NGOs call for an independent water regulator
SA's failing water infrastructure was in the public eye last week, with two pollution events being attributed to municipal mismanagement, and a separate call for an independent water regulator being made, writes Legalbrief. SA needs an independent water regulator ...
'Trophy hunting perpetuates apartheid inequalities'
Trophy hunting is reinforcing deep apartheid-era social and racial inequalities in Africa, an economist will tell the UK Government this week as it considers a ban on imports. According to a report in The Independent, organised hunting of endangered wildlife ...
Rains fill SA dams
Dam levels in parts of SA have begun to improve slightly as a result of persistent rain. According to an SA News report, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said: ‘Dam waters rose by 1% week-on-week, while an average ...
Court date for Cape desalination dispute pending
A court date has yet to be set in the legal fight between the City and a desalination plant managing company, Quality Filtration Services (QFS). According to a report on the IoL site, the company is hauling the City to ...
ANC backs Independent power producers
NGO monitors PE beaches for plastic
Homeless group cleans Black River
Inbreeding threatens southern white rhino
Rhino poaching gangs now killing lions too – study
Department employee off the hook for stealing abalone
Study probes efficacy of vulture feeding sites
More than 500 lesser flamingos released into the wild
Push to ban testing cosmetics on animals
New project tackles Western Cape food waste
Firms hammer out Mondial Potato agreement
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Environmental: Anti-poaching unit guidelines published
The Department of Environmental Affairs has published guidelines on establishing an anti-poaching unit on a wildlife park or reserve, notes Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. They provide guidance on the process to be followed and issues considered when assessing ...
Legislation: Commercial irrigation regulations tightened
In order to ensure that all water taken for commercial irrigation is measured, recorded and reported, parties not members of an irrigation board or water users’ association have 30 working days to install the necessary devices at their own expense ...
SA must look to renewables, as Eskom flounders
If Eskom succeeds with its recent Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) application to have electricity tariff prices reviewed, it will receive a R69bn cash injection over the next three financial years. Consumers will be slapped with the first of a number ...
Africa must innovate to switch the lights on
‘Africa is tired of being in the dark,’ wrote African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina, launching the New Deal on Energy for Africa. ‘But on-the-ground observation and interviews throughout Africa suggest that the UN’s development goal of providing “access ...
Women scientists trained to tackle climate crisis
A new programme is training African scientists to be leaders in their field, with a focus on meeting the needs of women farmers in adapting to a warming climate. According to a report on the allAfrica site, as climate change ...
UK to invest in green cities in Africa
The UK has pledged new aid towards building green cities across Africa. The announcement by the UK Department for International Development came as its head, Alok Sharma, visited Kenya ahead of the UK-Africa investment summit in London last week. According ...
Study unpacks benefits of solar power digitalisation
New technologies that revolutionise online payments or the tracking of digital information are set to drive more solar power installations in emerging markets in Africa and Asia, according to a new report by an international renewable energy association. A Business ...
SADC countries need R7bn to alleviate food crisis
Zimbabwe and China launch conservation forum
Madagascan deforestation threatens rare falcon
Middle East demand for endangered cheetahs rockets
Nile dam agreement reached at last
Attenborough warns of 'moment of crisis'
The moment of crisis has come in efforts to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned. A BBC News report notes that, according to the renowned naturalist and broadcaster, ‘we have been putting things off for year after year’ ...
WHO warns on climate change health threat
Climate change is affecting human lives and health in a variety of ways, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week, as it threatens the essential ingredients of good health – clean air, safe drinking water, nutritious food supply and ...
Germany to pay utilities to phase out coal
Germany will pay its utility companies billions of euros to speed up the shutdown of their coal-fired power plants as part of the country’s efforts to fight the climate crisis, the government said last week. According to a report in ...
Green groups sue over California fracking plans
Australian air quality worsens following bush fires
Rome bans diesel vehicles
China curbs single-use plastics
Australia culls 5 000 feral camels
New Zealand's Kiwi birds in alarming decline
Companies still using ‘conflict palm oil’ – studies
Tsitsikamma anglers honoured
* A plaque in honour of Tsitsikamma anglers who fought for years to access fishing rights in a marine protected area was unveiled in the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park last week. The plaque was erected in honour ...
Chinese national caught smuggling live scorpions
* A Chinese national arrested for attempting to smuggle live scorpions from Sri Lanka back home, presumably to extract their venom, has been fined R8 000 and released, customs officials said last week. The man concealed 200 scorpions in his bag ...
Man tried to smuggle 20 live birds from Peru to Spain
* Peruvian police have arrested a Belgian man at Lima Airport for trying to smuggle 20 live birds to Europe in his suitcase, the National Forest and Wildlife Service said. Hugo Conings was arrested at the airport last week for transporting ...
UCT architecture student wins landscape award
Landscape award for UCT student
Exploring the possibility of re-routing an existing concrete water channel to allow residents from a disadvantaged community to access water for food gardens is the idea that won a UCT student the Corobrik Landscape Architecture ...
SAB launches first electric truck
SAB launches first electric truck
SA Breweries' (SAB) and AB InBev’s renewable-energy campaign has launched the first electric truck on SA shores. The truck, known as the Fuso E-canter, is charged using renewable energy generated at SAB. The launch and ...