From sewage to oasis: Female duo create Johannesburg green corridor

photo: woman looking over polluted river

Merging art, science and activism, two women are on a mission to save one of the city’s biggest and most polluted rivers

  • One of Johannesburg’s largest rivers is full of toxins from sewage flow
  • Two women are merging science and art to tackle river pollution
  • The project is creating jobs and environmental awareness

By Kim Harrisberg JOHANNESBURG, Feb 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

A river filled with sewage, broken TVs, dead … [more…]

The covert industry that is destroying the world’s rivers

The covert industry that is destroying the world’s rivers

Sediment is being removed from the rivers like the Mekong faster than it can be naturally replenished, increasing the risk of riverbank collapse. This photo was taken in Cái Bè, Vietnam. [Credit: Corryn Wetzel | CC BY-SA 4.0]

The global boom in sand mining threatens millions, a new study of the Mekong River suggests

Good sand is surprisingly hard to find, and some of the best — the kind used … [more…]

The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million.

The Florida Activist Is 78. The Legal Judgment Against Her Is $4 Million.

Maggy Hurchalla kayaking near her home in Stuart, Fla., this summer. Eve Edelheit for The New York Times

STUART, Fla. — Maggy Hurchalla’s piece of Florida heaven is a patch of pristine Atlantic shore accessible only by boat in St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. She and her husband nicknamed it the “End of the World” when they first came upon it half a century ago, after paddling south along … [more…]

Alabama: Birmingham opposes coal mine near drinking water source

Birmingham opposes coal mine near drinking water source

Dennis Pillion | dpillion@al.com A drinking water intake facility for the Birmingham Water Works Board along the Black Warrior River’s Mulberry Fork is about five miles from the site of a proposed coal mine in Walker County, Ala. This facility provides drinking water for 200,000 people.

The Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Water Works Board both spoke out this week against a proposed coal mine on the Black Warrior River,

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China’s Underwater Hunt

Video frame: China's Underwater Hunt



What do you find 3 kilometres under the sea?

In China’s Underwater Hunt, a team of Chinese scientists embark on a daring deep-sea mission to find out – travelling to places no human has ever been, rich with rare resources and unique creatures.

Sailing on one of the oldest research ships in the world, the group face high seas, cyclones, and constant seasickness as they explore the depths of … [more…]