Environment

Zambia bans hunting of endangered wildcats

Zambia has banned the hunting wild cats because it sees more value in game viewing tourism than blood sport, said the country's tourism minister.

2012 shown to be hottest year for United States

Temperatures in the United States have reached record levels, making 2012 the hottest year to date.

AngloGold mine charged with radioactive contamination

AngloGold Ashanti has been charged with contaminating water and "ongoing pollution" in Stilfontein by the Federation for Sustainable Environment.

Stop pretending there is a debate over climate change

The debate over whether humans are driving climate change should be over. We need to start talking about adapting to this change, writes Sipho Kings.

Explorers embark on Antarctica adventure

British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes calls it one of the last remaining polar challenges: crossing Antarctica during the region's winter.

German solar power installations reach record high

New solar power installations in Germany has hit a record high in 2012 but tapered off as subsidies were cut, Environment Ministry data showed.

Green Party sees red over rock lobster

Activists and fishing groups are at odds with the department over 'unsustainable' catch allowances.

Looking back on the environment in 2012

Last year provided a wealth of meetings and conferences with minimal outcomes, while catastrophes continued to show how the climate is changing.

Antarctic exploratory drilling halted

An ambitious British plan to search for minute forms of life in an ancient lake beneath Antarctica's ice has been suspended due to technical problems.

Deadliest year yet for Africa’s rhinos and elephants

Africa's rhinos and elephants have been poached in near record numbers in 2012, with surging demand for horn and ivory driving the slaughter.

There goes the neighbourhood…and here comes nuclear

What happens when government plans to build a nuclear plant in your hometown? Lionel Faull went to the Eastern Cape to find out.

The closing of Tygerberg Zoo

Tygerberg Zoo, in the Western Cape, became the latest casualty in the changing nature of conservation, writes Sean O'Toole.

Norway plans to put brakes on deforestation

Norway has announced plans to step up its efforts as part of "first aid" to slow climate change.

SPCA to investigate military horses in ‘bad condition’

The SPCA has obtained a North Gauteng High Court order to allow it to investigate the wellbeing of horses owned by 12 SA Infantry Battalion.

Major General joins fight against rhino poaching

A retired army officer has been roped in to help fight rhino poaching.

South Africa signs rhino deal with Vietnam

Local rhinos have been thrown a lifeline with a memorandum of understanding signed between Vietnam and South Africa.

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.
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