Thursday, April 08, 2010

Tours and Tales has moved

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

'Solar Impulse' to introduce pollution-free flight

Pioneer Bertrand Piccard is designing a solar plane to fly around the world. In a bid to create pollution-free flight, Piccard and his team are creating a plane that travels solely on the energy received from the sun. The immediate goal isn't one of commercial travel, but rather to create a mindshift in current technologies.

You can read more about this exciting project at - check out the animations for Take-off and Flight, and Around the World to get a good idea of what they're aiming.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Starbucks & Ethopia in coffee-bean dispute

One year ago, the Ethiopian government approached Starbucks global HQ in Seattle and asked the company to recognise Ethiopia’s legal ownership of the names of its coffees. Despite its much-publicised commitments to farming communities, Starbucks has not taken the Ethiopian request seriously. It’s time for Starbucks to recognise Ethiopia’s rights. Read full story on Oxfam's website.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Rebel group slaughtering hippos in National Park

Hippos falling victim to a poaching spree in a national park could die out in the area by Christmas unless the culling stops, Zoological Society of London conservationists are warning.

A Congolese militia group is already thought to have killed half the hippo population in Virunga National Park since setting up a base there two weeks ago. Lake Edward, in the centre of the park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was once central to Africa’s greatest concentration of these magnificent beasts (read full story).

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Wine Farmers Share Profit with Workers in South Africa

Through the creation of the Wijn de Caab Trust (representing Delta's resident employees and their families, mainly descendants of the dislocated Gorachoqua and Indian Ocean slaves, whose labour made the estate what it is today) the current owners are attempting in a small way to address the persistent economic inequality and other bitter legacies of South Africa's past. Profits of the estate are now shared equally between Solms-Delta (Pty) Ltd. and the beneficiaries of the Trust. Read full story ...

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Wildlife Souvenirs - THINK TWICE

South African born actor, Arnold Vosloo, has joined forces with IFAW to champion the Think Twice campaign urging tourists not to buy souvenirs made from wildlife when visiting South Africa - watch the video | take the pledge.