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China pledges to become carbon neutral by 2060

China, the world's worst polluter, has pledged to become carbon neutral before 2060 in a move that could prove to be a major step forward for the global climate fight. The country also said it would scale up its efforts under the global Paris Agreement on climate change, with an aim to have its carbon [...]

2020-09-28T11:59:48+02:00September 28th, 2020|

World has six months to avert climate crisis, says energy expert

International Energy Agency chief warns of need to prevent post-lockdown surge in emissions The world has only six months in which to change the course of the climate crisis and prevent a post-lockdown rebound in greenhouse gas emissions that would overwhelm efforts to stave off climate catastrophe, one of the world’s foremost energy experts has [...]

2020-06-24T09:52:49+02:00June 24th, 2020|

Microplastics found for the first time in Antarctica’s food chain

Microplastics have reached one of the world's most remote food systems, a new study has found. The findings raise concerns over the future of Antarctica's fragile ecosystem, which is already threatened by climate change. For the first time, scientists have discovered microplastics inside small organisms living in the soil in Antarctica, according to a new [...]

2020-06-24T09:31:15+02:00June 24th, 2020|

COVID-19 FAQ

Dear Clients and Visitors, Since the lockdown was initially proclaimed, but especially once we moved to Level 4 with its host of new Regulations and Directions and amendments to existing ones, we have received numerous queries to explain certain (new) requirements. From these we realised that several common questions kept on coming up and we [...]

2020-05-10T11:25:03+02:00May 10th, 2020|

Accident in Springs mine leaves on employee dead

An accident at a mine in Springs, Gauteng, has left one man dead. The accident, which took place at Gold 1 Modder East mine on Friday, saw a mine employee crushed in a scaler, according to a fatality notification that News24 has seen. The incident has been confirmed by the Mineral Resources and Energy Department. [...]

2020-04-04T19:18:29+02:00April 4th, 2020|

Kenya has the strictest plastic bag ban in the world: Has it worked?

After a study supported by the National Environmental Management Agency (NEMA) found that more than 50 percent of cattle near urban areas in Kenya were found to have plastic bags in their stomachs, the United Nations called out Kenya for the 100 million plastic bags given out from its supermarkets each year. Additionally, when plastic [...]

2020-01-28T12:25:34+02:00January 28th, 2020|

South Africa has most environmentally dangerous tailing dams

South Africa has the highest number of dangerous tailing dams—structures constructed, often by mining companies, to store waste in liquid form. The dams are considered hazardous if improperly handled and have resulted in environmental disasters and deaths many times around the world. Wider environmental hazards arising out of mining operations in South Africa, and elsewhere [...]

2020-01-20T17:52:30+02:00January 20th, 2020|

Durban Greenest City in the world

Durban just picked up an award as the Greenest City in the world - but when it rains the beaches look like plastic waste dumps Umgeni River Mouth, Durban. Source: Joshua Redman and Cameron Service, The Litterboom Project. eThekwini Municipality walked away with an award as being the Greenest City in the world.  But while [...]

2020-01-15T13:57:27+02:00January 15th, 2020|

The good, the bad and the vegan

Pros and cons: Soya beans provide protein but mass production causes deforestation. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP) There’s a global push for people to become vegans, or at least eat less meat, to reduce their carbon footprint. Annerine Snyman looks at food production in South Africa and why not everyone could, or should, be vegans Meat is a [...]

2020-01-15T13:50:04+02:00January 15th, 2020|

Polluting power plant faces closure

Lights out: Kendal power station is being put under pressure by the environmental department because it continues to release more pollutants than is legally permitted. Sometime between July and September 2018, the emissions control system at Eskom’s Kendal power plant was damaged and it began pumping out toxic pollutants. Because it has a monopoly on [...]

2020-01-15T13:40:25+02:00January 15th, 2020|