On the Web This Week, 12 September

On the Web This Week, 12 September

On the web this week, Rhino conservation gets a boost, South Africa’s commitment to combating climate change questioned, and are plastic alternatives ready for wide-scale adoption?

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The BBC takes a look into the future, and asks what would happen if all the world’s trees disappeared.

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The Telegraph reports on the second annual Business of Conservation conference, chaired by Fred Swaniker, an enterprising young Ghanaian who, at the inaugural conference last year, managed to garner pledges for $600 million to be spent on conservation projects around Africa.

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Moneyweb reports on Sanlam’s new Amplify unit, which will provide R8Billion in funding for Rhino conservation.

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The Saturday Star examines the state of South Africa’s political response to climate change, which is still sadly falling behind recent landmark assessments by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Science- Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

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The Guardian has a sobering report which suggests that plastic alternatives may worsen marine pollution, because the infrastructure to properly manage this new form of waste is not in place in a significant way yet. Its important to remember that reducing our dependence on single-use packaging is still the most effective way of cutting down on pollution.

Picture credit: Mustafah Abdulaziz

Also in The Guardian, a touching picture gallery of work from American photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has won the Leica Oskar Barnack photography award with his eight-year project exploring the global crisis around water, and how different cultures interact with this precious resource.

And finally, if you’re looking for ways to reuse your old plastic bottles, you might want to try your hand at making a toy airplane:

As always, thank you for joining us. If you have any stories you’d like to see us report on, or if you have any ideas on how to reduce our plastic use, please feel free to share them with us in the comment section below.