SA rivers in dire straits
Our dependence on healthy rivers has been highlighted by the knock-on effects of catastrophic pollution in several SA watercourses, writes Legalbrief. Willowton Oil, the Pietermaritzburg edible oil manufacturer responsible for recent contamination of the uMsunduzi River, has pledged more assistance ...
Go-ahead for exploratory drilling along KZN coast
Marches, protests and objections to plans to drill for gas and oil along the KZN coastline over the past few years have come to naught. According to a Daily Maverick report, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has granted environmental ...
Green financing rescue plan proposed
A plan to establish the world’s largest green energy financing initiative is being threshed out in SA, which needs to reduce its environmental footprint and find innovative ways to fund debt-stricken Eskom. A BusinesLIVE report notes that the plan which ...
Bleak outlook for SA's thermal coal – analyst
SA’s thermal-coal exports are expected to drop as its main export hub faces growing competition and new cheaper energies proliferate, according to a US research group. A Fin24 report quotes the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) which ...
Green Scorpions tally successes and failures
Parly slams cancellation of Rooiwal chlorine contract
Cape Town mulls another desalination plant
Court halts sale of mountain water
Cango Caves unveils waste water treatment plant
New app makes recycling easier
Sawea anticipates wheeling opportunities
Legalbrief Policy Watch
Legislation: Organic pollutants phase-out process begins
Regulations affecting persistent organic pollutants were gazetted last week, when they also came into effect, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. Phasing out the use, production, distribution, sale, import and export of five listed substances, the new regulations mark ...
Legislation: GHG reporting regulations to be strengthened
Draft amendments to greenhouse gas emissions reporting regulations with significant implications for data providers were gazetted on Friday for comment within 30 days, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. This is noting a proposal that the term ‘data provider’ ...
Call for new model of water allocation
Scarce water resources, badly planned and poorly maintained infrastructure, and a financing system based on the commodification of water through water tariffs contribute to a perfect storm gathering, write researchers from the Environment Monitoring Group (EMG) in an analysis on ...
Outlaw microplastics to ensure sustainability
The presence of everyday plastics in our environment is yet another serious global environmental crisis impacting the ecosystem and related services. Dr Nonhlanhla Kalebaila, research manager at the Water Research Commission, writes: ‘Addressing the plastic pollution crisis in its entirety ...
SA translocates nine black rhinos to Serengeti
Nine black rhinos from SA have arrived in the Serengeti as part of efforts to repopulate the park with the critically endangered species, Tanzanian authorities said last week. A report in The Citizen notes that the animals came from Thaba ...
Maun police track suspected rhino poachers
Police in Maun have embarked on a search for suspects in connection with two rhinos, which were found dead in the Okavango Delta this month. According to a report on the allAfrica site, Senior Superintendent Samuel Kgomo said in an ...
Drought kills 30 000 cattle in Namibia
More than 30 000 drought-related cattle deaths were recorded in Namibia between October 2018 and April 2019 – the normal rainfall season. According to a report on the allAfrica site, rains were delayed and erratic, resulting in reduced area planted ...
Zimbabwe counts the cost of Cyclone Idai
Tanzania announces two new national parks
Adapt or die, Global Commission warns
Investing $1.8trn over the next decade – in measures to adapt to climate change – could produce net benefits worth more than $7trn. A BBC News report notes that this is according to a global cost-benefit analysis setting out ...
Denialists oppose net zero carbon limit
Hundreds of climate change deniers including academics, politicians and lobbyists are to launch a campaign to stop commitments to net zero carbon emissions being enshrined in law, notes a report in The Independent. A letter titled ‘There is no climate ...
Companies battle to assess brown to green transition
Global money managers and companies are rushing to meet a deadline to report on their carbon footprint, but the lack of a standard metric raises concerns their efforts could just be a box-ticking exercise in the transition from brown to ...
Trump allows oil and gas drilling in Arctic to proceed
UK must tackle coming crisis – experts warn
Japan mulls dumping Fukushima water in ocean
India maps plan to restore 26m ha of degraded land
Study warns on pace of global deforestation
Online mapping project names indigenous lands
US DoJ probes auto companies in emissions standards deal
Greenpeace ship blocks coal cargo in Polish port
Drone activists' bid to shut down Heathrow fails
China races to save finless porpoise
Joanna Lumley joins Rhinos' Last Stand
Worms study shows harmful effects of microplastics
Beijing cleans up its air
Council launches responsible gold mining framework
SAPS members seize abalone worth R3m
* Kraaifontein SAPS members delivered a massive blow to the illegal abalone trade when they seized dried abalone worth millions last week. The policemen raided a home in Loarti Village, Kraaifontein, where the members discovered shelves stacked with dried abalone. More ...
French city consortium bans synthetic pesticides
* Paris and four other French cities last week banned the use of synthetic pesticides within their boundaries as an anti-chemicals movement that began in the countryside gains momentum. Lille, Nantes, Grenoble and Clermont-Ferrand joined Paris in implementing the ban, citing ...
Researchers analyse ancient rhino tooth
* Genetic information has been extracted from a 1.7m-year-old rhino tooth, raising hopes that crucial data about extinct animals could be retrieved, or lost species revived. Researchers at the universities of Cambridge and Copenhagen identified an almost complete set of ...
SA sniffer dogs go to Malaysia
SA sniffer dogs off to Malaysia
Five of SA’s four-legged finest have been sent to Malaysia to help curb rising poaching there. Trained by Paramount K9 Solutions in Magaliesburg, Gauteng, the dogs were ordered by Malaysia’s Department of Wildlife ...
Sri Lankan scientists name new geckos after warriors
A team of Sri Lankan scientists caused uproar in Parliament after they used the names of mythical heroes and national figures to name six newly discovered species of gecko. Two were named for warriors loyal to a ...