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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. 
Air pollution death toll rises by 170
Air pollution death toll rises by 170
The department of environment, forestry and fisheries is trying to, once again, double the allowable concentration of sulphur dioxide that...
Nature’s Nocturne: Unfettered human sprawl drives animals into the night
Nature’s Nocturne: Unfettered human sprawl drives animals into the night
Lions, leopards and tigers —all apex predators — have evolved to dominate their respective environments. Over millions of years, they...
Breath, death and data: The air in our cities is killing us
Breath, death and data: The air in our cities is killing us
In Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Bloemfontein and Cape Town, the air people breathe is often so dangerous that it is killing them. This air...
Kalahari will become too hot for birds
Kalahari will become too hot for birds
The Kalahari desert, which straddles Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, is already 1.95°C hotter than it was just 60 years ago. Temperature...
Midrand's 'airpocalypse' a reality with toxic air
Midrand's 'airpocalypse' a reality with toxic air
On an air pollution scale, anything between zero and 20 is safe to breathe. At 300 things are labelled ‘airpocalypse’. In Midrand, Gauteng,...
ArcelorMittal charged with breaking environment laws
ArcelorMittal charged with breaking environment laws
One of South Africa’s largest industrial air polluters, ArcelorMittal, has been charged with breaking environmental laws. Although the company...
Carbon catastrophe is hurtling towards us
Carbon catastrophe is hurtling towards us
Just four years ago, in Paris, nearly 200 countries agreed to tackle climate change. The Paris Agreement was supposed to be the defining moment in...
Toxins to take your breath away
Toxins to take your breath away
The air you breathe is killing you. I know this because I am looking at data for air quality across the whole of South Africa. Things are much...
​ArcelorMittal facing criminal charges for alleged breach of pollution licence
​ArcelorMittal facing criminal charges for alleged breach of pollution licence
In an announcement to shareholders, steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal said that it is facing criminal charges for “three alleged transgressions of...
MK years a  good prep for speaker
MK years a  good prep for speaker
Parliament has a new speaker — Thandi Modise. In welcoming her to the role, politicians spoke about her time as an ANC guerrilla and her...
Big drop for ANC in the Free State
Big drop for ANC in the Free State
From its potholed roads to broken clinics and failing schools, the Free State has come to symbolise the human and political cost of state capture....
Elections ignored climate change
Elections ignored climate change
A million species are on the brink of extinction thanks to humans destroying large parts of the natural world, and climate breakdown is making...