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Long-awaited renewable energy deals a milestone for SA sustainability


The power purchase agreements recently signed by Eskom ends three years of waiting and uncertainty and is a significant step towards a truly sustainable South Africa.

SA scientists to head to Weddell Sea on voyage of discovery


The Weddell Sea off Antarctica, one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world, will be explored next year by a major international scientific expedition in which South African research organisations and scientists will play a vital role.

 

Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides


The world’s most widely used insecticides would be banned from all fields across Europe under draft regulations from the European commission.

Urban environment to blame for Cape Town river pollution


Some residents in Hazendal, who live alongside Black River, believe that raw sewage is being pumped into the river and not only stormwater.

Ocean plastic-cleaning machine to tackle Great Pacific Garbage Patch


Scientists are preparing to launch the world’s first machine to clean up the planet’s largest mass of ocean plastic.

SA activists recognised for halting secret Russian nuclear deal


Two female South African environment activists are being recognised for taking on the South African government and stopping a $76 billion dollar nuclear deal with Russia.

Blockchain-based solar startup introduces digital token


A growing roster of ambitious, digital tech-driven social enterprises are looking to do good in the world by broadening access to distributed solar energy technology in the developing world.

Top environmental awards dominated by women for first time


The world’s foremost environmental prize has announced more female winners than ever before, recognising the increasingly prominent role that women are playing in defending the planet.

Documentary series highlights growing marine debris problem


"We are doing everything in our power to help protect our marine life from plastic and other packaging materials which are threatening their natural habitats and therefore also their survival,” explains Plastics|SA’s Monya Vermaak.

New Zealander attempts an ethical, sustainable dairy farm


Dairy farmer Glenn Herud founded an ethical dairying company that would allow calves to stay with their mothers, as well as utilising reusable glass bottles instead of plastic to eliminate waste.

Web of corruption blamed for SA rhino poaching


Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and conservationist Jane Goodall have joined a list of famous names who have signed an open letter to South Africa’s government calling for an end to rhino poaching.

Solar-powered water wheel cleans Baltimore Harbor


The Baltimore Waterfront Partnership wants to make the waters swimmable once again, with a little help from Mr. Trash Wheel.

Meet the people building alternatives to mining in Colombia


In Cajamarca new alliances of small-scale farmers, land defenders and businesses are showing that it’s possible to build peace, prosperity and development without mining as Colombia enters a post-conflict era.

Xolobeni community fights for a voice in mining decisions


Mining in the community would result in removal of more than seventy households from the farming community, while also causing major problems to the water supply, air supply, and ecosystems of the area.

A tiny beetle and its deadly fungus is threatening SA’s trees


Sandton is Johannesburg’s economic hub. And now it has a new, unwelcome resident: a tiny beetle that could lay waste to several tree species found in Johannesburg and beyond.

Scientists have accidentally created a mutant enzyme that eats plastic waste


Hidden in the soil at a plastics recycling plant in Japan, researchers unearthed a microbe that had evolved to eat the soda bottles dominating its habitat.

France to shut all coal-fired power stations by 2021


French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to shut all of his country’s coal-fired power plants by 2021.

Finding solutions to marine pollution with recycled furniture


A leading bottle recycling company joined forces with SA's national PET industry body to donate desks and chairs made from recycled waste to Port Elizabeth's Lake Farm Centre earlier this week.

Plastic pollution epidemic attacking Australia’s coastlines


Plastic pollution is attacking Australia’s beaches, waterways and oceans, and the animals that live there.

Carbon offsetting spekboom a must for every garden


The spekboom is extremely efficient in binding excesses of free atmospheric carbon, which is ultimately responsible for climate change.

 

Indian state to build roads using plastic waste


Maharashtra plans to make roads using plastic waste in cities. Taking a cue from the Centre, it has decided on a pilot road construction project using shredded plastic.

Disgusting find in dead whale’s stomach


Scientists were appalled to find 29 kilograms of garbage and plastic inside the stomach of a young sperm whale that recently washed up on a beach in Spain.

New Zealand bans all new offshore oil exploration


The New Zealand government will grant no new offshore oil exploration permits in a move that is being hailed by conservation and environmental groups as a historic victory in the battle against climate change.

Cash before conservation – the commoditization of lions in South Africa


Concern is growing that SA’s legal lion bone trade may be used to launder illegal wildlife products.

No fracking in the Karoo



Fracking plans for the Karoo have been stopped, after years of hard work and collaboration between several environmental bodies, spearheaded by Jonathan Deal of Treaure The Karoo Action Group.

Pharmaceutical waste a threat to rivers worldwide


According to new research, river systems around world are coursing with over-the-counter and prescription drug waste harmful to the environment.

Cape Town to double price of water in two years


The City of Cape Town’s draft budget‚ tabled at a council meeting earlier this month‚ proposes a 27% rise in water tariffs from July 1.

 

Major tech company now running on 100% renewable energy


A major tech company's facilities are now running on 100% green power, from its new headquarters, which has one of the largest solar roofs on the planet, to its distribution centers and retail stores around the world.

Are solar panels worth it?


Load shedding is a possibility still, but what’s more likely is a tariff increase in our electricity bill this year and for many more years to come. It’s certainly not sustainable and this is why there’s an increasing need for consumers to consider other options, such as having solar panels installed.

Pipeline spill in South Dakota twice as big as first thought


A crude oil spill from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last November has turned out to be nearly twice as big as first reported. Around 407,000 gallons spilled onto farmland when the pipeline broke near Amherst in Marshall County.

New app identifies plants and animals in your photos


iNaturalist was created in 2008 with the goal of creating an online community for naturalists, ecologists, and nature-loving amateurs, where people could record and discuss their observations from the field, local park, or their own backyard.

Hope and mourning in the Anthropocene era


Not only are human actions destabilising the very conditions that sustain life, but it is also increasingly clear that we are pushing the Earth into an entirely new geological era, often described as the Anthropocene.

Water expert talks drought lessons at Mensa


The Department of Water & Sanitation estimates that R7-billion in potable water is lost annually. That amounts to 36% of the clean drinking water supply!

Popular seafood restaurant urged to abandon single-use plastic


Greenpeace has asked a local seafood restaurant chain to expand its commitment to the environment by investing in biodegradable or reusable alternatives.

Top 5 ways to help save sharks


With the trade in shark products estimated to have been worth $540 million (USD) to $1.2 billion (USD) as of 2007, and this trade continuing today, the focus on shark conservation couldn’t have come at a better time.

Coral gardening initiative launched at Fiji resort


An iconic reort in Fiji recently launched a marine conservation initiative called ‘Our Ocean Guardians.’

Western Cape to scrap environmental commissioner post after 20 years


The Western Cape government is set to scrap the position of commissioner for the environment, created 20 years ago, but never filled.

34000 Acres to be converted into organic farmland in American Midwest


Standing in an organic farm field covered in old crop stalks and cow manure, biological farming expert Gary Zimmer stuck a spade about 3 inches into the ground and pulled up some agricultural dessert.

Battle against climate-destroying new coal plants escalates


The Life After Coal Campaign has instituted fresh court proceedings against the Minister of Environmental Affairs in relation to the proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station.

When will climate change make Earth too hot for humans?


If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.

Ghana entrepreneur building roads out of plastic bags


Across Africa, communities are devising new approaches to manage plastic waste. In Ghana, a former factory hand for Ashaiman may have found a new way to deal with the polymers contaminating our environments.

Six die from listeriosis-tainted corn in Europe


Nearly 200 people have died from listeriosis since January 2017 in South Africa. Ready-to-eat meat products have been blamed for the biggest outbreak of listeria the world has seen.

Smartphones are killing the planet faster than anyone expected


Before you upgrade your next iPhone, you may want to consider a $29 battery instead. Not only will the choice save you money, it could help save the planet.
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