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Renewables can create 130,000 jobs and promote industrial development


SA is the 12th largest carbon dioxide emitter in the world. Our reliance on coal-generated power is not sustainable, as the country has pledged to peak its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

Rich booty of waste collected at 2017 SA navy festival


The SA Navy Festival in Simonstown delivered a big variety of waste, which was carefully sorted and sent for recycling.

It’s time for Eskom to lead the way in renewable energy


Eskom’s on-going scapegoating of renewable energy as the reason behind its financial woes shows a lack of vision, particularly in the light of the urgent need to develop new jobs beyond the coal industry.

Antarctic Expedition to show how we’re destroying the planet


The Antarctic circumnavigation expedition ended when the Russian research vessel sailed into Cape Town last week. But the real work has only just begun.

Global protests push Samsung to finally recycle Galaxy Note 7


How to recycle smartphones in an environmentally friendly way? This needs to be figured out.

Eskom’s coal-fired power struggle


Eskom’s closure of five old coal-fired power stations over the next 10 years, at a loss of about 30,000 direct and indirect jobs, was foreseen more than a decade ago.

Cape Town goes green with a fleet of electric buses


The ever-expanding MyCiti buses are making another innovative introduction with the rolling out of the Mother City’s first-ever electric vehicles.

World Water Day puts the spotlight on marine pollution


There has never been a better time to act against marine pollution.

Activists demonstrate fossil fuel risks with funeral procession


“The current IRP plans are nothing more than renewed attempts by the Department of Energy and Eskom to promote vested interests in nuclear and coal. It is a rigged model that forces nuclear energy and coal into the mix, even though it is clearly not cost-competitive."

Changing lives through recycling in Ngwelezane Township


Two years ago, Nokubonga Mnyango was dreaming about making a better life for herself and her family. Now she runs a recycling business from her home in Ngwelezane Township.

Forgotten tunnels could provide the answer to Cape Town water shortage


It’s difficult to imagine that running beneath Cape Town are hundreds of kilometers of underground brick tunnels, which transport millions of liters of fresh spring water from Table Mountain directly out into the sea.

Solving SA’s water crisis is an ongoing job


The current drought may have brought water scarcity into the spotlight, but in truth, South Africa has been in crisis a lot longer.

A coal mine inside a declared protected area?


Edna Molewa is the first minister of environmental affairs to have given approval for a coal mine inside a declared protected area. Her decision has been widely criticised by civil society organisations and in the media, and she will soon have to answer for her decision in court.

Accelerate your cleantech business


Innovative start-ups and enterprises focusing on cutting-edge and innovative clean-technology solutions are offered an opportunity to become part of a global network of entrepreneurs and contribute to a clean and sustainable future.

Climate change battles being fought, and won, in court


Around the world courts are stepping in when politicians fail to act, with South Africa’s government the latest to lose a groundbreaking climate lawsuit with judges ruling against its plans for a new coal-fired power station.

Groundbreaking lawsuit a bold new strategy for US climate action?


A groundbreaking climate lawsuit, brought against the federal government by 21 children, has been hailed by environmentalists as a bold new strategy to press for climate action in the United States.

Pollution responsible for quarter of deaths of young children


Pollution is responsible for one in four deaths among all children under five, according to new World Health Organisation reports, with toxic air, unsafe water, and and lack of sanitation the leading causes.

How hard is climate change affecting the world’s poorest nations?


While hunting for data on climate change's effect on the world's poorest nations, Nicholas Herold was surprised to find no answers in the published research.

Tourism boosts Iceland’s whaling industry


Ready to try grilled minke whale skewers, the “Moby Dick on a Stick”, as the dish is advertised by The Seabaron restaurant, a British tourist observes, “looks like a Turkish kebab.”

UCT to stop investing in oil, gas and coal


On Tuesday 28 February, the Convocation of the University of Cape Town overwhelmingly passed a non-binding motion for the university to rid itself of all investments in fossil fuels within five years. Should the university Council agree to this motion, it would make UCT the first African University to formally commit to divesting from fossil fuels.

Cape Town water crisis: desalination could see prices spike


If Capetonians don’t cut water use even more, the next step to avert dry taps could be putting treated waste water back into the system and an expensive desalination plant, which would push water prices up by at least 50%, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday.
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