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20 October 2017 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

War of words erupts as Cape Town battles drought

The City of Cape Town is in a race against time to use water from its first desalination plant, as increasingly uncomfortable residents feel the bite of tighter water restrictions, writes Legalbrief. Cape Town will have its first desalination plants ... Read More

South Africa

Government thumbs up for new nuclear plant

The Department of Environmental Affairs has granted authorisation to state-owned power utility Eskom to build a new 4 000MW nuclear power plant in the Western Cape, according to a report on the Moneyweb site. The construction at Duynefontein, close to ... Read More

Green groups slam mooted uranium shipment

Environmental groups have expressed concerns about the trans-shipment of uranium between Namibia and the US through SA ports. According to a TimesLIVE report, last week‚ the Department of Energy gazetted an application made by US firm Edlow International Company Incorporated ... Read More

Phosphate mine interdicted from drawing up aquifer water

A phosphate mining operation bordering the West Coast National Park and near the environmentally sensitive Langebaan Lagoon has been slapped with an interdict to stop it dewatering the Elandsfontein aquifer. According to a News24 report, mining by Kropz Elandsfontein cuts ... Read More


Canned lion hunting damages 'Brand SA' – journalist

The SA Government is pandering to a handful of right-wing breeders and hunters’ greed at the expense of our reputation as a country that promotes ethical and authentic tourism, warns Shannon Ebrahim, Independent Media Group’s foreign editor, in an ... Read More


Climate disasters increasing – researchers

Since 1980, the 491 recorded climate disasters that have struck Southern Africa have exacted a heavy toll: causing R132bn in damages, a staggering 110 978 deaths and leaving 2.47m people homeless. According to a Cape Argus report, 140m people ... Read More

Kenya street vendors in court over banned plastic bags

Eleven people have pleaded guilty to possessing banned plastic bags in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa. BBC News reports that the street vendors who were selling food in plastic bags were arrested following a raid by environment officials. ‘We ... Read More


EPA to repeal US Clean Power Plan

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that Scott Pruitt, the chief of the agency, had signed a measure to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a ... Read More

Indian court upholds Delhi Diwali fireworks ban

India’s Supreme Court has banned the sale of fireworks in Delhi during the upcoming Diwali festival, hoping to prevent the usual spike in toxic air pollution levels that accompany the holiday. According to a report in The Guardian, last ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

* Port Elizabeth police arrested three men last week for the illegal possession of abalone worth R30 000. The abalone was taken by Marine and Coastal members. The men face charges of illegal possession of abalone and will appear in court ... Read More

* A mini-term review of ActionAid’s agroecology and resilience project in Senegal and The Gambia provides key lessons for the wider ActionAid federation and other actors seeking to build resilience to climate change. With an emphasis on women’s empowerment ... Read More

* Twenty Indian farmers have died and hundreds of others are in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops, officials said last week, highlighting lax safety standards in the country. The farmers in the western state of Maharashtra, one of ... Read More

Side Bars

NMU eco-car slims down to defend title

NMU eco-car slims down to defend efficiency title Less is more for the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) eco-car crew who will be looking to defend their all-Africa fuel efficiency title with a slimmed-down version of the home-grown ‘rocket on wheels ... Read More

Learner's solar-powered water purifier wins big

Pupil's solar-powered water purifier wins big An Eastern Cape pupil has walked off with the top prize at Eskom’s International Science Expo in Boksburg for her solar-powered water purifying device. Vanessa Annan, of Cambridge High School, won a ... Read More

Climate change threatens clownfish

Climate change threatens clownfish The clownfish, the colourful swimmer propelled to fame by the 2003 film Finding Nemo, is under threat from warming ocean waters wreaking havoc with sea anemones – the structures which serve as its home, a study has ... Read More