Standard Bank in the eye of a storm
Standard Bank, under fire from climate activists for not doing enough to tackle climate change, has mounted a PR offensive to fight back, writes Legalbrief. The bank last week rejected calls from climate activists to vote against five members of ...
Green bond mooted to kickstart private investment
Government is considering selling a green infrastructure bond worth tens of billions of rand as part of its biggest drive to kick-start private investment in projects ranging from energy to water reticulation. A BusinessLIVE report notes that the proposed instrument ...
Growing concern about proposed Meat Safety Act changes
The government has received more than 30 000 comments on its proposed changes to meat safety legislation, suggesting that threatened species such as rhinos, elephants and giraffes end up on dinner plates. A Cape Argus report notes that this was ...
Ranger fired after endangered antelope die
A South African National Parks (SANParks) section ranger has been fired for ‘gross negligence’ after 20 endangered roan antelope died of thirst in a fenced-off breeding enclosure in the Kruger National Park. A TimesLIVE report notes that the antelope died ...
New book exposes canned lion hunting industry
IPPs a 'permanent part' of unbundled Eskom – Gordhan
Engineers' group warns on municipal dysfunction
Non-payment may impact metro revenue – Wisa
SA dam levels decline, except in the Western Cape
Strandfontein desalination plant decommissioned
Green Scorpions to probe Namaqualand coffer dams
Deportation for Chinese abalone convicts
Lobster fishers protest in Hout Bay
Great white sharks spotted off Cape shores
Bold action needed to counter alien species – study
Growing trade threatens wild plants
Temminck's pangolins reintroduced in KZN
Food schemes for game reserve communities
Legalbrief Policy Watch
More information on carbon tax regulations
Detailed information on the new carbon tax regulations is now available. A Policy Watch report notes that it was released last week in the form of a Treasury media statement and accompanying documents, including summaries of comments received on draft ...
Fishing rights allocation policies under review
In anticipation of revising the raft of policies underpinning SA’s contentious fishing rights allocation process, the Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries will ‘soon’ begin conducting socio-economic impact assessment studies. It has announced its intended programme for the public consultations ...
High risks if trade in rhino horn products legalised
SA should not legalise its trade in rhino products, say two analysts, referring to a ministerial panel currently reviewing policies on international trade in rhino products. ‘Any move to legalise this trade would be a disaster – for the remaining ...
Mega Nile dam project delayed
The leaders of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt have agreed that Ethiopia will delay filling a mega-dam on the Blue Nile and return to talks aimed at reaching an accord on use of the river's waters. Friday’s announcement was a ...
Nigerians push to sue Shell in the UK
Thousands of Nigerians are asking British judges to give them permission to sue Royal Dutch Shell Plc in London over environmental damage caused by oil spills in Africa. A Mining Weekly report notes that lawyers for residents of the crude-rich ...
Poaching syndicate kingpin among 10 convicted
The Lilongwe Magistrate Court this month convicted seven Chinese nationals and two Malawians for committing wildlife crimes in the country. According to a report on the allAfrica site, the convicted Chinese nationals included Lin Yun Hua, who is dubbed Malawi ...
Locusts tear through southern Zimbabwe farmlands
Fund managers call for halt of Amazon deforestation
Investment funds managing almost $4trn in assets have called on Brazil to halt deforestation of the Amazon in an open letter last week warning that biodiversity loss and carbon emissions from the practice posed a ‘systemic risk’ to their portfolios ...
Bayer to pay $10.9bn in Roundup settlements
Chemical firm Bayer is to pay up to $10.9bn to settle cancer claims linked to its Roundup weedkiller. According to a BBC News report, the glyphosate-based product has been subject to about 125 000 lawsuits over its allegedly carcinogenic ...
Panel advises caution before deep sea mining
Mining on the sea floor should not begin before a full assessment of likely environmental impacts can be made, a report commissioned by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) said last week. A Mining Weekly report ...
Aboriginal sites at risk, despite law change
NSW and Queensland flouting Biodiversity Act – WWF
US to join global climate emergency summit
Germany to steer EU towards 'sound' recovery
UK lagging on climate issues, advisers warn
EC moots sustainability guidelines for investors
Irena vouches for renewables' job creation potential
UK team tracks wildlife during 'anthropause'
Saharan dust cloud reaches Cuba
Rehabilitated vultures released into the wild
* Three African white-backed vultures were last week successfully released in the Manyoni Private Game Reserve near Mkhuze. This after undergoing rehabilitation for months at the Raptor Rescue Centre in Camperdown after being rescued from a poisoning incident last year.
Rare Sumatran tiger found poisoned
* A rare Sumatran tiger has died after it ate a sheep laced with rat poison in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province, an Indonesian wildlife official said last week. Locals found the headless carcass of the tiger two weeks ago in Mandailing ...
Facebook page unites nature lovers
Facebook nature lovers uniteThe Garden Game Ranger Challenge group has galvanised people to seek out wildlife in their gardens to alleviate the stress of lockdown. The Facebook page – The Garden Game Ranger Challenge – was created for people seeking ...
Discovering Knysna Forest’s ‘wild man’
Knysna Forest’s ‘wild man’When Gareth Patterson got his first glimpse of an otang, he was struck like a thunderbolt, to the core of his being. ‘Profound shock is what I felt and, in the days following, disbelief and confusion. You ...
SA's amazing Champion Trees
SA's amazing Champion TreesSA is home to some of the world’s most remarkable senior citizens – nearly 100 protected trees whose roots stretch back to a time when Africa was not partitioned. The current list of 93 champions protected ...