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27 June 2017 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Planned online rhino horn auction raises concerns

As authorities continue to battle poachers seeking to steal and trade rhino horn, a rhino farmer has announced his intention to sell part of his massive stockpile of this valuable, yet illegal, commodity, writes Legalbrief. The world’s biggest rhino ... Read More

South Africa

Parliament puts pressure on Eskom to sign IPPs

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Energy has asked the departments of Energy and Public Enterprises to come clean on renewable energy projects and sign contracts with Independent Power Producers (IPPs). According to the Cape Argus, committee chair Fikile Majola told ... Read More

Green coalition takes Indian mining firm to court

Last week, a coalition of eight civil society and community organisations launched proceedings in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) against Indian-owned mining company Atha-Africa Ventures Pty Ltd. A report on the Legalbrief Environmental site notes that the coalition is asking ... Read More


African court rules for forest dwellers

The still-new African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has issued a landmark judgment for marginalised communities across Africa. It ruled that the Kenyan Government violated the rights of the Mau Ogiek people by evicting them from their ancestral land ... Read More


Peace Parks to relocate 6 000 wild animals

A convoy of trucks left Zimbabwe last week to begin one of Africa's largest wildlife relocation projects. A report on the allAfrica site notes that the aim is to shift more than 6 000 wild animals from Zimbabwe to ... Read More

More poisoned elephants found in Hwange

More than 14 elephants, including a mother and her young calf, have been poisoned in and around Zimbabwe’s premier game reserve, Hwange National Park. A News24 report notes that most of the poisoned elephants died near the south of ... Read More

Coffee farmers must cultivate resilience – study

Up to 60% of Ethiopia's coffee production area could become unsuitable for coffee farming before the end of the century, says a new study. According to a report on the allAfrica site, moving coffee production to higher ground plus ... Read More


Push for global pact on environmental rights

Politicians, legal experts and activists launched a campaign in Paris last week for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment. According to a News24 report, the end goal, organisers said, is a legal treaty ... Read More

Global carbon emissions plateau – BP report

Global carbon emissions have remained flat for the third consecutive year, according to the 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy. According to a Mail & Guardian Online report, this follows a 2.5% annual growth in each of the 10 ... Read More

Deadly heatwaves to worsen – study

Nearly one-third of the global population suffers deadly levels of heat for at least 20 days during the year, new research suggests, and by the end of the century, thanks to climate change, this number could climb to above 70 ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

* It’s the last straw for some environmentally conscious Durban food establishments‚ which have had enough of plastic pollution. Afro’s Chicken outlets‚ Parc-Café in Glenwood‚ the KZNSA Art Gallery café and Gecko Culinary Adventures have all ditched plastic straws ... Read More

* One of SA’s most important electric vehicle industry support hubs, Port Elizabeth-based uYilo eMobility Technology Innovation Programme, will host its Energy Storage Seminar in the city next month. The seminar will be held in association with energy storage expert ... Read More

* Robben Island Museum (RIM) is to embark on a major cull of the island’s fallow deer from June 2017 to March 2018. According to RIM, the culling project – with permission authorised by Cape Nature – is aimed at reducing the ... Read More

Side Bars

Humanity must ‘leave Earth’ to survive – Hawkings

Humans must ‘leave Earth’ to survive – Hawking The human race must start leaving Earth within 30 years to avoid being wiped out by overpopulation and climate change, Stephen Hawking has warned. Making an impassioned speech at the Starmus science festival ... Read More