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  • What is one of the most significant state capture court cases South Africa has yet seen?
  • Why is this a make or break year for natural medicines in South Africa?
  • What is a fire retarding, environmentally friendly way of building walls?
  • Why are our iconic chacma baboons on the decline?
  • Why is Eskom once again applying to postpone compliance with pollution standards?
  • What is SA’s goal on climate adaptation?
  • Why is the Philippi Agricultural Area of crucial importance to Cape Town?
  • Which European government is being taken to court this year in a legal case against the granting of new oil drilling licenses in the Arctic ocean?
These and more important questions answered in our February digest. Enjoy and share.

Nuclear Deal: Case to stop SA from bankrupting itself begins

While Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was throwing around some big figures in Parliament on Wednesday, an even bigger one was looming over the Western Cape High Court: R1-trillion, the estimated cost of South Africa’s nuclear deal with Russia.

Make or break for complementary medicines this year

This year is going to be a ‘make or break’ year for the Complementary Medicines sector, as well as for African Traditional Medicines in South Africa.

Haitians’ ire over carnival spending amid hurricane ruins

In the nearly five months since the massive category five storm hit, residents are still struggling to rebuild shattered homes and businesses.

Recycled polystyrene used in new Table Bay mall construction

More than 15 tons of recycled, Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) have already gone into the production of 20,000 Greenlite Concrete blocks used in the new Table Bay Mall that is currently being constructed.

Why southern Africa’s iconic baboon is on the decline

Southern Africans have a love-hate relationship with chacma baboons. They have an unmistakable presence on the landscape, but their reputation as notorious troublemakers makes them unpopular.

HSBC: what they’ve said about funding deforestation, and why it’s wrong

Over three weeks ago, we exposed how HSBC is funding palm oil companies that are tearing up Indonesia’s forests.

Eskom called to account on air pollution

Eskom is once again applying to postpone compliance with pollution standards.

Time to celebrate our young recycling ambassadors

In 2016, members of The National Recycling Forum (NRF) focused their efforts on supporting young recycling entrepreneurs with their growing businesses.

Standing Rock chairman calls protests an ‘awakening’

David Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe caught in the crosshairs of a $3.7 billion oil development, pledged Thursday to fight President Trump on the Dakota Access pipeline just two weeks after the Army Corps green-lighted the project’s completion.

South Africa’s “aspirational goal” on adaptation

South Africa’s goal on adaptation is to build resilience and adaptive capacity to respond to climate change risk and vulnerability; whilst providing guidance on the integration of climate change responses into current and future development objectives.

Stop destroying the Philippi Horticulture Area

The Philippi Horticulture Area (PHA), the unique 3,000ha farmlands located within the city of Cape Town and in the heart of the Cape Flats has been the city’s breadbasket since 1885.

Ministers sign secret deal to mine strategic water zone

Unearthed documents show how Environment Minister Edna Molewa signed the approval for mining in the Mabola protected environment three months before Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane signed it.

Biggest petition for bees EVER!

Bees are facing a giant global crisis that threatens our food supply. Now Canada is considering a game-changing ban on one of the worst bee-killing chemicals. But Big Ag is fighting back, and it’s up to us to stop them.

Let’s take take Arctic oil to court!

The world over, oil companies are looking to ever more extreme and dangerous locations to drill, in a reckless bid to exploit the oil we have to keep in the ground.

A ‘green guarantee’ could stop Brexit ruining our environment

After 40 years of membership of the European Union, the UK is now on course for an extreme Brexit that will have serious implications for all of our lives.

Carmichael megamine jobs need ’21 times the subsidies’ of renewables

Clean energy projects in Queensland are already on track to create more employment than Australia’s largest proposed coalmine, which if funded federally would cost taxpayers 21 times more per job, according to new study.

World’s first zero-emissions train coming to Germany this year

Germany is set to introduce the world’s first zero-emission passenger train to be powered by hydrogen – a ground-breaking innovation that could signal the phasing out of heavily polluting, diesel-powered trains.

Dakota Access Pipeline to win US Army permit for completion

The US Army has informed Congress that it will grant permission to complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline near tribal territory.

SA still spraying their staple food with glyphosate

South Africa’s staple food is maize; most of it is genetically modified and sprayed with the weed killer glyphosate. There is an ongoing dispute over whether or not the pesticide is healthy for people and the planet.

Are humans heading for extinction within a decade?

Things have gotten worse more rapidly than previously thought, says Guy McPherson, emeritus professor of conservation biology from Arizona University on his recent tour of New Zealand.

Industrial solar heating project launched in SA

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) have teamed up for the international ‘Solar Payback’ project, which aims to increase the use of solar thermal energy in industrial processes. The kick-off meeting took place in Johannesburg last month.

Who are Cape Town’s biggest water guzzlers?

The City of Cape Town has identified the residential areas where water is being guzzled despite the crippling drought which has seen dam levels plummet in the Western Cape.
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