South Africa

Development

Dreading 'Day Zero' when the taps run dry in Cape Town

A severe drought has forced South Africa to declare a national disaster and impose tough water-saving measures in attempts to push back the day when taps are expected to run dry. In this photo essay from Reuters' Mike Hutchings, you can see how devastating the drought has already been on the country.

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The end of the plastic bag?

The plastic shopping bag is a major shopping convenience, but it's also a major environmental blight, and some countries, like Australia and China, plan to phase out the use of the bags completely