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On The Web This Week, 30 August

On The Web This Week, 30 August

In this week’s reading list, we take a look at some of the stories from around the world that have caught our eye over the last seven days:

Picture source: Wikipedia

In a disturbing and short-sighted move, Namibia has threatened to lead Southern African nations, home to the bulk of the world’s rhinos and elephants, out of a global convention that governs trade in wild plants and animals.

Picture source: SAAB

Meanwhile, in a more positive story from The National Interest, the South African Air Force have introduced a homegrown data-sharing hub which will help with their anti-poaching initiative. This story explains how the SAAF uses Gripen fighter jets to find and catch Rhino poachers on the Zimbabwean border.

Picture source: Plastics South Africa

Plastics South Africa has published its recycling survey with details of the amount of plastic that was converted into reusable material in 2018. 46.3 % of plastics waste was collected for recycling, making South Africa one of the best mechanical recyclers in the world. Click here for the full report.

Picture source: Dr. Emma Camp

The first documented discovery of ‘extreme corals‘ in mangrove lagoons around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is yielding important information about how corals deal with environmental stress.

Picture source: US Embassy & Consulates in South Africa

And finally, for a bit of good news, South Africa has landed on a major investment deal that will see the country invest in clean energy projects, including a hydroelectric plant and two wind farms, which are expected to generate clean electricity enough to power approximately 200,000 homes while cutting about 844,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

If you know of any other stories in your area that you think deserve our attention, please feel free to leave a comment below, or if you missed last week’s list, click here to catch up. We’d like to thank you for spending some of your precious time with us, and we hope you’ll come back again soon.