Otsuchi – Four days ago, Otsuchi was just another Japanese coastal town, a destination for surfers and lovers of remote beaches. Now, only a supermarket and a Buddhist temple remain standing amid a sea of devastation.
Like most of Japan’s northeast, Otsuchi was rattled by Friday’s massive earthquake and then flattened by the ensuing tsunami. Officials [...]
Cape Town – Capetonians should brace themselves for another heatwave coupled with strong south-easterly winds that pose a serious fire risk, the city council warned on Monday.
It said the weather services had forecast soaring temperatures for the rest of the week after the mercury was expected to hit 37°C on Monday.
The City’s Disaster Risk Management [...]
Johannesburg – The Green Scorpions are conducting inspections around the country as part of a national environmental law compliance campaign, they said on Monday.
Officially known as the Environmental Management Inspectorate, they had already paid visits to sites in KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State and were moving to the Eastern Cape, spokesperson Roopa Singh said in [...]
Jakarta – Indonesia on Sunday ramped up efforts to help those on remote islands hit by a devastating tsunami as an official put the latest death toll at 449, with 96 missing and feared dead.
Rescuers trying to reach isolated villages were hampered by torrential rains and heavy seas on Saturday as three-metre-high waves pounded the [...]
Reading, thinking and writing about the environment is terrifying business. Not a day goes by without another horror story – an oil spill, a disappearing species, shrinking rainforests and melting glaciers. It’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel and let someone else worry about the mess.
But that’s not an [...]
There are lots you can do to help protect the environment without spending a cent. Begin by simply changing habits and then slowly incorporate a better way of spending your hard-earned cash.
You, the consumer, have the power in your purse to make a very tangible difference.
Ideas that are free:
This is so easy to do. I [...]
The climate of the world varies from one decade to another, and a changing climate is natural and expected. However, there is a concern that the human industrial and development activities of the past two centuries have caused changes over and above natural variation…
What is climate change?Climate change is the natural cycle through which the [...]
A massive green rush is under way in South Africa, with major energy, construction and finance companies setting up specialised renewable energy units in anticipation of the government finalising the rules of engagement at the end of the year.
The government has set a target of 4%, or 1 025MW, of renewable energy installed from private [...]
With no action beyond what we are already taking, the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report by climate scientists on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) projects the planet will warm by between 1.1C and 6.4C over the next 100 years.
That doesn’t sound much, but as well as warmer days and nights, rising sea [...]
* Some 200 countries were represented at the week-long discussions
* The talks are the last official ones before the U.N. climate summit in Mexico
* Officials say the week brought them closer to defining what can be achieved at Cancun
* Environmental activists plan a global day of action
(CNN) — Representatives from about 200 countries wrapped [...]