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29 March 2017 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus


Call for SA to become water smart

As countries marked World Water Day last week, two studies were released emphasising the importance of innovation and strategy in determining global water futures already at risk, writes Legalbrief. Former World Bank vice-president Ismail Serageldin famously predicted that ‘the wars ... Read More

South Africa


Green Scorpions lose Tormin search-and-seizure case

Australian mining company Mineral Sands Resources (MSR) has emerged the winner from its High Court review application relating to a search-and-seizure operation at its Tormin mine on the West Coast last year. A GroundUp report says the operation was authorised ... Read More

Analysis


Moore's law for computing applies to climate change too

A new ‘carbon law’, modelled on Moore’s law in computing, has been proposed as a road map for beating climate change. It sees carbon emissions halving every decade, while green energy continues to double every five years, environmental journalist ... Read More

Africa


Malawi deploys soldiers to protect forests

Malawi's Government is sending in soldiers from the Malawi Defence Forces to protect its fast-dwindling forests. According to a report on the allAfrica site, with deforestation threatening the capital's water supply, the government has launched 24-hour military patrols ... Read More

North Africa faces bleak future over water scarcity

New evidence is deepening scientific fears, advanced a few years ago, that the Middle East and North Africa risk becoming uninhabitable in a few decades, as accessible fresh water has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years. According to ... Read More

World


Thames Water hit with record fine

Thames Water has been hit with a record fine of £20.3m after huge leaks of untreated sewage into the Thames and its tributaries and on to land, including the popular Thames path. The prolonged leaks led to serious impacts ... Read More

Beijing closes its last coal-fired power station

The last big coal-fired power station in Beijing has suspended operations, the city’s electricity now being generated by natural gas, the state news agency reported as smog enveloped the Chinese capital last weekend. According to a report in The ... Read More

Trump to roll back climate protections

US President Donald Trump will today roll back a slew of environmental protections enacted by Barack Obama, in a bid to untether the fossil fuel industry. According to a TimesLIVE report, in a maiden trip to the Environmental Protection Agency ... Read More

Enviro Briefs


* The Carbon Disclosure Project has ranked Cape Town as one of the top five cities in the world for being climate-conscious and sustainable. It has recognised Cape Town for accurately measuring and disclosing its energy and climate action data annually. Read More

* Investec Bank, through its power and infrastructure finance division, has signed a R100m term facility with Mettle Solar Investments that will be utilised to part fund Mettle Solar’s current and future portfolio of commercial roof-top solar installations in sub-Saharan ... Read More

* Ghanaian authorities have closed the popular tourist destination of Kintampo Falls after 20 people died in a tree fall tragedy last week, officials said. A group of high school and university students were swimming on Sunday afternoon at the picturesque ... Read More

Side Bars


Kiwi parrot's laugh-call ‘infectious’ – study

Kiwi parrot's laugh-call ‘infectious’ – study A team of European scientists has found that a playful mood can spread between the mountain parrots much as it does between humans, according to a paper. Renowned for their intelligence, the kea, the ... Read More

Man to embark on fourth Save the Rhino walk

Man to embark on fourth Save the Rhino walk Johannesburg resident Francois Myburgh (26) plans to walk 3 870.8km from 1 June to 31 July to create awareness about rhino poaching. The walk – his fourth – will include Magalies Park ... Read More

Watching nature doccies increases joy – study

Watching nature doccies increases joy – study A study commissioned by BBC Earth – which included more than 500 participants from SA – found that even a short engagement with wildlife shows can increase positive emotions including awe‚ contentment‚ joy‚ excitement and laughter ... Read More