ARTICLES RELATING TO ENVIRONMENT

Mines have to cut coal dust in US

2014-04-24 18:03

The Obama administration says it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease.

SA team crushed by Everest decision

2014-04-24 13:19

The South African climbers, who have been waiting to see if their climb will be approved, has finally been notified that they will not be allowed to climb Mt Everest.

Concerns over thousands of honeybee deaths

2014-04-24 08:33

US authorities are investigating the mysterious deaths of potentially thousands of honeybees along a highway, the second die-off of bees in the state in less than a year.

Climate change may make Everest even riskier

2014-04-23 15:21

Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest.

$14.7bn in beachfront property at stake

2014-04-23 07:31

Ample sunshine and sandy beaches make south Florida a haven for the wealthy, but the area is becoming increasingly endangered by rising sea levels, experts say.

Taiwan sets up dolphin sanctuary

2014-04-22 12:29

Taiwan is setting up its first marine wildlife sanctuary, in a bid to protect its dwindling population of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, just before this year's Earth Day.

Search for missing Thai activist

2014-04-22 09:33

Relatives and rights groups have urged Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance of an environmental activist who has worked to help villagers report illegal activity.

China's soil pollution, a serious secret

2014-04-17 13:13

A huge area of China's soil covering more than twice the size of Spain is estimated to be polluted, the government says, announcing findings of a survey previously kept secret.

Will Engen pay for Richards Bay spill?

2014-04-17 11:08

After the oil spill at Richards Bay nearly a week ago that saw 6 000l of oil being spilled into the port its still remains unclear whether Engen will face action.

More dead pigs found in Chinese river

2014-04-17 07:36

At least 170 dead pigs have been found in a Chinese river, state media reported on Thursday, the latest in a string of similar incidents that have raised fears over food safety.

4x4 vehicles wreak havoc on environment

2014-04-16 09:40

A new study on the environmental impacts of 4x4s suggests that the vehicles have irreversible consequences on off road areas.

T rex settles into new home in US capital

2014-04-16 07:23

One of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever found has been moved into its new home in Washington.

900 environmentalists killed...what’s being done?

2014-04-15 12:30

A report by Global Witness, says murders of those protecting land rights and the environment have soared dramatically with very little legal recourse to those who perpetrated these crimes.

China gets tough on polluting factories

2014-04-15 08:32

China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories and punish officials, and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development.

Race to contain oil spill at Richards Bay

2014-04-14 14:25

Authorities are currently addressing an oil spill that occurred in Richards Bay after an underground corroded pipeline burst.

Ship carrying whale meat fails to enter Durban

2014-04-14 09:33

A ship carrying 2 000 tons of fin whale meat has skipped the port of Durban after South Africans called on government to deny it entry, Greenpeace says.

Animal-proof recycling gets underway in Kruger

2014-04-13 17:20

An animal-proof recycling system has been launched at Skukuza, in the Kruger National Park.

Panic in China over fears of contaminated water

2014-04-11 14:37

Lanzhou residents have rushed for supermarket bottled water after authorities said the city's drinking water contained high levels of benzene, a cancer-inducing chemical.

ANC 'exploiting fracking' for election

2014-04-10 16:30

ANC secretary general Gwede Msntashe has been accused of using the issue of fracking as an election ploy.

SeaWorld killer whale shows continue

2014-04-09 09:53

A California bill that sought to end killer whale shows at SeaWorld in San Diego and phase out keeping them in captivity has been put on hold, meaning its dead for the year.

Bloemfontein may run dry

2014-04-09 08:44

Bloemfontein will have run out of water by September this year according to a water report based in Mangaung.

Excess Free State wildlife on sale

2014-04-08 16:30

The Free State will sell excess wild animals from its nature reserves at its annual game auction, says the provincial department of environmental affairs.

Cyclone Ita may hit northern Aus

2014-04-08 13:13

A tropical cyclone currently intensifying in the Coral Sea may threaten coastal communities in northern Australia, the Australian bureau of meteorology says.

Bats make Nazi site their new home

2014-04-08 10:05

An awe-inspiring Nazi defence line in western Poland has taken on a new role in peacetime, as home to tens of thousands of bats in what is Europe's largest artificial roost.

Cat HIV a threat to SA lions

2014-04-08 09:25

A group of researchers, in an effort to understand how lions interact with one another, is looking at a mysterious disease similar to HIV dubbed "cat HIV".

 

China imposes tougher penalties on polluters

2014-04-24 14:28

China has passed amendments to the country's environmental protection law that will impose tougher penalties on polluters in the most sweeping revisions to the law in 25 years.

SA plane to counter oil spill in Madagascar

2014-04-24 09:31

Madagascar has launched an emergency operation to prevent a tanker from unleashing 10 000 cubic metres of crude oil into Madagascar's north coast, a South African plane will be used in the process.

Huge iceberg breaks off from Antarctica

2014-04-24 07:30

Scientists are monitoring an iceberg six times the size of Manhattan, one of the largest now in existence that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the ocean.

Loch Ness Monster 'spotted' on Apple maps

2014-04-23 09:24

A number of Loch Ness Monster believers have released images they say proves that the mythical creature exists, posting images online from Apple maps.

Biofuels may increase global warming: Study

2014-04-22 14:00

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration.

Jozi uses owls to combat its rat problem

2014-04-22 10:30

The city of Johannesburg will use owls, among other measures, to combat its rodent problem, The New Age newspaper reports.

Mt Everest avalanche kills 12, 4 missing

2014-04-18 17:02

An avalanche has swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing.

Missing Burmese python found

2014-04-17 11:30

A 30kg, 3.8m Burmese python has been found lying outside her enclosure after causing anxiety when she disappeared a day ago.

Researcher calls for relocation of San people

2014-04-17 09:30

Indigenous people are key to ensuring sustainable use of land in South Africa, especially as the country faces issues of climate change, a researcher has found.

Residents in CT still wait for dignity

2014-04-16 12:59

Despite promises made that the bucket toilet system would be eliminated, many residents in Cape Town still face indignity as they wait for acceptable toilet facilities.

France says no to modified maize

2014-04-16 08:35

France's has adopted a law prohibiting the cultivation of any variety of genetically modified maize, saying it posed a risk to the environment.

Japanese whaling to continue

2014-04-15 16:23

The group that conducts Japan's whaling says it expects to resume scientific whaling in the Antarctic after this year's hunt was cancelled following an order by an international court.

China: Bears rescued from horror farm

2014-04-15 10:48

An animal welfare group says it will save 130 bears from a bile extraction farm in China, its largest rescue so far, in a bid to end a business that has sparked outrage.

Opponents carve anti-pipeline message into field

2014-04-14 16:33

Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the US Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path.

Study: Fish are losing their survival instinct

2014-04-14 11:43

Fish are changing, they are losing their survival instinct and even becoming attracted to the smell of their predators, as the world's oceans become more acidic because of climate change.

2 tourists hurt in deer rampage

2014-04-14 07:38

Visitors to one of Japan's most celebrated spots are being warned to be on the lookout, after two Taiwanese tourists were injured in a rampage by a wild deer.

Green building gains momentum in SA

2014-04-11 16:28

South Africa’s green building movement has gained significant momentum with the achievement of 50 Green Star SA certifications in only six years.

'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan

2014-04-11 12:10

A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected.

China finds nearly 2 000 polluting firms

2014-04-10 11:25

Nearly 2 000 Chinese enterprises were found to be in violation of state pollution guidelines following a nationwide inspection campaign covering 25 000 industrial firms.

Nations wary of sucking greenhouse gases out

2014-04-09 09:26

Many nations want a draft UN report to tone down prospects for sucking greenhouse gases from the air to help fix global warming, reckoning the technologies are risky.

Crickets take over Cape Town

2014-04-08 21:37

The increasing cricket population in Cape Town has become a nuisance but they are harmless, the city said on Tuesday.

IPCC: World can curb carbon emissions

2014-04-08 13:40

The world, acting urgently, can curb carbon emissions enough to avert worst-case scenarios for climate change, UN experts say as envoys meet in Berlin to weigh the options for action.

AfriForum rep detained after witnessing sewage spill

2014-04-08 12:11

A community co-ordinator for AfriForum has been detained for trespassing at the Nketoana local municipality in the Free State after he says he witnessed a sewage spillage.

Vegetarian crocodiles, all for high fashion

2014-04-08 10:05

Crocodiles are some of the most feared predators, renowned for tearing their prey to pieces, but at Nyanyana crocodile farm feeding time means the beasts nibble bowls of vegetarian pellets.

SA highly affected by global warming - CSIR

2014-04-08 07:55

South Africa is one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to global warming according to the CSIR and their new climate modelling capabilities.

 
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