MAIL & GUARDIAN: Environment

Poachers in prisons tell their stories

Interviews with offenders provide insight into the structure of illegal wildlife trade networks

2020 tied with 2016 as world’s hottest year on record, EU says

Scientists say the latest data underscores the need for countries and corporations to slash greenhouse gas emissions quickly

Act against Covid and climate crises

The government would do well to realise that these two disasters can’t be tackled separately

New climate commission offers hope

The Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission is tasked with shifting the economy to a ‘low-carbon, climate resilient economy and society’

Creecy okays drilling off KwaZulu-Natal coast

Despite dozens of appeals, the South African government is determined to give Sasol and its partners the go-ahead. But activists will not stop the fight

Renewable energy’s dark side

As countries expand investment in decentralised renewable energy, its worth keeping an eye on who’s profiting.

Sisulu: Third of audited mines violate conditions of water use licence

The water and sanitation department has not revoked or suspended water use, ‘but this remains an option’

Scientists find microplastics in women’s placentas

Researchers are concerned that the plastic particles in the placenta, which provides the foetus with oxygen and nutrients, could potentially harm its development

The ‘warning lights flash red’ for Earth

It’s the Age of Humans — the Anthropocene — and the most serious threats to our experience and existence on our planet are human-made

Buggy sucks up nasty nurdles on beaches

Four friends who spent their spare time diving saw the bigger picture and started an organisation to defend the blue

River soldiers fight to heal the Hennops

Volunteers have removed nearly one million tons of waste from the river in a year during clean-ups

Africa’s iconic raptors are soaring into oblivion

Secretary birds, martial eagles and bateleurs are now listed as globally endangered

Nearly half of South Africa’s Protea species on the brink of extinction

Loss of habitat to agriculture, the spread of invasive species and changes to natural fire cycles are biggest culprits

Pesticide lobby in sly bid to self-licence

NGOs warn that letting a lobbyist for pesticide firms regulate the scientists who conduct safety tests is putting a ‘fox in charge of the henhouse’

No country, rich or poor, is immune from the health effects of climate change

A changing climate threatens to undermine the past 50 years of gains in public health

Eskom could be fined R5-million over pollution at Kendal power station

The power utility is being taken to court by the Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries in a first-of-its-kind criminal prosecution

Biodiversity is crucial for South Africa’s food security

Farming must embrace sustainable, regenerative agriculture practices to secure our future

Dozens of birds and bats perish in extreme heat in KZN

In a single day, temperatures in northern KwaZulu-Natal climbed to a lethal 45°C, causing a mass die-off of birds and bats

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