MAIL & GUARDIAN: Environment

COP 18 talks go into extra time

The UN climate talks in Doha have yet to produce a deal the day after their scheduled close, with negotiators locked in a stand-off about funding.

What does it mean to be sustainable in a climate-changed world?

Adaptation is woefully lacking among South African businesses as the scale of climate change impact grows, writes Dr Alec Joubert.

Two degrees spell drought and death

With reports saying the world's temperature could rise by 2C, what does this mean for South Africa?

COP 18 running out of time but left with many issues to resolve

COP 18 started with minimal expectations, but after 11 days of negotiations, the big issues are still to be resolved

Experts alarmed by dramatic increase in elephant killings

While South Africa is battling rhino poaching, it seems to be escaping the continental elephant purge. But not for long, writes Sipho Kings.

Lion population under threat in Africa

The lions that roam Africa have lost as much as 75% of their habitat as their population dwindles and humans overtake their land.

Specialised aircraft joins fight to save SA’s rhinos

A new, state-of-the-art surveillance aircraft represents a vital alliance between the public and private sector in the fight against rhino poaching.

Grim prospect of living in a world that’s 4C warmer

The World Bank has offered a sobering look at a world where temperatures are allowed to increase past the 4 degrees Celsius mark.

Experts call for innovation as water crisis looms

Gauteng will face serious water problems by 2015 if innovative measures are not implemented to conserve water and bring more into the province.

Table Mountain named new wonder of nature

Table Mountain has been inaugurated as one of the new seven wonders of nature at a ceremony held at the foot of the mountain.

Basic countries push for extension of Kyoto Protocol

But several major signatories are refusing to expand emissions cuts when the agreement expires, writes Fiona Macleod.

Kyoto battlelines drawn at COP 18

Climate talks got down to the nitty-gritty in Doha as developing countries and the EU staked out rival positions on the fate of the Kyoto Protocol.

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.

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