ARTICLES RELATING TO ENVIRONMENT

247 unlicensed landfills in SA

2014-10-24 12:01

South Africa still has 247 unlicensed municipal landfills, seven years after government commissioned a study to identify such waste sites, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says.

Extra powers to tackle deadly bat virus in Australia

2014-10-23 18:00

An Australian state is set to unveil tougher measures to tackle bats after three flying foxes were found to be carrying the deadly lyssavirus, officials say.

Brazil protects giant swathe of Amazon rainforest

2014-10-22 10:04

The Brazilian government says it has put an environmentally rich area of the Amazon rainforest under federal protection, creating a reserve larger than the US state of Delaware.

Protests against Eskom clean air application

2014-10-16 19:24

Activists have called on the National Air Quality Officer to deny Eskom’s application for long-term postponements from complying with air quality legislation.

Colombian farmers sue BP for environment damage

2014-10-16 10:13

A case in which 100 Colombian farmers are suing British oil giant BP for environmental damage has opened in the High Court in London.

Greenpeace gets LEGO to dump Shell

2014-10-15 09:26

LEGO has cut ties with Shell after a successful Greenpeace campaign drew massive public support against the oil giant drilling in the Arctic.

Vines watered underground against climate change

2014-10-14 11:30

Treasury Wine Estates is testing technology to water vines underground and is expanding fermentation capacity to combat the impact of climate change.

Artificial coral offers solution to endangered reefs

2014-10-13 14:04

With recent studies showing the world's oceans acidifying at an accelerating rate, scientists say coral reefs are at risk of dying out. But a student at London's Royal College of Art has come up with a possible solution.

Living near highway may affect blood pressure

2014-10-10 11:02

According to recent research, there's a greater risk of developing high blood pressure if you live close to a highway.

Ozone regulations stay - US court

2014-10-07 05:00

The Supreme Court has rejected an industry challenge to US Environmental Protection Agency regulations issued by the former administration that set standards for ozone pollution.

Trees injected to prevent hay fever

2014-10-06 06:10

Big trees in Melbourne's outdoor dining district will be injected with hormones to help customers suffering from hay fever, it has been reported.

Jamaica's 'Seven Mile Beach' vanishing

2014-10-03 11:52

Tourists from around the world are drawn to a stretch of palm-fringed shoreline known as "Seven Mile Beach", a crescent of white sand along the turquoise waters of Jamaica's western coast.

First large-scale carbon capture goes online

2014-10-02 14:48

The world's first large-scale carbon capture and storage, built into a SaskPower coal-fired power plant in the Canadian prairies has been inaugurated.

Cyanide fog marks winter on Saturn's moon Titan

2014-10-02 12:27

A cyanide cloud formed over Titan's south pole as the strange moon of Saturn entered its seven-year winter in 2009, astronomers report.

Sandblasting winds shift Mars' landscape

2014-10-01 08:38

High winds are a near-daily force on the surface of Mars, carving out a landscape of shifting dunes and posing a challenge to exploration, scientists say.

Barn owls to help Jhb fight rats

2014-09-30 17:03

The City of Johannesburg is enlisting barn owls to fight a rat infestation, the municipality says.

Rooftop gardens brings new life to Manila

2014-09-29 09:58

Vegetable farms have started to grow on rooftops, in shanty towns and school grounds amid the cramped, concrete surroundings of metro Manila.

Philippine envoy to lead 40-day climate change march

2014-09-26 09:10

An envoy who made headlines with an emotional call for global action on climate change says he will walk 1 000km to a Philippine city devastated by last year's super typhoon.

SA elephant norms, standards to be amended

2014-09-25 08:23

The norm and standards regarding the management of elephants in South Africa are set to be amended, the environmental affairs department says.

Ekurhuleni air quality worst in SA

2014-09-23 22:30

Air quality within the boundaries of the Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality is the worst in South Africa, National Air Quality Officer Thuli Mdluli says.

Children must examine ecosystems: Cele

2014-09-22 17:26

Children must become more aware of their impact on the environment, starting with their schools, Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele says.

Kruger hotel to be 'greener' after criticism

2014-09-18 14:27

The proposal for the construction of an upmarket hotel within the boundaries of the Kruger National Park has lapsed, but the developer has re-worked the design for a greener offering.

Snake threatens to wipe out birds on island

2014-09-16 13:57

A snake that can wipe out bird populations and short out electrical grids by climbing power poles has been found in Rota on the Northern Mariana Islands.

Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

2014-09-16 05:00

Tainted water in two states in the US come from leaky gas wells, not fracking itself a study says.

 

SA facing another toxic water danger

2014-10-24 10:01

The possible development of a coal mine near a pump station in the Vaal could threaten water supply to millions of people in northern South Africa, it has been reported.

EU nations threaten to block green energy rules

2014-10-23 07:56

EU leaders face hours of haggling as they seek to agree on a new decade of climate and energy policy with nations from Poland to Portugal threatening to block a deal.

Family farms crucial in fight to eradicate hunger: UN

2014-10-16 21:50

Nine out of ten of the world's 570 million farms are managed by families and it is they who hold the key to eradicating global hunger, the United Nations says.

Peru glaciers shrank by 40% in 4 decades

2014-10-16 11:40

Climate change has shrunk the Peruvian glaciers by 40% in the past four decades and the melt-off has spawned nearly 1 000 new high-altitude lakes since 1980, Peru's government says.

Saving Aussie Outback means living in it: Study

2014-10-15 16:42

As one of the wildest and most natural places on Earth, Australia's Outback is home to few people, but a new study argues that it needs a bigger population to escape decline.

LA mayor vows to cut water use by 20%

2014-10-15 09:12

The mayor of LA aims to reduce local water use by 20% over the next three years to address a record drought through a mix of voluntary measures for residents and mandatory restrictions for city departments.

5 deadly pets for kids

2014-10-14 09:50

Tragic deaths of 2 Canadian boys highlights the risks of keeping exotic pets.

Cambodian officers 'kill' anti-logging journalist

2014-10-13 08:41

Two Cambodian police officers and a soldier have been arrested in the murder of a journalist who was investigating illegal logging, local media report.

Scientists see severe coral bleaching near Oahu

2014-10-07 11:12

While people in Hawaii have been sweating out a lack of trade winds, corals underwater are also suffering.

New copper fabric promises germ-free environment

2014-10-06 10:27

A children's burn unit in Chile is using a newly developed copper-based material in its hospital gowns that limits the spread of bacteria, fungi and viruses, creating a safer environment for patients.

Green offices make employees happier - study

2014-10-03 16:30

People who work in a 'green' office, literally surrounded by plants, are happier than people in 'lean' offices without live foliage, suggests a new study.

Experts expect rebound in monarch butterflies

2014-10-02 22:29

Experts say deforestation in Mexico is down, as a result experts say a rebound is expected for monarch butterflies.

Great Barrier Reef part of Aboriginal identity

2014-10-02 14:48

To the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder, boasting some of the rarest animals and plants. To some Aboriginal Australians it is home and requires protection.

Living near highway may affect blood pressure

2014-10-02 10:53

According to recent research, there's a greater risk of developing high blood pressure if you live close to a highway.

IFP wants houses, not owls to fight rats

2014-10-01 19:15
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The City of Johannesburg must urgently provide people with decent housing instead of spending millions buying owls to eat rats, the IFP says.

Owls not effective against rats, says expert

2014-10-01 05:00

Owls will not effectively reduce rats in Alexandra, in northern Johannesburg, a pest control expert says.

Wildlife halved over past four decades - WWF

2014-09-30 06:25

Wildlife numbers have plunged by more than half in just 40 years as Earth's human population has nearly doubled, a survey of over 3 000 vertebrate species has revealed.

Big fine for crashing drone in Yellowstone spring

2014-09-26 17:11

A judge has ordered a Dutch man to pay more than $3 000 for crashing a drone into the biggest hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

EU warns Germany as car coolant row heats up

2014-09-25 23:04

The EU has warned Germany it risks court action for breaching environment rules unless it forces luxury automaker Daimler to use a new air-conditioning coolant.

SA greenhouse emissions on track

2014-09-23 22:30

South Africa's greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, but are on track to meet targets the country agreed to at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen.

UK pledges funds in fight against deforestation

2014-09-23 11:01

The UK has promised $234m to step up the fight against deforestation, tackling a key contributor to climate change on the eve of a UN summit.

It's not a small world after all

2014-09-18 23:52

Contrary to some earlier projections, the world's population will soar through the end of the 21st century thanks largely to sub-Saharan Africa's higher-than-expected birth rates.

Human settlement threatens SA sacred lake

2014-09-18 06:13

For centuries, the legends surrounding Lake Fundudzi protected it from economic exploitation and sedimentation. But now, one of southern Africa's most important sacred natural sites is in danger.

Greenland gets whale hunting quota amid criticism

2014-09-16 12:19

Aboriginal Greenlanders will be allowed to kill more than 200 whales each year from 2015 to 2018 under a subsistence quota granted by the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

Environmentalists criticise reef protection plan

2014-09-15 22:05

Environmentalists criticised a new Australian government plan released to protect the Great Barrier Reef in the face of UN concerns, saying it will not do enough to halt the marine park's decline.

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