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25 November 2017 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Green activist calls for wave of climate lawsuits

As scientists warned at the now-concluded COP23 climate talks that the stakes could not be higher, activists called for litigation and political mobilisation to be escalated in order to counter corporate-driven climate change, writes Legalbrief. One of the fathers of ... Read More

South Africa

SA under pressure to bring in carbon tax

The latest emissions gap report by the UN Environment Programme shows a ‘catastrophic’ gap between the pledges made by countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the steps taken to cap global warming. According to a BusinessLIVE report, SA failed ... Read More

Groups seek stay of nuclear power plans

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute have approached the Gauteng High Court to seek an order staying the nuclear planning process, according to a TimeLIVE report. Last week the same NGOs sent a request to ... Read More

Private prosecution hangs over BP

Oil giant BP has failed to have a private environmental prosecution against it withdrawn and will have to wait until May next year to plead to criminal charges – or to argue that it cannot be prosecuted, says a Mail & Guardian ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Legislation: Bontebok management plan for comment

Comment is sought by 14 December on a draft biodiversity management plan for the bontebok, which is threatened by low genetic diversity, hybridisation, and population and habitat fragmentation, reports Legalbrief Policy Watch.  Gazetted on Tuesday, the proposals seek to conserve ... Read More



Trump halts reversal of elephant hunting ban

US President Donald Trump and his Department of Interior Affairs Secretary Ryan Zinke have halted the reversal of a ban on the importation of elephant hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The sudden decision follows a global outcry and protests ... Read More

Tanzania scraps UAE firm's hunting concession

Tanzania has terminated a 25-year-old hunting concession with a United Arab Emirates royal family-owned company as it launches investigations into the dealings of the company with former tourism Ministers. According to a report on the allAfrica site, newly appointed Natural ... Read More

Malawi arrests alleged pangolin smugglers

Malawian police last week arrested two Mozambican nationals for the illegal possession of pangolin, a protected wildlife species. According to a report on the allAfrica site, the two, Paulino Felish Njanja and Malitinyu Arbeto, were nabbed last week after a ... Read More


Dutch court lowers gas field extraction limits

The highest Dutch court last week threw out plans to cap extraction in Europe's largest gas field at current levels and gave the government 12 months to draw up new proposals. According to a News24 report, residents in northern ... Read More

Greenpeace sues Norway over oil prospecting licences

Greenpeace, along with Natur og Ungdom (Nature and Youth), an environmental group targeting youths, is suing the Norwegian state over licences awarded in 2016 for oil prospecting in the Barents Sea. According to a report in The Citizen, the plaintiffs ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

* Brazil’s biggest solar power plant in Pirapora, in the south-eastern state of Minas Gerais, has 1.2m solar panels, covering the equivalent of more than 1 200 soccer fields. It first began producing power in September, with the second ... Read More

* The Keystone Pipeline has been temporarily shut down after it leaked more than 757 082l of oil in South Dakota. Officials are looking into the cause of the leak, which is the largest Keystone leak in South Dakota to date ... Read More

Side Bars

Cape Town Marathon wins green award

Cape Town Marathon wins green award The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon was presented with the 2017 AIMS Green Award for excellence in environmental practice during the fifth annual AIMS Awards Gala in Athens, Greece, last week. Ambassador and organiser of ... Read More

EnergyDrive truck targets learners

Understanding renewables The EnergyDrive truck, a custom-built vehicle, recently took to the Eastern Cape to teach learners about the benefits and uses of renewable energy technologies. It is expected to engage with thousands of high school learners located close to ... Read More

Elephant cake wins ‘Cake Oscar’

SA elephant cake wins ‘Cake Oscar’ South African master baker Dot Klerck has won the Best Showpiece award at the international 2017 Cake Master Awards for her life-size elephant and calf cake. The awards, also known as the ‘Cake Oscars ... Read More