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The ‘warning lights flash red’ for Earth

It’s the Age of Humans — the Anthropocene — and the most serious threats to our experience and existence on our planet are human-made

Biodiversity is crucial for South Africa’s food security

Farming must embrace sustainable, regenerative agriculture practices to secure our future

How to escape the ‘era of pandemics’

Any of 850 000 viruses could cause the next global crisis. Experts say we should focus on prevention

Seals abort pups in mass die-off

There are a number of factors — a pollutant, virus or bacteria or malnutrition — that may have caused the 12 000 deaths on Namibia’s coast.

Biodiversity loss threatens us all

South Africa has not signed the Leader’s Pledge for Nature, despite the Earth’s interdependent crisis of biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and climate change

A healthy Earth needs its indigenous people

They have played a crucial role in protecting biodiversity on their land but are largely relegated to the back seats in discussions at the local and international levels that aim to maintain ecosystems

How protecting nature can protect us

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the tourism industry hard, making it evident that the protection of biodiversity requires other forms of protection such as stewardship

Our wonderful wetlands need protection now

Humanity is amazed by our natural world but fails to value its importance to our survival

Africa must tell the rest of the world that we are not their dumping ground

The continent has long received more than its fair share of the world’s toxic waste, endangering the health of people who are exposed to it

Africa’s genetic material is still being misused

Legislation as well as academic research governance bodies have failed to safeguard the rights of participants from Africa in genomics research.

Africa’s path to sustainable prosperity must move in step with environmental action

The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment wraps up in Durban today. It will hopefully provide solutions that will have tangible effects

Repairing ecosystems is costly, but doing nothing is criminal

The international ecological restoration conference takes place in Cape Town next week

How we can restore our ecosystems

To secure our long-term future, we need to move away from an extractive, transactional economy

Planet Earth: Declare an emergency

Humans must urgently redefine a good quality life — and it should not include buying stuff

The fossil fuel industry is killing our future

Allowing offshore hydrocarbon exploration betrays government’s compact with the youth

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