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14 years after, coal-powered plant fully online in South Africa

Fossil fuel pollution

South Africa’s main energy provider has announced the opening of one of the world’s largest coal-fueled power plants on Monday, August 2, 2021, 14 years after the ground was broken and after multiple delays and amid concerns about a coal-based project’s effect on the climate. Fossil fuel pollution from a coal power station The 4,764-megawatt Medupi Power Station went online ...

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Riots in South Africa could lead to environmental disaster

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

An activist on Friday, July 23, 2021 warned the South African government against environmental disaster in port city of Durban and other parts of the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa During recent large-scale mayhem and mob violence, numerous chemicals were spilled into nearby waters from a warehouse that set on fire, killing fish and other aquatic animals on ...

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Activists flay South Africa’s decline of support for global plastic ban treaty

Plastic pollution

A Mail & Guardian exposé on Monday, June 21, 2021, revealed that the South African government plans to reject a new proposed global treaty on plastics. According to a leaked document, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries is afraid that the plastic ban will make it harder for the country to, among other things, capitalise on the plastic waste trade. Plastic ...

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Conservationists adopt nuclear science to protect the African rhino

Rhino

A nuclear science-based initiative that has the potential to reduce Rhino poaching has emerged. The West African black rhino Launched on May 13, 2021, the “Rhisotope Project” was initiated by the University of Witwatersrand (WITs) and is being implemented under a global collaboration with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Colorado State University (USA), ROSATOM (Russian Federation) and ...

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South Africa warns of ‘vaccine apartheid’ if rich countries hog shots

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday, May 10, 2021 that if wealthy nations hogged COVID-19 jabs while millions in poor countries died waiting for them, it would amount to “vaccine apartheid”. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa South Africa and India have been pushing for a waiver on some intellectual property (IP) rights for vaccines and medicines at ...

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South Africa to ban private lion breeding

Barbara Creecy

South Africa says it is declaring war on the country’s controversial lion-breeding industry. South African Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy Animal rights activists had welcomed Environment Minister Barbara Creecy’s announcement of recommendations to stop the multi-million-dollar business of breeding lions in captivity. “Today is a massive celebration for South African lions with the government adopting recommendations to end ...

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Facebook launches Climate Science Information Centre in Nigeria, South Africa

Facebook

Facebook announced on Thursday, February 18, 2021 the roll out of its Climate Science Information Centre to sub-Saharan Africa, starting with South Africa and Nigeria, as part of its commitment to connecting people to accurate, expert advice and information about global developments that affect their lives. Facebook Climate Science Information Centre The Centre, available in 16 countries from Thursday, aims ...

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Cyclone Eloise: Nine killed in Africa’s east coast, heavy rains, floods in South Africa

Cyclone Eloise Beira

At least nine people were reported killed after tropical cyclone Eloise hit Africa’s east coast at the weekend with wind gusts of up to 160 kilometres per hour and heavy rain. Aerial view of flooding in Beira in the wake of the cyclone. Photo credit: Mercy Air via Reuters The majority of the deaths were reported in worst-hit Mozambican port ...

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South African astronomers discover new galaxies

Milky Way Galaxy

South African astronomers have discovered two massive galaxies which are more than 60 times the size of the Milky Way. The galaxies are 3.8 billion light years from Earth. Milky Way Galaxy The discovery was made from the multi-billion-dollar Meerkat telescope which consists of 64 antennas in the Northern Cape province, it was disclosed on Thursday, January 21, 2021. A ...

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Jason Baker: Ramaphosa is selling off South Africa’s iconic wildlife – and it needs to stop

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

At his Phala Phala game-breeding operation, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa breeds and sells animals to be gunned down by tourists who have more money than morals, alleges Jason Baker, senior vice president of international campaigns for PETA President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa Should the president of South Africa be trading in protected species and pocketing huge sums ...

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