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October 2018

Working together to prevent raptor electrocution

SA has been providing Australia with solutions to the problem of raptor electrocutions, sharing information on mitigation methods, products and raptor-friendly structural designs.

World’s largest air pollution hotspot is Mpumalanga

This shocking revelation emerged from a groundbreaking analysis of satellite data, which revealed the world’s largest nitrogen dioxide air pollution hot spots across six continents.

A global celebration as SA announces 5% ocean protection expansion

SA's 20 new and expanded Marine Protected Areas will bring the total protection of our oceans up to 5% (from 0.4%), in a massive win for marine conservation in African waters.

Turning aspiration into action: maintaining green building status

While building green is a crucial first step in reducing our impact on the environment, some of these facilities fail to function efficiently.

Busting the “clean coal” myth: why coal can only ever be dirty

“Clean coal” is promoted as the lifeline that will allow governments to continue to depend on coal for energy generation. But there is no such thing as “clean coal”.

SA student wins Green Talents award in Germany

Students from various fields of research were honoured recently for their innovative green ideas.

Unpacking the social and financial costs of SA’s energy plan

SAFCEI joined other NGOs, faith leaders and citizens from around the country to present its comments on the proposed Integrated Resource Plan.

Biodegradable plastics – be careful of misconceptions

Many consumers are under the impression that biodegradable bags are the best option to prevent pollution. But this is only if they are disposed of correctly.

Volunteers help free Robben Island from waste burden

One of South Africa’s most famous landmarks, Robben Island, was freed from some of its waste burden as more than 100 volunteers embarked on the island’s biggest ever waste collection drive.

Pushing the edges to a new frontier of medicine

Much-needed holistic solutions to chronic diseases will be discussed at the second SA Congress of Integrative Medicine in Somerset West next month.

Impactful partnership for the environment

Despite its magnificence and cultural diversity, South Africa is unfortunately plagued with two challenges which are unemployment and poor waste management.

Food security campaign launched on World Food Day

The One Small Spoon campaign echoes the theme of this year’s 2018 World Food Day, ‘Our actions are our future.’ If we come together we can solve seemingly intractable problems such as hunger.

Sugarbush Ridge ecosystem threatened by rapid urbanisation

As a result of urbanisation and insufficient food availability, it is feared that the Black Eagles of Roodekrans might vacate the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens in search of more fertile breeding grounds.

Shopping without plastic bags?

South Africa does not have a law banning plastic bags. However, to reduce littering and discourage customers from buying them, the plastic bag levy was increased in April by 50 percent to 12 cents per bag.

African youth develops cooling technology for heating cities

Young people around the world are encouraged to think about the challenges facing the world’s cities and to draw upon their imagination and innovative ideas to create real, practical solutions that global cities can implement.

Rapid response needed to limit global warming

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment.

NGOs release list of world’s top coal plant developers

Four days before the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change puts forward its special report on 1.5°C, NGOs have released a new list of the world’s top 120 coal plant developers.

Living in a plastic age

Some would argue that we are now living in the Plastic Age. How did this come about and what are the implications for us and the environment?

West Coast rock lobster court ruling “historic”

WWF has welcomed the Cape High Court’s historic ruling on West Coast rock lobster, after many attempts to engage with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Petition calls for an end to single-use plastics

A growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses and policymakers are working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, oceans and the environment.

Health club chain tackles climate change

The gym brand will be driving awareness on an operational level at 143 clubs, where each one will receive ratings in the categories of carbon, water, waste and ecology.

Cape Town relying on water saving to prevent another day zero

Cape Town citizens are encouraged to keep saving water until the City finalises a long-term plan to ensure water security.
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