Sipho Kings is the person the Mail & Guardian sends to places when people’s environment is collapsing. This leads him from mine dumps to sewage flowing down streets – a hazardous task for his trusty pair of work shoes. Having followed his development-minded parents around Southern Africa his first port of call for reporting on the environment is people on the ground. When things go wrong – when harvests collapse and water dries up – they have limited resources to adapt, which people can never let politicians forget. For the rest of the time he tries to avoid the boggling extremes of corporations and environmental organisations, and rather looks for that fabled 'truth' thing. For Christmas he wants a global agreement where humanity accepts that sustainable development is the way forward. And maybe for all the vested interest to stop being so extreme. And world peace. And a sturdier pair of shoes.
The OECD has warned that coal-fired power stations will release half of all the carbon that humanity can safely emit and alternatives must be found.
The impacts of climate change will reverse decades of progress on improving world health and will be keenly felt by children, writes Sipho Kings.
For too long, industries have been able to operate unchecked, a situation that costs people's lives.
The short-term profits from commercial exploitation of offshore mineral resources may imperil fishing communities.
M&G health editor Mia Malan last week won the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalist of the Year award.
Boipatong struggles to breathe and residents say the steel mill is to blame. But ArcelorMittal says it is not responsible for their health problems.
A Dutch court has ruled in favour of citizen's demands that the country be more ambitious in lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
Scientists have pointed fingers at humans for rates of extinction that are 100 times higher than would be normal without human intervention.
Industry and even some state bodies have been putting pressure on the treasury to change its approach.
The Pope has called for a transformation of how the world is run in order to confront climate change and environmental degradation.