Environment

Tiny tree borer beetle could dig up billions in economic damage

The invasive bug could unleash R275-billion in economic damage in next decade and urban areas stand to lose 65 million trees

Acid mine water continues to rise underground on the East Rand

Levels at a treatment plant in Springs have now breached a critical environmental threshold

Criminal probe into Thungela Resources for ‘catastrophic’ acid mine water spill

It will be a test case in South Africa for river pollution, rehabilitation and holding polluters accountable

Zikalala finally releases first part of long-delayed rhino task team report

The report was commissioned in 2016 by KwaZulu-Natal’s former premier, Willies Mchunu, after a surge in rhino poaching

Climate change bill: ‘One of the most important draft laws to cross the desks of SA’s lawmakers’

Bill moves towards the all-of-government approach required to mount effective climate response, but there are concerns that it is ‘toothless’

How sugar, tobacco or waste gases could power your next flight

South Africa has the immediate technical potential to produce 3.2 billion litres of alternative aviation fuels annually

Searing Canadian heatwave unprecedented but five more extreme events went under the radar

Heatwaves need to be assessed in terms of local temperature variability because ‘a smaller absolute extreme may have more harmful effects’

Nelson Mandela Bay is on the brink of Day Zero and faces humanitarian disaster

Just a few weeks left until taps run dry in large parts of the metropolitan

How laws can be bolstered to stop the human rights box-ticking of big corporates

There’s always a risk of due diligence becoming a mere box-ticking exercise for big firms, panel discussion hears

Government presses urgency on climate change

Catastrophic KZN floods show how the impacts of climate change are being felt in South Africa

Report: Breach of Lake St Lucia estuary did not contravene recommendations

The independent panel noted that no significant harm occurred and has recommended that breaching can continue in exceptional circumstances

Kommetjie’s giant squid evokes mysteries of the deep

The second giant squid to wash up on Western Cape beaches in two years was cut into chunks before it could be removed for observation.

Baby turtles on SA’s shores carry ‘messages’ of how polluted the sea is

The rescued turtles are excreting plastic, an indication that the ocean itself is sick

High court suspends environment department’s trophy hunting quota for black rhinos, leopards and elephants

Interim interdict ‘spares death’ of 170 animals at the hands of hunters, judge says

Halfmens: Four succulent poachers jailed for seven years in Northern Cape

‘Worst case in history of Richtersveld National Park’ SANParks said of the incident, which involved the attempted poaching of 14 endangered Halfmens succulents

Deep concern over rising underground tide of toxic acidic mine water on East Rand

Broken abstraction pumps at the Eastern basin treatment plant mean that water supply may become contaminated, posing a serious threat

Whale makes unprecedented 10 000km journey from SA to Argentina

Scientists believe she travelled that far to find good food sources, which is a ‘worrying trend’

Rhinos to return to Mozambique’s ‘silent park’

More than 40 critically endangered black rhino and near-threatened white rhino will be reintroduced to the Zinave National Park
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