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22 February 2017 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus


Water security laws need strengthening – expert

Government faces a number of challenges to deliver water services effectively, writes Legalbrief. Legal protection must be given to strategic water source areas – the 8% of land area that provides half the country’s surface water. That’s because these ... Read More

South Africa


Key battle over who calls the shots at mines

A major environmental case began in the Western Cape High Court yesterday (Monday), involving an Australian mining company’s allegedly illegal activities at its West Coast mine, Tormin, that resulted in massive environmental destruction. The dispute had potentially far-reaching legal ... Read More

Interwaste ordered to close Midrand landfill site

The Department of Environmental Affairs has issued a final directive instructing Interwaste to cease all disposal activities at the FG landfill site in Midrand. According to a report on the SA News site, the directive follows last year’s investigation ... Read More

Eskom renewable energy loans remain unsigned

Eskom has yet to sign loan agreements with the New Development Bank (NDB) and the African Development Bank secured in 2016, both of which depend on a commitment to the expansion of renewable energy. A Business Day report says in ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch


Policy: Whale, dolphin, white shark proposals gazetted

Two draft policy documents with implications for eco-tourism activities along SA’s coastline were gazetted on Friday for comment within 30 days. Once finalised, they will inform measures for regulating boat-based whale and dolphin watching and white shark cage diving ... Read More

Analysis


UK needs to ban ivory trade – journalist

The UK needs to impose a total ban on the trade of elephant tusks, Nicky Campbell writes in an analysis piece in The Guardian. ‘I grew up with a piano in my bedroom, but now the thought of ivory fills ... Read More

Africa


Sub-Saharan Africa urged to punt renewables

Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report last week. A report in the Daily Dispatch notes that in ... Read More

Zimbabwe hosts armyworm crisis meeting

International experts held emergency talks in Harare last week to tackle an outbreak of crop-eating ‘armyworm’ caterpillars advancing across several African countries. According to a Daily Maverick report, the armyworm has already caused damage to staple crops in Zambia, Zimbabwe ... Read More

Nigeria closes Port Harcourt asphalt plant

Nigeria declared an air pollution emergency in a major southern city last week and closed an asphalt plant there after residents complained about the fumes from its furnaces. According to an SABC News report, residents staged a protest in Port ... Read More

World


Chinese lawyers sue authorities over air quality

In an unprecedented legal case, a group of Chinese lawyers has charged the governments of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei with failing to protect their citizens from air pollution, which is linked to a third of all deaths in the country ... Read More

Indian air quality worsens, risking lives

India’s rapidly worsening air pollution is causing about 1.1m people to die prematurely each year and is now surpassing China’s as the deadliest in the world, a new study of global air pollution shows. According to a ... Read More

Climate change's impact under-reported – study

The impact of climate change on threatened and endangered wildlife has been dramatically under-reported, with scientists calling on policymakers to act urgently to slow its effects before entire species are lost for good. According to a report in The Guardian ... Read More

Enviro Briefs


* Live lobsters worth R250 000 were seized in Cape Town last week. Western Cape police Captain FC van Wyk said members of border police, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department, and the customs service dog unit conducted inspections on perishable ... Read More

* Donkey skins with an estimated value of R2 250 000 were found on a smallholding in the Brandvlei area of Randfontein on the West Rand last week. Two cases under Section 6 and 7 of the Stock Theft Act, Act ... Read More

* Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane last week launched the eastern acid mine drainage treatment plant, which ensures that the rising water levels in the abandoned Grootvlei mine do not contaminate groundwater. The eastern basin plant in Springs is one ... Read More

Side Bars


‘Mammophant’ to reincarnate the woolly mammoth

Scientists close to creating a hybrid ‘mammophant’ Scientists are about to bring back the woolly mammoth. Harvard professor George Church is leading a ‘de-extinction’ team that says it's about two years away from creating a hybrid embryo combining mammoth ... Read More