There are hundreds if not thousands of public servants who are facing disciplinary action - they did not benefit directly, writes Melanie Verwoerd.
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Satellite data from the TROPOMI instrument has shown Mpumalanga to be a global pollution hotspot.
The world's nations must urgently ramp up commitments to cut planet-warming carbon emissions to avoid "human tragedy".
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Norway's former environment and development minister Erik Solheim to head the UN environment agency and his intention to name Mexican ambassador Patricia Espinosa Cantellano to the UN's top climate change p
Vast areas of land and sea have become environmental sanctuaries in recent years but the world is not funding them adequately, the United Nations warns.
Illegal charcoal, logging, ivory trading finances criminal and terrorist groups a UN group says.
The dumping of plastic waste into the world's oceans is causing at least $13bn a year of damage, threatening marine life, tourism and fisheries, the UN warns at the global environment conference.
Nitrous oxide emissions could almost double by 2050 if more aggressive action is not taken, undermining global efforts to curb climate change, Unep says.
Officials from Interpol and the United Nations Environmental Programme are teaming up to combat environmental crime such as the killing of elephants and the theft of timber.
Reigning African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure, star of Manchester City and Ivory Coast, has warned that the slaughter of elephants for their ivory was threatening their very existence.
Last year's record shrinkage of Arctic sea ice and a spell of catastrophic droughts, floods and storms have highlighted the risk to the planet from climate change.
A rare Afghan marsh, which was once a royal hunting ground, is set to come under the official protection of the UN environment agency to help save migratory bird species.
A campaign group, Public Eye, has criticised Swiss firms for their links to African trade in diesel with toxin levels that are illegal in Europe, a report says.
German sportswear firm Adidas is teaming up with a group trying to clean up the world's oceans with a plan to develop materials made from marine plastic waste that can be used in its products.
Environment Minister Edna Molewa has announced the official launch of the UNEP-GEF Rhino Project.
A wildlife protection agency has demanded less talk and more action against the poaching of elephants and other animals, saying it was time for the same "frontline" tactics used against human traffickers and drug gangs.
The United Nations has used the occasion of World Environment Day to demand action on climate change for the protection of small island states threatened by rising seas.
UN climate talks will resume in Warsaw amid a slew of warnings about a potentially disastrous rise in greenhouse-gas emissions.
An environmental crime wave is costing the world tens of billions of dollars, say experts.
The UN environment chief sees mercury use phased-out under a new treaty within 3 decades.
Delegations from about 140 countries have agreed to adopt a ground-breaking treaty limiting the use and emission of health-hazardous mercury.
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