Radebe halts electricity generation gridlock
The SA Government last week opened the way for businesses to generate their own electricity and feed this into the national grid, not a moment too soon as Eskom's problematic future and climate change adaptation obligations ramp up pressure ...
Law clinic punts green Cabinet
In anticipation of this week’s Cabinet announcement, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has requested that President Cyril Ramaphosa make environmental governance a priority and appoint committed Ministers to lead institutional reform. A Mining Weekly report notes that the CER ...
SA releases climate change adaptation strategy
More heatwaves, longer dry spells and increasing rainfall intensity. Shifting climatic zones, degraded ecosystems and landscapes, frequent veld fires and overused, stressed natural terrestrial and marine systems. According to a report in The Star, this is not the SA of ...
Department to fight AgriSA’s fracking challenge
AgriSA’s bid to challenge government’s decision to turn down appeals regarding fracking applications on farms in the KZN, Free State, Eastern Cape and North West will be opposed by government departments, says a report in The Mercury. AgriSA has launched ...
Activist group applies to intervene in IPP case
groundWork sues over weak emissions limits
New UKZN asthma study launched
Gift of the Givers pulls out of Makhanda
Ministry cautions on winter usage
Mines continue to pollute SA rivers – Minister
Save expands fight over Vaal River pollution
Liberty Two Degrees goes plastic bag free
'Duzi guts' may force canoe marathon rescheduling
Knysna estuary E coli count high at four sites
EWT red-flags captive lion attack on girl
Tortoises killed in Darling reserve burn
Cape Town warns on deadly tree beetle fungus
Jailed abalone kingpin to plead for a lesser sentence
Coelacanth captured on camera off Sodwana
SA Agulhas docks in Cape Town harbour
Company reapplies for permission to build in Philippi
Cape Town mayor visits food waste diversion company
Urban rat poisons threaten Cape Town's wild animals
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Environment: Trophy leopard, lion bone export quota processes begin
In anticipation of determining the 2019/20 quotas for trophy leopard hunting and lion bone exports, the Department of Environmental Affairs has called for ‘concise’ scientific information and data – allowing stakeholders 30 days to make submissions, writes Pam Saxby ...
Environment: Strategy for tackling air pollution in poor communities
Government’s new strategy for addressing air pollution in dense, low-income settlements was gazetted on Friday, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. According to the executive summary, ‘successful partnerships’ with the private sector and civil society will be fundamental to the strategy’s ‘effective ...
Legislation: New mine rehabilitation proposals out for comment
Draft regulations on financial provisioning for the rehabilitation and remediation of environmental damage caused by reconnaissance, prospecting, exploration, mining and production operations were gazetted on Friday for comment within 45 days, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. Their purpose ...
Energy: How ‘imminently’ will Nedlac’s IRP process be ‘concluded’?
Since the beginning of this year, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has regularly assured stakeholders that SA’s long-awaited revised integrated resource plan will either be finalised ‘next month’ (as the Daily Maverick reported in January) or ‘soon’ (as Engineering News reported in February). In March ...
Change rubbish collection system for informal settlements
City of Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato brought the 'Keep Cape Town Clean' Campaign to Khayelitsha this month in a bid to teach residents how to take responsibility for keeping their community clean. But, as a study by UCT last ...
Tanzania bans single-use plastic bags
The Tanzanian Government has issued an official warning to people planning to visit the country not to carry plastic bags with them effective from 1 June this year, underlining the country's plan to protect the environment. According to an ...
East African countries join coral reefs probe
Marine park managers, lobbies and scientists from Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, SA and Tanzania have started a study that will evaluate the dangers coral reefs are facing. According to a report in The East African, Mishal Gudka, project ...
Tanzania to auction big game hunting blocks
Tanzania plans to introduce a new auctioning system for big game hunting blocks next month, in a move aimed at enhancing transparency and curbing corruption in that part of the tourism industry. According to a Daily Dispatch report, allocation of ...
CITES warning over illegal killing of African elephants
Monsanto to pay $2bn in third damning cancer verdict
A California jury has ordered Monsanto to pay more than $2bn to a couple that got cancer after using its weedkiller, marking the third and largest verdict against the company over Roundup. According to a report in The Guardian, a ...
UN official calls attention to Pacific risks
Governments around the world must introduce carbon taxes, halt plans for new coal plants and accelerate the closure of existing ones if damage to the Pacific from climate change is to be limited, the UN Secretary general has told Pacific ...
Torres Strait islanders lodge case against Australia
A group of people from Australia's Torres Strait Islands has filed a landmark complaint with the UN against the Australian Government, alleging that a failure to act towards tackling climate change violates their fundamental human rights. According to a ...
Hawaiian 'super corals' hold hope as world warms
Dirty air damages every human cell – study
Plastics exacerbate climate change – study
Antarctic ice loss accelerating, study warns
Prince William supports new wildlife taskforce meeting
IEA warns on low global renewables investments
Campaign group punts birth control
Industry seeks to weaken EU clean water rule
Greens fight ban on meaty names for veggie products
Canada suffers cannabis shortages
DEAT consults on 2019 leopard hunting trophy quota
* The DEAT has issued a request for information to be considered for the determination of the 2019 quota for leopard hunting trophies and for the determination of 2019 lion bone export quota. It has also issued an invitation to attend ...
Fish poacher enters plea deal
* Donovan Amos, charged in 2018 with illegal fishing, has entered into a plea bargain agreement which was concluded in the East London Magistrate’s Court. He pleaded guilty to operating a fish processing establishment without a permit, possession of undersized fish ...
Addo Elephant Park brings in new poacher tracking technology
* The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has developed Cmore (command and control collaborator) software which the Addo Elephant Park’s control centre and rangers can use on their cell phones to track poaching incidents‚ sightings‚ carcass locations‚ or to track ...
Sustainable Living Exhibition closes in Durban
Kenya's Nema shuts down river polluting factories
Tanzanian Government to issue an EPO to Acacia Mining
Cape Town hands out 'pocket' ashtrays
Cape Town hands out 'pocket' ashtrays
The Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) is distributing reusable ‘pocket’ ashtrays to smokers as part of its anti-litter programme. ‘The CCID has been distributing the pouches for the past five years and ...
Project relocates 16 elephants
New home for 16 elephants
Two families of elephants woke up last week to find themselves 1 100km from home. The 16 animals had been relocated from Limpopo to the Eastern Cape as part of the Great Karoo Elephant Migration ...