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It may not be possible to slow down fast fashion - so can the industry ever be sustainable?

The fashion industry has some major sustainability problems. By 2030, it is predicted that the industry's water consumption will grow by 50% to 118 billion cubic metres...

By Mark Sumner 12 hours ago

#WindAc 2017: Do cats and windows kill more birds than wind turbines?

Yes, they do - cats and windows do kill more birds than wind turbines, but that's no reason to disregard the fact that wind turbines also kill birds...

By Sindy Peters 13 hours ago

Tobacco hurts more than just your lungs - it damages the communities that grow it

Tobacco impacts the health and well-being of the people who grow it and the environment where it is grown, often with devastating consequences. So why do farmers grow tobacco?

By Eleanor Jew 8 hours ago

Good to know (perhaps) that food is being 'nuclearised'

"Using nuclear sciences to feed the world" have led to some major success stories. FAO provides seven examples of how nuclear technology is improving food and agriculture...

By Baher Kamal 11 hours ago

Rent instead of owning: Is it a better model for low-income housing?

We explain an important part of the government housing programme...

By Maxwell Roeland 11 hours ago

Desalination one of Netcare's options

Netcare is investing in desalination technology and is conducting a feasibility study on reusing sewage water in its South African facilities, CEO Richard Friedland says...

13 hours ago

Coffee is revving up London buses

Most of us need our coffee to drive us through the day. And now it's also transporting Londoners to work...

1 day ago

GreenCape, SAWEA host renewable energy career expo in Atlantis

GreenCape and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) recently hosted the second annual Atlantis Career Expo, an educational event designed to drive awareness and interest among Atlantis students about career opportunities in renewable energy...

1 day ago

SACS installs solar system in boarding house

South Africa College High School (SACS) in Cape Town has installed a solar system at its Rosedale Boarding House...

1 day ago

From economic and water poverty to prosperity

We need to unlock more water resources and drive efficiency in our existing supplies to stimulate the economy and job growth...

By Shafick Adams 2 days ago

Study: Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces

Better soil management could boost carbon stored in the top layer of the soil by up to 1.85 gigatonnes each year, about the same as the carbon emissions of transport globally...

By Thin Lei Win 2 days ago

#WindAc 2017: How to select a wind farm development site without compromising visual resources

There are many considerations to take into account when developing a wind farm, one of which is the impact on visual, aesthetic, and scenic resources in and around a potential location...

By Sindy Peters 2 days ago

Swimming with dolphins in virtual reality to aid disabled

Swimming with wild dolphins is something most can only dream of, and jumping into pools with captive animals has become increasingly controversial with environmentalists condemning it as cruel...

2 days ago

Curating 'creativism' and wearing it forward with the Mal Foundation

Net#work BBDO's Mike Schalit founded the not-for-profit Make a Life (Mal) Foundation a while ago as a banner for initiatives that use creativity for good. Here, Schalit and Mal designer-in-chief Emma Strydom explain how their recent t-shirt designs have benefitted the Seed library initiative and more...

By Leigh Andrews 3 days ago

2017 GAP Innovation Competition winners revealed

Recognising and rewarding innovative ideas that have the potential to significantly impact the Gauteng economy, the 2017 GAP Innovation Competition winners in each category have been announced...

3 days ago

Africa called on to support circular economy

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says South Africa is committed to its long-term vision of transitioning to an environmentally sustainable, climate change resilient, low-carbon economy and just society...

3 days ago

Making water conservation a culture at The Table Bay

"Water conservation has become culture at The Table Bay. We are invested in every drop and we believe that collectively, even the simplest tactics can meaningfully contribute to saving water," says Joanne Selby.

3 days ago

The future of plastics: reusing the bad and encouraging the good

Plastics have got themselves a bad name, mainly for two reasons: most are made from petroleum and they end up as litter in the environment...

By Kim Pickering 3 days ago

Saica signs climate-related risk agreement

Saica has affirmed its commitment to sustainability reporting by signing a statement of support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations.

17 Nov 2017

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International

Meat without animals to hit shelves in 2021

A growing number of startups are trying to produce meat products without using animals, with a view to addressing concerns about animal welfare and the carbon footprint of meat. However, Chris Lo, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData, reports that new products will not be ready to hit the shelves until 2021.

10 Nov 2017

Hydroelectric dams threaten Brazil's mysterious Pantanal - one of the world's great wetlands

The Pantanal in central South America may not be as globally famous as the Amazon rainforest, but it has the continent's highest concentration of wildlife. Now, however, the region's endangered plants and animals, along with its still undiscovered secrets, may be wiped out in return for cheap hydroelectricity.

By Lauren Crabb, Anna Laing, Bronwen Whitney, Carlos 10 Nov 2017

Malaysia rescues 140 pangolins from suspected smugglers

Dozens of live pangolins were seized from suspected traffickers close to Malaysia's border with Thailand, officials said Wednesday, 8 November, thwarting the latest attempt to smuggle the critically endangered creatures.

10 Nov 2017

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