environment

 
Courts deliver big wins for environment
Courts deliver big wins for environment
South Africa’s environment law has a strange loophole. In theory, every activity that would harm the environment falls under the National...
'Our god is stronger' — can biodiverse Bijagós fend off evangelical threat?
'Our god is stronger' — can biodiverse Bijagós fend off evangelical threat?
The 12 traditional priestesses of Orango island gathered in their wide hut in a deserted clearing of ankle-deep vegetation, passing a bowl of...
Climate change Bill needs to be strengthened
Climate change Bill needs to be strengthened
South Africa, like the rest of world, cannot and does not deny the negative effects of climate change. The Climate Change Bill, published on June...
Tiny beetles cause a giant crisis
Tiny beetles cause a giant crisis
A plague of tiny beetles is tearing into our trees and killing them. The unprecedented crisis has led to towns, cities, companies and universities...
The unbearable lightness of being
The unbearable lightness of being
Right. Let’s just rip off the plaster and get past this awkward moment. It’s been a year since the Mail & Guardian stopped reporting...
Plastic alternatives just good PR or a real solution?
Plastic alternatives just good PR or a real solution?
On July 3, citizens throughout the world celebrated Plastic Bag Free Day, which came hot on the heels of Environment Day and World Oceans Day. On...
Here are three ways that cities can adapt to changing climates
Here are three ways that cities can adapt to changing climates
Cape Town’s “Day Zero” experience – the prospect of dam levels dropping dangerously low, taps running dry and water rations being distributed from public collection points – speaks powerfully to the urgency and complexity of climate change adaptation. ...
Environmental activism is not a whites-only issue
Environmental activism is not a whites-only issue
During a conference last year, I enthusiastically attended all the sessions, from good governance to peace and reconciliation, and human rights....
​Gauteng approves abattoir, threatening Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve
​Gauteng approves abattoir, threatening Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve
The City of Tshwane uses the word “noxious” to describe abattoirs. They are a necessary evil governed by strict bylaws. Yet, in the southwestern corner of the municipality, the provincial agriculture and rural development department has given an abattoir building permission despite...
​Spekboom can fix ecosystems, create jobs and suck up CO2 – if SA gets a carbon tax
​Spekboom can fix ecosystems, create jobs and suck up CO2 – if SA gets a carbon tax
Spekboom was meant to be the ultimate symbol of sustainable development, a plant...
Mines left to pollute the soil
Mines left to pollute the soil
For more than six years, no large coal mine has been granted closure, meaning the mines cannot be rehabilitated and lie abandoned, leaving a legacy...
​Wealth is a threat to environment
​Wealth is a threat to environment
WEALTHTo be rich is a thing that many people in our society spend their whole lives striving for. Not having to worry about money and...

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