WATCH: Step inside Joburg's first plastic-free packaging store

2019-05-21 05:32

The Refillery, Johannesburg’s very first plastic-free grocery store is helping South Africans fill their pantries, while addressing the plastic pollution crisis.

WATCH: Invasive beetle is killing SA’s trees. Here’s how to spot the signs

2019-05-17 10:50

An invasive beetle that is killing trees in South Africa has been sighted in Somerset West. Here's how to spot the signs in your garden. Watch.

Durban main beaches safe to use, ports still contaminated

2019-05-13 07:42

Durban beaches are safe for the public to use with only the port of Durban suffering from sewage contamination, the eThekwini metro council has announced.

Up to 1 million species are facing extinction, according to a new UN report. Without them, we could run out of food.

2019-05-06 20:43

A new United Nations report on the world's biodiversity found that between 500,000 and 1 million species face extinction due to habitat destruction.

Here we go again: Earth's major 'mass extinctions'

2019-05-06 14:28

Whether humanity has pushed the planet into a "mass extinction" event may be a matter of definition, but by any measure the rate at which life-forms are disappearing is deeply alarming, scientists say.

Carbon emissions at historic high

2019-05-03 18:58

A global surge in energy demand drove carbon emissions up by 1.7% last year to an historic high of 33.1 Gigatons, according to the International Energy Agency.

PICS: Rhodes students bag international accolade for employment creating business idea

2019-04-24 20:21

Four Rhodes University PhD Chemistry students have bagged the top position in the 2019 Hultz Prize Challenge for their business model for a waste management system that will result in the employment of more than 10 000 young people.

Watson Eastern Cape wind farm stopped - for now

2019-04-16 14:36

The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family's massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned – at least temporarily.

Environment a missing topic as Indonesia election looms

2019-04-15 19:43

One-third of Indonesia's rainforest will disappear by 2020 if nothing is done to reverse the damage caused by logging and oil palm plantations.

Oil-eating microbes found in the deepest part of the ocean could help clean up man-made oil spills

2019-04-12 17:54

Scientists found oil-eating bacteria in the deepest part of the Mariana Trench. These microbes could help clean up oil spills on the ocean surface.


Only 80,000 koalas remain in the world, rendering them 'functionally extinct' — another victim of the 6th mass extinction

2019-05-17 18:01

According to the Australian Koala Foundation, there are only 80,000 koalas left on the continent. The marsupials may now be "functionally extinct."

WATCH: Deepest-ever dive finds plastic at bottom of Mariana Trench

2019-05-14 10:33

Deepest-ever dive finds plastic at bottom of Mariana Trench in Pacific Ocean. WATCH NOW.

Carbon dioxide levels hit 800 000-year record

2019-05-09 14:10

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 415 parts per million last week for the first time in 800 000 years.

Climate change has a bright side too: How SA plans to put a positive spin on global warming

2019-05-06 16:14

South Africa's draft National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is just about ready to go to the printers. It contains dire warnings about what will happen if SA doesn't properly prepare for global warming – as well as a plan to point out the opportunities climate change presents.

Up to 1 million animal species may be at risk of disappearing — yet another sign we're in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

2019-05-04 15:32

The AFP has obtained an early draft of a United Nations report that suggests up to 1 million species are at risk of extinction, some within decades.

Cocaine has been found in some UK shrimp, and it's part of a disturbing trend of drug-filled shellfish

2019-05-03 05:38

Shrimp in five UK rivers have tested positive for trace amounts of cocaine. This is just one example of drug-filled shellfish around the world.

Earth's magnetic north pole is moving too fast for experts to keep up. Now scientists might know why.

2019-04-23 08:31

Scientists have modelled the jerks inside our planet's core that cause magnetic north to go haywire. Accurate models of magnetic north inform our GPS.

'We are running out of excuses, time' - Seychelles president's plea for protection of oceans in underwater speech

2019-04-16 08:09

In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president has made a global plea for stronger protection of the 'beating blue heart of our planet'.

21 images that show how much we've reshaped planet Earth over the last century

2019-04-13 09:17

Humans have had an unmistakable impact on Earth — one that pops out in sharp relief in this collection of before-and-after images.

Scientists may have discovered a new human species. It lived on a tiny island in the Philippines at the same time as Homo sapiens.

2019-04-10 21:38

Anthropologists may have discovered a new human relative named Homo luzonensis on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It's the first new hominin species discovery since Homo naledi was discovered in South Africa in 2015.

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