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24 May 2018 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

World needs better green laws, conference told

There is no shortage of environmental laws and policies in SA and globally, but environmental injustices continue to be perpetrated, often at the expense of the poor, writes Legalbrief Environmental. So said academics and environmental experts speaking at the International ... Read More

South Africa

Draft Climate Change Bill before Cabinet – Minister

Speaking at a press briefing before introducing her department's budget to the National Assembly last week, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in addition to finalising the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the department had developed a draft Climate ... Read More

BASIC countries commit to reducing emissions

The BASIC countries, comprising Brazil, SA, India and China, have reiterated that the global effort against climate change is an irreversible process that cannot be postponed. According to a News24 report, this was said following the 26th BASIC Ministerial Meeting ... Read More

Molewa gets tough on plastic pollution

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa last week announced an ‘ambitious new strategy’, the Source to Sea initiative, to combat plastic pollution. According to a News24 report, she said in her budget vote speech: ‘Marine pollution is one of the biggest ... Read More



Photographer snares alleged Zimbabwean poachers

An Australian photojournalist has snared a Zimbabwean poaching syndicate. The Herald reports that Adrein Steirn told police that he met a poacher in the Zambezi valley while photographing wildlife and they set up a sting operation. On 15 February, police ... Read More

Renewables can solve water scarcity – experts

Thirsty Middle Eastern and North African countries could tap into their solar-energy potential to cope with freshwater scarcity, according to resource experts. According to a report on the allAfrica site, water could be saved by switching to renewable solar energy ... Read More

East African countries tackle e-waste

Experts from various entities in East Africa met last week in Kigali to discuss how e-waste can be sustainably managed across the East African Community (EAC). According to a New Times report, e-waste, which includes anything with a plug or ... Read More


Lords vote to retain eco-standards post-Brexit

The House of Lords has defied the UK Government by passing proposals to maintain EU eco-standards after Brexit, inflicting yet another defeat on Theresa May’s withdrawal plans. A report in The Independent notes that peers accused Ministers of using Brexit ... Read More

Commission sues UK over air quality targets

Britain is being sued by the European Commission over its failure to meet air quality targets in dozens of towns and cities across the country. According to a Daily Express report, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Romania are also in ... Read More

A 100% renewables future is possible – new study

A new study maintains that countries can get 100% of their energy from renewable sources. According to a Saturday Star report, a group of scientists believe so and have hit back at their sceptical counterparts, describing research discounting this as ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

* Five men in police uniform raided the government poached abalone storage facility in Cape Town early last week. ‘The suspects took an undisclosed quantity of abalone and fled the scene. Fortunately no one was injured during the incident‚’ said police ... Read More

* Ezemvelo Wildlife held another successful game auction last week, raising almost R4m for conservation. There were 449 animals for sale at the auction, held at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Among them were three adult male white rhino, aged between five and ... Read More

* A R2.5m artificial wetland is set to be built next to the Mbekweni informal settlement in Paarl, Western Cape. The wetland should help to reduce E. coli bacteria, phosphorus and nitrogen in the heavily polluted Berg River water which ... Read More

Side Bars

New elephant sanctuary for Myanmar

Myanmar to get new elephant sanctuary Animal welfare organisation Four Paws has started building one of the largest elephant sanctuaries in South-East Asia for former working elephants in Myanmar. Former logging elephants, as well as orphaned or injured animals, will ... Read More

Octopus are aliens – study

Octopuses are aliens – study Octopuses are aliens. That’s the claim being made by a team of 33 researchers published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. They are not referring to aliens in a metaphorical sense, but literal aliens from outer ... Read More