ARTICLES RELATING TO ENVIRONMENT

40% of US honeybee colonies disappeared last year. This is what the world would be like without any bees at all.

2019-08-15 11:44

Bee populations are in decline. Without them, food like nuts, fruits, and vegetables would become more expensive and rare.

The dark side of deep sea mining

2019-08-13 05:00

At some point in the next decade, a large, tractor-like device will start crawling the deepest seafloor, gathering potato-sized nuggets packed with metals crucial to electric vehicles, renewable-energy storage and smartphones. Nobody knows how badly this industrialisation of the deep sea could damage the marine environment, says Adam Minter.

WATCH | Rare blind black rhino given new lease on life

2019-08-11 06:57

Munu, a rare blind rhino has been given a new lease on life. The 20-year-old South Western black rhino bull lost sight in both eyes due to a territorial fight.

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An autonomous ‘SharkCam’ spied on basking sharks in the UK to reveal their secret shy lives

Scientists hope the images will reinforce the case for creating the world’s first protected area for basking sharks in this part of the sea.

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If everyone behaved like SA, we'd need 1.7 earths - consumers warned

2019-08-05 21:31

South Africa is 'dipping into its investment' and 'overspending on its budget' in relation to the earth's resources, says an academic.

The 'lungs of the planet' are in danger of reaching a tipping point that could turn the Amazon rainforest into a savannah

2019-07-31 09:36

Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has broken records in July. Scientists warn that, after a point, the Amazon might not be able to recover.

These stunning satellite images show South Africa's largest dams filling up

2019-07-29 14:40

Theewaterskloof Dam, Cape Town’s largest dam, is now almost 53% full. In 2017 it teetered at a terrifying 10%.

Prince Harry broke royal protocol to re-enact a 'chimp greeting' with a world-renowned primatologist

2019-07-27 09:00

Highly revered conservationist Jane Goodall had first taught Prince Harry the greeting in December 2018, but he hadn't forgotten it.

Washington's Potomac River hits record high temperature

2019-07-24 10:51

The Potomac River, which flows through the US capital Washington, hit a record high temperature of 34°C over the weekend -- as warm as bathwater -- following a major heat wave.

Moon landing: SA's sticky invention honoured for holding missions together

2019-07-20 16:33

The only South African invention to land on the moon is being honoured in a collection of commemorative coins.

 

WATCH | Outrage as Trump administration weakens endangered species law

2019-08-13 08:46

US President Donald Trump's administration has finalised rollbacks to key provisions of the Endangered Species Act, a law credited with saving the gray wolf, bald eagle and grizzly bear. WATCH NOW.

Researchers calculated what would happen if the entire US stopped eating meat. It'd be like taking 60 million cars off the road.

2019-08-12 11:46

A new study found that it's possible to satisfy our nutritional needs without eating meat — and help the environment at the same time.

Finally: A solution to get rid of the beetle that is killing SA's trees

2019-08-10 10:05

A new technology developed by a South African company is the first to prove effective in killing the polyphagous shot hole borer, a tiny beetle that has been killing trees worldwide at an alarming rate.

WATCH | Hunting for 'the world's purest water'

2019-08-09 13:10

Selling water from melted icebergs is big business on Canada's eastern coast, but there are concerns over Arctic warming.

Humanity's next test: Feed 10 billion without ruining Earth

2019-08-02 21:39

Experts began negotiating the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever of the role the land we live off plays in climate change, expected to highlight the stark choices humanity faces to feed 10 billion people while preserving Nature.

Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in a day

2019-07-30 14:40

Ethiopians have planted more than 350 million trees in a single day as part of a campaign to fight deforestation and climate change.

Earth's 2019 resources 'budget' spent by July 29 - report

2019-07-29 11:32

Mankind will have used up its allowance of natural resources such as water, soil and clean air for all of 2019, a report said.

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Watch: If Earth spun sideways, extreme winters and summers would doom life as we know it

If Earth's axis tilted to 90 degrees, extreme seasons would cause intense climate change on every continent.

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People in Iceland are erecting a plaque to eulogise the country's first glacier lost to climate change

2019-07-23 20:56

Okjökull lost its status as a glacier in 2014 due to ice melt caused by climate change. The plaque eulogizing it carries a message for the future.

Iceland tries to bring back trees razed by the Vikings

2019-07-20 08:13

Before being colonised by the Vikings, Iceland was lush with forests but the fearsome warriors razed everything to the ground and the nation is now struggling to reforest the island.

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