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.
What does a journalist get up to when they're covering the biggest story in the world? Sipho Kings has found creative ways to beat the boredom.
In Riverlea, people have had their solar geysers for only two weeks but their shoddy workmanship has dashed many residents' expectations.
Climate change and increased temperatures will make asthma one of the biggest medical challenges of this century, say experts.
Competing environmental and community concerns are being tested in the small township of Wattville, east of Johannesburg.
SA's tally of poached rhino looks set to exceed last year's 668 killed, with officials saying 367 have been killed in the first five months of 2013.
South Africa has been an early adopter on a continent that has been hostile to the corporate power behind genetically modified organisms.
South African companies are facing heavy taxes for their carbon emissions, but will this mean less tax for individuals?
Female chickens might have pushed their partners into evolving virtually no penis in order to make mating mutual.
Strong government backing for renewable energy has given a much-needed boost to wind farms.
Caffeine addiction and withdrawal have now been classified as formal mental disorders.