Bottom falls out of rare coloured wildlife market

Intensive game breeding sparks weird outcomes. Tony Carnie reports

SKY-HIGH prices for several wildlife species with rare or unusual colour variations have crashed dramatically over the last two years – in some cases by as much as 85% – leaving several game ranchers in severe financial peril. Continue reading “Bottom falls out of rare coloured wildlife market”

Verdict still out on seismic threats

Tony Carnie
HAS loud underwater noise from the oil and gas exploration industry caused whale and dolphin deaths along the KwaZulu-Natal coast? Senior Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife marine ecologist Dr Jennifer Olbers has posed this question in a presentation about the death of at least 18 whales and dolphins that washed up on KwaZulu-Natal  beaches last year amid ongoing deep-sea gas and oil exploration ventures.  Continue reading “Verdict still out on seismic threats”

Deep sea gas exploration plan wavers

Report released, then withdrawn

Vast amounts of fossil fuel will be burned up in an extensive and potentially harmful deep-sea exploration for fossil fuels embedded deep in the earth’s crust not far off the KwaZulu-Natal shoreline.  This is one of the ironies emerging from a provisional study of an OffShore Drilling Scoping Report recently released – then subsequently withdrawn – by Italian multinational gas and oil company Eni. Read more

Calls to legalise trade in rhino horn stirs debate

‘Ban on rhino horn sales not protecting the animals,’ say game ranch owners

Calls to legalise the trade in rhino horn are to come under the spotlight at this week’s 2017 Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice that gets under away in Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands tomorrow.  FRED KOCKOTT reports

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How many nurdles are floating out there, Sabic?

Port authorities and Sabic fail to come clean on cargo spill

As public concern mounts about the extent of industrial plastic pollution arising from the recent Durban cargo spill, responses from authorities have raised more questions than answers. FRED KOCKOTT reports Continue reading “How many nurdles are floating out there, Sabic?”

Government probes KZN cargo spill

Saudi company will pay, says Plastics SA

In the wake of one the worst spillages of raw plastic pellets in KwaZulu-Natal waters, a Roving Reporters investigation has revealed that the one of the world’s biggest petrochemical companies, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), will foot the bill for massive clean-up operations.  Continue reading “Government probes KZN cargo spill”