Pollution

IPCC Urges ‘Faster Action’ on Global Warming

The United Nations (UN) says faster action is needed to keep global warming to agreed limits and delays until 2030 could force reliance on technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air.
 
In its latest report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which drew on the work of more than 1 000 experts, says a shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind, solar or nuclear power was affordable and will shave only about 0.06 percent point a year off world economic growth.
 

IPCC Warns Against Climate Change

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that climate change is already affecting lives and will have catastrophic impacts if carbon emissions are not lowered now.
 
In its new report, the IPCC paints a world where human civilisation will struggle to survive unless carbon emissions are cut urgently, adding that the impacts if nothing happened will be ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible’.
 
"Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change," explains Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the IPCC.
 

Air Pollution Blamed for Deaths

A new report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found that air pollution is responsible for one in eight of all global deaths – double the previous estimate.

The report states that the seven million deaths annually are from a combination of indoor and outdoor air pollution.

In its research, WHO found strong links between indoor and outdoor air pollution and cardiovascular diseases - like strokes and ischaemic heart disease.

Gore Speaks on Drastic Climate Change

At a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, former United States of America vice-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Al Gore, has given an overview of how humans are driving climate change.

In his presentation, Gore discussed the effect of humans driving climate change and how this is changing conditions around the world right now.

He stated that, the current global system was destroying the habitability of the planet by burning fossil fuels, and adds that it is wrong and needs to change.

Bosveld Phosphates Pollutes Kruger Rivers

A leak at the Bosveld Phosphates's plant in Phalaborwa, adjacent to the Kruger National Park in Limpopo, has spilled polluted water into rivers that run into the reserve.

The plant, which used to be owned by Sasol, produces phosphoric acid, which is used in fertiliser. 

Dr Stefanie Freitag-Ronaldson, general manager of scientific services at Kruger Park, says the polluted water started spilling again earlier this month, adding that, “There have been high levels of processed water spilling into the Selati River."

HRW Issues Cholera Warning in Zimbabwe

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that Zimbabwe’s capital Harare is at risk of repeating a cholera outbreak five years ago that killed over 4 200 people.
 
The organisation says that a long-running sanitation crisis in the city of two million means drinking water is often taken from wells that are contaminated with sewage from broken pipes.
 

Botswana Silent Over Fracking in the Kalahari

According to Wagdy Sawahel, while a fierce debate rages about fracking in South Africa and elsewhere, the Botswana government has been silently pushing ahead with plans to produce natural gas, keeping the country in the dark as it grants concessions over vast tracts of land, including half of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve - the ancestral home of the San.
 

HRW Warns on Cholera Risk in Zimbabwe

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned that Zimbabwe’s capital Harare is at risk of repeating a cholera outbreak five years ago that killed over 4 200 people.
 
The organisation says that a long-running sanitation crisis in the city of two million means drinking water is often taken from wells that are contaminated with sewage from broken pipes.
 

Fracking Process Contested

If energy companies and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) are successful, the Karoo a semi-desert wilderness, will soon be home to scientists and geologists mapping out shale gas fields touted as game-changers for Africa's biggest economy, and determining whether fracking will work here.

The fracking process is incurring challenges from multiple opponents - pro-fracking activists assert that a lengthy legal fight is inevitable.

ELA Disappointed in Mid-term Budget

Environmental group, Earthlife Africa , says Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan’s medium-term budget policy statement is clear that government must curb spending where possible.
 
The organisation argues that fiscal responsibility should be applied to the planned dirty and dangerous energy investments in coal and nuclear.
 

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