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How changing the world’s food systems can help to protect the planet

By The Conversation on 21 September 2018

Going into debt with nature is a dangerous thing. When our stocks of water, land and clean air are spent – we don’t have a second planet to borrow from. But that’s exactly the way that Earth is heading.

Climate change, water and the spread of diseases: connecting the dots differently

By The Conversation on 19 September 2018

Half a century ago concerns about climate change, environment vulnerability, population density and the sustainability of earth systems reached a broad audience. This was clear from books like the Silent Spring published in 1962, and The Limits to Growth published 10 years later.

African countries aren’t doing enough to prepare for rising sea levels

By The Conversation on 19 September 2018

Sea levels are rising around the world. In the last quarter century, on the north-eastern African coastline, sea levels have risen by as much as 12cm. The future looks even more worrying.

Does South Africa have a microplastics problem? Our research says yes

By The Conversation on 18 September 2018

The dangers of plastics, and more specifically microplastics, is increasingly grabbing the world’s attention. A growing body of research shows that plastics and microplastics in the marine environment are having a devastating effect on life in the sea.

Plastic Is Killing our Oceans – the Issues, Facts, and Possible Solutions

By Wendy Lipscomb on 28 June 2018

Approximately 40% of the world’s 7.6 billion people live within 62 miles (100km) of an ocean coast. For the other 60%, some of whom may never have even seen an ocean, the seas still play a vital role in their lives. Most importantly, the ocean is vital to the food chain.

Companies Must Push Harder on Achieving Sustainability Goals

By EHS Today on 18 April 2018

While 69% of companies ask suppliers to effectively manage their environmental impacts, only 34% actually provide tools and resources to incentivize action.

Down the drain – how water leakage affects us and what we can do about it

By Environmental Management Magazine on 28 March 2018

37% of water in our urban piped water systems leaks out or is used illegally”. That’s more than a third of our country’s water, going down the drain. With the water crisis in the Cape, looming water concerns across the world, and a growing population, this figure remains far too

Bold steps are needed toward a 'new normal' that allocates water fairly in South Africa

By The Conversation on 22 March 2018

Discussions of the water crisis that has hit Cape Town tend to focus on supply and demand. In other words, a severe and unusual drought has created a situation in which there is not enough water (supply) to meet people’s needs (demand).

Shortcuts in waste disposal adding to SA’s massive environmental challenges

By Environmental Management Magazine on 05 March 2018

Unlike many developed countries around the globe that operate within a regenerative system called a “circular economy,” South Africa only recycles 10% of its waste. Considering that most of our waste is destined for landfills, the promotion of responsible disposal practices remai

How Cape Town’s water crisis could make people sick

By The Conversation on 19 February 2018

Day zero, when the 4 million people living in Cape Town run out of water, is becoming a real possibility. The city has informed residents that water supplies will be turned off on the day and only retained for high risk areas and essential services. Citizens will have to queue fo

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