MAIL & GUARDIAN: Environment

Seven lean years in the Northern Cape

As the Karoo hopes for an end to its worst drought in a generation, the region’s history may hold important lessons for its future

Countering climate denialism requires taking on right-wing populism. Here’s how

Global cooperation is essential if climate action is to be effective, amid the right-wing onslaught against multilateralism

Grass roots of Ice-Age extinctions

Mammoths and sabre-tooth cats once roamed the continent, but were our ancient ancestors responsible for their disappearance?

Shisha pipes smoke out Egypt’s charcoal makers

Wood from mango and orange trees is charred for smoking shisha, while the charcoal from casuarina, camphor and olive trees is used for barbecues

Air pollution costs $2.9 trillion a year — NGO

The new figure is in line with World Health Organisation estimates of 4.2 million deaths each year linked to ground-level air pollution, mostly from heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and acute respiratory infections in children

Water services worse than in 1994 

More than 5.3-million households and 21-million people don’t have clean water, despite money being spent on dams and pipelines to deliver water to 95% of the population. Sipho Kings looks at how R1.3-trillion worth of infrastructure has been subject to so much corruption and mismanagement that many places are worse off than in 1994, leaving the state with a R898-billion bill this decade

Hundreds of Amazon employees criticise firm’s climate stance

Hundreds of Amazon employees Sunday openly criticised the online retail giant's environmental record, in violation of the company's communications policy.

Trump rejects climate ‘prophets of doom’ as Thunberg warns Davos

The 50th meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) got under way in the ski resort with an avowed focus on climate change but with starkly different visions over global warming laid bare

YouTube steers viewers to climate denial videos: nonprofit

YouTube has driven millions of viewers to climate denial videos, a US activist group said on Thursday as it called for stopping "free promotion...

Record 45mn need urgent food aid in Southern Africa — UN

Roughly 45-million people in southern Africa are in urgent need of food aid as a result of drought, flooding and economic hardship, the UN...

Oceans heat up to record highs

Ocean temperatures last year were the hottest in recorded history, driving destructive weather around the world and pushing a rise in...

Australian ‘megablaze’ brought under control

Exhausted firefighters said they had finally brought Australia's largest "megablaze" under control Monday, as wet weather promised to deliver much-needed respite...

Australia’s fires give us a glimpse of what’s coming

The government is reaffirming its commitment to coal. But as the crisis deepens, climate barbarism is no longer an option

Polluting power plant faces closure

The environment department has lost patience with Eskom’s defiance of air pollution regulations

Firestorms: How Australia’s bushfires created their own weather

During Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, lightning strikes caused new fires up to 100 kilometres away from the original blaze

Farming in South Africa is under threat from climate change. Here’s how

The impact of climate change on agriculture and food production is clear: the sector will suffer. Here's what needs to be done

The decade that decides our fate

If we don’t do enough, in a decade’s time there’ll be droughts, floods, wildfires and crop failure on an apocalyptic scale

The good, the bad and the vegan

There’s a global push for people to become vegans, or at least eat less meat, to reduce their carbon footprint

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