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DRUG WASTE CONTAMINATES RIVERS WORLDWIDE

Our vital freshwater ecosystems are being threatened by high concentrations of pharmaceutical waste. This should be cause for great concern and if current trends persist, the amount of pharmaceutical effluence leaching into waterways could increase by two-thirds before 2050. These…

Comments on the Marine Spatial Planning Bill

From: Coastwatch KZN | P.O. Box 1586 | Ballito 4420 | 28 August 2018 To: The Environmental Affairs Portfolio Committee Kwazulu-Natal Legislature. Attention: Mr Themba Magwaza Dear Sirs MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING BILL B9D-2017 Coastwatch KZN is an NGO formed by…

Riddle of the sands: is Rio moving on St Lucia?

An unknown mining company — thought by some to be a proxy for Richards Bay Minerals — is bidding to mine on the edge of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park | By Tony Carnie | Sunday Times 9 September 2018 |…

Humpback whale carcass washes up at Mtunzini

HUMPBACK WHALE CARCASS WASHES UP AT MTUNZINI: This adult humpback whale was discovered on Wednesday in the Umlalazi Nature Reserve and is about 12m long. Because it washed up in a protected area, it will be left on the beach…

Ocean deoxygenation - A long predicted result of climate change

“Natural variations have obscured our ability to definitively detect this signal in observations. In this study, however, Schmidtko et al. synthesize all available observations to show a global-scale decline in oxygen that conforms to the patterns we expect from human-driven…

Pledge to make plastic a thing of the past

Avoiding plastic for any amount of time is a great thing to do – but that alone won’t end our addiction to plastic. When individuals choose not to buy or use plastic, they remove plastic from their lives. But what…

Would you like some food with your plastic?

Plastic is choking our oceans, polluting our waterways and contaminating our food – yet still it dominates our shelves! Plastic packaging may help keep food hygienic, prolong shelf-life and make it easy to grab and go but the costs of…

Whale tourism must be ethical and sustainable

Under the theme 'Towards Responsible Tourism for Cetaceans', the International Whale Conference and Whale Heritage Sites Summit, which is taking place in Durban this week, hopes to promote ethical and sustainable tourism around this iconic species. The recovery of humpback…

Neglecting our oceans is no longer an option

When people think of climate change, pictures of melting glaciers, sweltering heat in summers and flooding of coastal areas predominate. Often lost in the imagery is the role the world's oceans play in countering the worst effects of global warming.…
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