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Century Property, Riversands Developments sue Joburg environmentalist for R197mn

Century Property Developments and Riversands Developments have ‘no prospect’ of recovering the damages being claimed, say defendants

Climate commission maps South Africa’s road to zero emissions

The commission has been meeting with interest groups to finalise the country’s climate change mitigation commitments, while adopting and developing models towards a zero carbon emission future

Eskom’s Richards Bay gas-to-power plant ‘regressive’ for action on climate change, say activists

Two environmental organisations have challenged the environment department’s rejection of the appeal against the project

Damage assessments begin following deadly Western Cape storm

On Monday morning, roads to Arniston and Struisbaai were still closed, but authorities say they may open later in the day as water levels are subsiding quickly

Wild garlic harvesters back in court

Healers say the plant is part of their heritage, but officials counter that it is a protected species

Wildlife owners may target state

South Africa has about 350 facilities with 8 000 to 12 000 lions bred in captivity for commercial use in cub petting, canned hunting and the lion bone and other body parts trade.

Noise pollution affects plants and their pollinators

A study of piñon and juniper show that regular exposure to loud sounds affect plants’ growth while birds dispersing seeds move away

EU-banned pesticides are harming farmworkers in SA

The department does not even have a list of registered pesticides, a damning report finds

‘Who will feed my children if these powerships chase the fish away?’

Final EIAs for controversial Karpowership projects submitted to environment minister Barbara Creecy

South Africa one of 48 implicated in illegal trade of hippo ivory

A report by wildlife-trade specialists Traffic says a hippo census should be conducted to establish the sustainability of the trade

Sewage poisons the Vaal River

‘We don’t just wear masks because of Covid-19 — it’s because of all this shit’

Khoikhoi versus US giant Amazon

The controversial River Club development gets the go-ahead, but opponents say they are heading for court

Thirsty alien eucalyptuses get the chop

The trees are being felled along the Breede River and the biomass sold back to their native Australia

Top climate scientist, Bob Scholes, has died

Scholes ‘a giant in the field of climate science’ - Wits University

Critically endangered blue whale washes up in Walvis Bay

First-ever recorded stranding in more than 30 years in Namibia, South Africa and probably the continent

Pursuing fossil fuels in Kavango Basin a ‘stupid bet’

Opponents also label Canadian oil and gas company’s announcement of working petroleum system in Namibia as premature

Big week for climate change commitments

The ambitious targets are not set in stone until they are deposited at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change later this year, while legislative processes vary between countries that have stated their mitigation

South Africa passes ‘grim milestone’ after extreme heat kills off birds, bats

Mass November die-off in KZN is a sign of how global heating is affecting small animals, researchers warn

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