MAIL & GUARDIAN: Environment

Debt-for-climate swaps are crucial for economic recovery in the developing world

COMMENT: Developing countries face a debt crisis that will only become worse as the Covid-19 pandemic continues, and massive debt relief will inevitably be necessary. The only question is whether it will be designed to address the even larger climate crisis

Iraqi rivers under threat from dams in Iran and Turkey

This year, an unprecedented fiscal crunch caused by low oil prices forced the government to suspend infrastructure investments. But new dams alone won’t save Iraq’s waterways, experts warn.

‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Laura makes landfall in US

The Atlantic storm season, which runs through November, could be one of the busiest ever this year, with the NHC predicting as many as 25 named storms. Laura is the 12th so far.

Arctic sea ice melting faster than forecast

Until now, climate models have predicted a slow and steady increase of Arctic temperatures, but a new study shows the warming is occurring at a more rapid pace

Sewage threatens world heritage site

Years of pollution in the rivers flowing through the Cradle of Humankind, and Mogale City’s inaction — are a risk to the environment, our health and — cultural status.

The first undeniable climate change deaths

In Japan, in 2018, more than 1 000 people died during an unprecedented heat wave. In 2019, scientists proved it would have been impossible without global warming

EU methane emissions policies will affect Africa’s energy transition

African hydrocarbons producers would do well to commit to existing venting and flaring regulations — because methane-specific policies are coming

Shongweni stink: EnviroServ bosses back in court

Managers charged over landfill emissions want charges set aside

Dumpsite fire that smoked out Pietermaritzburg is finally out

Firefighters have finally extinguished the fire at the New England Road landfill site in Pietermaritzburg, which had engulfed the KwaZulu-Natal capital in thick clouds of toxic smoke since it flared up more than a week ago

Residents raise a stink over landfill

The years-long battle against the EnviroServ waste site at Shongweni has taken a new turn

Covid-19 puts green energy in a coma

The pandemic has disrupted governments’ plans to flatline the upward trajectory of global warming

Covid puts green energy in a coma

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted governments’ plans to flatline the upward trajectory of global warming

South Africa prioritises fossil fuels over clean energy in post-Covid-19 recovery packages

The country is among the G20 countries who have invested in electricity produced from coal, oil and gas at the cost of addressing climate change

Sewage still flows into ‘Poo Lake’

Despite Ekurhuleni spending R2.8-million on a sewer line to prevent further damage to a pump station, raw waste has contaminated a wetland

Toxic dust from an abandoned mine coupled with Covid-19 is a tinderbox

Covid-19 is not the first health crisis to plague Snake Park. For decades the residents have lived with the mine, which they say blows clouds of dust into their homes

UN special rapporteur on the environment joins local air pollution case

The state is facing a court battle about big industry’s emissions and their link to poor health. This is a public health concern and the government must take action to save lives

Invest in children to give them a better world

This entails putting them at the centre of national strategies, but doing it without high CO2 releases

Lawyers push for Slapp suit regulation in SA as Australian miner sues environmental activists

An Australian mining company is suing three attorneys and activists for defamation. But the defendant's attorneys argue that this a strategic lawsuit against public participation

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