Call for SA to become water smart
As countries marked World Water Day last week, two studies were released emphasising the importance of innovation and strategy in determining global water futures already at risk, writes Legalbrief. Former World Bank vice-president Ismail Serageldin famously predicted that ‘the wars ...
Enviroserv to be criminally charged over toxic landfill site
Enviroserv is to face criminal charges over its alleged non-compliance with waste management conditions. A report in The Mercury notes that this is according to the Department of Environmental Affairs, which also said last week that it had no doubt ...
Green Scorpions lose Tormin search-and-seizure case
Australian mining company Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) has emerged the winner from its High Court review application relating to a search-and-seizure operation at its Tormin mine on the West Coast last year. A GroundUp report says the operation was authorised ...
Tiny new plant may block Eastern Cape uranium mining
With the dust starting to fly in earnest over proposed uranium mining near the Eastern Cape Karoo town of Aberdeen, a tiny succulent, the nananthus, has surfaced as a possible new role player. A report in The Herald notes that ...
Coal transporters go to court over renewables
Radar surveillance in KNP protects rhino
Cape Town makes contingency plans
Cape Town wildfires cost SANParks dearly
Former nuclear waste cargo carrier rescued off Wild Coast
High blood lead levels found in shooting range users
Butterworth sewage leaking into river
Moore's law for computing applies to climate change too
A new ‘carbon law’, modelled on Moore’s law in computing, has been proposed as a road map for beating climate change. It sees carbon emissions halving every decade, while green energy continues to double every five years, environmental journalist ...
Malawi deploys soldiers to protect forests
Malawi's Government is sending in soldiers from the Malawi Defence Forces to protect its fast-dwindling forests. According to a report on the allAfrica site, with deforestation threatening the capital's water supply, the government has launched 24-hour military patrols ...
North Africa faces bleak future over water scarcity
New evidence is deepening scientific fears, advanced a few years ago, that the Middle East and North Africa risk becoming uninhabitable in a few decades, as accessible fresh water has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years. According to ...
Somali official fired as illegal fishing sparks anger
The head of anti-piracy operations in the semi-autonomous Puntland region of Somalia said he had been fired for speaking out about illegal fishing, which he claims could trigger a new outbreak of piracy in the Indian Ocean. According to a ...
Mining NGO warns over the dumping of toxic acid
Thames Water hit with record fine
Thames Water has been hit with a record fine of £20.3m after huge leaks of untreated sewage into the Thames and its tributaries and on to land, including the popular Thames path. The prolonged leaks led to serious impacts ...
Beijing closes its last coal-fired power station
The last big coal-fired power station in Beijing has suspended operations, the city’s electricity now being generated by natural gas, the state news agency reported as smog enveloped the Chinese capital last weekend. According to a report in The ...
Trump to roll back climate protections
US President Donald Trump will today roll back a slew of environmental protections enacted by Barack Obama, in a bid to untether the fossil fuel industry. According to a TimesLIVE report, in a maiden trip to the Environmental Protection Agency ...
Ganges and Yumana rivers granted legal rights
Arctic sea ice falls to new low
Trees not only absorb carbon, they cool the planet – study
Global warming disrupts jet streams – research
Dead zones another threat to coral reefs, scientists warn
* The Carbon Disclosure Project has ranked Cape Town as one of the top five cities in the world for being climate-conscious and sustainable. It has recognised Cape Town for accurately measuring and disclosing its energy and climate action data annually.
* Investec Bank, through its power and infrastructure finance division, has signed a R100m term facility with Mettle Solar Investments that will be utilised to part fund Mettle Solar’s current and future portfolio of commercial roof-top solar installations in sub-Saharan ...
* Ghanaian authorities have closed the popular tourist destination of Kintampo Falls after 20 people died in a tree fall tragedy last week, officials said. A group of high school and university students were swimming on Sunday afternoon at the picturesque ...
Kiwi parrot's laugh-call ‘infectious’ – study
Kiwi parrot's laugh-call
‘infectious’ – study
A team of European scientists has found that a playful mood can spread between the mountain parrots much as it does between humans, according to a paper. Renowned for their intelligence, the kea, the ...
Man to embark on fourth Save the Rhino walk
Man to embark on fourth
Save the Rhino walk
Johannesburg resident Francois Myburgh (26) plans to walk 3 870.8km from 1 June to 31 July to create awareness about rhino poaching. The walk – his fourth – will include Magalies Park ...
Watching nature doccies increases joy – study
Watching nature doccies
increases joy – study
A study commissioned by BBC Earth – which included more than 500 participants from SA – found that even a short engagement with wildlife shows can increase positive emotions including awe‚ contentment‚ joy‚ excitement and laughter ...