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Deep seabed mining a threat to Africa’s coral reefs

The deep oceans are a fragile final frontier, largely unknown and untouched but mining companies and governments — other than those in Africa — are eying its mineral riches

It’s time to add ecocide to the list of international crimes

An international panel of lawyers is asking the International Criminal Court to do just that

Climate crisis a threat to bird species

Changes in agriculture will affect blue cranes and heat stress will harm Cape rockjumpers that are already found at higher altitudes

‘I was hit by an adult bull buffalo’: An interview with Kruger National Park veterinary technologist Tebogo Manamela

Tebogo Manamela talks to Lucas Ledwaba about helping to preserve Africa’s heritage and the rewards of working with – and sometimes being attacked by – animals at the Kruger National Park

SA hydrogen energy development poised to unlock investment

The Minerals Council which represents about 90% of the industry, said the country’s hydrogen opportunities were a game changer

Climate change a ‘collective trauma of potentially epic proportions’ for South Africa

The effects of global warming are negatively affecting mental well-being and will only accelerate in the future, according to a new report

A ‘cancer causing’ herbicide has been found in South Africa’s bread and flour

About half of South Africa's maize crop and 100% of the soya crop is genetically modified — it’s grown with the use of glyphosate. But Bayer South Africa disagrees that it causes cancer

SA delegates to quarantine in Glasgow amid calls for COP26 postponement

Eligible COP26 attendees are expected to receive their UK-sponsored Covid-19 jabs this week, but the Climate Action Network says it is too late

Children increasingly at risk from climate crisis

Children are more vulnerable than adults for a number of reasons including an increased risk of death

Karpowerships plead their case, but environmentalist argue SA doesn’t need powerships

The powerships will be more expensive for consumers than wind and solar energy and isn’t required for reliable electricity generation

Will a price tag on nature help business to value the planet?

Critics say putting a value on something does not equate to protecting it

‘Tap into groundwater – with care’

The Southern African region has vast groundwater resources, but only 1.5% is being used

Ocean climate changes a threat to sea life

The world’s seas have absorbed about a third of all carbon pollution produced since the Industrial Revolution

Satellites launched to determine source of methane, carbon dioxide emissions

A project by Carbon Matter will map the concentration of methane and carbon dioxide worldwide. This will help to detect leaks so they can be repaired

Save forests to protect us from future pandemics — Harvard scientists

Risk of next pandemic greater than ever, scientists say, but world can act

Nuke hearings: Eskom safety plans ‘f lawed’

Environmental groups have warned that a green light from the national energy regulator for a new nuclear power plant will be challenged in court

Civil society groups angered by lack of transparency on Koeberg’s life extension

Legal processes required to grant a licence for South Africa’s nuclear power plant have not been followed, civil society organisations say

Sisulu and her adviser implicated in R4bn Cape Town development with Amazon as tenant

Lindiwe Sisulu and her adviser are accused of meddling in a R4-billion development in a sensitive Cape Town area meant to house Amazon’s Africa office
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