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November 2018

Cape Town museum depicts global water story

The upcoming Global Water Story exhibition at the Iziko South African Museum will examine the diversity and challenges of water sources worldwide and promote conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology.

IUCN lists 15 new sites as world’s best protected areas

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has admitted 15 new natural sites to the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas – the first global standard recognising best practice in protected areas.

Sustainable palm oil-certified pies a step in the right direction

Most responsible consumers are worried about the environmental, animal and social destruction of palm oil plantations and wonder how to negotiate their shopping without adding to the damage.

Reducing beach pollution with lolly stick bins

A new retrieval project aims to reduce the amount of plastic waste found on South Africa's beaches.

Environmental report understates potential catastrophe on the East Coast

The WILDTRUST is one of many organisations that have submitted comments to ERM regarding their environmental impact assessment report.

Swim for Rivers athletes conquer the Eastern Cape rivers

Five intrepid open water swimmers have conquered seven of the estuaries in the Eastern Cape to raise awareness around the poor state of our country’s rivers and to highlight the urgent need to restore them.

Conservation Canine Annie’s ‘marathon’ shift takes out three poachers

The Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Canine, Annie, and her handler, Colin, have struck again, with their efforts leading to the arrest of three suspected rhino poachers in Balule Private Nature Reserve, Limpopo.

SA government rejects new triple-stacked GM maize

The African Centre for Biodiversity welcomes the decision of the South African biosafety authorities, rejecting the application for the commercial release of GM drought tolerant triple-stacked maize.

Proposed offshore KZN oil drilling strongly opposed

Civil society organisations have come out strongly against an SA petrol producer who wants to explore for oil and gas off the coast of Durban.

Adventurer returns after African anti-poaching mission

50 days, four countries and 11 235km later, South Africa humanitarian and eco-warrior, Carla Geyser, has returned home having led a successful international all-women conservation mission into Southern Africa.

Coalition calls on AfDB to commit to 100% renewable future

A recently launched coalition campaign between climate change volunteers and non-profit organisations hopes to have Africa commit to 100% renewable energy.

Environmental service program offers youth employment and training

The environment, as well as the employment of young people, women and people living with disabilities, got a boost from the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Youth Environmental Services programme.

Calls for captive lion breeding ban welcomed by civil society

The Centre for Environmental Rights and the Endangered Wildlife Trust have come out strongly in favour of a new Parliamentary report that calls for a ban on captive lion breeding in the country.

Youth highlight the plight of our oceans

The recent expedition of WILDOCEANS and its partners into the Comoros saw the first visual mesophotic surveys conducted in the deeper habitats of their waters.

Court victory for South Africa’s protected areas in Mabola case

Today, the North Gauteng High Court set aside the 2016 decisions of former Mineral Resources Minister Zwane and the late Environmental Affairs Minister Molewa to permit a new coal mine to be developed in the Mabola Protected Environment near Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga.

Agroecology: smallholder farmers mend a broken food system

In the hot and dry rural areas of northern KwaZulu-Natal, an innovative and well-informed network of farmers has shown that the land can take care of its people – if its people take care of their land.

2018 Eco-Logic Awards now open for entries

The 2018 Eco-Logic Awards is now open for entries. The awards ceremony will take place on 5 June 2018 (World Environment Day).

Only 12 years to avert 2 degrees of global warming

Only half a degree warmer would result in double the severity of the consequences to this planet.

Your right to choose natural health products is under threat

Herbal, homeopathic and nutritional products may soon be banned in SA. This will later expand to include natural skincare products and African Traditional Medicines.

Exciting journey ahead for Somkhanda

Somkhanda Game Reserve currently employs over 80 community members on a full-time basis and this number is set to increase with the new developments in the pipeline.
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