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.

Plastic pollution choking Australian waters - study

2014-09-15 08:03

Three-quarters of the trash found off Australian beaches is plastic, a study says as it warned that the rubbish is entangling and being swallowed by wildlife.

Sasol 'profits from pollution' - Earthlife

2014-09-12 06:33

Environmental NGO Earthlife Africa has criticised Sasol’s recent profit report calling it ‘profits from pollution’.

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

2014-09-11 05:00

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering and credit the phase-out of aerosol chemicals since the '80s.

Japan approves restart of 1st nuclear reactors

2014-09-10 12:15

Japan's nuclear regulator has given the go-ahead for the restart of a nuclear power station, the first step to reopening an industry that was mothballed after the Fukushima disaster.


A South African eradication team has been deployed to Gough Island to target a devastating invasive alien plant, see pics of a prior expedition.

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New plan avoids mud dumping in Barrier Reef Park

2014-09-08 14:44

The government of Australia's Queensland state have approved a plan that will prevent 3 million cubic metres of seabed mud from being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

UK government helps BP in oil spill rulings

2014-09-08 11:30

The British government has urged the US Supreme Court to review appeals court rulings against BP over a 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Huge worldwide support for Arctic sanctuary - poll

2014-09-05 12:58

Creating a sanctuary to protect international waters surrounding the North Pole would be supported by a huge majority of people across 30 countries, a Greenpeace poll says.

Greenpop 'treevolutionising' poor areas during Arbor week

2014-09-05 10:51

Social enterprise Greenpop has intensified its drive to green impoverished areas in the Cape Town during the 2014 Arbor week.


The South African research vessel SA Agulhas II has embarked on her annual voyage to Gough Island.

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South Korea delays smog tax until 2020

2014-09-02 11:29

South Korea has delayed a proposed tax on vehicle carbon emissions by over five years to the end of 2020, amid pressure from domestic and US car makers who fear the levy would curb sales.

Kenyan rangers on frontline of poaching war

2014-09-01 14:37

As the late afternoon sun creeps towards the horizon and shadows lengthen on the sweeping plains dotted with rocky outcrops, Ol Jogi's armed rangers get set for another tough night on patrol.

California passes first US plastic bag ban

2014-08-30 20:26

California lawmakers have approved a measure that will make the state the first in the US to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags.

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved

2014-08-29 20:56

For years scientists have theorised about how large rocks, some weighing hundreds of pounds zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

Small island states seek economic overhaul

2014-08-25 15:03

Small island states facing a "frightening" rise in sea levels will seek investments in everything from solar energy to fisheries to boost their economies.

GPS measures west US drought, finds Earth rising

2014-08-22 13:21

Scientists using GPS technology to study the extent of the western US drought say the water shortage is causing parts of the Earth's crust to rise.

Oil thieves cause pipeline leak, pollute Mexico river

2014-08-22 09:13

Thieves who tapped an oil pipeline in northern Mexico caused a spill that contaminated the San Juan River, a key irrigation source for farmers says.

Wildfire near Yosemite sparks 13 000 evacuations

2014-08-20 12:01

Californian authorities say they have issued more than 13 000 evacuation orders near Yosemite National Park due to a wildfire encroaching on the US tourist attraction.

Glacial melt mostly caused by man-made damage

2014-08-15 14:39

More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study says.

Penguin habitats at risk

2014-08-15 08:18

A study has found that penguins' existence is affected by habitat loss, pollution and fishing and more marine protected areas need to be established, the environmental affairs department says.

Just one major storm floods Long Island

2014-08-14 09:25

New York's heaviest downpour on record has dumped a summer's worth of rain on parts of Long Island in a matter of hours, swamping highways, flooding basements and causing at least one death.


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.

Wild China sturgeon on brink of extinction

2014-09-15 13:40

The wild Chinese sturgeon is at risk of extinction, state media reports, after none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the polluted and crowded Yangtze river last year.

Drivers deliberately 'roadkill' animals - EWT

2014-09-12 13:05

An Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) study has revealed that some drivers deliberately swerve to hit animals.

Mexico 'water monster' salamander battles extinction

2014-09-11 10:35

Dubbed the "water monster" by the Aztecs, the axolotl salamander is battling extinction in the remnants of Mexico City's ancient lake, alarming scientists hoping mankind learns from its ability to regenerate organs.

Half of US birds in peril from climate change

2014-09-10 14:26

Iconic North American birds like the Bald Eagle and Brown Pelican are among hundreds of mankind's feathered friends facing threats to their survival due to climate change, researchers say.

Blast rocks chemical waste plant in Germany

2014-09-10 09:16

An explosion has rocked a chemical waste facility near Bremen in northwestern Germany, injuring several people, police say.

SA team deployed to eradicate 'aggressive' alien

2014-09-09 09:05

A South African eradication team has been deployed to Gough Island to target a seemingly modest, yet devastating invasive alien plant.

Faraway moon mimics Earth tectonics: study

2014-09-08 12:15

Jupiter's icy moon Europa may have active tectonic plates similar to those that shape the Earth, which had long been thought unique in this respect, scientists say.

New study clears up Greenland climate puzzle

2014-09-05 15:32

Greenland began heating up around 19 000 years ago at the end of the last ice age, just like the rest of the northern hemisphere, researchers say in a report that resolves a long debate.

BP shares extend losses after oil spill ruling

2014-09-05 12:30

Shares in BP have extended losses, impacted by a US judge's decision that the oil major was "grossly negligent" over a 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP grossly negligent in 2010 oil spill

2014-09-04 21:18

A US judge has ruled the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was due to BP's 'gross negligence,' potentially subjecting the oil giant to billions of dollars in additional fines.

Spending cuts on protected areas 'worrying'

2014-09-02 14:54

A new study has shown that protected areas are effective in the conservation of biodiversity, but the SA lead researcher has raised concerns about governmental budget cuts.

Fukushima accepts radioactive waste storage

2014-09-01 16:40

The governor of disaster-struck Fukushima has agreed to accept the 'temporary' storage of nuclear waste from the Japanese accident, paving the way for an end to a years-long standoff.

Thailand heading for a waste crisis

2014-09-01 10:42

A blaze at a rubbish dump home to six million tons of putrefying trash and toxic effluent has kindled fears that poor planning and lax enforcement are tipping Thailand towards a waste crisis.

Shell wants to drill in Arctic

2014-08-29 22:15

Royal Dutch Shell has submitted a new plan for drilling in the Arctic offshore Alaska, more than one year after halting its program following several embarrassing mishaps.

Brazil arrests 8 in Amazon deforestation swoop

2014-08-29 13:08

Brazilian police say they had made eight arrests in raids to smash a gang considered the worst perpetrators of deforestation in the Amazon region.

Kenya recycles global e-waste

2014-08-22 22:34

Dead floppy drive: Kenyan company recycles global e-waste; lawmakers debate new e-waste law

Silva's economic proposals for Brazil

2014-08-21 14:45

Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva has little experience with economic policy, but her advisers promise a more business-friendly approach.

Brazil praised for saving forests

2014-08-18 11:40

Brazil has made good progress in safeguarding the Amazon rainforest but Indonesia's plans for its forests could face setbacks under a new government, a study says.

Employees benefit from natural light

2014-08-15 09:48

Workers exposed to sunshine sleep better and have a better quality of life, researchers say.

Tibet's glaciers at their warmest in 2 000 years

2014-08-14 12:45

The Tibetan plateau, whose glaciers supply water to hundreds of millions of people in Asia, has been warmer over the past 50 years than at any stage in the past two millennia, a Chinese newspaper says.

China urges public to walk, ride bikes

2014-08-13 21:26

China has issued a behavioural standards guide to combat pollution and reduce environmental damage.

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