During last summer’s drought, the price of rainwater tanks shot up. Business was booming. You could see trucks full of tanks all over the place. Good for a green heart who’s been promoting rainwater harvesting forever.
The inclusion of new coal in the updated draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) will cost South Africa close to R20 billion more than we need to spend, and will make electricity more expensive for all South Africans.
A nationwide survey, by the Humane Society International (HSI), has revealed that the majority of South Africans believe the captive lion breeding industry is harming the country’s international reputation.
The Vaal River has been described as an open sewer, most frequently by people who live on its banks, despite protestations to the contrary by the department of water & sanitation. It smells of dead things and faeces.
Ladismith, a small town in the Western Cape, is currently being ravaged by drought. After four years with no proper rainfall, their supply dam is empty and farmers in the surrounding areas are really battling.
Water will be cut off in the towns of Hankey and Patensie in the Eastern Cape from Monday and only switched on again for short periods to stretch what little is left in the Kouga Dam, the municipality has announced.
South Africa currently has a network of 23 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) covering only 0.4 % of our oceans. This is far short of the global United Nations target of at least 10% protection of the oceans by 2020.
Recent research found that, despite having expanded into 90 percent of the world’s oceans, the industrial fishing fleets of the top 20 fishing countries in the world are catching less than a third of the fish they hauled in prior to 1950.
It is estimated that a staggering one in five SA households is food insecure, with more than 13-million people routinely experiencing hunger. This is a contravention of the constitution, which enshrines access to food as a right.
Owl Rescue Centre, a registered non-profit rehabilitation facility in Hartbeespoort concerned with the well-being of all owl species in Southern Africa, has come up with a genius use for recycled plastic that benefits the birds, as well as raises funds for a much-needed cause.
Most of the world’s freshwater is in the ice sheets of Antarctica, a continent the size of the United States and Mexico combined. If all that ice melted, it would be enough to raise the world’s sea levels by 200 feet.
In 2002 South Africa officially became a water constrained economy, when the National Water Resource Strategy reported that we had allocated 98% of our total water resource. Subsequent high confidence studies have shown that we over-estimated the water available at the time.
Sea salt around the world has been contaminated by plastic pollution, adding to experts’ fears that microplastics are becoming ubiquitous in the environment and finding their way into the food chain via the salt in our diets.
Caribbean states and territories have rounded on the Trump administration for dismantling the US’s response to climate change, warning that greenhouse gas emissions must be sharply cut to avoid hurricanes and sea level rise.
The stormwater canal is where the Jukskei appears above ground for the first time. The source of the river runs just a few hundred metres away, but by the time the water emerges here, it’s already contaminated by sewage.
The Endangered Wildlife Trust, a champion of conservation in Africa, has launched an exciting new project entitled Wild ‘n Free. They are calling on all South Africans to be the voice for the voiceless and join the fight against keeping carnivores in captivity.
A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, a group of leading climate scientists has warned.
Earth is smouldering. From Seattle to Siberia, flames have consumed swathes of the northern hemisphere. One of 18 wildfires sweeping through California, among the worst in the state’s history, is generating such heat that it created its own weather.
The proliferation of plastic pollution has led to concerns over its impact on marine life and human health as the toxins it absorbs and emits move up the food chain. Now, a new study reveals yet another potential plastic hazard: It releases greenhouse gasses.
Twenty-five of the world’s top environmental scientists have lambasted plans to construct a hydroelectric dam in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, because it would threaten the rarest species of great ape on Earth.
They could be the breath of fresh air that pollution-choked cities desperately need. Vertical forests – high-rise buildings covered with trees and plants – absorb carbon dioxide, filter dust from pollution and produce oxygen.