SA environment deteriorating - report

2012-02-13 09:01

Johannesburg - South Africa's natural environment has, over the past 20 years, deteriorated nearly the fastest of most countries in the world, Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.

This was the finding of a group of scientists at the universities of Yale and Columbia, in the US, who measured the state of the environment in 132 countries, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

South Africa was in 128th place, with Iraq last on the list.

Using 22 indicators, researchers found the Swiss had managed and conserved their natural environment the best.

Swiss air and water quality, biodiversity and the management and conservation of ecosystems were found to be the best in the world.

According to the report, it was clear South Africa's air and water quality, biodiversity, the functioning of its ecosystems, and its agricultural and fishery systems, had seriously deteriorated.

The researchers also measured and compared the current state of human health with that in 1992.

The Wildlife and Environment Society of SA said the findings were shocking. Director Garth Barnes said it was clear that environmental laws in South Africa were not being applied, even though the country had some of the best environmental legislation in the world.

The full report is available online.

  • mariuskowie - 2012-02-13 09:07

    Goes hand in hand with the deteriorating political situation.

      Dirk - 2012-02-13 11:18

      Yeh, that is a fair reflection- in line with everything else.If they measured the rest in the same manner, SA education should also be around 128, health around 130, safety about 131 and overall "govt" competence,around 132

  • PB - 2012-02-13 09:37

    And we are surprised? Not! It would be interesting to have a study of the financial affairs of those people who are supposed to be in charge of looking after our natural environment - I bet the monies earmarked for those projects found a very short route into some DEEEEEP pockets.

  • Koos - 2012-02-13 09:40

    mmm.... 20 years...... does it ring a bell cANCer.......

  • Kate - 2012-02-13 09:43

    Surprise, surprise....Why on earth would the government want to uphold environmental laws if they are paid enough and corrupt enough not to uphold them????

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  • Bomb - 2012-02-13 10:00

    Geez, what a coincidence!!!! And the ANC has been in power how long????

  • Ivan - 2012-02-13 11:19

    That environment thing is a white tendency. We don't need it here......wANCkers, just look at the latest dune mining controversy in KZN. BEE money talks, environment walks

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-13 11:22

    A countries social standing is always measured by its ability to maintain its own systems and projects, The ANC has spent 18 years proving it isn't fit to shovel sh*t from one place to another, as the sex pistols would say.

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  • Johnnie - 2012-02-13 13:24

    Did the rest of the world expect anything would become better than it was?. This country was on top and trying to get get certain peoples to become civilised, but that all had to go,because certain elements did not want to become civilised.

  • betsy.compaan - 2012-02-13 16:20

    and the ones that will suffer is our children in a few years time. I wish people would realize that it doesn't matter how much money you have if you don't have a planet to spend it on. This is getting to a stage where we are reaching a critical point of no return and the politicians don't care because they won't be the ones that will have to deal with it when this happens.

  • Jessica - 2012-02-13 16:22

    Slowly slowly .... things *will* come to pass. It is sad to know that in 1994 we thought that things would not remain the same and a slow slide would begin. We are now witness to this slow slide. In 20-50 years time South Africa will be yet another tragic African country with a tale to tell of times when things *did* work and no longer do. My heart aches to know and understand full-well that this was to be expected and worse is yet to come. South Africa dear land.....I weep. For I know you will become what we always hoped you would not: another failed African state.

  • Darra - 2012-02-13 16:24

    We do have a habit at being the WORST IN THE WORLD in a number of categories. Child under 5 deaths, maternal deaths, rapes, aids, road deaths, murders, unemployment, highjackings, corruption, strike man-hours lost, quality of education and now environment?....... do I need to go on? ..and we're constanly being told just how wonderful we are, what a great country we are ... Come my people, sit up and take note!!!

  • BrainbowGold - 2012-02-13 17:32

    Water quality is probably the most significant indicator of our environmental health and well-being. With the majority of local authorities in disarray and the cancerous spread of the mining industry the reports may well be accurate. Erosion from overgrazing and the resultant loss of topsoil and silting of rivers and dams is also increasing with little intervention from the government.

  • Lorna - 2012-02-14 07:47

    I cant believe our government cant see this, corruption,degradation,fat cats you name it its all visible.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-02-14 22:02

    Eat today die tomorrow.

  • WildlifeMargrit - 2012-02-18 19:55

    Sad news

  • marc.spendlove - 2012-02-18 20:07

    I can't believe these comments - all blaming someone else - get out and do something about it!

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