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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. 
No end to Arcelor’s toxic practices
No end to Arcelor’s toxic practices
It takes more than eight hours of constant heating at 1 000°C to turn coal into the coke that’s mixed with iron ore to make steel.
Three countries endanger world
Three countries endanger world
People are getting good at manipulating the weather, especially when it comes to seeding clouds to force rainfall where there is none. This is just...
This is why we don’t have water
This is why we don’t have water
The department of water and sanitation is crippled. 
Pollution kills nine million a year
Pollution kills nine million a year
A staggering nine million people are killed a year by pollution, making it the single biggest killer in the world, according to a new report by the...
Bedrock of food security destroyed
Bedrock of food security destroyed
Continue destroying plants, animals and insects at this rate and we will put “the future of our food system under severe threat”. This stark...
Climate change claims its first mammal extinction
Climate change claims its first mammal extinction
The Bramble Cay mosaic-tailed rat’s first recorded encounter with humans was violent. Sailors on the HMS Bramble, on discovering the...
Killer Eskom’s victims pile up
Killer Eskom’s victims pile up
The Mail & Guardian reported...
Pollution kills as power plants fail
Pollution kills as power plants fail
Air pollution from Eskom’s power plants kills about 333 people a year, the utility says.
Your recycling isn’t being recycled
Your recycling isn’t being recycled
Sunday mornings are frantic at Pikitup depots in Johannesburg. Filled by the previous day’s chopping, mowing and decluttering, queues of bakkies...
Age of environmental breakdown
Age of environmental breakdown
The Eastern Cape is being crippled by a drought. In Makhanda, the dams are dry and an entire city will have to live off one water pipeline. In...
We’re causing an insect apocalypse
We’re causing an insect apocalypse
Life wouldn’t be possible without insects, yet we know precious little about them, besides their immediate purpose. Bees pollinate flowers, dung...
Big deal for all concerned as small fry vanish
Big deal for all concerned as small fry vanish
Krill (Euphausia superba) are the small fry of the oceans, the bottom of the food chain. Translucent, with blotches of orange and massive eyes,...