Mixed reaction as Cape Town eases restrictions
The easing of Cape Town's water restrictions has received a mixed reaction, writes Legalbrief. According to a News24 report, Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, the agency that promotes tourism, trade and investment in the Western Cape, described the lowering ...
Outcry at notorious wildlife trafficker's early release
Conservationists expressed shock this week after a Thai kingpin of the illegal rhino horn trade was released from jail in Pretoria after serving just six years of his 40-year sentence. According to a TimesLIVE report, Chumlong Lemtongthai was freed on ...
Flyfishers fight trout listing amendments
The Federation of SA Flyfishers (Fosaf) has filed papers in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) against Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, arguing that proposed amendments to the Alien and Invasive Species Lists that will list trout and other species as ...
Abalone poaching kingpin found guilty of racketeering
An exhaustive exposé of Morne Blignaut’s criminal conduct, over a protracted period, proved his management of an abalone poaching operation beyond reasonable doubt. The exposé, provided by a former employee Brett Killian (29), also showed a pattern of racketeering activities ...
Fishermen in court over seal pup attack
Concern over church's role in fuelling leopard skin trade
Mining shift towards renewables inevitable – Fitch
Miners gear up for new rehabilitation obligations
Special ‘global south’ office launched in Durban
De Lille's housing plan to cut Cape Town's emissions
Drought hit game parks hard – study
Southern Ice Forum punts iceberg for Cape Town
Nelson Mandela Bay water curbs to remain, despite rains
Government to consider hemp commercialisation – Minister
Rare endangered frog released in KZN
Top honour for Blaauwberg reserve
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Environment: Comment sought on GHG inventory report
Once finalised, a draft greenhouse gas inventory report released on Friday for public input will form part of SA’s biennial update to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Sadly, a reference in the document’s executive summary to work still in progress ...
Exec issues climate change call to action
Its important that we shift our collective beliefs about global warming in order to bring about change, writes Mota Mota, an account manager at Edelman South Africa, in an analysis on the City Press site. ‘Climate change places transformational demands ...
Botswana reviews elephant hunting ban
Botswana launched a review last week of a 2014 hunting ban imposed to reverse a decline in elephants and other wildlife. A TimesLIVE report notes that the prohibition on big game sports hunting was the work of former President Ian ...
Kenyan drought refugees vulnerable to violence, study finds
Kenyans forced to relocate due to drought are far more likely to experience violence than are Kenyans generally, researchers reported last week. According to a report on the allAfrica site, a study carried out by the University of Utah and ...
Uganda and Congo spar over fishing grounds
Kampala has stepped up patrols in recent months to crack down on illegal fishing on Lakes Edward and Albert, straddling Uganda and Congo. According to an SABC News report, the missions have led to the arrest of hundreds of Congolese ...
Ghanaian cocoa farmers benefit from pilot timber project
Regulator backs whale protection proposal
Members of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) have voted to back a Brazilian proposal to give indefinite protection for the world's whale population, following an angry debate. According to a BBC News report, the non-binding ‘Florianopolis Declaration’ sees whaling ...
C40 cities pledge to cut carbon emissions
Some of the world’s largest cities, including London, Paris and New York, have revealed they are no longer increasing their climate-harming carbon emissions – and pledged to cut them further. According to a report in The Independent, greenhouse gas pollution ...
UN Secretary-General calls for collective action
With 2018 shaping up as the fourth-hottest year on record, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned last week that the world must take action in the next two years to avert the disastrous consequences of runaway climate change. According to a ...
UK Bill heralds a greener Brexit
EU renewables directive has a fatal flaw, academics warn
New challenge to Keystone XL pipeline
Battle between Hambach activists and police hots up
Widespread rain fails to ease Australian drought
Mineralised plastics to create a new layer in Earth's crust
Scientists call for more space for nature
* The Women4Climate Tech Challenge is an international contest open to any woman designing an innovative, climate-focused tech solution. C40 will support the innovation community in driving action in cities by promoting women’s projects to take climate action. Complementary to the ...
* The new draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is out for public comment. Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said STI can be used to exploit new sources of economic growth such as green industries; improve the ...
* Last week, nine environmental justice organisations gathered in Botswana for a regional exchange under the banner of 'Building a solidarity in resistance to coal'. The exchange hosted 30 participants from Botswana and SA. The exchange was hosted by the Botswana ...
Oldest known human-made art found in SA
Oldest known human-made art found in SA
The oldest known human-made art discovered to date – a 73 000-year-old cross-hatch design that looks like an oversized hashtag – has been retrieved from the Blombos Cave on the Western Cape coast ...
All-woman African conservation mission sets off
All-woman mission to raise
funds for conservation
An all-woman South African-led conservation mission into Southern Africa kicked off at the weekend, bringing together 13 women from around the world to educate and empower communities about human-wildlife conflict. Led by Carla ...