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19 January 2018 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Lukewarm response to UK's new green plan

Prime Minister Theresa May's environmental plan for the next 25 years in the UK has met with a lukewarm response from green groups, which argue the plan is not hard-hitting enough, writes Legalbrief. May said last week that she ... Read More

South Africa

Cape Town's Day Zero moves forward by a week

Mayor Patricia de Lille says Cape Town needs about R1.6bn to make up for revenue losses as consumers are saving water so well that less money goes into city coffers. According to a Cape Argus report, the mayor said ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Legislation: Beneficial waste use regulations mooted

Comment is sought by 11 February on draft regulations prescribing the procedures to be followed in applying for an entire waste stream or portion of it to be excluded from the definition of waste and its associated disposal obligations, and used ... Read More


Activist praises New York's anti-fossil fuels stance

The home of Wall Street announced last week that it will be divesting its massive pension fund from fossil fuels, explains Bill McKibben, founder of climate campaign, in an analysis in The Guardian. ‘That hits fossil fuel giants ... Read More


China imports 31 wild elephant from Zimbabwe

China has reportedly imported more than 30 wild caught elephant calves from Zimbabwe in a controversial move which took place on the very day China banned the sale of ivory. According to a report on the Conservation Action site, 31 ... Read More

Tanzania beats Kenya in accommodating wildlife

Kenya’s latest wildlife census – held just last December – shows the country is currently ‘proud’ home to 7 347 elephants, citing a slight increase in the jumbo's population. However, according to a report on the allAfrica site, Kenya ... Read More


Warming world must prepare for worse floods – study

Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding particularly in the US and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe, researchers said last week. According to a News24 report, the study calculates how ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

# The Kuruman Flying Squad and stock theft units arrested seven suspects last week for allegedly possessing and dealing in rhino horns. The suspects are expected to appear in court soon. Read More

* Nelson Mandela University master’s architectural student Matthew Morris has scooped top honours in the regional finals of the coveted annual Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year award. The design concept behind Morris’s winning entry – entitled ‘The design of a ... Read More

* Five suspects who were arrested last week for allegedly being in possession of four elephant tusks were denied bail in the Katima Mulilo Magistrate’s Court in Namibia last week. They faced two charges of the possession of controlled game products ... Read More

Side Bars

Oz bats' brains boil in heatwave

Sydney heatwave fries bats' brains Hundreds of bats have died in sweltering conditions in Australia, with many dropping from their perches as the scorching temperatures ‘fried their brains’, wildlife officials said last week. A record-breaking heatwave saw the mercury rise ... Read More

Oz green sea turtle feminisation increases

Climate change takes toll on sea turtles The vast majority of green sea turtles in the northern Great Barrier Reef are now female because of warmer temperatures due to climate change, which influences their sex during incubation, researchers said last ... Read More