All eyes on Western Cape water crisis
Scientists and politicians weighed in on the water crisis currently afflicting Cape Town at two important meetings last week, notes Legalbrief. It was the worst drought in more than 110 years, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said about the devastating ...
Shale gas licences likely to be delayed by litigation
It has been reported that government intends awarding shale gas exploration licences as early as September 2017, notes Matthew Burnell, a director at Herbert Smith Freehills, in an analysis piece on the Politicsweb site. ‘While this may be the case ...
Shot rhino poacher may be Kruger employee
SANParks officials and law enforcement authorities have ‘remained mum’ on speculation that a suspected rhino poacher (48) shot and killed by park rangers was a former Kruger National Park ranger ‘gone rogue’. A News24 report notes that SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel ...
Mpumalanga sets limits for trophy bull hunting
Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) has confirmed that it will not issue permits to hunt trophy elephants with unlimited tusk weights. In a surprise development, MTPA permitting authority, Riaan de Lange, confirmed that no permits will be issued for ...
Addo blocks elephants from waterholes
The SA National Parks (SANParks) is experimenting with an ‘elephant exclusion’ apparatus at two Addo waterholes to allow other animals better access and protect the integrity of the surrounding veld. According to a report in The Herald, SANParks regional spokesperson ...
Medics support bid to close toxic landfill
SA to renegotiate five nukes vendor agreements – Kubayi
Eskom backtracks on plans to close coal power stations
Government will explore Karoo for shale gas – Minister
AFDB president lauds SA's renewables auction system
Siemens CEO voices support for renewables
Fishing rights official suspended amid graft probe
Judgment reserved in PE harbour cargo battle
Civil society gains ground in battle to uphold green law
The SA Government has failed to uphold section 24 of the Constitution, protecting environmental rights, environmental journalist Sipho Kings writes in a Mail & Guardian Online analysis piece. ‘Mining and development regularly trump environmental rights. Those rights are not protected in ...
Ghana establishes fisheries task force
An eight-member task force that will enforce fisheries law and regulations has been inaugurated in Accra, Ghana, says a report on the allAfrica site. The task force will help regulate the renewal of fishing licences for fishing vessels in accordance ...
African Renewable Energy Initiative marred by conflict
More than 100 international civil society groups last week launched a statement in solidarity with their African counterparts who are concerned about the role of France and the European Commission in undermining the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). According to ...
Study slams 'deadly' diesel truck and car emissions
‘Excess’ diesel truck and car emissions claimed about 38 000 lives worldwide in 2015, said a study last week that sought to quantify deaths due to pollution that car makers sought to hide. According to a News24 report, four-fifths of ...
Remote Pacific island clogged up with trash
When researchers travelled to a tiny, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, they were astonished to find an estimated 38m pieces of trash washed up on the beaches. A News24 report notes that almost all of the ...
Global Seed Vault nearly breached by meltwater
The Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen has been breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel. A report in The Guardian notes that the vault contains almost ...
Scientists note Chagos Archipelago coral bleaching
* An investigation is under way after an internationally-renowned professional Japanese diver died while filming a documentary on coelacanths and leatherback turtles in the Sodwana Bay section of iSimangaliso Wetland Park in northern KZN. iSimangaliso CEO Andrew Zaloumis said Mitsuyoshi Tanaka ...
* Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife auctioned more than 1 000 wild animals yesterday‚ injecting more than R8m into the cash-strapped conservation agency’s depleted coffers. Altogether‚ Ezemvelo sold 1 183 animals at its 28th annual action at the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park – including 10 ...
* Abalone worth R7.8m was seized at a Cape Town funeral parlour last week. The abalone was found after police received a tip-off. A Crawford man (48) was arrested.
Rare albino orangutan to be named 'Alba'
Rare albino orangutan
to be named 'Alba'
A conservation group said last week it has chosen the name 'Alba' for a rare albino orangutan rescued from captivity in Indonesia after receiving a flood of suggestions from the public. The name ...
Ladybugs' folded wings hold lessons for engineers
Ladybugs' folded wings
hold lessons for engineers
Researchers at the University of Tokyo have uncovered how ladybirds (locally known as ladybugs) stow their wings. These common beetles were chosen because of the speed with which they can unfold and deploy ...
Game reserve founder and icon dies
Game reserve founder
and wildlife icon dies
Former SANParks CE Dr Robbie Robinson, founder of the oldest marine protected area (MPA) in Africa, has died at the age of 77. Robinson established the iconic Otter Trail and the Tsitsikamma MPA ...