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.
Experts say South Africa's draft discussion document, which proposes how the country will tackle climate change, commits to doing far too little.
There are no environmental checks on Gauteng's emergency response to the mine drainage crisis, as polluted water seeps into rivers and land.
Sewage flows because of misplaced trust in local government and co-operative governance.
This year is set to be 0.1°C warmer on average than 2014, thanks to an unusually strong El Niño warming the Pacific Ocean and the world's climate.
Most sewerage plants in South Africa malfunction, but officials have been told to back off ahead of local elections in 2016.
A Russian nuclear activist has labelled South Africa's pursuit of new nuclear capacity – with Russian support – as "naive" and advised against it.
A breakdown in Vaal Dam sewage management is polluting the water for 10-million people in Gauteng while locals live next to streams of human waste.
The price of progress may be a reversal of the gains made unless we stop degrading ecosystems.
When New Horizon left, Pluto was still classified as a planet. Now the dwarf planet will divulge its secrets as the probe whizzes past at 50 000km/h.
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.