Planned online rhino horn auction raises concerns
As authorities continue to battle poachers seeking to steal and trade rhino horn, a rhino farmer has announced his intention to sell part of his massive stockpile of this valuable, yet illegal, commodity, writes Legalbrief. The world’s biggest rhino ...
Parliament puts pressure on Eskom to sign IPPs
Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Energy has asked the departments of Energy and Public Enterprises to come clean on renewable energy projects and sign contracts with Independent Power Producers (IPPs). According to the Cape Argus, committee chair Fikile Majola told ...
SA to review nuclear plans in light of recession – Minister
The SA Government would review its nuclear plans as part of its response to the recession, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi said in Moscow, Russia, last week. According to a BusinessLIVE report, Kubayi, in Moscow for the AtomExpo nuclear conference and ...
Green coalition takes Indian mining firm to court
Last week, a coalition of eight civil society and community organisations launched proceedings in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) against Indian-owned mining company Atha-Africa Ventures Pty Ltd. A report on the Legalbrief Environmental site notes that the coalition is asking ...
Indigenous Knysna forest unscathed by fires
KZN fishers launch campaign against seismic testing
Proposed Tshwane abattoir sparks residents' ire
Planned study of Philippi Horticultural Area draws fire
SA set to announce lion bone export quota
African court rules for forest dwellers
The still-new African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has issued a landmark judgment for marginalised communities across Africa. It ruled that the Kenyan Government violated the rights of the Mau Ogiek people by evicting them from their ancestral land ...
Peace Parks to relocate 6 000 wild animals
A convoy of trucks left Zimbabwe last week to begin one of Africa's largest wildlife relocation projects. A report on the allAfrica site notes that the aim is to shift more than 6 000 wild animals from Zimbabwe to ...
More poisoned elephants found in Hwange
More than 14 elephants, including a mother and her young calf, have been poisoned in and around Zimbabwe’s premier game reserve, Hwange National Park. A News24 report notes that most of the poisoned elephants died near the south of ...
Coffee farmers must cultivate resilience – study
Up to 60% of Ethiopia's coffee production area could become unsuitable for coffee farming before the end of the century, says a new study. According to a report on the allAfrica site, moving coffee production to higher ground plus ...
UN encourages Uganda to value natural assets
Push for global pact on environmental rights
Politicians, legal experts and activists launched a campaign in Paris last week for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment. According to a News24 report, the end goal, organisers said, is a legal treaty ...
Global carbon emissions plateau – BP report
Global carbon emissions have remained flat for the third consecutive year, according to the 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy. According to a Mail & Guardian Online report, this follows a 2.5% annual growth in each of the 10 ...
Deadly heatwaves to worsen – study
Nearly one-third of the global population suffers deadly levels of heat for at least 20 days during the year, new research suggests, and by the end of the century, thanks to climate change, this number could climb to above 70 ...
Global coral reef bleaching event may be at an end – NOAA
Poland to try to undo forest's UNESCO status
Vietnam sacks official for waste dump negligence
Call for partial ban on triclosan and triclocarban
* It’s the last straw for some environmentally conscious Durban food establishments‚ which have had enough of plastic pollution. Afro’s Chicken outlets‚ Parc-Café in Glenwood‚ the KZNSA Art Gallery café and Gecko Culinary Adventures have all ditched plastic straws ...
* One of SA’s most important electric vehicle industry support hubs, Port Elizabeth-based uYilo eMobility Technology Innovation Programme, will host its Energy Storage Seminar in the city next month. The seminar will be held in association with energy storage expert ...
* Robben Island Museum (RIM) is to embark on a major cull of the island’s fallow deer from June 2017 to March 2018. According to RIM, the culling project – with permission authorised by Cape Nature – is aimed at reducing the ...
Humanity must ‘leave Earth’ to survive – Hawkings
Humans must ‘leave Earth’
to survive – Hawking
The human race must start leaving Earth within 30 years to avoid being wiped out by overpopulation and climate change, Stephen Hawking has warned. Making an impassioned speech at the Starmus science festival ...