said to be more “rockier” and features songs written by the band as well as other artists such as Tom Fletcher, Jacknife Lee, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, and

pieces together a global picture of what’s happening in the name of environmentalism. If you’re interested in climate change and the future of the natural world, this

Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.

is a must read.

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the hottest events this month | WHAT’S ON

WHAT’S ON The hottest events Words Michelle Marais GREEN EXPO Where Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg When 10-12 April 2014 The Green Expo Sandton puts emphasis on the sustainability issues and focus on the utilisation of all things green in everyday life. The event is open to the general public and will showcase various exhibits including furniture and interior design, green office products and services, hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles and several others relating to eco-consciousness. If you are serious about making a difference by bringing about change, this is an event not to be missed!

DIARISE NOW

Artwork credit: Jan Coetzee

Africa Energy Indaba Where Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg When 18-20 February 2014

Affordable Art Show 2013 Where artSPACE, Durban When 18 January 2014

artSPACE’s Annual Affordable Art Show is now in its 11th year. In years past the show had close to 100 participating artists who exhibited a variety of mediums from oil paintings, ceramics, sculptures, prints, The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent. The Indaba will allow delegates in the early stages of their careers to develop their knowledge and understanding of the energy sector and to lay the foundations for their role as future energy leaders.

photographs and more. The show gives people the chance to start their art collections at an affordable price. If you are already a collector there is plenty to add to your collection.

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