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21 July 2017 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus


SA works on water security

As SA continues to feel the effects of a severe drought, the government is doubling down on efforts to ensure water security, including hosting conferences, building international partnerships and research initiatives and courting the private sector, writes Legalbrief. SA has ... Read More

South Africa


Six arrested in major abalone busts

Abalone worth several millon rand was confiscated in Cape Town last week, in two separate busts, resulting in the arrests of six suspects. According to a News24 report, the first bust took place at a farm on Bottelary Road in ... Read More

Local team designs 100% biodegradable plastic bag

South Africans will soon be able to dispose of their plastic bags along with the rest of their waste without having to worry about any possible negative effects on the environment. A TimesLIVE report notes that a team of local ... Read More

Police arrest four suspected rhino poachers

Four people were arrested in KZN and Mpumalanga in connection with rhino poaching and a rhino horn was seized, the police said last week. A report on the IoL site notes that police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale, said that members ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch


Legislation: Parliamentary hearings on Forest Bills

Parliamentary hearings on three amendment Bills tabled in the National Assembly last year have been scheduled for 15 and 16 August, according to yesterday’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Committee media statement calling for written submissions on the Liquor Products ... Read More

Analysis


SA focuses on tackling ocean waste

East London and Port Elizabeth, important industrial centres, with three commercial ports in total, are intricately connected to, and dependent on, the surrounding ocean as a resource, Barbara Thomson, the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, said in a speech at ... Read More

Africa


Kenyan businessmen challenge plastic bag ban

Importers, wholesalers and retailers of plastic bags have gone to court to quash a directive by the Kenyan Ministry of Environment banning the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging. According to a ... Read More

Chinese man arrested over illegal donkey trade

A Chinese man alleged to be involved in Botswana's illegal donkey skin trade has been arrested after being found with 500 animals suffering in dire conditions. The animals were so sick that they had to be culled. Botswana last ... Read More

Anti-poaching group praises whistle-blowers

Anti-poaching organisation ‘Help our Rhinos NOW Namibia’ (HoRN.NAM) has called on the public in the Kunene region and across the country to report wildlife crimes. According to a report on the allAfrica site, HoRN.NAM's Jaco Muller said ... Read More

World


Massive iceberg breaks off Antarctica

One of the biggest icebergs recorded broke away from Antarctica last week. According to a BBC News report, the giant block is estimated to cover an area of roughly 6 000km²; that's about a quarter the size of Wales ... Read More

Record number of green activists killed in 2016 - NGO

A record number of 200 environmental activists were killed in 2016 while protesting against companies' mining, logging and agribusiness activities, a report by Global Witness has found. A report in The Independent notes that the NGO which exposes corruption and ... Read More

Sixth mass extinction already under way - scientists

A ‘biological annihilation’ of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is already well under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to new research. A report in The Guardian notes that ... Read More

Enviro Briefs


* Proposed amendments to debt listing requirements for the JSE’s ‘green interest rate market’ were gazetted on Friday for comment. Among other things, they seek to ensure that the instruments concerned are regularly confirmed by an independent adviser to be ... Read More

* Three lions that escaped from Kruger National Park were shot dead last week. SA National Parks spokesperson Janine Raftopoulos said a farmer found two lions after they had killed and eaten a cow. He shot dead one and wounded another ... Read More

* UCT researchers have named a new species of deep-water hermit crab found only in a tiny area off the West Coast of SA. It has green eyes, a girl’s name and, like other parapagurid species, piggybacks its tentacled lodgers ... Read More

Side Bars


Truth of coral bleaching revealed in doccie

Truth of coral bleaching revealed in doccie A new documentary shows the stark truth behind bleaching, taking you underwater to witness what warming waters do to corals. Chasing Coral is director Jeff Orlowski’s follow-up to his 2012 film Chasing ... Read More

Ravens plan for the future - study

Ravens plan for the future - study Scientists from Sweden say ravens are able to think about the future, showing a general planning ability previously documented only in people and great apes. Researchers Can Kabadayi and Mathias Osvath, of Lund University ... Read More