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 hundred thousand marine mammals and a million seabirds have died as a result of marine waste, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency.
South Africa's plans to lower carbon emissions will still see these increase by 80% over 1990 levels, according to research by Climate Action Tracker.
The public protector is investigating claims that the opulent home of Minerals Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was built on municipal land meant for a park.
Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane has been linked to the Guptas and will now oversee a sector in which the family has strong interests.
South Africa could create a million jobs and cut emissions, but the government is ignoring a societal proposal that tells them how to do so.
South Africa's most important climate research centre has warned that current temperature projections underestimate the scale of warming this century.
Elites still choose the line SA takes politically and citizens are expected to fall in. We need an enthusiastic alternative like UK's Jeremy Corbyn.
The UN's top climate official has said pledges by countries to lower carbon emissions will not be enough to keep temperature increases below 2°C.
The water department has failed to show how a farmer contravened the law when he diverted a river, creating a drought in the valley below.
Research into some of the JSE's biggest companies finds them in regular breach of environmental legislation and failing to disclose this to investors.