Chile to Become First Country in the Americas to Ban Plastic Bags

17 July 2018 – Congress unanimously approved the measure. Read more…


South-western parts of SA could receive above normal rainfall

3 July 2018 – The South African Weather Service reiterated its view that the south-western parts of South Africa could receive above normal rainfall during late winter, which is July to September 2018. Read more…


Tracking the battles for environmental justice: here are the world’s top 10

7 June 2018 – The Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas), is an inventory of social conflicts around environmental issues. It is funded by two successive European research projects, through a collective effort of scientists and activists. It records the failures and successes of the worldwide movement for environmental justice. Read more…


There’s more to the plastic pollution crisis than just carrier bags

5 June 2018 – The focus for this year’s World Environmental Day and Oceans Day is on plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean. Plastics are part of our everyday lifestyles, and their release to the environment has become yet another serious global environmental crisis impacting ecosystems and related services. Read more…


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…