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Want a climate solution? Start talking

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With the Paris Agreement now almost a year old and ratified by half of its signatories, the next big word is implementation. But just how do countries make good on their climate pledges? One option is to start talking

November 3, 2016 — As a name, the Paris Agreement trips so effortlessly off the tongue that it would be easy to convince ourselves it’s a single entity. But little could be further from the truth.  Continue reading Want a climate solution? Start talking

South African national park to kill animals in response to severe drought

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There are about 47,000 buffaloes in Kruger national park. Photograph: Dolf van Zuydam/AP

About 350 hippos and buffaloes under threat in Kruger national park to be killed in attempt to prevent animals suffering

September 14, 2016 — Rangers in South Africa’s biggest wildlife park are to kill about 350 hippos and buffaloes threatened by the impact of a severe drought.  Continue reading South African national park to kill animals in response to severe drought

Push for ban on domestic ivory trade spurs feud at international summit

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Delegates from several countries opposed a proposed ban on domestic ivory trading. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

As coalition of countries, including the US, push for resolution to end ivory trade, Japan, Namibia, South Africa and Canada raise concerns at Hawaii meeting

September 10, 2016 — A resolution to end the domestic trade in ivory has descended into acrimony at a major conservation summit, with a handful of countries, including Japan and South Africa, objecting to the proposed ban.  Continue reading Push for ban on domestic ivory trade spurs feud at international summit

I really don’t like Tampakan open-pit mine at all

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MEET THE BEAT. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez talks to environment beat reporters on July 27, 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says she will review permits given to the $5.9-billion mining project of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated in South Cotabato

MANILA, Philippines (July 28, 2016) — “I really don’t like Tampakan at all. Not a little, but you can put that in capital letters – AT ALL.”  Continue reading I really don’t like Tampakan open-pit mine at all

AIDS summit opens with warnings that progress at risk

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AIDS CONFERENCE. Hundreds of AIDS activists march through the streets of Durban during the 21st International Aids Conference on July 18, 2016. Photo by AFP

The five-day International AIDS Conference returns to Africa 16 years after Nelson Mandela galvanized the world to take up the fight against AIDS, describing it as ‘one of the greatest threats humankind has faced’

DURBAN, South Africa (July 18, 2016) — More than 18,000 scientists, campaigners, and donors opened a major AIDS conference in South Africa on Monday, July 18, issuing stark warnings that recent gains in the fight against the disease were under threat.  Continue reading AIDS summit opens with warnings that progress at risk

AIDS summit in South Africa to warn of lagging effort

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In this file photo, Indonesian students hold a rally to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS at a university in Surabaya on December 1, 2015. Juni Kriswanto/AFP

16 after Nelson Mandela galvanized the world to take up the fight against AIDS, experts and activists return to the South African city of Durban, seeking to revitalize the fight against the disease

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (July 17, 2016) — Sixteen years after Nelson Mandela galvanized the world to take up the fight against AIDS, experts and activists return to the South African city of Durban on Monday, July 18, seeking to revitalize the fight against the disease.  Continue reading AIDS summit in South Africa to warn of lagging effort

S. Africa compensates 750 families for apartheid land loss

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ZUMA. File photo of South Africa president and South African ruling Party African National Congress President Jacob Zuma taken May 1, 2016 in Pretoria. Photo by Mujahid Safodien / AFP

South African families who say they were pushed out of their land on a natural reserve during apartheid will be handed over $5 million in compensation

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (May 22, 2016) — Some 750 South African families who say they were pushed out of their land on a natural reserve during apartheid will be handed over $5 million in compensation, President Jacob Zuma said Saturday. Continue reading S. Africa compensates 750 families for apartheid land loss

Drought and rising temperatures ‘leaves 36m people across Africa facing hunger’

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A maize plant among other dried maize in a field in Hoopstad in the Free State province, South Africa. The country suffered its driest year on record in 2015. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Unusually strong El Niño, coupled with record-high temperatures, has had a catastrophic effect on crops and rainfall across southern and eastern Africa

March 16, 2016 — More than 36 million people face hunger across southern and eastern Africa, the United Nations has warned, as swaths of the continent grapple with the worst drought in decades at a time of record high temperatures.

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Climate activists threaten to shut down world’s major coal sites

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The Ffos-y-fran opencast mine, near Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales, is about halfway through extracting 11m tonnes of coal. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Reclaim the Power says it will use direct action at a dozen international sites in May, including the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales

March 1, 2016 — Climate activists will use direct action to try to shut down major fossil fuel sites across the world in May, including the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales.

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