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 critical climate conference kicks off with world leaders calling for an ambitious – but fair – agreement to lower carbon emissions.
An Oxfam report issued this week warns that adaptation finance must enjoy focus at COP21
COP21 appears to have enough momentum to create an agreement that will stick
In the global warming stakes, Earth passed some dubious milestones this year
Past experience has shown that the government will continue to permit industry such as mining that destroys water supplies.
October 2015 was the hottest October on record. It also holds the record for seeing the biggest increase in temperature for a single month.
It's official – October has smashed temperature records, putting 2015 on track to be the hottest year ever recorded.
Wiring miniature computers into the nervous system of cockroaches allowed to send them into dirty and small places, such as sewers, to find faults.
Ten percent of municipalities' water – half a billion cubic metres totalling R3-billion – is stolen.
Carbon dioxide dramatically lowers cognitive ability, a hazard found in office spaces especially.