ARTICLES RELATING TO ENVIRONMENT

Singapore to impose carbon tax from 2019

2018-02-20 08:54

Singapore says it will impose a carbon tax from next year to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and make companies more competitive as global agreements on climate change take effect.

Water: Why the taps run dry

2018-02-13 13:04

The world has abundant freshwater but it is unevenly distributed and under increasing pressure, UN agencies say, as highlighted by the severe shortages in Cape Town.

How severe is Cape Town's drought? A detailed look at the data

2018-01-23 08:27

A researcher with UCT's Climate System Analysis Group takes a look at the most up-to-date rainfall data to assess how severe the current drought in Cape Town is.

Rising seas from warming climate threaten major cities in Africa

2018-01-19 12:54

Approximately one million South Africans live in areas that will be inundated by rising seas as the climate warms - unless carbon emissions reduce dramatically by the year 2100.

Australia experiences 3rd hottest year on record in 2017

2018-01-10 11:03

Australia experienced its third hottest year on record in 2017, when surrounding high sea temperatures delivered a second consecutive summer of devastating coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.

‘Dead zones’ in seas obliterate ecosystems

2018-01-07 06:03

There are areas in the sea where oxygen is so severely depleted that most forms of life can’t survive.

Environmental groups criticize Liberia's new logging law

2017-12-21 19:01

Two global environmental watchdogs have condemned a new law in Liberia that they say rewards logging companies at the expense of one of the world's poorest nations.

Bottled water and the drought

2017-12-16 08:27

In normal times there is no good reason to buy bottled water, but these are not normal times in Cape Town. As Day Zero approaches, many people are understandably stocking up on bottled water. GroundUp asked some major suppliers about pricing, storage, and recycling.

Russia claims radioactivity spike not due to nuclear plant

2017-12-08 19:15

Russian authorities have denied that a radioactivity spike in Europe resulted from a nuclear fuel plant leak in the Urals.

Greenpeace slams Indonesia palm oil industry on deforestation

2017-11-27 14:15

Greenpeace has slammed Indonesia's palm oil industry for failing to live up to a pledge to halt deforestation, as the lucrative sector faces possible restrictions in Europe over environmental concerns.

 
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WATCH: Special Report - Steenbras aquifer drilling too risky, ecologists warn

Ecologists have raised environmental red flags about the City of Cape Town's drilling operations in the vicinity of the Steenbras Dam. The City says the benefits of abstracting water from the Table Mountain Group Aquifer outweigh the risks. News24 investigates.

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California governor pushes for 5 million zero-emission cars

2018-01-30 08:51

Governor Jerry Brown is proposing a $2.5-billion plan to help put 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030.

Microwave ovens are cooking the environment: study

2018-01-20 15:19

Small electrical appliances such as microwave ovens, kettles and hair dryers are harming the environment in a dozen different ways.

Nurdle hurdle: Clean-up of KZN beaches far from complete

2018-01-12 12:04

Over 40 tons of plastic nurdles remain scattered across KwaZulu-Natal's beaches, despite nearly three months of clean-up efforts to curb the damage of a container ship spill.

oBike launches global business partnership programme

2018-01-08 17:33

oBike, an international smart station-less bike sharing operator, has launched a franchise-like Global Business Partnership Programme.

Joburg suffocates in the shadow of mine dumps

2018-01-03 07:14

Tens of thousands of poor people spend their lives in the shadow of vast mine dumps in Soweto, exposing them to toxic substances like arsenic, lead and uranium.

Sami herder loses cull appeal

2017-12-21 17:17

A small reindeer herder from the indigenous Sami community in the Norwegian Arctic has lost a much-publicized appeals trial with Norway's top court saying he must cull 41 of his 116 animals.

France caught in war with wolves

2017-12-11 16:21

Furtive, wily and the animal of fairy tales, wolves fascinate nature lovers, but they raise fears among French sheep breeders who are trying to save their flocks.

Exxon Mobil appeals order to turn over climate info to state

2017-12-06 10:55

Exxon Mobil is asking Massachusetts' highest court to intervene in the state's probe of whether the company misled the public about climate change.

German court: Ancient forest can be cleared for coal mine

2017-11-25 22:15

A court in western Germany says an ancient forest near the Belgian border can be chopped down to make way for a coal strip mine.

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