Court action delays IPP contract signing
An ideological clash has become evident in the ongoing dispute between coal workers and government over the delayed signing of 27 REIPPP agreements last week, writes Legalbrief, as roleplayers fight to define what a South African just energy transition will ...
Drought in worst-hit areas now a national disaster
The drought and water crisis gripping some parts of the country has been declared a national state of disaster, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize declared last week. As there were no comforting signs of improvement in the ...
SA using too much water – study
If the government fails to respond to the country's critical water situation, South Africans could face a situation similar to the energy crisis that nearly paralysed the economy, according to a Water Research Commission (WRC) report released last week ...
Moody's pessimistic about economic effects of Cape drought
Cape Town’s water crisis is set to have a range of economic and financial effects on the city this year. This is according to Daniel Mazibuko, a Moody’s associate lead analyst and author of the report, ‘City of Cape Town ...
Blue Scorpions deployed to Waterberg District
Back to square one on IRP – Minister
Big energy users reject carbon tax laws
Power station fails to meet emissions standards
DA exposes Letaba River's 'toxic waste'
Half of SA's plastic bag levy remains unallocated – Treasury
Abalone smuggling kingpins to appeal heavy sentences
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Energy: Right to cost-efficient, clean energy reaffirmed
The Department of Energy will continue to ‘vigorously defend’ the right of consumers in SA to access cost-efficient, clean energy. This, notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy watch, was confirmed last week by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe in a media statement on ...
Legislation: Hearings identify flaws in Carbon Tax Bill
Given the numerous challenges widely perceived to be associated with the revised draft Carbon Tax Bill, government’s intention to implement a carbon tax next January may be premature, notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. The unintended consequences of doing so were ...
General: ‘Underlying factors’ exacerbate ‘drought situation’
Government is ‘working hard’ to ‘confront’ and address ‘underlying factors’ exacerbating the ‘drought situation’ – which has been declared a national disaster, notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. According to last week's media statement from the inter-ministerial task ...
Nature-based solutions to drought no ‘green bullet’ – analyst
Each year, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) releases a World Water Assessment Report, a document that explores potential solutions to the globe’s problems. The 2018 report will focus on nature-based solutions, writes Professor Mike Muller, a visiting ...
US hunting advisory board's composition in question
A new US advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to US President Donald Trump and ...
Kenyan resort builds homes from plastics
The Kenyan resort village of Watamu, best known for its tropical beaches and Swahili history, is taking on plastic waste, turning it into homes and furniture – and maybe even a ship capable of sailing all the way to SA ...
Vic Falls launches recycling project
Victoria Falls is launching its very own recycling project, which is expected to have a major impact on preserving the surrounds of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. According to a report on the allAfrica site, Victoria ...
UN water panel warns of intense water scarcity
The High Level Panel on Water last week said a fundamental change in the way the world managed the resource was necessary if the Sustainable Development Goals were to be achieved. According to an SA News report, members of the ...
Global warming predicted to ravage world forests
The world’s greatest forests could lose more than half of their plant species by the end of the century unless nations ramp up efforts to tackle climate change, according to a new report on the impacts of global warming on ...
Krill fishing threatens Antarctic sustainability – Greenpeace
Industrial fishing for krill in the pristine waters around Antarctica is threatening the future of one of the world’s last great wildernesses, according to a new report. The Guardian notes that the study by Greenpeace analysed the movements of krill ...
China ‘winning’ war on air pollution, researcher claims
EPA ordered to disclose counties' air quality data
UK river's microplastics levels shock researchers
Lead exposure linked to premature deaths in the US
* The approved Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) for the Cape mountain zebra was published in the Government Gazette last week by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa. The BMP provides a ‘new approach’ to the management of the zebra ...
* National Water Week takes place in SA this week from 18 to 24 March 2018 under the theme ‘Access to safe water by 2030 – possible through nature’. The campaign punts the protection of water sources and water conservation. It ...
* The V&A Waterfront received several Green Star ratings from the Green Building Council SA last week, bringing to 12 the number of such ratings awarded to various buildings at one of Cape Town’s tourist hot spots. Waterfront CE David Green ...
SA inventor pioneers energy harvesting system
SA inventor pioneers
energy harvesting system
If you lay this piece of material on a road and cars drive over it, the pressure from that will start rotating the turbine and generate electricity. It was an idea that was born ...
Hungarian stork spotted in Karkloof
spotted in KZN
A white stork that was ringed in Hungary last year has had a brief layover in the Karkloof in the KZN Midlands after a flight of more than 8 500km. The bird‚ spotted in the ...