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 third window is waiting to be signed off but the energy department is preoccupied elsewhere.
People take it for granted that corruption is happening on all levels, says Corruption Watch.
The US and China have agreed to limit carbon emissions, but the move might only be enough to save developed countries in the North.
The official plan is to diversify power sources in South Africa by harnessing renewable energy, but the 'hows' still need to be pinned down.
During secret negotiations, the US pledged to cut its emissions by 28% by 2025 and China promised to reach a peak in emissions by 2030.
The latest electricity blackouts could spur renewed interest in going off the grid for our power supply and reducing our reliance on Eskom.
Oxfam's latest report highlights the travesty of inequality and warns of dire and corrosive consequences to society.
Misappropriation in a fund meant to hold proceeds of ivory sale could stymie plans to legally sell rhino horn, writes Sipho Kings.
Conservation of celebrity animals draws resources away from ensuring the survival of other less sexy species threatened by habitat loss and trade.
Local newsrooms are shedding staff and sales, but it's not all doom and gloom for the print media industry.