UK considers plastic straw ban

20 April 2018 – The UK government has announced plans to end sales of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds, encouraging other Commonwealth countries to take similar steps to cut down on plastic waste. Read more…


South Africa: Eastern Cape drought menaces rural economy

19 April 2018 – The Kouga Dam, the main dam in the Gamtoos citrus and vegetable farming district, remains at a critically low 10%. Read more…


Could online shopping help us reduce our carbon footprint?

11 April 2018 – The full lifecycle emissions from a products’ consumption is in many cases dominated by the manufacturing processes and the product’s use. However, the emissions associated with the distribution of goods from manufacturer to consumer (the retailing supply chain) also matter – a process that most consumers don’t consider. Read more…


The new ‘climate change lingo’

10 April 2018 – The National Strategic Framework on climate-smart agriculture, forestry and fisheries for 2018-2028 (DAFF, 2018) regards climate change as this century’s greatest challenge for humankind, with South Africa not immune to its impacts. Read more…


Only half of plastic bag levy has gone to support recycling

22 March 2018 – Only about half of the nearly R2bn raised through the plastic supermarket bag levy has been officially allocated to recycling. Read more…


Global warming from winemakers’ perspectives

19 March 2018 – Most people think of global warming in terms of everything just getting warmer.  But as winemakers (and Californians) have come to learn, it causes more potentially extreme weather – hot and cold, drought and lots of precipitation — even during what otherwise seems like a normal growing season. Read more…


What Sea Slugs Can Teach Us About Saving the Environment

8 March 2012 – Indeed, we humans might take a cue from sea slugs to concentrate our own use of resources. Read more…


Three Reasons Scientists Are Freaked out by Crazy-High Arctic Temperatures

5 March 2018 – Here are three reasons these Arctic temperatures have climate scientists concerned for the future of the whole planet – not just the Far North. Read more…


South Africa: How has the drought affected Western Cape farmers

26 February 2018 – There is much to ponder about for the farmers of the Western Cape, the province with its major commodities of fruit, wine and vegetables. It also produces livestock, meat and dairy; and field crops like wheat, barley and canola. All need water – and lots of it. Read more…


Zille blames department of water for stalled Clanwilliam Dam project

20 February 2018 – A project which aims to double the capacity of the Clanwilliam Dam in the Western Cape will not be able to proceed because of a lack of funding. Read more…