‘Flying bulldog’: world’s largest bee, feared extinct, found again

No one had observed Wallace’s giant bee — discovered in the 19th century by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace — in the wild since 1981.

The world's largest bee -- a giant insect roughly the size of a human thumb -- has been rediscovered in a remote part of Indonesia in its first sighting in nearly 40 years, researchers said today.

‘Flying bulldog’: world’s largest bee, feared extinct, found again
‘Flying bulldog’: world’s largest bee, feared extinct, found again

‘Flying bulldog’: world’s largest bee, feared extinct, found again

No one had observed Wallace’s giant bee — discovered in the 19th century by British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace — in the wild since 1981.

16-year-old climate activist tells EU to do better or be remembered as ‘villains’

16-year-old climate activist tells EU to do better or be remembered as ‘villains’

Greta Thunberg urged the European Union on Thursday to double its ambition for greenhouse gas cuts.
Fracking fears in KZN resurface as exploration looms

Fracking fears in KZN resurface as exploration looms

Conservationist Angus Burns admits that while scoping is non-invasive and based on geographical data, he is concerned it’s the proverbial ‘thin end of the wedge’.
High levels of E. coli found in Benoni’s Homestead Dam

High levels of E. coli found in Benoni’s Homestead Dam

Water and sanitation has been contacted often, but are overburdened by the ongoing problem of sewage flowing into water bodies.
Gift of the Givers strikes water in drought-stricken Makhanda

Gift of the Givers strikes water in drought-stricken Makhanda

The municipality last week gave the go-ahead to start drilling boreholes as a medium-term solution.
Joburg’s shot-hole borer infestation not a disaster – yet

Joburg’s shot-hole borer infestation not a disaster – yet

Many parts of the world that are reporting polyphagous shot-hole borer infestations are yet to successfully implement a chemical application to contain the problem.
Rangers report fresh tracks of Karoo escaped lion

Rangers report fresh tracks of Karoo escaped lion

Rangers patrol a broad area which covers two adjacent farms and perform a detailed search of the properties.
Mokonyane’s rhino poaching numbers don’t add up

Mokonyane’s rhino poaching numbers don’t add up

Environmental groups and researchers have raised serious questions about official conservation data.
Zambian plans to slaughter thousands of hippopotami slammed by conservationists

Zambian plans to slaughter thousands of hippopotami slammed by conservationists

Hippos are classified as ‘vulnerable’ in the Red List compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
City wants your comment on new R5.4bn strategy to drought-proof Cape Town

City wants your comment on new R5.4bn strategy to drought-proof Cape Town

The aim is to eventually be a ‘water-sensitive’ city by 2040 and to provide a range of different water sources, for a variety of uses.
South Africans must take climate change seriously – Ramaphosa

South Africans must take climate change seriously – Ramaphosa

It is time for South Africans to take climate change seriously, said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday in his response to the debate on his State of the Nation Address.
Hong Kong seizes $1m of rhino horn in record airport haul

Hong Kong seizes $1m of rhino horn in record airport haul

Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns were arrested in Hong Kong airport by customs officers who said it was their largest ever seizure of rhino contraband smuggled by air passengers.
Another lonely Valentine’s Day for Knysna forest elephant

Another lonely Valentine’s Day for Knysna forest elephant

A SANParks report has reignited the debate on the elephant count, but one thing is clear – the Knysna elephant is under serious threat.
Threat for rhinos still remains despite drop in 2018 poaching numbers

Threat for rhinos still remains despite drop in 2018 poaching numbers

There is concern that there are some major arrests and successful convictions, there is a frequent granting of bail.
Elusive ‘black panther’ alive and well in Kenya, study shows

Elusive ‘black panther’ alive and well in Kenya, study shows

Black leopards are well documented in South East Asia, but little is known about their presence in Africa.
It’s official: rhino poaching declines, elephant poaching up

It’s official: rhino poaching declines, elephant poaching up

From January 1 to December 31, 2018, a total of 365 alleged rhino poachers and 36 alleged rhino horn traffickers were arrested nationally.
Cape Town fails to publish water quality tests for two years

Cape Town fails to publish water quality tests for two years

Local scientists suspect the millions of litres of sewage pumped into the sea every day from pipelines at Mouille Point, Camps Bay, and Hout Bay are posing serious health risks.
Polar bears take over Russian Arctic archipelago

Polar bears take over Russian Arctic archipelago

A Russian Arctic archipelago on Saturday declared an emergency situation over an ‘invasion’ of dozens of aggressive polar bears that have entered homes and public buildings.
Bacteria that turned Cowles Dam pink remains a mystery

Bacteria that turned Cowles Dam pink remains a mystery

The cause of the colour is thought to be bacteria-related, but the colour disappeared before the metro could determine the species.
Greenpeace Africa condemns Total’s ‘reckless oil exploration’

Greenpeace Africa condemns Total’s ‘reckless oil exploration’

This country is blessed with some of the best renewable energy resources in the world; it’s time to back renewable energy, Greenpeace said.
UPDATE: Kloof Nek fire reportedly contained

UPDATE: Kloof Nek fire reportedly contained

The dry vegetation and heat in Cape Town saw another fire break out on the mountain slopes on Thursday afternoon.
Total discovers gas off Western Cape’s southern coast

Total discovers gas off Western Cape’s southern coast

The gas is expected to offer some much-needed relief to South Africa’s economy.
Don’t disturb flamingos outside Kimberley – BirdLife SA

Don’t disturb flamingos outside Kimberley – BirdLife SA

The flamingos started returning to the dam last week after leaving about two weeks ago due to extreme heat, and are breeding again.
Ugandan researchers develop anti-tick vaccines

Ugandan researchers develop anti-tick vaccines

The team is hoping to manufacture the vaccines for both local and foreign markets.
10,000 foot and mouth vaccinations completed, management area declared

10,000 foot and mouth vaccinations completed, management area declared

The fight against the foot and mouth epidemic has seen 10,000 livestock vaccinated and a management area declared in Limpopo, Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zodwana said on Monday.
Is Zandvliet poisoning Capetonians?

Is Zandvliet poisoning Capetonians?

A nearby community is convinced it is, but test results are inconclusive.

 

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