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June 2017

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Time is running out for the world’s coral reefs

Although the global coral bleaching event that started in 2015 appears to be over, years of bleaching has damaged all but three of the world's 29 listed UNESCO reefs.

Stricter control of invasive species essential in Africa

In Africa, invasive alien trees reduce water yield in regions that are severely water stressed. Fishes introduced for aquaculture reduce native biodiversity and alien whiteflies spread diseases in cassava that can lead to famine.

Planned Mpumalanga coal mine will devastate water hotspot

A large coalition has launched legal proceedings in Pretoria against an Indian company that seeks to build an underground coal mine in a declared protected environment in Mpumalanga.

Inside the Knysna inferno: smoke on the water

Writer, journalist, producer and musician Chris Du Plessis lost his home and everything in it during the recent fires that raged through Knysna. Here he attempts to dissect the schizoid frenzy that comes with the experience.

China landslide: desperate search for survivors continues

Thousands of rescuers are searching through rubble to find 93 people missing after a landslide devastated their village in Sichuan province, southwestern China.

Zambia bets on solar power plant for plentiful electricity

Earlier this year, there was word of a contract to develop a solar hybrid power plant in the Shangombo District of Western Province, Zambia.

Experts warned about Garden Route fires

A group of scientists led by eminent NMMU botanist Professor Richard Cowling warned nearly a decade ago that the uncontrolled spread of alien vegetation posed a fire threat that could devastate the Garden Route.

Learn natural building skills for a sustainable future

This informative course will help you take the first step to a sustainable future by learning hands-on natural building skills. Understand the alchemy of how different types of earth work, and do not work together.

Climate change a trigger for conflict once again

The national security establishment needs to prepare for a series of global crises sparked by climate change, a group of experts wrote in a report released today.

Climate change evident in Cape storm and Knysna fires

The mother of all storms. The worst drought in a century. More intense fires than any in living memory. The hottest years on record. This is the new normal.

Waste recovery program aims to spread responsible fishing

The Fishing Line Recovery Programme, aimed at preserving South Africa’s marine heritage, has extended to now boast 360 bins along the coast.

Heavy storm damages 135 schools across Western Cape

A massive weather system is pummelling SA, but bringing welcome rain to drought-stricken areas.

DA’s Maimane visits fire-ravaged Knysna

More than 12,000 people were evacuated from their homes due to the blaze.

Bringing food security to low income housing in Joburg

Green Acre Living has identified 700 low income households and works to enable these homes to achieve sustainable food security using agroecology principles.

Taiwan to phase out nuclear power by 2025

The Cabinet reiterated Monday the Taiwanese government’s resolve to move away from nuclear power, as it sought to reassure environmentalists who were protesting against the recent reactivation of a nuclear reactor.

Can Cape Town turn water crisis into leading by example?

Cape Town has the opportunity to implement solutions that will not only address this acute environmental shock, but also strengthen the fabric of the city overall.

SANRAL fights littering on Eastern Cape roads

It is just astonishing what and how much people just throw out of their vehicle windows, with little regard on the impact it has, says Mpati Makoa, SANRAL’s Environmental Manager.

Entries now open for this year's plastics recycling competition

The Recycled Plastic Product of the Year Awards were held for the first time in 2010 and each year the competition grows, both in the number of entries and in the variety of different products.

Western Cape officials brace for extraordinary storm

The air force is on standby‚ schools are closed‚ swells of up to 12 metres are bearing down on the coast and people are being urged to stay indoors.

Turn your home into a green zone

An eco-friendly home is more easily attainable than you may think. All it takes is a few simple adjustments.

How to save water and recycle grey water in your home

Even though the Western Cape is gearing up for heavy rainfall, we should still all do our best to conserve water.

Joburg Mayor joins Miss Earth SA for street clean-up

One hundred street and park clean-ups formed part of the World Environment Day celebrations for the Miss Earth South Africa Leadership programme in partnership with the City of Joburg and Pikitup.

South Africa’s shopping bags really being recycled?

Despite many claims to the contrary, the shopping bags of most SA retailers are not actually being recycled because of one additive.

Environmental heroes to cast global spotlight on African marine waste

The presence of Ted Prize winner Earle, a National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, is considered a major coup for the Metro.

UN demands more ambition as US weighs climate pullout

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the world to raise its ambition in implementing the Paris climate agreement as the United States weighed pulling out of the landmark emissions-cutting deal.

Durban to host the 2017 World Whale Conference

Hosted by KwaZulu-Natal, the 4th World Whale Conference will focus on responsible tourism for whales and unite conservation and welfare shareholders from around the world.

Trump poised to quit Paris climate deal

US President Donald Trump is poised to pull the country out of the Paris climate accord, US media report, quoting senior officials.
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