SA commits to sustainable development
Environmental Affairs Minister Dr Edna Molewa says South Africa’s programmes, particularly the National Development Plan: Vision 2030, demonstrates the country’s commitment to sustainable and climate smart development. “South Africa’s short, medium and long-term vision is to contribute towards an environmentally sustainable, climate change resilient, low carbon economy and just... Read more
2015-16 El Niño drives Antarctica large-scale surface melting
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, a landbound mass of ice larger than Mexico, experienced substantial surface melt through the austral summer of 2015-2016 during one of the largest El Niño events of the past 50 years, according to scientists who had been conducting the first comprehensive atmospheric measurements in... Read more
Wildfires pollute much more say UC researchers
Naturally burning timber and brush launch what are called fine particles into the air at a rate three times as high as levels noted in emissions inventories at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. The microscopic specks that form aerosols are a hazard to human health,... Read more
Microplastic debris may be the next big threat to seas
Plastic, metal, rubber and paper are some of the materials that pollute the world’s oceans, often in the form of soda cans, cigarette butts, plastic bags and bottles, and fishing gear. Environmental and marine science specialists call it “marine debris,” which, simply put, means anything in the ocean that... Read more
Garden Route declared a biosphere reserve
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has welcomed the approval of the Garden Route as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. “The positive response to the application to declare the Garden Route a biosphere reserve is most encouraging, not just for us, as a country, but also for the people of the... Read more
Sanral wants road users to stop littering
  June 5 has been designated by the UN as the people’s day for doing something positive for the environment. SANRAL, however, wants people to stop doing something in order to benefit the environment – littering. It is just astonishing what and how much people just throw out of... Read more
The Buffalo City Metro has warned that the effects of climate change, resulting in “excessive rainfall and storm events,” threaten the infrastructure on East London’s beachfront. The Integrated Development Plan, tabled in Council, says the design and layout of the beaches and aquarium will need to be revisited in... Read more
The overall results of the testing of samples of the Swartkops River taken at the Settlers Bridge, Swartkops Village, Motherwell Canal, Redhouse and Perseverance were “unsatisfactory,” according to a report submitted to the Public Health Committee. A total of 62 samples were taken. The report says that storm water... Read more
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has given notice of her intention in terms of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act to declare a number of properties as being part of national parks in the Eastern Cape. A 60-day period has been provided for representations and objections to the... Read more
Nelson Mandela Bay’s Public Health Directorate has proposed that the Van der Kemp’s Kloof area should be declared a nature reserve in terms of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act. In a report to the Public Health Committee, the Directorate states that this area has been prioritised for... Read more