MAIL & GUARDIAN: Environment

US elections: Neither candidate is taking climate change seriously

The climate policies of both parties are constrained because they are far too wedded to the neoliberal economic systems

‘Beat the heat with cool zones’

Temperatures being recorded in some parts of South Africa are already close to the limits at which humans can survive

How to escape the ‘era of pandemics’

Any of 850 000 viruses could cause the next global crisis. Experts say we should focus on prevention

Air pollution link in 15% of global Covid-19 deaths

Researchers have found that, because ambient fine particulate air pollution aggravates comorbidities, it could play a factor in coronavirus fatalities

Dirty air kills 476 000 newborns

In 2019, two-thirds of infant deaths caused by pollution were in sub-Saharan Africa

Ghost fishing gear an ‘immortal menace’ in oceans

Lost and illegal tackle is threatening marine life and the lives of people making a living from the sea

Gas: South Africa’s next ‘battleground’

As government pushes for a huge increase in electricity generation from gas, serious questions are being raised about the logic behind the move

Seals abort pups in mass die-off

There are a number of factors — a pollutant, virus or bacteria or malnutrition — that may have caused the 12 000 deaths on Namibia’s coast.

Dust erosion harms SA’s food bowl

If micronutrients are blown away and the soil dries, the Free State maize crop is threatened

Benefits of red meat ignored in shift towards plant-based diets

The World Wide Fund for Nature says change needs to happen to halt the negative effects of livestock production on biodiversity and climate

‘People the same as pigs’ in the Vaal

The water and sanitation department has taken over the clean-up project while sewage continues to pollute the Vaal River and Emfuleni municipality

Glug glug: Motorists paying for Sasol’s pollution

New research shows how Sasol receives billions in government subsidies

September’s hot world record reignites climate alarm

Globally the month was 0.05°C warmer than in 2019 and 0.8°C warmer than in 2016, which previously held the records for the warmest and second warmest September on record.

Load-shedding’s silver lining: Lower levels of sulphur dioxide air pollution

Analysis of Nasa data shows that although SO₂ emissions around the world have fallen by about 6%, the levels are high enough to harm the health of billions of people.

Biodiversity loss threatens us all

South Africa has not signed the Leader’s Pledge for Nature, despite the Earth’s interdependent crisis of biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and climate change

South Africa’s southern right whale population is falling, research finds

Researcher Els Vermeulen has a whale of a time conducting an annual aerial survey of the country’s southern right whales. But decreasing numbers reveal the depressing nature of this work

Environmental destruction is the human rights challenge of our time: Archbishop Tutu

World leaders must choose between life or death for humanity, say climate justice activists at 10th Desmond Tutu international peace lecture

State ‘dragging its feet’ in watershed Mpumalanga pollution case

Sixteen months after the launch of the Deadly Air court case, the government has failed to file its answering affidavits

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