War of words erupts as Cape Town battles drought
The City of Cape Town is in a race against time to use water from its first desalination plant, as increasingly uncomfortable residents feel the bite of tighter water restrictions, writes Legalbrief. Cape Town will have its first desalination plants ...
Government thumbs up for new nuclear plant
The Department of Environmental Affairs has granted authorisation to state-owned power utility Eskom to build a new 4 000MW nuclear power plant in the Western Cape, according to a report on the Moneyweb site. The construction at Duynefontein, close to ...
Green groups slam mooted uranium shipment
Environmental groups have expressed concerns about the trans-shipment of uranium between Namibia and the US through SA ports. According to a TimesLIVE report, last week‚ the Department of Energy gazetted an application made by US firm Edlow International Company Incorporated ...
Phosphate mine interdicted from drawing up aquifer water
A phosphate mining operation bordering the West Coast National Park and near the environmentally sensitive Langebaan Lagoon has been slapped with an interdict to stop it dewatering the Elandsfontein aquifer. According to a News24 report, mining by Kropz Elandsfontein cuts ...
Expect more severe storms, academic warns
Convention calls for more sustainable buildings
Martial eagle population in 'freefall' – study
Cattle drug killing vultures – research
Durban Bay sewage spill a concern for locals
SA must shift to gas economy – Minister
Small-scale fishers angry over kreef rights
Canned lion hunting damages 'Brand SA' – journalist
The SA Government is pandering to a handful of right-wing breeders and hunters’ greed at the expense of our reputation as a country that promotes ethical and authentic tourism, warns Shannon Ebrahim, Independent Media Group’s foreign editor, in an ...
Former Zimparks boss charged with stealing rhino horns
A former Parks and Wildlife Department (Zimparks) director will go on trial later this month over the disappearance of 53 rhino horns worth $3m. According to a report on the allAfrica site, Edson Chidziya's trial is expected to start ...
Climate disasters increasing – researchers
Since 1980, the 491 recorded climate disasters that have struck Southern Africa have exacted a heavy toll: causing R132bn in damages, a staggering 110 978 deaths and leaving 2.47m people homeless. According to a Cape Argus report, 140m people ...
Kenya street vendors in court over banned plastic bags
Eleven people have pleaded guilty to possessing banned plastic bags in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa. BBC News reports that the street vendors who were selling food in plastic bags were arrested following a raid by environment officials. ‘We ...
EPA to repeal US Clean Power Plan
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that Scott Pruitt, the chief of the agency, had signed a measure to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a ...
Stop funding fossil fuel projects, green groups warn
Billions of dollars of public money was sunk in new fossil fuel projects by the world’s major development banks in the year after the Paris climate change deal was agreed, according to campaigners who are calling for the banks ...
Indian court upholds Delhi Diwali fireworks ban
India’s Supreme Court has banned the sale of fireworks in Delhi during the upcoming Diwali festival, hoping to prevent the usual spike in toxic air pollution levels that accompany the holiday. According to a report in The Guardian, last ...
Bio-Beads polluting British coast – research
Outcry as Hinkley Point announces dredging plans
Fukushima residents must be compensated – court
* Port Elizabeth police arrested three men last week for the illegal possession of abalone worth R30 000. The abalone was taken by Marine and Coastal members. The men face charges of illegal possession of abalone and will appear in court ...
* A mini-term review of ActionAid’s agroecology and resilience project in Senegal and The Gambia provides key lessons for the wider ActionAid federation and other actors seeking to build resilience to climate change. With an emphasis on women’s empowerment ...
* Twenty Indian farmers have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops, officials said last week, highlighting lax safety standards in the country. The farmers in the western state of Maharashtra, one of ...
NMU eco-car slims down to defend title
NMU eco-car slims down
to defend efficiency title
Less is more for the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) eco-car crew who will be looking to defend their all-Africa fuel efficiency title with a slimmed-down version of the home-grown ‘rocket on wheels ...
Learner's solar-powered water purifier wins big
water purifier wins big
An Eastern Cape pupil has walked off with the top prize at Eskom’s International Science Expo in Boksburg for her solar-powered water purifying device. Vanessa Annan, of Cambridge High School, won a ...
Climate change threatens clownfish
The clownfish, the colourful swimmer propelled to fame by the 2003 film Finding Nemo, is under threat from warming ocean waters wreaking havoc with sea anemones – the structures which serve as its home, a study has ...