Samsa will lead attempts to pull the Japanese longliner from Clifton First Beach, and other brief reports...
Publish date: 15 May 2012
Issue Number: 261
Diary: Legalbrief Environmental
* The SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) will lead attempts to pull the stricken Japanese longliner, Eihatsu Maru, from the shore at Clifton First Beach this morning, after previous attempts failed, the City of Cape Town says. Samsa, which made the call to elevate the salvage to a national issue, has appointed Smit Amandla Marine, a maritime services provider, as the lead salvage agent. − News24
* The Western Cape Agriculture Department has culled another 360 ostriches in the Oudtshoorn area. Spokesperson Wouter Kriel said this ends the department's year-long culling programme in an effort to eradicate the bird flu outbreak that has all but decimated the once-lucrative industry. − Business Day * A new manganese mine, Kudumane Manganese, is opening in the Northern Cape, with the R1.5bn project forecast to reach initial production of 1.5m tons a year towards the end of 2013. Kudumane, which is 49% owned by Hong Kong-based Asia Minerals, the project's technical and marketing partner, will ramp up to 2m tons a year and then 2.5m tons as mining moves underground. The mine will employ 300 people. − Business Day * Hundreds of tons of tomatoes have been lost after an outbreak of whitefly in Musina damaged the fruit before harvest, the Musina Tomato Growers' Association said last week. Musina is the second largest tomato producer in Limpopo. The outbreak of the small white flies worsened the situation for farmers still recovering from heat waves that earlier destroyed crops, said the association's chair Elisa Matshusa. − The Citizen * The University of Johannesburg's intellectual property company has been awarded R100m by Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), for efforts to strengthen green energy efficiency research and innovation. According to IDC, financial commitment to Photovoltaic Technology Intellectual Property Company is a vital investment into renewable energy production. − The New Age * The UK Government has given the go-ahead for the largest onshore wind farm in England and Wales. It is estimated the 76-turbine wind farm between Neath and Aberdare in South Wales will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 206 000 homes a year. The turbines, each up to 145m high, will have a total capacity of 299 MW, giving the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm the highest generating capacity of any onshore wind farm in England and Wales. − The Independent * Britain's Government should force large companies to provide annual information on their carbon emissions in addition to reporting profits and executive pay, an alliance of businesses and environmental groups says. Environmental groups and companies including Pepsico, Microsoft and Marks & Spencer, working together as the Aldersgate Group, called on the UK to speed up plans to enforce carbon emissions reporting requirements. − Cape Argus (subscription needed) * A British company which had been funding a large foie gras factory farm in China has suspended the project after pressure from animal welfare campaigners. Cambridgeshire-based Creek Project Investments, which has been investing in what could prove to be China's biggest facility for production of the controversial delicacy, had been urged by organisations including Compassion in World Farming to drop the project. − The Guardian * Norway has launched the world's largest facility of its kind to develop carbon capture and storage, the so-far commercially unproven technology that would allow greenhouse gases from power plants to be buried safely underground. A $1m government-funded centre will test two post-combustion carbon capture technologies that could be extended to industrial-scale use if shown to be cost-effective and safe. − PlanetArk * Microsoft has committed to going carbon neutral, joining the growing list of tech companies trying to reduce their environmental footprint. A blog post on the company Web site said Microsoft would commit to making its data centres, software labs, air travel and office buildings carbon neutral by 1 July, which marks the start of the company's next financial year. − The Guardian * The UN Environment Programme has released the findings of a two-year analysis of how peacekeeping missions around the world affect, and are affected by, natural resources and the broader environment. The new report states that the implementation of good practice in this area has important benefits, including increased financial savings for missions. − Unep site Report: Greening the blue helmets