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Is Africa’s air pollution out of control?

Africa’s leaders should put implementing environment and health issues at the top of their national and continent-wide policies if growing challenges such as air pollution, vector-borne diseases and chemical exposure are to be addressed,...

Dust control regulations: submissions now open

Interested parties who would like to comment on the draft national dust control regulations notice as gazetted in December 2012 have until 5 February 2013 to present their written submissions to the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs....

Is that carbon tax on your plate?

The proverbial axe is falling on ‘business as usual` as every industry in South Africa, from mining to manufacturing to retail, is cringing at the thought of rising energy tariffs and the impending implementation of a carbon tax. Stemming the tide...

Don’t pooh-pooh the benefits of biogas

Biogas digesters, which are commonly seen in many Asian countries, are among the most viable immediate green energy prospects in South Africa. There are a number of different biogas technologies, but generally it is produced from decaying organic...

UN talks lead to extension of Kyoto Protocol

Countries meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18) that ended in Doha, Qatar on the weekend agreed on a firm timetable to adopt a universal climate agreement by 2015, and launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol. They...

Molewa at Cop 18

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa has arrived in Doha for the 18th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference, or CoP 18/CMP 8. Molewa said that “South Africa regards the global climate change...

Climate change: Action must be immediate

The World Bank has just released its report on climate change and it does not bode well for the future. It provides a snapshot of recent scientific literature and new analyses of likely impacts and risks that would be associated with a 4°C warming...

Leading global businesses back carbon pricing

Over 100 international companies, including Shell, Unilever, Hollard Insurance, EDF Energy, Braskem, Statoil, Swiss Re, Ricoh and Skanska, have endorsed the Carbon Price Communiqué, which was presented on19 November to the European Commissioner for...

F-gas must go

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is calling on the European Union (EU) to phase out fluorinated greenhouse gases, referred to as F-gases, by 2020. The Agency’s new position paper shows that with simple revisions to the F-Gas Regulation,...