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On The Web This Week, 5 September

On The Web This Week, 5 September

In this week’s reading list, breaking records while raising funds for conservation, plastic enters the fossil record, and the mysterious disappearance of Great White Sharks:

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First up, thesouthafrican.com reports on the unexplained disappearance of Great White Sharks from Cape Town’s False Bay. After just 50 sightings in 2018, not a single Great White has been spotted so far in 2019. There were an average of 205 sightings per year from 2010 – 2016.

Picture Credit: Chris Burville

In other ocean conservation news, the South Coast Herald reports on South African freediver Beth Neale, breaking her own freediving record while raising funds for conservation in Bermuda.

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Also from the South Coast Herald, the Pennington Conservancy has embarked on a project to turn plastic waste into building bricks that will go into refurbishing the recycling depot in Pennington.

New recycling label on packaging
New Recycling Label

Business Insider explains the new Recycling labels currently rolling out at Clicks, Food Lovers Market, Pick n Pay, Spar, Shoprite and Woolworths.

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The Guardian reports that plastic pollution has now entered the fossil record, being found in offshore sediment layers, with contamination increasing exponentially since 1945. Most of the plastic particles were fibres from synthetic fabrics used in clothes, indicating that plastics are flowing freely into the ocean through waste water.

And finally, if you have any plastic bottles in your home, and you’d rather not add to your local landfill, why not reuse them? Try one of these craft ideas for a fun way to use what would otherwise just be unwanted rubbish:

Did you try one of these ideas? Let us know in the comments below. If you missed last week’s news, catch up here. Thanks for joining us, and come back soon for more!

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:

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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.