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Again we have cycled through good and bad news this month – in the end we learn that it’s all grey anyway, and drop the duality thinking. So let us be bold and offer you the news in brief … feel into this and let us know where it lands for you:
  • Uranium mine to destroy one of the most beautiful sites in South Africa
  • Work will not make up for the loss of land, homes, farms, graves, water and fish
  • We can’t sacrifice our land – it will be irreversible
  • 1.7 million children under 5 died of environmental causes
  • 13 metre long fisherman’s net and piece of plastic from a car found inside whales
  • Perishing from heart failure due to starvation
  • NO new investment in coal power
  • Detrimental to local communities and huge water demands
  • More coal contradicts climate negotiations in Paris
  • Misleading public about climate change facts
  • Moving resources behind socially responsible investing
  • No sense in exploring for new hydrocarbons
  • Russian agreement required parliamentary approval
  • Major warning lights should be flashing
  • Consumers demand increased transparency from business
  • Sustainable banking is becoming a requirement
  • Cyclers and spectators are dropping less waste
  • Quietly packaging materials are getting lighter
  • Helping recyclers, collectors, development of new products
  • Now set to frack 7,4 million hectares of land in SA
  • Demanding moratorium on any exploration
  • Biggest threat to communities is threat to their water rights
  • Renewable energy accounts for 90% of new electricity generated in 2015
  • Two years of greenhouse gas emission decoupling from economic growth – yay to China and US
  • Increasing emissions in Asia and Middle Easte
  • Yet global GDP grew by 3.4 and 3.1% over same 2 years
  • Palmitoleic acid: the “fat controller”
  • Improvements in insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes
  • Government nutrition guidelines: over-consumption of carbohydrates and under-consumption of healthy fats
  • Investments not for nutritious and indigenous crops
  • Global obesity rates have doubled over the last 30 years
  • Most investments in agriculture are for crops such as wheat, rice, and maize, rather than for more nutritious foods or indigenous crops
  • “If you’ve got a water system thousands of people are dependent on, and that is compromised, what would the consequences be?”
  • Mining would not be the solution to the region’s unemployment crisis because “you can’t potentially destroy a vital source of water for the sake of a job or a mine.”
  • Drought signifies a new normal, and our response must be bolder
  • First impacts of climate change that will take centuries to unravel
  • Lessons from the drought: most local government does not have capacity to cope
  • Know the water value chain and footprint of our consumption
  • 9 times more aluminium contamination in soil
  • Horticulture is holistic and self-generating by nature
  • No commitment to the hens forthcoming
  • Extensive research shows that the hens are frustrated and suffer psychological stress
  • Hybrid cotton seeds cannot be replanted post-harvest
  • It’s easy to spot the organic from the non-organic farms
  • Treatment of grey water can result in significant resources redistributed into the environment and to replenish rivers and catchments
  • Companies lining up against teens
  • Earth Guardians -  army of teens in over 50 countries to demand sustainable policy from our world leaders
  • You’ve got to convince two people — that’s your mum and dad - to become eco-warriors on your behalf.
  • 1,338 rhino killed in Africa during 2015
  • “It is too risky, there are too many uncertainties, so we will not allow underground disposal of wastewater and other water produced in the fracking process.”
  • 50% of the country’s water is produced on just 8%
  • Fukushima leaks 150 tonnes of contaminated water into ocean per day
  • 100,000 people still displaced today
  • Agricultural colleges needed
  • It was more than two degrees Celsius above “normal” for the first time in recorded history and likely for the first time in the course of human civilization.
  • Every month breaks records – December, January, February
  • Emissions gap will have to be bridged by cities across the world
  • 2014 the planet’s population each ate 19kg of seafood on average
  • Ukraine’s reindeer readings of 8,200 becquerel per kilo of radioactive substance Caesium-137
  • Government permits importers to store consignments of GM maize at pre-designated facilities, to allow much bigger import volumes.
  • Norwegian Coast Guard icebreaker ship finds no ice to break barely 800 miles from the North Pole.
  • Bracing ourselves for the world we created
  • Better efficiency needed at Eskom
  • Average power tariff increased by 9.4% for the 2016/17 financial year

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Assassinated anti-mining activist knew his life was in danger

The murder of activist Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe, who opposed development of a titanium mine at the Wild Coast, served as a sobering wake-up call for civil society.

Nearly a quarter of all human deaths caused by pollution

The worst affected are children, the poor, and the elderly, a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) has found.

Stomachs full of plastic discovered in 13 dead sperm whales

The heartbreaking effect of human waste was discovered when a post-mortem was conducted on 13 beached sperm whales.

Environmental justice organisations call for clean energy rollout

While all the attention focused on Medupi and Kusile – SA’s over-budget, new coal-fired Eskom power stations – little has been given to the planned additional 2500 MW of privately owned coal-fired electricity.

Rockefeller lambasts Exxon as “morally reprehensible”

“Morally reprehensible” is what the oil giant Exxon Mobil’s conduct on climate change was called during the harshest public rebuke yet by the Rockefeller Family Fund.

Court case exposes web of secrecy in government nuclear dealings

Earthlife Africa (ELA) and SAFCEI are in the process of filing and serving a supplementary founding affidavit in their court challenge against the Government’s proposed nuclear deal.

Investor interest in sustainability performance on the rise

Long relegated as a fringe issue on the corporate agenda, sustainability is fast becoming a rising concern among investors and shareholders.

10 years of recycling success at Cape cycling race

Cyclers and spectators are dropping less waste! This was discovered this month during the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour.

The future of plastics

It all starts with one. One bottle. One Consumer. And essentially one core message – we only have one world and it’s up to all of us to look after it.

Anti-fracking lobby slowly gaining momentum in KZN

The anti-fracking lobby is slowly gaining momentum after yet another large ­portion of the province prepares for a ­future of gas and oil exploration.

Surge in renewable energy stalls world greenhouse gas emissions

Falling coal use in China and the US and a worldwide shift towards renewable energy have kept greenhouse gas emissions level for a second year running.

Omega 7: a key healthy saturated fat and lipid regulator

Fats, both healthy and unhealthy, get a lot of airtime these days.

34 Indigenous crops promoting health & feeding the world

Indigenous fruits, vegetables, and grains are nutritious, delicious, and contribute to sustainable livelihoods in rural communities across the globe.

Diamonds may be forever, but clean water isn’t

A campaign is mounting to preserve one of South Africa’s last-remaining pristine river systems from a prospecting bid by mining giant De Beers.

World Water Day: Four fundamental changes needed


WWF-SA calls on both the public and the private sector to more urgently address the bold changes needed to address climate change, in order to create a water-secure future with sustainable job growth.

Rekindling our sacred connection with the soil


Recently I attended a composting workshop run by a very informed and competent woman; in fact she is the first organic olive farmer in South Africa. It was provocative to say the least.

No mercy for caged hens


South Africa is a glaring omission from international commitments made by McDonald’s to phasing out battery cages.

Meet India’s female ‘seed guardians’ pioneering organic farming


Bring up the topic of seeds and Nabita Goud sits up a little straighter and begins to talk animatedly.

SA water crisis won’t pass with El Niño, says corporates


The country continues to face the most severe drought in over two decades, where five out of the nine provinces have been declared disaster areas.

Dog fighting must fall

I saw her on the pavement outside Surfside Restaurant in Strand. She was big and black; her coat was drenched in an oily wetness.

First students receive new MSc degree in Sustainable Agriculture


Stellenbosch University postgraduates Busi Mahlobo, Sakeus Kafula, Tshepo Morokong and Zander Venter are all breaking new ground as being among SA's first students to have the degree MSc Sustainable Agriculture behind their names.

Young people are suing governments over climate change


When a group of teenagers first started taking governments to court over the lack of climate change action, people laughed at them. They are not laughing now.

SA to be dumping ground for America’s poison chicken?


Is importing American poultry into South Africa good or bad for SA farmers?

Record number of African rhinos killed in 2015


A record number of rhinos were killed by poachers across Africa last year, driven by demand in the far east for their horn.

Official warns of fracking water pollution in dehydrated SA


A senior government official has spoken out strongly about the high risks of water pollution from gas fracking in one of the driest countries in the world.

Fukushima plant to leak radioactive water for 4 more years


Operators of Japan’s damaged nuclear power plant Fukushima have warned that it will take a further four years to fix the problem of contaminated water leaks.

Self sustainable schools a step in the right direction


Education is the cornerstone to success, progress and knowledge. Globally 75 million people between the ages of 18 – 24 are unemployed. But there is hope.

Two degrees celsius above normal for the first time ever


More than 2 degrees above ‘normal’ was hit earlier this month in the northern hemisphere.

Cape Town pushing ‘ambitious’ climate agenda


Cape Town’s green projects have to deliver benefits to the poor and create jobs, said the City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, at the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition last week.

Is your favourite seafood supplier selling you sustainable fish?


According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, in 2014 the planet’s population – more than 7 billion at the time – each ate 19kg of seafood on average.

Norway’s radioactive reindeer a stark reminder of Chernobyl legacy


Reindeer are perhaps not the first things which spring to mind when you think of nuclear fallout.

SA to ease strict GM crop rules to avert food crisis


South Africa will relax some of its tough rules on genetically modified crops so it can ramp up maize imports from the United States and Mexico to avert a potential food crisis amid a severe drought, officials said.

Carbon dioxide levels reach highest point in 15 million years


Recently, a Norwegian Coast Guard icebreaker ship took an interesting trip into the Arctic.

9.4% electricity price hike coming in April


The National Energy Regulator (Nersa) approved a 9.4% electricity hike for 2016/17 on Tuesday.
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