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20 September 2017 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Syndicates smuggling rhino horn as trinkets – study

Both sides of the rhino poaching war are getting smarter and sneakier about reaching their goals, writes Legalbrief. Chinese syndicates are setting up small home-based workshops in Johannesburg and elsewhere to chop up rhino horns into smaller pieces, mainly to ... Read More

South Africa

SA has vast potential for renewables – study

An engineering study has dispelled the myths and propaganda peddled by fired former Eskom CE Brian Molefe and suspended Eskom acting CE Matshela Koko on the limits and costs of accommodating significant levels of variable renewable energy capacity on the ... Read More

Scientists plan to dig a deep fracking 'abyss'

The push for fracking in SA is gaining momentum. Several research projects are under way to probe the environmental effects of fracking shale gas in the Karoo – including one that would entail digging one of the deepest holes on Earth ... Read More

Necsa chair optimistic about nuclear procurement restart

Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) chair Kelvin Kemm believes that SA could restart a procurement process for its nuclear expansion project as soon as next month. However, he noted that government still has to determine the exact timing, says a Moneyweb ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Policy: Water, sanitation draft norms out for comment

Comment is sought within 30 days on draft national norms and standards for domestic water and sanitation services, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. Released on Friday, the document’s overarching objective for water services and infrastructure is to ... Read More


Monitors take Cape Town to task over water strategy

The City of Cape Town's water demand management strategy restricts how much water poor households can use, while allowing those with swimming pools and water-guzzling gardens to imagine they live in a world of abundant water. So say Jessica ... Read More


African countries commit to Paris Agreement

African countries have vowed to push ahead with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Several African heads of state, including President Jacob Zuma, convened a meeting on climate change on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York ... Read More

Alleged ivory smugglers held in Mozambique

Mozambican police last week detained two people, a Mozambican and a Tanzanian, in the northern province of Nampula in connection with the illegal possession of ivory and semi-precious stones. According to a report on the allAfrica site, the two men ... Read More


Updated IUCN red list reveals drastic wildlife losses

Native ash trees, abundant across North America, are on the brink of extinction as an invasive beetle ravages forests, according to the new red list of threatened species from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). According to a ... Read More

China to phase out cars run on fossil fuel

China has signalled its intention to join countries such as Britain and France and ban the manufacture and sale of cars running on traditional fossil fuels. According to a Cape Times report, at an automobile forum two weekends ago, Xin ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

* Buffalo City Metro and the City of Leiden in the Netherlands have announced they are to conduct an 18-month study on stormwater management in Duncan Village. Earlier this month, the municipality called on organisations and individuals in the engineering, planning ... Read More

* The Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be announced on 17 October at the Natural History Museum in London. This year’s competition attracted almost 50 000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries. The exhibition opens on 20 ... Read More

* A Greek tanker, the Agia Zoni, sank last week near the island of Salamis while under anchor. The tanker was carrying about 2 500 tons of fuel, some of which quickly covered beaches and coves on the south-eastern side of ... Read More

Side Bars

New crown for Miss Earth SA

Miss Earth SA on a mission The recently crowned Miss Earth SA, Irini Moutzouris, aims to use her platform to help make a sustainable change to communities around the country. Moutzouris (22), a Bachelor of Education student at the University ... Read More

SA bee species' long legs explained

SA bee species' long legs explained Scientists have discovered why a South African bee species have grown extraordinarily long legs. Researchers at Stellenbosch University say oil-collecting Rediviva bees‚ first described in 1984‚ evolved legs of up to 23mm to harvest ... Read More