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How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050
How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050Article

Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds over the last 50 years...

Michael Obersteiner, David Leclère, Piero Visconti 15 Sep 2020

2020 WWF Living Planet Report warns against business as usual
2020 WWF Living Planet Report warns against business as usualArticle

According to WWF's recently released Living Planet Report 2020, global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds decline in less than half a century...

11 Sep 2020

SA climate change researcher receives British Ecological Society award
SA climate change researcher receives British Ecological Society awardArticle

South Africa's Professor Wendy Foden, a globally recognised researcher in climate change vulnerability assessments of threatened species, has been awarded the British Ecological Society's Marsh award for climate change research...

31 Aug 2020

A palm oil plantation in Malaysia. (Shutterstock)
How our food choices cut into forests and put us closer to virusesArticle

Forests provide an essential buffer between people and wildlife - and the viruses they carry. Global agriculture is destroying forests, harming biodiversity and may be putting human life at risk...

24 Aug 2020

New project explores impact of biodiversity loss on well-being in Africa
New project explores impact of biodiversity loss on well-being in AfricaArticle

Lack of access to global data on biodiversity loss and its impact on people is a major barrier to tackling the issue in Africa...

17 Aug 2020

Secure meat-hungry food systems to prevent next pandemic
Secure meat-hungry food systems to prevent next pandemicArticle

Sustainable agriculture and better health monitoring needed to break chain of disease transmission in food systems...

Fatima Arkin 23 Jul 2020

Biodiversity in the balance - degradation threatens economic prosperity
Biodiversity in the balance - degradation threatens economic prosperityArticle

It is a mere six months old, but 2020 has already been a bumper year for natural disasters...

Ashim Paun 14 Jul 2020

Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and bats
Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and batsArticle

The steep decline in biodiversity is worrying, especially as wild species are important for pollination and pest control...

Lenore Fahrig 13 Jul 2020

Tarryn Sankar, head of listed credit, Futuregrowth
Interconnectiveness sets the tone of post-Covid responsible investmentArticle

What started off as a public health crisis in the form of Covid-19 is really started to bear down as a significant economic crisis...

Nicci Botha 9 Jul 2020

Covid-19, Africa's conservation and trophy hunting dilemma
Covid-19, Africa's conservation and trophy hunting dilemmaArticle

Wildlife conservation hasn't escaped the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic...

Duan Biggs, Alexander Richard Braczkowski, Alta De Vos, Hayley Clements 30 Jun 2020

Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien species
Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien speciesArticle

Invasive alien species have emerged as one of the top five threats to biodiversity and ecosystems globally, yet only a handful of countries regard biosecurity measures as a priority...

Wiida Fourie-Basson 29 Jun 2020

Affluence is killing the planet, warn scientists
Affluence is killing the planet, warn scientistsArticle

Would you like to be rich? Chances are your answer is: "Yes! Who wouldn't want to be rich?" Clearly, in societies where money can buy almost everything, being rich is generally perceived as something good...

Thomas Wiedmann, Julia K. Steinberger, and Manfred Lenzen 25 Jun 2020

#WorldEnvironmentDay: Celebrating biodiversity in the times of Covid-19
#WorldEnvironmentDay: Celebrating biodiversity in the times of Covid-19Article

The global havoc brought by Covid-19 is not only exposing the triple challenge (inequality, poverty and unemployment) in South Africa that we have always known about, but how slow we have acted on fixing them...

Bonani Madikizela 5 Jun 2020

The rise of conservation tech in Africa
The rise of conservation tech in AfricaArticle

The need to mitigate anthropogenic impacts on species and natural systems has resulted in conservation science developing as a major multidisciplinary area of study...

20 Apr 2020

Environment minister Barbara Creecy’s decision to allow mining on ten more West Coast beaches has prompted criticism from environmentalists. Photo: John Yeld
"New broom" minister Barbara Creecy raises dustArticle

Environment Minister Barbara Creecy's decision to allow vastly expanded West Coast beach mining has prompted sharp criticism from environmentalists...

John Yeld 9 Apr 2020

EWT report shows SA companies need to elevate biodiversity disclosure
EWT report shows SA companies need to elevate biodiversity disclosureArticle

Key findings from the Endangered Wildlife Trust's (EWT) second Biodiversity Performance Rating of SA Companies show that average scores for JSE-listed companies have improved from 2018, but remain low...

21 Feb 2020

Roadmap developed to conserve global insect populations
Roadmap developed to conserve global insect populationsArticle

Led by Prof Jeff Harvey from the Netherlands Institute for Ecology, 73 scientists from around the world have developed a roadmap for global insect conservation...

4 Feb 2020

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Roadmap developed to conserve global insect populationsArticle

With an estimated 40% of all insects threatened with extinction, 73 scientists from around the world decided that something needed to be done urgently to protect insect species...

4 Feb 2020

Biodiversity loss adds to economic woes, research shows
Biodiversity loss adds to economic woes, research showsArticle

The Ramsar Convention decided on the international theme of 'Wetlands and biodiversity' for the year 2020...

Bonani Madikizela 28 Jan 2020

Management of intact forestlands by indigenous peoples key to protecting climate
Management of intact forestlands by indigenous peoples key to protecting climateArticle

Rights recognition crucial to fend off global warming and catastrophic climate change...

Julie Mollins 23 Jan 2020

How some corporations can have positive impact in communities
How some corporations can have positive impact in communitiesArticle

What is the role of corporations in addressing grand challenges? Grand challenges are complex, pressing social and ecological problems involving diverse actors. They defy straightforward solutions...

Ralph Hamann, Alan Zhang, Clifford Shearing, Gina Ziervogel, Lulamile Makaula 3 Jan 2020

How to design a forest fit to heal the planet
How to design a forest fit to heal the planetArticle

Without care, reforestation projects can damage ecosystems and be useless as carbon stores. Here's how to go about it the right way.

Heather Plumpton 11 Dec 2019

Call for JSE to act on climate change
Call for JSE to act on climate changeArticle

About 50 protesters from Extinction Rebellion, Fridays for Future, and members of mining affected communities - many from Soweto - protested outside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) in Sandton on Black Friday...

Kimberly Mutandiro 2 Dec 2019

Why we need a global treaty to protect areas like Seamount Vema
Why we need a global treaty to protect areas like Seamount VemaArticle

The 17-strong Greenpeace crew will assess current conditions at Seamount Vema and plan to pull out 70m-deep lobster traps that have been abandoned in this area by fisheries for decades...

Sindy Peters 18 Oct 2019

Inaugural Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant awardee announced
Inaugural Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant awardee announcedArticle

Dr Hayley Clements has been named the winner of the inaugural Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer (JWO) Research Grant for her research titled "Quantifying the biodiversity planetary boundary for Africa"...

8 Oct 2019

SA releases third biodiversity report
SA releases third biodiversity reportArticle

Environment, forestry and fisheries minister Barbara Creecy recently launched the third National Biodiversity Assessment (NBA), which is a scientific reflection of the state of the country's biodiversity...

7 Oct 2019

79 plants now extinct in SA biodiversity hotspots
79 plants now extinct in SA biodiversity hotspotsArticle

According to a new study published in the journal Current Biology this month, 79 plants have gone extinct in South Africa's three biodiversity hotspots...

29 Aug 2019

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To tackle climate change we need to rethink our food systemArticle

The way we produce, consume and discard food is no longer sustainable...

Kathleen Rogers and Dr Shenggen Fan 12 Aug 2019

CapeNature, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve capture, translocate Cape mountain zebra
CapeNature, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve capture, translocate Cape mountain zebraArticle

In a recent capture and translocation operation, a Cape mountain zebra in CapeNature's Gamkaberg Nature Reserve has found a new home in the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve...

8 Aug 2019

Do you have a frog in your orchid?
Do you have a frog in your orchid?Article

A new approach that could transform agriculture in the region is gaining traction. Jorisna Bonthuys takes a look at regenerative agriculture and how it relates to the horticultural sector in the article: Rooting for a sustainable future - Unlocking regenerative farming...

30 May 2019

Unregulated timber harvesting in Eastern Cape negatively impacting bird diversity
Unregulated timber harvesting in Eastern Cape negatively impacting bird diversityArticle

A new study from Stellenbosch University shows that the unregulated harvesting of timber, bark and poles from indigenous forests in the Eastern Cape is having a negative impact on bird diversity...

29 May 2019

Results from new study on penguins could help inform fishery management
Results from new study on penguins could help inform fishery managementArticle

According to a recently published study in the Journal of Applied Ecology, how adult penguins fish and the body condition of their chicks are directly linked to local fish abundance...

28 May 2019

Global disaster risk reduction platform calls for drastic change of course
Global disaster risk reduction platform calls for drastic change of courseArticle

The impacts of climate change, associated sea level rise and extreme weather are amplifying as a result of record greenhouse gas levels and combining with urbanisation, environmental degradation and water stress to produce interlocking crises...

23 May 2019

Attainment of Africa Agenda 2063 and SDG:2030 goals through nature-based solutions
Attainment of Africa Agenda 2063 and SDG:2030 goals through nature-based solutionsArticle

Going back to basics, when African citizens managed the landscapes through rotational grazing, for example, are the key foundations if the continent is to achieve the long-term aspirational goals set by the UN and AU...

Bonani Madikizela 21 May 2019

New report: Tanzania's development goals at risk due to environmental degradation
New report: Tanzania's development goals at risk due to environmental degradationArticle

Natural resources form a core pillar of Tanzania's economy and play a pivotal role in sustaining the livelihoods of its citizens, however a new World Bank report warns that the country has only a rapidly shrinking opportunity...

10 May 2019

To solve climate change and biodiversity loss, we need a Global Deal for Nature
To solve climate change and biodiversity loss, we need a Global Deal for NatureArticle

Earth's cornucopia of life has evolved over 550 million years. Along the way, five mass extinction events have caused serious setbacks to life on our planet...

Greg Asner 2 May 2019

Mon Choco's eco-friendly Easter eggs
Mon Choco's eco-friendly Easter eggsArticle

As Easter approaches, all over the world orders ramp up for chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. But, have you ever thought about where chocolate comes from and its environmental impact?

18 Apr 2019

Surviving climate change means transforming both economics and design
Surviving climate change means transforming both economics and designArticle

What could be more important than sustaining habitable living conditions on Earth?

Joanna Boehnert 15 Apr 2019

CIFOR, AFR100 partner to ensure sustainable landscape restoration in Africa
CIFOR, AFR100 partner to ensure sustainable landscape restoration in AfricaArticle

The partnership aims to ensure effective alignment of CIFOR's restoration activities within the AFR100 framework...

28 Mar 2019

Blue economy: Experts call for sustainable exploitation
Blue economy: Experts call for sustainable exploitationArticle

By efficient management, the sustainable exploitation of resources in oceans, seas, lakes and rivers - also known as the blue economy - could contribute up to $1.5tn to the global economy...

Ruth Waruhiu 25 Mar 2019

Cape Town has a plan to manage its water. But there are big gaps
Cape Town has a plan to manage its water. But there are big gapsArticle

The City of Cape Town - and southwest Africa more generally - experienced its worst drought on record between 2015 and 2018...

Jasper Knight 1 Mar 2019

Climate change: obsession with plastic pollution distracts attention from bigger environmental challenges
Climate change: obsession with plastic pollution distracts attention from bigger environmental challengesArticle

By now, most of us have heard that the use of plastics is a big issue for the environment. Partly fuelled by the success of the BBC's Blue Planet II series...

Rick Stafford and Peter JS Jones 26 Feb 2019

New WWF report calls for radical overhaul of our food system
New WWF report calls for radical overhaul of our food systemArticle

A new WWF South Africa report, Agri-Food Systems: Facts and Futures, has called for a fundamental overhaul of our food system which, in its current form, it says, is a threat to the environment and human health...

19 Feb 2019

Woolies pies the first SA food to use certified sustainable palm oil
Woolies pies the first SA food to use certified sustainable palm oilArticle

Woolworths ready-made, frozen and hot counter pies are the first South African-made food products to be certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil...

27 Nov 2018

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The battle for the future of farming: what you need to knowArticle

Most concede that there is an urgent need to radically transform our food systems. But the proposed innovations for more sustainable food systems are drastically different...

Michel Pimbert and Colin Anderson 22 Nov 2018

Africa could lose more than half its bird and mammal species by 2100
Africa could lose more than half its bird and mammal species by 2100Article

Meeting on the eve of major global biodiversity talks in Egypt, scientists warned African ministers that the threat today to the continent's plants, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and large mammals is unprecedented...

13 Nov 2018

New report paints disturbing picture of humanity pushing nature to the brink
New report paints disturbing picture of humanity pushing nature to the brinkArticle

The report, which comes out every two years, presents a sobering picture of the impact of human activity on the world's wildlife, forests, oceans, rivers and climate....

5 Nov 2018

Zanzibar Red Colobus, endemic to Tanzania. Image by by Hasin Shakur, GFDL 1.2,
The fate of unique species in Tanzania's coastal forests hangs in the balanceArticle

Tanzania is known for its tapestry of lush forests, expansive grasslands and tropical beaches, and abundant and diverse wildlife...

Neil Burgess 12 Sep 2018

Kangnas Wind Farm backs research on current status of Red Lark
Kangnas Wind Farm backs research on current status of Red LarkArticle

Kangnas Wind Farm has partnered with the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, providing financial support for a PhD study on the Red Lark...

7 Aug 2018

Extinction is a natural process, but it's happening at 1,000 times the normal speed
Extinction is a natural process, but it's happening at 1,000 times the normal speedArticle

When Sudan the white rhino was put down by his carers earlier this year, it confirmed the extinction of one of the savannah's most iconic subspecies...

Elizabeth Boakes and David Redding 23 Jul 2018

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