Environment

High court halts Shell’s seismic exploration along Wild Coast

Judge Gerald Bloem sustained the argument from affected local communities that the oil giant had failed to consult and to refute their evidence that it would cause lasting harm to marine life

Locust swarms loom in the wake of wetter weather

Unreported locust swarms in unoccupied farms, game and environmental parks can grow, cover large distances and destroy entire crops

Cargo ship captain convicted over Mauritius oil spill

The MV Wakashio, a Japanese-owned but Panamanian-flagged vessel, ran aground in July 2020, spilling more than 1,000 tonnes of toxic fuel into the pristine waters of Mauritius, coating mangroves, corals and other fragile ecosystems.

International community seeks to better tap into groundwater in 2022

Efforts are ramping up to make invisible water resources more visible in policy as a solution to drought and climate change

Reforestation boosts planet’s green lungs

A new study shows the past 20 years of forest regeneration and reforestation efforts globally have contributed to the restoration of carbon sinks

Eldorado Park garden brings hope and heals volunteers

Between the fields of illegally dumped waste and a contaminated Kliprivier stream passing through the area is a greening project

The dummy’s guide to climate change for southern Africa

Though there is no going back and fixing what we have done, we can certainly all take responsibility for our corner of the world to ensure we have a fighting chance

Mining in Richards Bay remains a double-edged sword

Sociopolitical conflict persists in the area because mining operations go hand in hand with filthy lucre that divides communities while devastating their natural environment.

Wild Coast communities blast Mantashe’s defence of Shell’s seismic survey

Groups opposed to multinational’s offshore search for oil and gas say that the energy minister shows his ignorance by blaming white environmentalists for wanting to ‘protect butterflies’

‘Rule of law’ closes in as Eskom’s applications to postpone compliance with air pollution standards are denied

Eskom warns that the decision, if implemented, will cause immediate power blackouts, as well as push electricity tariffs higher

South Africa witnesses alarming spike in rhino poaching

Twenty-three rhinos have been killed in 36 hours, according to a nonprofit organisation; the environment department says this figure is 24 since the beginning of December

Rain, cooler weather reduce Cape Town fires

The first two weeks of December recorded 313 fires, compared with more than 600 last year

Mantashe comments on objections to Shell seismic survey ‘astounding’

Environmental group says the government is continuing to push the country towards a climate change disaster

Insect army tackles Hartbeespoort Dam’s water hyacinths

About 300 000 planthoppers have been released on Hartbeespoort Dam to control the green horror

Tiny shot hole borer beetle is causing big problems

The invasion of this destructive beetle wiping out trees is only in its infancy and scientists expect ecological and social costs to rack up

New refrigeration tech a boon for Africa

Cold-chain and refrigeration capacity are among the priorities of the programmes supported by the African Centres of Excellence, the University of Birmingham and the United Nations

‘Coal is bad: Women want a green Eskom’

The Waterberg Women Advocacy Organisation wants people to have clean and renewable energy
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