Environment

2014 State of the Air Report Released

According to the 2014 State of the Air Report, South Africans are generally breathing good air, but there are hotspots that are cause for concern.
 
National air quality officer, Dr Thuli Mdluli, points out that air quality improvements have been noted at a national level, but it seems there has not been a significant reduction in pollution in priority areas.
 
There are currently 112 government-owned air quality monitoring stations countrywide, however, it appears a number of these monitoring stations are not fully operational.
 

Global March Against Poaching

Thousands marched in Africa and around the world on 4 October 2014 to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction.
 
The protests, dubbed the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, took place in 136 cities and towns across six continents, from Soweto to Nairobi, and Paris to New York and Tokyo.
 
In South Africa, which is struggling to stem a rhino poaching crisis, demonstrators gathered across 17 cities.
 

Activists Call Action on Climate Change

Activists concerned about climate change have delivered a petition on ‘climate justice demands’ to government officials at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The gathering, which comes ahead of the upcoming United Nations climate summit to be held in New York next week, saw climate and energy campaigners of groups such as local climate movement 350Africa, Greenpeace and Right2Know Campaign dancing and waving placards containing the slogans ‘We Fight Climate Change’, ‘No More Coal’, and "Clean Energy Now’.

NGOs Our Only Hope - Villagers

According to Moses Matenga, one thing Chivi villagers in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo province would want to quickly forget is the ravaging drought that ate away their livestock in 2012.

In his article titled ‘NGOs our only hope – villagers’, Matenga states that from the hunger of 2008 that forced them to compete for chakata (a wild fruit) with donkeys to the menacing dry spell of 2012-13, the villagers and their counterparts from the southern region do not want, never again, to see their livestock dying from hunger.

NGOs Key in Conservation - Kasukuwere

The Zimbabwean government has commended community-based and non-governmental organisations for becoming key partners in protecting and conserving the environment.

Environment, Water and Climate Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, says this enhanced the Zim-Asset objectives in addressing environmental challenges through community participation.

WB to Invest in Electricity Production

This summer, the World Bank announced that it will allocate US$5 billion in aid to Africa to help the continent optimise its potential for electricity production. The initiative focuses on hydroelectric power, among other sources.

Although its regional economies are expanding rapidly, Africa still suffers from significant deficiencies in electrification, a factor which hinders development.

There is a plethora of initiatives both private and public aiming to increase access to electricity, but the scale of the task at hands is daunting.

Rhino Poaching on the Increase in SA

Kim Helfrich says that in cold statistics, the number of rhinos poached a day in South Africa has now reached three with 769 of these Big Five animals killed to date this year.

Helfrich states that this equates to 3.027 animals a day and the country’s internationally renowned Kruger National Park remains the preferred hunting ground for rhino poachers.

Activist Tackles Abusive Shell Companies

Charmian Gooch, a co-founder of Global Witness, a group that advocates for financial transparency, is rewriting rules from Washington to Brussels - and changing the way companies do business.

On 31 October 2013, United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, took the stage at the Open Government Partnership conference in London and announced a that he was going to introduce legislation requiring all companies based in Britain to disclose who their ultimate owners are in a publicly accessible registry.

Africa Set for Oil and Gas Boom

According to a study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, six of the top 10 global discoveries in 2013 were made in Africa, with more than 500 companies now exploring across to the continent.

The report’s advisory leader, Chris Bredenhann, states that large gas finds in Mozambique and Tanzania would make the world ‘take note of east Africa as an emerging player in the global industry.’

The boom has brought investment opportunities to Africa, despite the lingering challenges of corruption, lack of infrastructure and regulation.

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