Environment

Animal welfare bill being developed in isolation

Two government departments are working separately and animal rights groups are not being consulted, concerned groups say

Urgent interdict filed to block Shell’s Wild Coast seismic survey

Shell’s 3D seismic survey is set to begin on Wednesday. But a high court application brought by rights groups to block it will be heard as an urgent matter on Tuesday

SANParks shifts to solar and spekboom

Solar-generated pumps are pumping larger volumes of water for wildlife than diesel used to, and spekboom is helping offset carbon emissions

The Mozambican criminal who escaped from South African prisons, twice

A rhino-poaching suspect, who recently escaped from police custody, has been identified as a criminal who was serving multiple life sentences when he broke out of prison last year

South Africa’s newest national park will be in an agricultural landscape

People living on communal land and commercial farmers can incorporate their land into the new park and benefit from financial incentives

Shell’s Wild Coast exploration draws mounting public ire

Shell SA chair surprised by the scale of opposition to its planned 3D seismic survey

The post-COP26 state of coal

Environmental organisations say that COP26 ended with ​​90 new coal power projects, worth a total of 88GW, are likely to be cancelled

‘Nature not designed for seismic blasting’ – marine expert

Shell has appointed Shearwater GeoServices to conduct a three-dimensional offshore seismic survey from Morgan Bay to Port St Johns

Poaching moves to cattle as SANParks communities plead for help

Villages that neighbour the Kruger National Park face the terrors of armed stock thieves and poachers who are involved in cross-border crime

Hemp permit process to litmus test cannabis sector inclusivity

The declaration of hemp as an agricultural crop now allows importation, exportation, cultivation, sale and research of hemp in South Africa

Ropeless fishing reduces whale entanglements, UCT study finds

Bryde’s whales are particularly vulnerable to entanglements in trap fishing ropes because of their ability to dive deep and fast to catch their food, but a new technology could keep them safe

It’s official: Limpopo boasts Africa’s tallest tree and the world’s tallest planted tree

The tree is in a stand of exotic Eucalyptus saligna in the Magoebaskloof State Forest, which dates back to 1906

Poachers steal cycads from people’s gardens for lucrative illicit trade

Residents must have permits to have the endangered plants but they are victim to criminal demand for the ‘living fossils’

South African rowing in peril as Roodeplaat dam gets choked by plant colonies

Poorly treated wastewater in Tshwane is to blame for the water hyacinth and cyanobacteria colonies

New app detects illegal ploughing of endangered renosterveld

If habitat loss is detected, this information is immediately passed on to law enforcement for further investigation

Gauteng residents sign up to save succulents

About 200 000 mostly dwarf succulents confiscated from poachers have to be cared for while police continue their investigations

Mmadithokwa community shareholders in Tharisa have nothing to show

As Tharisa plc’s share price rockets the residents of the informal settlement say its SA subsidiary is yet to pay them dividends

China won’t fund coal power for Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone, ambassador confirms

China will keeps its promise about not funding coal abroad, Chen Xiadong tells Fossil Free South Africa
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