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Karpowership environmental impact assessments thrown out

Department of forestry, fisheries and environment refuses to grant environmental authorisation for gas-to-power projects

Mines turn to solar power because of Eskom’s unreliable electricity supply

Mines turn to solar power because of Eskom’s unreliable coal-generated electricity supply

Abattoir compliance for game meat will kill Eastern Cape industry, say professional hunters

Last month, the department of agriculture issued a notice saying that the slaughter and dressing of game meat at any place other than an abattoir was prohibited, and that those not complying could be fined or imprisoned

South Africa won’t support proposed global plastic ban treaty, draft document reveals

Critics say the environment department’s argument that the treaty would be a duplication of existing agreements is flawed

There is shit in the Hennops River: ‘No way you can call this water’

E.Coli counts in tributaries feeding the Hennops River run into tens of millions, far above the permitted limit

Micro-hydropower lights up an Eastern Cape village

There is hidden potential for small hydropower plants in South Africa

Young people call for an end to the terrible legacy of coal

‘The generation of 1976 did not fight to end the injustices of their time only for there to be the dawn of a climate apartheid’

Honey laundering: Transcontinental scheme puts fake honey into our supermarkets

South African beekeepers compete with cheap honey imports while still using ethical, bee-friendly practices

New plan to tackle marine pollution

The environment department’s Source-to-Sea initiative will create 1 600 work opportunities

Parties divided on carbon trading system as UN climate talks end

One country pays for greenhouse gas emissions in another country and uses that credit for its own emission reduction targets — but accounting irregularities increased carbon emissions

Tackle climate change and biodiversity loss together, not separately, scientists say

Some climate adaptation and mitigation projects end up harming the natural environment and people, a new report warns

Over-exploitation has degraded billions of hectares of land

The well-being of about 3.2-billion people, 40% of the world’s population, has been harmed

First-of-its-kind rangeland atlas pushes for protection

Rangelands are ‘nature’s gift to humanity’, but have been overlooked, neglected

State halts its R10bn long-term plan to fully treat acid mine water

The state is saddled with the burden of treating acid water and polluters are escaping the responsibility

Europe, Asia rob West Africa of fish

Greenpeace Africa reports that the fishmeal and fish oil industry is ‘robbing the Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal of livelihoods and food’

Pressure on rich G7 countries to show climate leadership

The ongoing three-week talks ahead of COP26 are proving tricky in a world of virtual climate diplomacy

Rare orchid lures unwitting beetles for sex to pollinate itself

In a world-first, orchid enthusiast discovers sexual trickery of near-extinct Disa forficaria

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