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Sipho Kings

Sipho Kings

Sipho Kings is the Mail & Guardian's environment reporter. Broken ecosystems, bad corporations and mean people are the order of the day. This means his shoes are caked in all sorts of dodgy material. 
​Gauteng approves abattoir, threatening Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve
​Gauteng approves abattoir, threatening Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve
The City of Tshwane uses the word “noxious” to describe abattoirs. They are a necessary evil governed by strict bylaws. Yet, in the southwestern corner of the municipality, the provincial agriculture and rural development department has given an abattoir building permission despite...
Third consecutive year without carbon emission growth
Third consecutive year without carbon emission growth
Global carbon emissions have remained flat for the third consecutive year, according to the 2017
New car battery promises instant recharging
New car battery promises instant recharging
A group of researchers from Purdue University in the United States have developed a car battery that might change the world. They just need some...
​Climate change evident in Cape storm and Knysna fires
​Climate change evident in Cape storm and Knysna fires
The mother of all storms. The worst drought in a century. More intense fires than any in living memory. The...
Tyre recycling scheme hits the skids
Tyre recycling scheme hits the skids
For a moment, South Africa seemed to have a working example of how to turn waste into jobs and money. But now the country’s showpiece R500‑million-a-year tyre recycling programme is being liquidated, leaving more than 30‑million old tyres as hazardous waste....
Trump doesn’t change Africa’s climate change calculus
Trump doesn’t change Africa’s climate change calculus
Africans and people from many other poorer nations will die because of United States President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris...
Cities face 8 degrees of warming
Cities face 8 degrees of warming
Cities have always been hotter than the countryside. Concrete and tar soak up and exacerbate heat. Trees, which do the opposite thing, are replaced...
Climate change will worsen flooding in SA's coastal cities
Climate change will worsen flooding in SA's coastal cities
In the next 13 years, coastal cities will face “catastrophic” floods twice as often as they do now because of rising sea levels, according to new...
One and a half degrees to crisis
One and a half degrees to crisis
For Africa’s states to survive global warming relatively unscathed, temperatures cannot exceed a rise of more than 1.5°C. If they do, ecosystems...
Big boost in jobs in renewable energy sector worldwide with 10-million now employed
Big boost in jobs in renewable energy sector worldwide with 10-million now employed
Nearly 10-million people worldwide were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2016, double the number of people working on building solar and...
​Spekboom can fix ecosystems, create jobs and suck up CO2 – if SA gets a carbon tax
​Spekboom can fix ecosystems, create jobs and suck up CO2 – if SA gets a carbon tax
Spekboom was meant to be the ultimate symbol of sustainable development, a plant...