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18 October 2018 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Massive response to IPCC special report

The IPCC's special report on global warming released last week has had a massive ripple effect, with varied responses from sectors across the globe. They are all calling for immediate and sustained action, writes Legalbrief. Key dangers largely left ... Read More

South Africa

MTN to oppose Anti-Cell Mast Alliance in court

The eThekwini Municipality is set for a legal battle with a group of residents opposing the installation of cellphone masts in the city. According to a report in The Mercury, in a new twist in the David versus Goliath battle ... Read More

Activists disrupt ocean oil prospecting public hearing

Plans to prospect for gas and oil off KwaZulu-Natal’s coast came under fire at public hearings in Durban last week. A Groundup report notes that about 150 stakeholders attended the meeting organised by Eni’s environmental consultants, Environmental Resource Management (ERM ... Read More

Court challenge over disputed coal mine

While much of her work was widely admired and supported, the legacy of former Environment Minister Edna Molewa, remains in the spotlight. A Groundup report notes that her decision to allow a new coal mine to be developed within a ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Legislation: Slow progress with biofuels blending framework

A ‘biofuel blending framework’ is expected to be tabled in Cabinet ‘before the end of next March’, according to Department of Energy chief director responsible for energy planning Thabang Audat (Engineering News), reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. Delivering ... Read More


New direction in Africa could yield benefits

African governments and financiers still backing coal are risking out investors' money and missing out on climate-friendly development opportunities. Glen Tyler, economist and lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, and Anton Cartwright, SA team leader ... Read More


Ethiopia undertakes urban greening project

For the past few years, several regions and cities in Ethiopia have been planting trees and increasing green spaces to improve the lives of their residents. According to an SABC News report, the Ministry of Forestry, Environment and Climate Change ... Read More

Liberian forest union warns against interference

The leadership of the Union of Liberian Community Forests (ULCF) has called on heads of logging companies in the country to stop using names of politicians and government officials to take over community forests. According to a report on the ... Read More


Dutch must accelerate carbon emission cuts – court

A court in The Hague has upheld an historic legal order for the Dutch Government to accelerate carbon emissions cuts, days after the world’s climate scientists warned that time was running out to avoid dangerous warming. A report in The ... Read More

Climate change economists get Nobel Memorial prize

Two American economists at the forefront of work on climate change and the role of governments in boosting growth have been jointly awarded the prestigious Nobel Memorial prize for economics. A report in The Guardian notes that the Royal Swedish ... Read More

'Father of climate science' warns against fracking

A researcher known as the ‘father of climate science’ has compared the UK’s fracking programme to Donald Trump’s environmental agenda. A report in The Independent notes that ex-Nasa scientist Professor James Hansen also called on the British Government to withdraw ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

* The Sea Change Trust has launched a new book that aims to put Cape Town kelp forests on the map. Sea Change: Primal Joy and the art of underwater tracking explores how it’s done by 'cold water skin diving'. Craig ... Read More

* The Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency has declared national disaster in the five states of Adamawa, Taraba, Rivers, Kebbi and Bayelsa, following devastating floods. This, according to the agency, has brought to nine the number of states declared national disaster ... Read More

* The World Wildlife Fund installed a life-sized hologram of an elephant on the streets of London to mark the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference between 10-11 October. The installation was also shown at four different locations between 8-10 October. Read More

Side Bars

Goats build firewalls in Portugal

Goats build firewalls  Fernando Moura and his herd may not look like heroes, but the Portuguese farmer and his 370 goats are the latest recruits in the country’s battle against summer forest fires. Moura’s four-legged brigade are part of a ... Read More