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Land uncertainty ‘hobbles agriculture’

Reform tardiness creates uncertainty in the agricultural sector and has fueled sporadic land occupations

From mine pollution to pure water

Acid mine drainage flowing into a farm dam is distinguished by its brown colour. Use of affected water can be dangerous for humans,  plants and livestock. Picture: THE TIMES

Collaboration is key to beating acid mine drainage, writes Sputnik Ratau

Safety and environmental worries rank lowest on oil executives’ priorities lists

A fire blazes aboard the mobile offshore oil drilling unit Deepwater Horizon on April 22 2010. Picture: EPA

In an environment of global oversupply of gas and weak pricing there is doubt about how many new oil and gas finds will reach production stage

July was the Earth’s hottest month in 137 years

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Scientists say fossil-fuel burning is driving the heating trend, and it is made worse by the ocean-warming El Nino, which came to an end in July

Cites convention will consider a record number of proposals

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There are proposals to stop Swaziland’s limited trade in rhino horn, while Namibia and Zimbabwe have suggested they be allowed to trade ivory


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