South Africa Gets Go-Ahead to Increase Black Rhino Trophy Hunting

South Africa has won permission to almost double the number of black rhinos that can be killed as trophies after arguing the money raised will support conservation of the critically endangered species. The decision was made at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) after receiving support from …

Extreme Water Stress Affects a Quarter of the World’s Population, Say Experts

A quarter of the world’s population across 17 countries are living in regions of extremely high water stress, a measure of the level of competition over water resources, a new report reveals. Experts at the World Resources Institute (WRI) warned that increasing water stress could lead to more “day zeroes” …

Botswana Poaching Spree Sees 90 Elephants Killed in Two Months

Ninety elephant carcasses have been found in Botswana with their tusks hacked off, in what is believed to be one of Africa’s worst mass poaching sprees. Most of the animals killed were large bulls carrying heavy tusks, Elephants Without Borders said on Tuesday. The discovery was made over several weeks …

Giant African Baobab Trees Die Suddenly after Thousands of Years

Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers. The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide as a bus is long, may have fallen victim to climate change, the team …

Shell Agrees Sale of Stake in Vivo Energy to Vitol Africa BV

Shell has signed an agreement with Vitol Africa B.V. to sell its 20% shareholding in Vivo Energy for US$250 million. Completion of this transaction is expected during the first half of 2017, subject to regulatory approval. The sale is in line with Shell’s strategy to concentrate its Downstream operations where …