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Companies are grasping at straws

Companies are keen to ditch plastic straws, but replacing them with single-use alternatives is not the best option, environmentalists say

Cape Town’s Day Zero scare raised a new generation of young climate activists

Gabriel Klassen, who grew up on Cape Town’s Cape Flats, is one of the many young climate activists in South Africa who are reaching out to their peers and pushing for change and action

Fight over controversial redevelopment of River Club heads to court

The R4.6-billion project, set to house Amazon’s new African headquarters, is on ‘sacred floodplain’, say applicants

Canada’s ReconAfrica oil and gas exploration in Namibia and Botswana worries World Heritage Committee

Spills and pollution would harm the Okavango Delta and the Tsodilo Hills world heritage sites

R15m to rid Gauteng of dirty air

The World Bank is funding a plan to deal with air pollution in Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg

Reservations about ‘new deal’ for rhinos, lions, elephant, leopards

Draft policy promotes species playing their role in wilderness systems but one conservationist says leopards are being sold out

Sowing the seeds for black growth

A special annual week showcases the talents of black people who love – and work with – plants

‘Put farmers at the heart of food systems’ to feed the world

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s QU Dongyu says food systems have to be transformed to make them more resilient and inclusive.

Environmentalists launch tool kit to teach Africa’s youth about climate change

The environmental group Earthday.org has been campaigning to improve climate literacy and wants to make the subject compulsory at schools

Stellenbosch University gets its own climate studies school

The faculty is the first of its kind in the battle against climate change

Creecy calls for cheaper finance at London climate talks

Emerging markets need $3-trillion to 4-trillion a year in low-carbon investments over the next 15 years to meet their climate mitigation commitments

Coal on a drive to delay its demise

The just transition that is currently being executed is a balance between energy security and climate change, according to one analyst

Gauteng’s jacarandas are flowering earlier because of climate change

Such shifts are being observed globally, researchers say

China launches carbon market as it aims to reduce emissions

China’s emissions exceed those of developed countries, in large part because of its population of more than 1.4-billion people

United Phosphorus Ltd cleans up spill after chemical blaze in Durban

Scientists have been sent to handle the fallout from the warehouse fire, which stored about 1 600 hazardous materials that can contaminate the air, sea and rivers

Alleged rhino-horn kingpin and big game hunter arrested for possession of 19 rhino horns get bail

The case against the two men has been postponed to September

Water sector to clean up its act

The Blue and Green Drop programmes are being relaunched to rebuild SA’s often poorly maintained and ‘looted’ water systems

Afforestation can hinder fight against global warming if done wrong, study says

A simplistic approach to tree restoration without not properly accounting for the complexities of plant and atmosphere interactions can cause problems
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