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biodiversity Conservation Watch

Wild about weeds

We are often in a rush to rid our gardens of blackjacks, stinging nettles and a bunch of other bitter things. But Julia Invernizzi wised up on a recent walk.

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Enviro Champs tackle Pietermaritzburg river pollution

A community-based programme is helping to clean rivers in the KZN capital. Thobani Ngomane and Matthew Hattingh report.

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No horsing around… Why this little guy really is top of the pops

You may have already told your dad he is super, but how does he stack up next to a seahorse? 

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Covid shark video lands the WHO in hot water

The United Nations health agency has missed the boat on conserving sharks, say activists. Nico Booyens and Natalie dos Santos report.

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Seahorses live in the sea, right? True, for all but one species.

Rio Button reports from the Southern Cape on a citizen science mercy mission.

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Helping hands show the way

A campaign to create a world day to promote Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) has been launched in South Africa, writes Terry-Ann Beukes.

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Turtles “talk” to divers

Ocean lovers Emma Tomkins and Michael Dowker dive into the fascinating world of turtle research.

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A lot on their plate: Sea’s custodians must do more

South Africa has proclaimed 20 new marine protected areas, mirroring worldwide efforts to conserve more marine areas. But a lack of funding and management mean most remain ‘Parks on Paper’. Skyla Thornton reports

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Swimming against the tide of sewage: Standerton sanfus stir up action

An intrepid band of activist-athletes are drawing attention to a pressing pollution problem, with their latest target the Vaal River that flows through the Mpumalanga town of Standerton. Laura du Toit reports

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Bycatch threat to apex predators

Shark and ray numbers are dwindling. Bottom trawling and a lack of government monitoring are adding to the problem, writes Katie Biggar