Africa Gets New Fund For Climate Change Projects

Nairobi – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has created a key fund to tackle the growing vagaries of climate change on the continent. Directors of the bank approved the creation of the Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF), a bilateral thematic trust fund to support African countries in their transition to climate-resilient and low-carbon development, last week. The bank will host and manage the fund, created with a 4.7 million euro contribution from Germany, for an initial three-year period.

The Filming of HORN: The Human Face of the Poaching Crisis

Pythagoras once said, “As long as humans remain the ruthless destroyers of other living beings, they will never know health or peace, because as long as humans massacre animals, they will kill each other.”

Durban Activist Wins International Award

New Delhi – Six environmental advocates from India, Peru, Russia and South Africa have won this year’s Goldman Prize, which is awarded annually for grass-roots activism.

WWF Condemns Oil Search in Africa’s Oldest Park

Geneva – Environmental campaigners WWF on Thursday condemned moves by British firm Soco International to start searching for oil in part of Africa’s oldest national park.

Swaziland: Showing Africa How to Save Rhinos

If you’re concerned about the calamitous state of rhinos – and wildlife – in Africa, then consider what Ted Reilly has to say. Now 75 years old, Ted has worked his whole adult life for the protection of the Kingdom of Swaziland’s wildlife and its natural habitat. With support from King Sobhuza II, Reilly pioneered and implemented the establishment of the kingdom’s protected areas.

SA Asked to Abandon Carbon Tax Plan

THE Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called on the South African government to follow Australia’s example by abandoning the proposed introduction of carbon taxes.

R12.45bn Mzimvubu Water Project Launched

President Jacob Zuma on Friday launched the more than R12.45-billion Mzimvubu water project, which would include the building of the Ntabelanga and Laleni dams, in the Eastern Cape.

Busy Week for South Africa’s Anti-poaching Units

Last week was one of the busiest on record for anti-poaching units in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, with three heavily armed groups of suspected rhino poachers being detected and eight arrests being made.

New Nuclear Power in SA Dependent on Future Electricity Demand

Low growth in electricity demand in South Africa will delay, or eliminate the need for, new nuclear power plants. So warned Eskom Transmission Division Energy Planning and Market Development Department power system economics: chief adviser Keith Bowen, addressing an Academy of Science of South Africa symposium in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Kenya’s Shift to a Green Economy Could Generate US$45 Billion by 2030

Kenya’s transition to a green economy could generate an estimated 45 billion US dollars by 2030 for the East African country.