South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs has revealed that the country has widened its marine protected areas to give protection to 90 percent of marine habitat types.


The expansion has augmented South Africa’s marine ecosystem area under protection in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone from the current 0.4…

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Our waterways are filled with plastic waste and animals’ stomach are full of it. It is frustrating to see our rivers, oceans and communities filled with single-use plastic waste.


Plastic, and especially single-use plastic, is increasingly becoming a global environmental threat.

And what we see floating on our…

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A litter pick will take place in a north-east coastal town in memory of an environmentalist who was tragically killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.

Among those on board was Arctic expedition leader Sarah Auffret, who was on her way to a UN conference in Nairobi to…

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Did you know that a species of bacteria that resides in the ocean is responsible for producing 10% of the oxygen that we breathe in? Now, a new study has found that the plastic polluting the world's oceans is negatively affecting the oxygen levels that these bacteria produce.…

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Cape Town - Conservation champions have praised recent steps taken by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) to protect the environment, having gazetted three new marine protected areas (MPAs) within South African National Parks (SANParks).

The Addo Elephant National Park MPA, Robben Island MPA (to be managed by…

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It has been estimated that 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean each year, with that number growing annually. Where is it all coming from?

Among other places, rivers. In fact, research suggests that a small number of rivers contribute a disproportionately large amount of plastic…

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