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African cities pledge to cut climate emissions to zero by 2050


Africa is sometimes better known for its vulnerability to climate change than its action on the problem – but a set of African cities intend to change that.

World Cleanup Day aims to create a cleaner world


It is estimated that each year, 8 million tonnes of litter end up in the environment – causing a serious threat to people, wildlife, soil, water and air.
 

Europe plans ban on plastic cutlery, straws and more


Europe is proposing a ban on single-use plastic items such as cutlery, straws and cotton buds in a bid to clean up the oceans.

Chevron attacked for poisoning ancestral lands in the Amazon rainforest


A prominent Canadian Indigenous leader and lawyer has issued a blistering critique of Chevron in a United Nations speech for poisoning ancestral lands in the Amazon rainforest by dumping billions of gallons of oil waste.

Aliens are greatest threat to Cape Town’s water security


Invasive alien plants are possibly the greatest threat to Cape Town’s water security and climate resilience.

New coal plants not the way forward for drought-prone SA


Support for new coal-fired power plants like Thabametsi is fast drying up in a region where the Water and Sanitation Department rated water security as “high risk” because supply only just meets demand at present.

Landmark lawsuit reveals 35 year weedkiller cancer cover-up


With cancer spread through most of his body, 46 year old DeWayne Johnson hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.

Prospect of mining on Olifants River estuary alarms fishermen


Traditional fishermen in the Olifants River estuary are alarmed at a decision by the government to grant prospecting rights to controversial Australian mining company Mineral Sands Resources on the northern bank of the estuary.

Final countdown to climate chaos underway


The last thing on our minds whilst driving a car, flying between cities or using grid-supplied electricity, is that our actions are contributing to the global phenomenon of climate change.

BP drilling offshore Nova Scotia: the next Gulf Coast disaster?


Nova Scotians are expressing alarm at news that West Aquarius oil rig is now en route to drill offshore, despite not having final approval from the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board.

Searching for ways to make our cities more livable


Houses that generate more energy than they use, farming in the unused nooks and crannies of urban spaces, and wall coatings that literally suck water out of the air to make rooms cooler and less humid—although they may sound like scenes from the future, these solutions are already a reality in Singapore.

Minister Mantashe a no show at KZN mining discussions


The DMR Minister, Gwede Mantashe, has failed to honour his commitment to visit the KwaZulu-Natal province today to discuss the Mining Charter.

Cape Town business welcomes reduction in water price hikes


Businesses in Cape Town have welcomed drastic cuts in proposed water price hikes.

UN to investigate mysterious emissions of banned ozone-damaging CFCs


The UN will assess evidence of mysterious emissions of prohibited ozone-damaging chemicals, officials have said.

Xolobeni community fights to stop Wild Coast titanium mining


On the 23rd to the 24th of April, a historic court case for mining-affected communities took place at the North Gauteng High Court in Tshwane.

Cape Town’s first desalination plant delivers drinking water


Cape Town’s Strandfontein desalination plant is up and running. “Everything is now working,” said Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson after doing a blind tasting.

Well-designed carbon pricing will have a small economic impact


Let’s take a close look at the real costs of carbon pricing, while also considering the real benefits, as well as the costs of alternative approaches to reducing GHG emissions.

Western Cape’s mounting rubbish problem


“We have a serious waste problem in the Western Cape. We are running out of landfill space,” MEC for environmental affairs Anton Bredell warned in a press release.

Huge solar thermal power plant launched in Northern Cape


Xina Solar One, the third solar thermal plant in SA, is expected to have an impact on the local community and demonstrate the viability of solar power as a sustainable source of electricity.

An IRP that ignores constitution can expect legal challenges


The Life After Coal Campaign and Greenpeace Africa say that the Department of Energy will face a legal challenge from them if the IRP for electricity ignores constitutional obligations.

Plastic bags found at the bottom of the Mariana Trench


Scientists have confirmed that plastic bags litter the very depths of the Earth’s oceans inside the Mariana Trench. The findings highlight a polluted region of the ocean often ignored: the very bottom.

Cape Town could get above normal rainfall from June, predict US scientists


The International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society at Columbia University has just released its latest rainfall predictions, and there may be good news for the drought-stricken Western Cape.

Take the path of abundance with Permaculture Design Course


The Permaculture Design Course teaches essential skills to meet the challenges of a world beset with climate change, economic meltdown, and diminishing natural resources.

SA broke PET plastic recycling record last year


Despite tough trading conditions and a 13% fall in the total PET market, the South African plastic industry recycled a record 2.15 billion PET plastic bottles in 2017, setting a post-consumer recycling rate of 65% to put the country on par with international standards.

Great Australian Bight opened to oil and gas exploration


The government has released a new acreage for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Great Australian Bight that green groups says should have been kept off limits after it was cancelled by BP.

SA recommits to green power with 27 renewable energy projects


The South African government on Tuesday re-affirmed its commitment to renewable energy as part of the country’s energy mix whilst dodging any mention of its plans for nuclear energy.
 

Hawaii’s erupting volcano shows no sign of slowing down


Scalding, black lava crept out of the largest fissure ripped open by Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano, consuming the lush, green landscape around it and lobbing balls of magma known as “spatter bombs” 500 feet into the air, according to footage and reports from the US Geological Survey.

Study urges action to save Philippi’s farms


According to a new study, the loss of the Philippi farmlands would result in the loss of thousands of jobs, millions of rands to the regional economy, cause a spike in the local price of vegetables, and make a dent in Cape Town’s food security.

Gulf Stream current at ‘record low’ with potentially devastating consequences for weather


Catastrophic changes in global weather patterns could be on the horizon as scientists confirm the warming Atlantic current has reached a “new record low”.

Climate change reversal window closing as Bonn talks stall


As the second week of talks at the Bonn Climate Change Conference gets underway, some 200 country delegates remain far from agreeing on a rule book to implement the Paris Agreement, the historic accord signed in 2015 to reduce emissions and keep the worst effects of climate change at bay.

Indonesian scientists explore health risks of microplastics


Indonesian scientists have launched the largest ever study into whether tiny plastic particles can affect human health. They are investigating the presence of plastic in seafood while also tracking the diets of 2,000 people.

Wet wipes could face wipe out in plastic clean-up


Wet wipes, used for sticky fingers and removing eye make-up, as well as on other parts of the anatomy, could themselves be wiped out over the next couple of decades.

Wildlands praise recycling efforts in Colesberg


A group of nine hard-working residents in Colesberg (Northern Cape) signed up as Wildlands’ Waste-preneurs in 2016 with a goal of keeping their communities clean and green, while providing for their families.

Forest restores biodiversity and lowers temperature at Indian campus


The man-made forest began as an experiment to study the adaptability of tree species endemic to the Western Ghats to a habitat and conditions considered alien to these species.

Australia to join England in dumping recyclable waste


Other councils will soon follow Ipswich in scrapping their waste recycling programs as service costs skyrocket, the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) says.

Study reveals massive ‘dead zone’ in the Arabian Sea


A massive “dead zone” in the Arabian Sea is the largest in the world, a new study reveals.

Why marine animals can’t stop eating plastic


Plastic doesn’t just look like food, it smells, feels and even sounds like food.

New coastal current discovered off Madagascar


Like many good scientific discoveries, Heriniaina Juliano Dani Ramanantsoa’s was made somewhat by accident.

Sustainable Maldives hotel turns beach trash into profit


The Maldives may be sinking into the ocean, but one thing that Sonu Shivdasani knows for sure is that he won’t let them go without a fight.

SA falling behind on renewable energy


South Africa is falling behind on renewable energy project implementation, even as other nations accelerate their plans for green energy.

Scientists hail European ban on bee-harming pesticides


In a long-awaited decision, the European Union today voted to ban the use of three controversial neonicotinoid insecticides on all crops grown outdoors.

Pesticides and human health: the UK government’s ‘elephant in the room’


Much of the benefits of the UK's proposed new agricultural policy will not materialise without definitive action on the use of pesticides and other toxic chemicals in our farming systems.
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