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Earth's soil carbon reservoir poses massive risk to climate change mitigation

Fijian president Jioji Konousi Konrote warned of colossal negative impacts on the environment and human societies if the massive stores of carbon trapped in Earth's soils are released...

12 hours ago

Sustainable marine tourism boat operator
WESSA applications for 2017/18 Blue Flag Season open

Applications from beaches, sustainable tourism boating operators and marinas for Blue Flag accreditation in the 2017/18 South African Blue Flag season are open...

12 hours ago

Antranias via
Forestry SA launches online guide to industry

The new portal offers itself as a beginner's guide to forestry in SA and covers the basics of forestry and forest products, and everything from water-use to recreation, pest control, ownership, and end-uses...

13 hours ago

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Collaboration will make life saving water bottles available at WTM Africa

In an effort to help raise awareness around the importance of having access to safe water and sanitation, WTM Africa has collaborated with international water development charity, Just a Drop...

2 days ago

Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour
Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour

With 75% of hotels' environmental impact being directly related to excessive consumption, we have committed to transforming ourselves and, in turn, the environment, by adopting a more eco-friendly approach...

2 days ago

Jean Van Jean via
Cocoa industry agrees plan to tackle deforestation

Major chocolate makers, including Ferrero, Nestle, and Mars, agreed on a landmark initiative to tackle deforestation in top cocoa producers Ivory Coast and Ghana...

17 Mar 2017

Table Mountain Cableway
Table Mountain Cableway making every drop of water count

In light of National Water Week - 20 to 26 March 2017 - Table Mountain Cableway shares its water reducing measures to aid other businesses looking for ways to save water in drought-stricken Cape Town...

16 Mar 2017

Kruger National Park hosts scientists, researchers
Kruger National Park hosts scientists, researchers

The Kruger National Park (KNP) is currently hosting scientists and researchers from around the world for the 15th Annual Savanna Science Network Meeting at the Skukuza's Nombolo Mdluli Conference Centre...

16 Mar 2017

Kelps in southern Africa are thriving, but some key inhabitants of kelp forests are not
Kelps in southern Africa are thriving, but some key inhabitants of kelp forests are not

There's a forest in the extreme west of South Africa which very few people know much about. It's 1,000km long but only around 100m wide. This forest is a kelp forest...

By John Bolton and Laura Blamey 15 Mar 2017

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Bringing water to Kenya's drought-stricken wildlife

In a wildlife sanctuary in southern Kenya the relentless sun has bleached savannah grasses and dried up rivers, turning water holes first into muddy pits and now, dust bowls...

7 Mar 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
The importance of teaching about climate change

It is important for people to learn about clean energy, green practices, and reduced resource use for us to continue to enjoy these invaluable resources for generations...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 6 Mar 2017

Sea Change - Sustainable cork posters
Sea Change - Sustainable cork posters

To promote the film Sea Change, Bittersuite created a laser-engraved poster (made from environmentally friendly cork) which peels off and converts into a deck pad to be used on surfboards...

Issued by Bittersuite 3 Mar 2017

Ladybugs stop pests from eating our food and destroying crops. Flickr/Inhabitat
Conservation efforts must include small animals. After all, they run the world

Humans like to think that they rule the planet and are hard wired to do so. But our stewardship has been anything but successful...

By Michael Samways 3 Mar 2017

Tekkie Tax, more than a fundraising campaign
Tekkie Tax, more than a fundraising campaign

Since its start in 2013 Tekkie Tax has raised R22m, but it's much more than just a fundraising campaign...

By Sindy Peters 2 Mar 2017

2017 Tusk Conservation Awards to be held in SA
2017 Tusk Conservation Awards to be held in SA

The 2017 Tusk Conservation Awards, established in partnership with Investec Asset Management, are for the first time to be held in South Africa, also a first for the continent...

28 Feb 2017

Over 600 poachers, traffickers arrested
Over 600 poachers, traffickers arrested

The number of poachers and traffickers arrested for rhino-related poaching offences in South Africa has doubled...

28 Feb 2017

Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit
Ceres Fruit Growers environmental practices bearing fruit

The sustainability efforts of Ceres Fruit Growers is bearing fruit - saving the environment and the bottom line in the process...

28 Feb 2017

Public invited to comment on draft regulations
Public invited to comment on draft regulations

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa has invited any interested parties to submit written comments on the draft regulations on the reclamation of land from coastal waters...

27 Feb 2017

Climate change case in court

What has been described as South Africa's first climate change lawsuit is to be heard on Thursday, 2 March 2017, in the Pretoria High Court...

24 Feb 2017

Oxfam East Africa via
Indian Ocean Dipole: The obscure climate phenomenon driving drought

An obscure climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean is contributing to an East Africa drought that is threatening the lives of millions of people, as famine looms...

By Jared Ferrie 24 Feb 2017

Is sustainability baked into your strategy?
Is sustainability baked into your strategy?

Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, one of the world's largest investors, said, β€œThe pursuit of profit maximisation at any cost has come at a great cost to the planet and our humanity. Today's culture of quarterly earnings hysteria is totally contrary to the long-term approach we need.”

By Sue Morris 23 Feb 2017

#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo
#DesignMonth: Love local, love sustainable, Love Milo

As we slowly wise up to the negative effects our growing consumerism has on the environment, it could be argued that the most progressive design is that which is sustainable...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Feb 2017

Kate Holt/AusAID via  - Olivia Gimbo holds up her family's supply of food for the week in Epworth, Harare.
Global future food security in jeopardy warns FAO report

Intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and climate change has put mankind's ability to feed itself in jeopardy a new report by FAO warns...

22 Feb 2017

Do-It Hang Tabs - Materials and safety
Do-It Hang Tabs - Materials and safety

Do-It's main aim is to provide hang tabs that are environmentally friendly and safe for all industries, including the food industry, while providing merchandising solutions that work for their customers' products...

Issued by Pyrotec 21 Feb 2017

EWT aims to break Guinness World Record for largest game of leapfrog
EWT aims to break Guinness World Record for largest game of leapfrog

As part of this year's Leap Day for Frogs, on Friday, 24 February, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) aims to raise awareness of the plight of frogs by breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest game of leapfrog...

21 Feb 2017

Farmers hold the key to nature conservation: let's treat them that way
Farmers hold the key to nature conservation: let's treat them that way

To have any chance of coaxing species back from the brink of extinction we must reconcile the pressures of food production with the need for nature conservation...

By Falko Buschke 20 Feb 2017

Critical court showdown on mining and environment
Critical court showdown on mining and environment

Tormin case will decide if government's environmental watchdog still has power when it comes to mining...

By John Yeld 20 Feb 2017

Unlocking business opportunities using sustainability standards
Unlocking business opportunities using sustainability standards

A new report recently published by WWF and ISEAL indicates how businesses can contribute strongly to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and unlock new market opportunities...

20 Feb 2017

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Indian Ocean states move to avert tuna stocks depletion

Tuna Fisheries are to feature prominently in future as the South West Indian Ocean Commission now moves to adopt a draft protocol on access to fishing grounds by foreign vessels...

By Sylivester Domasa 17 Feb 2017

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