Environment

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.

Environmental activists detained outside Eskom’s headquarters

Fourteen environmental activists have been detained after protesting against electricity tariff increases and Eskom's reliance on coal power.

Dung beetles rolling to be cool

Researchers say dung beetles climb onto their dung balls to cool their feet in the midday sun.

Sanitation plan goes down the drain in Khayelitsha

Cape Town is revising a pioneering programme that was meant to maintain and keep toilets clean and provide jobs.

Fossil-fuel industry a grim reaper

Fifteen thousand South Africans are dying every year because of an economy based on burning fossil fuels.

Academics look for solutions to provide clean water

For the 10% of South Africans that do not have access to piped water, diarrhoea and other water-borne diseases are life-threatening.

A Chinese farm in Africa

Chinese farmers are moving away from their small fields at home and see Africa as the land of potential, writes Lila Buckley.

Tyre industry gets to grips with recycling

Court puts a spoke in producers' wheel by agreeing that they are responsible for their products' waste.

‘Tiger man’ Varty issues rhino horn challenge

"Tiger Man" John Varty has suggested that breeders should defy the government's trade ban and stage a high-profile global auction of horns.

Segorong community ousted to make way for mine expansion

The mining must go ahead. Its pincers are tearing into a community that happens to live on top of land that holds precious minerals.

Shark conservation plan in the balance at landmark talks

A ban on shark finning and the adoption of a global shark conservation plan is being sought at a meeting of more than 50 countries in Bonn this week.

China takes a huge step in reducing carbon emissions

China has agreed to work with the EU to create its own carbon trading system. This will create a large pool of funding for sustainable development.

Climate change is already damaging global economy

A report has found the economic impact of global warming is costing the world more than $1.2-trillion a year, wiping 1.6% annually from global GDP.

Wildlife expert mauled in leopard attack

A wildlife expert employed by the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency is recovering in the Nelspruit Mediclinic after being savaged by a leopard.
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