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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

Unstoppable momentum of habitat loss could compromise sustainable life on Earth

Tough decisions ahead for humankind, if we hope to save the planet

The fate of unique species in Tanzania’s coastal forests hangs in the balance

Tanzania faces the challenge of conserving forests in a developing country with a rapidly expanding population.

Woody plants on the march: Trees and shrubs are encroaching across Africa

Woody plants' cover has increased across large swathes of the continent in the past three decades

Deforestation in tropical Africa is not as bad as previously thought

Tropical deforestation can release a huge amount of carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change

​Gauteng approves abattoir, threatening Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve

Authorisation for a new slaughterhouse, next to a Unesco site, has brought to a halt attempts to protect one of Gauteng’s last natural landscapes.

Massive DNA drive to record all life forms

Scientists are collecting information from all over the world to create an accessible database of Earth's biodiversity.

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Tobacco producers welcome new research confirming that cigarette ban has failed

Every day that goes by shows the importance of getting rid of this ban and going back to producing and selling cigarettes as we were before

Cost increases sharing of cigarettes

Many people are questioning whether the ban on tobacco in South Africa is not in fact having the opposite effect of that intended

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Accessing health and justice in a time of Covid-19

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