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.
A meaningful agreement at this year's UN climate talks in Paris is unlikely, despite evidence of climate change and the fact that there is no plan B.
The International Monetary Fund says environmental costs and taxes borne by society for fossil fuels are R63-trillion a year, or R2-million a second.
Eastern Cape leadership wants the soccer boss as Nelson Mandela Bay's mayor to retain the key metro and revive its fortunes before 2016 elections.
A proposed Gauteng coal mine is threatening 20 000 hectares of food-rich land and vital water sources.
An outbreak of foulbrood disease has killed 40% of the Western Cape's bee population this year, threatening SA's R20-billion agriculture industry.
South Africa will build an additional 6 300 megawatts of renewable energy, adding to the 5 200 megawatts already being procured.
Private projects are being rushed to bolster energy supplies, skipping checks and jeopardising lives.
Geyser companies faced ruin over the energy department's failure to handle rebates, but Eskom has moved to keep the factories open.
Limpopo farmers are feeling powerless as the minerals department greedily consumes agricultural land and with it, the water supply.
Scorching heat has put the town on the map as a provider of concentrated solar power, but a pricing error may dampen its potential.