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September 2018

Food store employees assist with local schools’ food gardens

In celebration of World Food Day, volunteer groups of Woolworths employees from across the country have rolled up their sleeves and gone to work with learners in local schools permaculture food gardens.

Chile creates five national parks over 10m acres in historic act of conservation

Chile has created five sprawling national parks to preserve vast tracts of Patagonia – the culmination of more than two decades of land acquisition by US philanthropists.

Malaysia to ban single-use plastic

In an unprecedented move against plastic pollution in Southeast Asia, Malaysia has announced that it will eliminate single-use plastic by 2030.

Inquiry into Vaal river crisis starts this week

The SA Human Rights Commission is holding hearings this week into whether the pollution of the Vaal River violates human rights.

Climate gentrification: the rich can afford to move – what about the poor?

A pattern of climate-driven gentrification is taking hold across the US, as those who are able to retreat from floods, storms, heatwaves and wildfires shift to safer areas.

National Zoological Gardens launches recycling pilot project

South Africa’s largest zoo has launched a recycling pilot project aimed at job creation and addressing the massive litter problem, which its thousands of annual visitors leave in their wake.

Expanding our marine conservation impact into the Comoros

A research team aims to study the biodiverse ecosystems of the Comoros, one of the world’s largest coral atolls.

Journalist dies in clash over dirty coal in Germany

Police have deployed thousands of officers to evict climate activists trying to prevent the last remnants of an ancient forest in Germany from being turned into the biggest open coal mine in Europe.

Parliament concerned about trophy hunting in the Greater Kruger area

Parliament is concerned with the trophy hunting of Kruger National Park animals and the relationship between the Kruger and neighbouring private reserves.

Are forgotten crops the future of food?

Just four crops – wheat, maize, rice and soybean – provide two-thirds of the world’s food supply. But scientists in Malaysia are trying to change that by reviving crops that have been relegated to the sidelines.

Shining a light on South Africa’s Marine Protected Areas

The youth shone a light on the importance of Marine Protected Areas with an evening of original poetry, inspiration and a spotlight performance at the WILDOCEANS Ocean Stewards’ Dinner in Durban.

South Africans unite for a clean environment

Thousands of South Africans rolled up their sleeves, put on their rubber gloves and took to the beaches earlier this month to take part in the first World Clean-up Day – the largest peacetime civic action in human history.

KZN rural school’s water team heads to London

Six of South Africa’s top Water Explorer teams recently gathered at Umgeni Valley in Howick to present their inspiring water saving efforts to an expert panel.

Eskom’s latest bid to continue pollution contested

Five of South Africa’s largest environmental justice organisations have come out strongly against Eskom’s further round of multiple applications to postpone compliance with air pollution standards.

Could mushrooms solve the war on plastic?

The first ever report on the state of the world’s fungi has revealed that if its natural properties can be harnessed and developed, plastic could be broken down naturally in weeks rather than years.

Climate change to revolutionise politics in cities across the world

Day Zero didn’t happen for Cape Town. But, over the course of a year, the idea deeply changed the city all the same.

The impact of climate change on waterborne diseases

Half a century ago concerns about climate change, environment vulnerability, population density and the sustainability of earth systems reached a broad audience.

Blaauwberg Nature Reserve the first to win green award

The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve will be the first coastal site in South Africa to receive the Green Coast Status Award.

Call for climate justice as millions brace for intense storms

Millions of people braced for two destructive tropical storms making landfall in the Philippines and US last week.

A teenager’s plan to trawl for plastic in the Pacific becomes reality

Few things exercise green sensibilities more these days than marine plastic litter. The detritus looks unsightly when it washes up on beaches, and cruel when it chokes photogenic sea creatures.

New alliance pushes for 10% SA ocean protection by 2020

There’s no doubt that all forms of life need to be protected and sustainably managed to ensure its perseverance.

Krill fishermen curb harvest to protect penguins around Antarctic Peninsula

In the waters off the northern tip of the world’s southernmost continent, one of the most important creatures is also the most profitable: pinky-length Antarctic krill.

Nuclear mud dumping has begun in Wales

Opponents to a controversial scheme to dump mud from a nuclear plant off the coast of Cardiff have launched a last-minute legal challenge.

15 cities tackling pollution by curbing cars

Cities around the world are facing a crisis: Cars are wreaking havoc, snarling streets, and contributing to increased air pollution.

US court quashes Monsanto’s ‘undemocratic’ plea to Avaaz to hand over internal documents

The Manhattan Supreme Court has quashed Monsanto’s subpoena to massive civic campaigning network Avaaz to handover all correspondence in its possession related to glyphosate.

Understanding the implications of SA’s coal phase-out plan

In the long run, sustainable growth and development in South Africa will depend crucially on the transition away from a coal-intensive energy system and economy.

South Africa’s transition out of the nuclear era

Prof. Emeritus Anton Eberhard from UCT’s graduate school of business provides a view from a South Africa perspective in his foreword to the acclaimed World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2018.

Water sector in South Africa needs to transform to a circular economy

Implementation of circular economy principles in the South African water sector is in line with the United Nations sustainable development goals as well as the Paris Agreement on climate change.

87 elephants killed by poachers in Africa’s ‘last safe haven’

At least 87 elephants have been killed for their ivory in Botswana in recent months. It’s a sharp and disturbing increase in poaching for a country that has been considered elephants’ last stronghold in Africa.

Does capitalism have to die for the planet to be saved?

Capitalism and global sustainability are incongruous with one another, according to a recent paper for the UN’s 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report.

IDC boosts young rural entrepreneurs

Siyabonga Tshabalala and Nomuntu Ndhlovu took the decision to leave their corporate jobs in Gauteng and start SiyaBuddy, a recycling and waste management company that has created hundreds of jobs in their community.

Climate negotiators grapple over balanced Paris ‘rulebook’ in Bangkok

Climate talks kicked off earlier this month in Bangkok.

Karoo towns hit by water crisis

Municipalities in the Karoo are still facing a severe drought.

Eco pools may help save endangered toads

William and Lisa Macdonald of Fish Hoek may have found a way to help save the endangered Western leopard toad from extinction in their area.

German farmers struck by drought fear further damage from climate change

In Germany, record temperatures and no rainfall since early April have led to a drought and thousands of farms are facing bankruptcy because of crop failure.

World leaders who deny climate change should go to mental hospital

The prime minister of Samoa has called climate change an “existential threat… for all our Pacific family” and said that any world leader who denied climate change’s existence should be taken to a mental hospital.

South Africa: home to the world’s most endangered seahorse

The Knysna seahorse is only found in a small section of South Africa and is one of only two seahorse species in the world currently listed as endangered. Locals need to act quickly to save the remaining specimens.

Wildlife photographer Beverly Joubert is determined to save big cats

We spoke to the wildlife photographer about her love for big cats, what makes them so important to African ecosystems, and her latest work to protect these predators.
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