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21 July 2018 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Plastics dilemma as pollution threats grow

The level of microplastic pollution in SA's rivers is comparable to that found in European rivers, scientists say, as evidence of the harm caused by plastic worldwide mounts, and consumers become increasingly conscious of environmentally-friendly alternatives to everyday plastic ... Read More

South Africa

Ramaphosa's Saudi deal a boost for renewables

President Cyril Ramaphosa's R12bn renewable energy investment deal with Saudi Arabia, signed last week, was widely welcomed as a much-needed lift for the economy and further evidence of his commitment to clean energy, writes Legalbrief. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe ... Read More

Consumers will pay for stricter emission laws – Eskom

Eskom has responded to government's proposed significantly stricter pollution emissions standards by saying consumers will have to bear costs. The utility said it would be able to meet the new proposed standards but the South African public will have ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Environmental: Lion bone export quota for 2018/19

An export quota of 1 500 lion skeletons ‘with or without the head’ has been approved for 2018/19, according to a media statement issued yesterday. This is noting that research points to ‘a growing stockpile of lion bones in SA’ and ... Read More


Is there life after mining?

With 6 000 mines having been abandoned in the past two decades, and a large number expected to be closed in the next 10 years, it was essential to address the economic vacuum created by closures in surrounding communities. UCT ... Read More


Eroding coastline puts communities at risk

Erosion is becoming a major environmental and social problem in Togo, where some 22 000 people rely on fishing to make a living, says the Mail & Guardian Online. Relentless wind and wave action is washing away between five and ... Read More

Rhinos die in relocation attempt

Kenyan wildlife officials says seven critically endangered black rhinos are dead following an attempt to move them from the capital to a national park, an AFP report on the News24 site says. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because ... Read More

Mining company blamed for toxic chemicals spill

A recent report by the National Bureau of Concession sent to the Liberian Senate shows that gallons of diverse toxic chemicals were released in Saywehta Town, allegedly by MNG Gold, a Turkish mining company, and would remain in the environment ... Read More


Enough evidence against Monsanto, judge rules

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled that there was sufficient evidence that Monsanto's popular weed killer, Roundup, might be carcinogenic, allowing lawsuits to move forward, notes the Jurist. Judge Vince ... Read More

China's use of banned chemical a 'massive' crime

Scientists have finally found the source of an ozone-depleting chemical that threatened to destroy the environment, according to investigators. The chemical is being illegally produced by Chinese manufacturers and is leading to a surge in emissions of the destructive gas ... Read More

New UK homes have to be 'electric-vehicle' ready

The UK Government has outlined plans to require electric vehicle charging points to be installed in new homes, notes Those plans, together with other proposals aimed at providing the infrastructure necessary to support the widespread use of electric ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

* Public consultations on the National Climate Change Bill will be held in Rustenburg in the North West today (Tuesday). The purpose of the Bill is to build an effective climate change response and ensure the long-term, transition to a climate ... Read More

* A massive iceberg drifting near the coast of Greenland has triggered fears of flooding if it broke up, leading the authorities to evacuate a high-risk zone. Residents of the Innarsuit island settlement with houses on a promontory have been alerted ... Read More

Side Bars

Rental company goes meat-free

Rental company goes meat-free US company WeWork is going vegetarian. In an e-mail to about 6 000 employees on Friday, the $20bn office US rental company announced that it would no longer reimburse employees for meals that included red meat ... Read More