Syndicates smuggling rhino horn as trinkets – study
Both sides of the rhino poaching war are getting smarter and sneakier about reaching their goals, writes Legalbrief. Chinese syndicates are setting up small home-based workshops in Johannesburg and elsewhere to chop up rhino horns into smaller pieces, mainly to ...
SA has vast potential for renewables – study
An engineering study has dispelled the myths and propaganda peddled by fired former Eskom CE Brian Molefe and suspended Eskom acting CE Matshela Koko on the limits and costs of accommodating significant levels of variable renewable energy capacity on the ...
Scientists plan to dig a deep fracking 'abyss'
The push for fracking in SA is gaining momentum. Several research projects are under way to probe the environmental effects of fracking shale gas in the Karoo – including one that would entail digging one of the deepest holes on Earth ...
Necsa chair optimistic about nuclear procurement restart
Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) chair Kelvin Kemm believes that SA could restart a procurement process for its nuclear expansion project as soon as next month. However, he noted that government still has to determine the exact timing, says a Moneyweb ...
Expert warns on health damage from power stations
Gupta loan 'illegally' backed by mine rehabilitation fund
NGO rescues escaped bull elephants in Limpopo
Scientists track gulls at OR Tambo
Hout Bay fishers protest fishing rights allocations
Department still deciding on rock lobster reductions
Bluff community takes on Clairwood Racecourse developers
SA firm gets licence to grow medicinal dagga
Cabinet allocates R74m in drought relief
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Policy: Water, sanitation draft norms out for comment
Comment is sought within 30 days on draft national norms and standards for domestic water and sanitation services, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. Released on Friday, the document’s overarching objective for water services and infrastructure is to ...
Monitors take Cape Town to task over water strategy
The City of Cape Town's water demand management strategy restricts how much water poor households can use, while allowing those with swimming pools and water-guzzling gardens to imagine they live in a world of abundant water. So say Jessica ...
African countries commit to Paris Agreement
African countries have vowed to push ahead with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Several African heads of state, including President Jacob Zuma, convened a meeting on climate change on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York ...
Alleged ivory smugglers held in Mozambique
Mozambican police last week detained two people, a Mozambican and a Tanzanian, in the northern province of Nampula in connection with the illegal possession of ivory and semi-precious stones. According to a report on the allAfrica site, the two men ...
Alleged rhino horn smuggler a no-show in Namibian court
A warrant of arrest has been issued for Chinese national Zhi Geng who failed to appear in a Namibian court last week for allegedly being in possession 100kg of dried abalone and more than 1kg of rhino horn pieces. A ...
Solar mini-grid boosts small Zimbabwe town
Updated IUCN red list reveals drastic wildlife losses
Native ash trees, abundant across North America, are on the brink of extinction as an invasive beetle ravages forests, according to the new red list of threatened species from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). According to a ...
US cyclones a sign of things to come – scientists
The horrifying weather that has swept over the Atlantic is a light example of things to come, say researchers. A report in The Mercury notes that the Americas have been hit by three destructive hurricanes in recent weeks. That is ...
China to phase out cars run on fossil fuel
China has signalled its intention to join countries such as Britain and France and ban the manufacture and sale of cars running on traditional fossil fuels. According to a Cape Times report, at an automobile forum two weekends ago, Xin ...
China to stop importing plastics
UK workers consider suing over diesel fumes exposure
New study offers hope for 1.5°C goal
Climate sceptic appointed to UK Commons Committee
Glacier melt to drastically affect millions downstream
NGO slams illegal cocoa trade
* Buffalo City Metro and the City of Leiden in the Netherlands have announced they are to conduct an 18-month study on stormwater management in Duncan Village. Earlier this month, the municipality called on organisations and individuals in the engineering, planning ...
* The Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be announced on 17 October at the Natural History Museum in London. This year’s competition attracted almost 50 000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries. The exhibition opens on 20 ...
* A Greek tanker, the Agia Zoni, sank last week near the island of Salamis while under anchor. The tanker was carrying about 2 500 tons of fuel, some of which quickly covered beaches and coves on the south-eastern side of ...
New crown for Miss Earth SA
Miss Earth SA on a mission
The recently crowned Miss Earth SA, Irini Moutzouris, aims to use her platform to help make a sustainable change to communities around the country. Moutzouris (22), a Bachelor of Education student at the University ...
SA bee species' long legs explained
SA bee species'
long legs explained
Scientists have discovered why a South African bee species have grown extraordinarily long legs. Researchers at Stellenbosch University say oil-collecting Rediviva bees‚ first described in 1984‚ evolved legs of up to 23mm to harvest ...