MAIL & GUARDIAN: Environment

Covid upends logic of return on investment, whatever the cost

"Now that fossil fuels don’t give long-term security, or an absurd return on investment, there is a real chance to look at the world differently."

‘There is heartbreak every day’

People are handing over their pets to shelters, but they too are battling financially

How protecting nature can protect us

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the tourism industry hard, making it evident that the protection of biodiversity requires other forms of protection such as stewardship

Covid carbon drop hides mass pollution by only 100 corporations

While individuals are doing all sorts of things that would dramatically reduce their carbon footprints, it has little effect.

Eskom lied to hide its deadly levels of pollution

Eskom says its air pollution kills more than 300 people a year. Other estimates put it at 10 times that

Ramaphosa misses chance to create a better climate future

Ramaphosa missed the chance to get even more out of his big moment

Why good governance is key for countries facing climate disruption

More droughts and floods, driven by climate change, will expose competing political pressures.

Pandemic gives us a last chance to avert climate – and social – catastrophe

As Covid-19 upends life, it has taught us critical lessons and offers an opening to confront other crises. Political will is required, of course

Pandas mate in lockdown privacy

Stuck at home with no visitors and not much else to do, a pair of pandas in Hong Kong finally decided to give mating a go after a decade of dodging the issue

Nature thrives in our distancing during the lockdown

In the past few weeks, nature has expanded into the spaces we have ceded by going into isolation

Remember, corporations are adept at deflection campaigns

In this moment where those corporations are “stepping up” to the Covid-19 challenge, let’s not forget their true character and where and how they have made their money

A car and a window into the near future

With the introduction of electric — or hydrogen — vehicles like the electric BMW i3, a massive chunk of pollution can be removed from the earth’s atmosphere

Covid-19 comes at a big cost to limiting climate change

Covid-19 seems to have resulted in a drop in carbon emissions, but this is at a terrible cost to life and the economy. It is unlikely to last.

‘Ghost’ flights are yet another example of our polluting ways

Due to covid-19, there are aeroplanes jetting about with few, if no passengers in them, which means those planes are releasing unnecessary greenhouse gases that will trap heat and warm this planet for decades to come

Climate change — the only-catastrophically-bad good news

As dark as things are, with Eskom sputtering and another recession in full swing, this country is packed with ingenuity and hope.

Africa must act on pesticide ‘double standards’

Humanity has long recognised the essential role of pollinating bees and insects in sustaining life and health, so much so that...

Floods in Ireland: A postcard from the edge of the climate crisis

It seems that politicians aren’t paying attention to the floods, fires and droughts spinning our world out of control

Water theft: Thirty years of looting

New research details how the department was broken, profiting a select few and leaving a third of South Africa’s population without clean water

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