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January 2018

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Illegal logging returns to Congo forests despite carbon threat

The Congolese Minister of Environment, Amy Ambatobe, has reinstated 6,500 km² of logging concessions that were cancelled in August 2016 by the then Environment Minister Robert Bopolo.

Help stop South Africa’s corrupt nuclear deal

We have a short window of time to make it clear to our government that South Africans don’t want more expensive, risky nuclear power plants.

Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal

While the Eastern United States simmered in some of its warmest February weather ever recorded Tuesday and Wednesday, the Arctic is also stewing in temperatures more than 45 degrees above normal.

Mass cleanup movement takes root in SA

The local team at ‘Let’s do it! World’ recently outlined the plan for South Africa in the months to come.

Toilet workshop showcases low-tech composting system

Guerilla House's toilet workshop outlines how to build and manage a low-tech humanure composting system.

Recycling tips for parched Capetonians

With the increasing severity of the drought in the Western Cape, the storage and consumption of bottled water is expected to increase, and PET plastic bottles are a safe and convenient way to do this.

Can fossil fuel companies be sued for climate disruption?

After extensive erosion from rising seas, San Mateo, along with Marin County and the city of Imperial Beach, sued 37 fossil fuel companies last year, arguing that they should help pay for the damage their products cause.

Plastic pipes help SA through toughest drought in decades

Whilst environmental factors such as El Niño and climate change are to a large extent to blame for the country’s crippling water woes, aging water infrastructure has exasperated the problem.

Long-buried US military secret revealed by climate change

At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, the Greenland ice sheet hosted a number of clandestine U.S. Army bases whose job it was to get an estimated 600 medium-range ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads ready for deployment.

Converting race waste into Green Desks

The #GOGREEN campaign aims to provide a practical solution for collecting waste from athletes and spectators at endurance events, while discouraging littering and promoting upcycling and recycling.

What Cape Town could do with its stormwater

Cape Town gets more rain than it can use – but at the moment it doesn’t have capacity to clean or store all this water.

Plastics pile up as China refuses to take the West’s recycling

What do we do now that China no longer wants to be the “world’s garbage dump,” recycling about half of the globe’s plastics and paper products?

Scientists tackle coastal food security

The western Indian Ocean region has the most serious food security problem on the planet. It extends up the eastern coast of Africa, including Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and SA.

How Cape Town’s water crisis could make people sick

Immediate health effects of Day Zero would include pressure on the sanitation system, causing spreading of diseases such as dysentery; loss of hygiene because people can’t wash their hands; dehydration and heat strokes.

DEA showcases the sterling work of Hoedspruit’s Environmental Monitors

The Department of Environmental Affairs has applauded a group of Environmental Monitors for their impeccable work fighting rhino poaching in the Hoedspruit area.

Carbon tax finally coming to South Africa

South Africa is expected to pass its long-awaited Carbon Tax Bill this year and implement the tax in January 2019. The bill was released in draft form in December 2017.

Day Zero moves more than a month away

The City of Cape Town has revealed a new dramatic shift in its projections for Day Zero, the day most citizens will have to queue for their water. It is now the 9th of July.

Mining’s big environmental footprint in the Amazon

The impact mining has on deforestation of the Amazon rainforest is much greater than previously thought, according to a new study by the University of Vermont.

Tips for living the 50 litre life

The only way to help postpone Day Zero even further is if we keep up the momentum and embrace "living the 50-litre life”.

Climate disruption has officially ended the era of stable climate

A study recently published in the journal Nature brings grim news: anthropogenic climate disruption has officially ended the era of stable climate that has made possible the development of modern civilization.

Zexit, a nuclear deal and Russia’s strong-arm persuasion

South Africa held its breath last week as it waited for ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to take decisive action to speed up what many are now calling Zexit – the long-awaited departure of Jacob Zuma as president.

Could an underground metro solve Cape Town’s water and traffic problems?

Cape Town needs water desperately. But the city also faces a growing traffic nightmare. An underground rail network could potentially solve both problems.

11 more cities that could run out of drinking water

Despite covering about 70% of the Earth’s surface, water, especially drinking water, is not as plentiful as one might think. Only 3% of it is fresh.

Gauteng campaign teaches kids the importance of forests

WESSA is excited to launch a new environmental education programme for schools that is aimed at increasing knowledge about the key role forests play in enabling sustainable life on our planet.

Calling on government to conserve our groundwater and springs

For years people have collected water at Newlands's Kildare Spring, with only one outlet. Thanks to the water activist that set up the pipes, multiple people can now collect there at any time.

Despite green light, ‘dirty’ Thabametsi faces more legal challenges

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa’s decision to allow the Thabametsi coal plant to go ahead has drawn fire from environmental activists who say it is not sustainable in an era where South Africa will have to lessen its carbon footprint.

Five facts that prove South Africa’s nuclear power plan should die

Under the presidency of Jacob Zuma, SA had been trying to implement a massive new nuclear programme with Russia, despite increasing evidence that nuclear is expensive and unnecessary. 

How business can help us achieve sustainable development goals

Taking climate action, safeguarding life below water, reducing inequalities and responsible consumption: The global community adopted these four targets as part of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it wants to achieve by 2030.

South Africa’s water crisis is bigger than the Cape

The problem is most immediate in the Mother City, but the country has been over-exploiting its national water system for years, and the consequences are becoming obvious.

Leading pesticide destroys healthy microbes in humans and soil

New research suggests that exposure to environmental toxins, such as pesticides, may alter the human microbiome, leaving us more vulnerable to sickness and disease.

Ten good things about Cape Town’s drought

The drought that’s hit Cape Town and surrounding areas has done us all some good.

Hong Kong bans domestic sale of ivory

Hong Kong politicians decided on Wednesday to ban the sale of ivory, a move that is an important step towards protecting elephants.

At 50 litres of water a day we can avoid Day Zero

Day Zero can only be avoided — at least in 2018 — if households and farms keep water use down, according to a model by technical staff at the City of Cape Town.
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