MAIL & GUARDIAN: Environment

COP 18 – Critical but not spectacular

COP 18 comes with low expectations, but it is critical to put the nuts and bolts together for a global climate change agreement.

Storm-chaser seeks beauty in drama

An intrepid local photographer, Des Jacobs is hooked on snapping nature's own fireworks. Sipho Kings spoke to him.

SA companies come out tops in Carbon Disclosure Project

Local companies are matching the world's best in declaring their carbon emissions, and doing something about them.

Rhino poaching: Army considered

The SA National Defence Force could be called in to help prevent rhino poaching in North West, premier Thandi Modise said on Monday.

Access to adequate toilets hindered by blockages in the system

On World Toilet Day, 2.5-billion people sit without access to adequate sanitation. A child dies every 15 seconds as a result.

Commodifying carbon a real option

The solution to widespread carbon dioxide emissions is to turn the gas into a commodity, experts say. And it can be done with available technology.

Rhino poaching ‘could reach new high’

The number of rhinos poached this month could hit a new high despite the best efforts of authorities, MPs heard on Tuesday.

Cape Town baboons get paintballed out of residential areas

Baboons in Cape Town are being paintballed to drive them out of residential suburbs and stop them from pillaging homes and cars on brazen food raids.

Greenies bark up the wrong tree

Often touted as a solution to climate change, forests actually threaten Africa's savanna ecosystems, writes Kimon de Greef.

Deep in the trenches of the war on rhinos

In an edited extract from his book Killing for Profit, Julian Rademeyer offers a glimpse into two sides of the complicated battle in the bush.

Rhino butchers caught on film at North West game farm

A disturbing bloody video has called into question the decision to drop charges against an alleged rhino poaching syndicate.

SA in the red on carbon-offset credits

SAA has introduced a voluntary carbon-offset programme.

Politics is not rocket science but it helps if you know a little

Derek Hanekom has taken over the department of science and technology after eight years as its deputy. The M&G sat down with him for a cappuccino.

Public outcry threatens eThekwini’s water future

Plans by the eThekwini municipality to use recycled water to provide 10% of its water needs have been dealt a heavy blow by citizens.

SA’s renewable energy output to double

South Africa's energy mix is due to be shaken up as the capacity allocated to independent power producers has now nearly doubled.

Molewa: Hunting brings much to South Africa’s economy

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says the hunting industry has contributed millions to South Africa's economy in past years.

Vietnamese bee farmers fight to save their income

Bee farmers in Vietnam are being forced to change decades of best practice to deal with a changing climate, writes Mike Shanahan.

Catch 60 rats – win a phone

At night, the rubbish dumps of Alexandra come to life as rivers of rats come out of their holes they are the perfect breeding ground for rodents.

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