Environment

Zambia Lifts Ban on Safari Hunting

Zambia’s government states that it has lifted the 20-month ban on safari hunting because it has lost too much revenue, but lions and leopards will remain protected.

The ban was imposed in January 2013 over allegations of corruption in the awarding of government hunting concessions, and because of fears for the future of the country's population of big cats.

Boeing, SAA, to Develop Tobacco Biofuel

United States aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, has teamed up with South African Airways (SAA) to develop jet fuel from a tobacco plant as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions and promote green energy in South Africa.
 
In a joint press statement, the companies say the jet fuel will be made from a hybrid tobacco plant known as Solaris, which will be produced by alternative jet fuel maker SkyNRG.
 
They say the test farming of the plants, which are nicotine-free, is under way in South Africa, with biofuel output expected in the ‘next few years’.
 

Fracking Debate Set to Take New Tone

The Treasure Karoo Action Group (TKAG) would keep an open mind on claims that shale gas may prove a ‘game changer’ for the local economy.
 
In a press statement, TKAG chief executive director, Jonathan Deal, says if the claims are correct, they could be validated by scientific investigation, and a thorough cost-benefit analysis in which science could inform policy.
 
Deal states that the TKAG opposes licensing shale gas exploration, a process that involves hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking.
 

Funding to Boost Solar Power Project

The Development Bank of Southern African (DBSA) has signed a R1.4 billion contract with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support development of a solar power project in the Northern Cape.
 
In a press statement, Jacky Mashapu, points out that, "We are encouraged by the EIB's trust and confidence towards our investment strategy in supporting SA's power generation infrastructure to improve the security of energy supply."
 
Mashapu says that the country's energy sector faced a number of problems and needed an energy mix to accelerate economic growth.
 

NSPCA to Charge Giraffe Driver

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) is considering laying charges against the driver transporting the giraffe that died in Gauteng.
 
Tshwane SPCA managing director, Rick Allan, points out that, “At this stage we are still investigating and considering charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act.”
 
The organisation states that, “We believe the method in which the animal was transported was not correct. The death of the animal could have been avoided.”
 

Climate Change Not Receiving Attention

One of the largest contributors to climate change is deforestation, accounting for 15 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

Writing in their blog, Rosaly Bird, co-founder and author of the Sustainability Co-Op and Laurèn DeMates, environmentalist, social scientist, explorer and writer, argue that however, deforestation does not receive sufficient attention in climate discussions in developed countries, since the most threatened forests tend to be in developing countries.

Court Urged to Halt ‘Illegal’ Smelter

The environmental activist grouping, Earthlife Africa, had asked the Gauteng High Court to halt smelting operations at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) Pelindaba plant on the grounds that they were illegal.

The organisation, which wants the smelter to shut down, argues that the possibility exists that it could be turned to commercial use which would result in South Africa becoming ‘a nuclear waste junkyard’.

Fracking Gas Emissions are Half That of Coal

A new study finds that the life-time greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of shale gas are half that of coal, irrespective of whether the gas is used as natural gas or to generate electricity.

Shale gas has been touted as a way to curb climate change and reduce the world’s reliance on coal, but many questions remain, such as whether it is in fact cleaner than coal and whether it contaminates ground water reservoirs, among others.

MDGs Could Fall Flat - Reinl

Ambitious United Nations (UN) targets for addressing poverty, climate change, inequality, joblessness, weak governance, discrimination, shabby schools and crumbling hospitals, are being drafted and are expected to be called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) when they are signed by world leaders in New York in September 2015.

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