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11 December 2018 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Catastrophe ahead as Poland talks flounder

Despite dire warnings that the world must change drastically to prevent climate catastrophe, important talks in Poland are floundering, writes Legalbrief. The collapse of civilisation and the natural world is on the horizon, Sir David Attenborough told the UN climate ... Read More

South Africa

Carbon tax will benefit SA companies – Treasury

The National Treasury says the carbon tax will not have a negative effect on trade but will help protect SA companies against punitive trade actions for failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to a Fin24 report, National Treasury Deputy ... Read More

Experts panel to advise on SO2 management

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Nomvula Mokonyane, intends to appoint a Panel of Experts to provide strategic and technical guidance towards effective management of sulphur dioxide (SO2) from old and existing power generation plants. According to a report on the ... Read More

DEAT slashes lion bone export quota

Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has done an about-turn on the 2018 lion bone export quota, slashing the June announced allowance of 1 500 skeletons to 800. According to a Cape Times report, the department said considering the compliance inspections ... Read More


Beware polluters' resistance to Carbon Tax Bill

There has been considerable resistance to SA’s recent tabling of a Carbon Tax Bill, writes Louise Naudé, the Low Carbon Frameworks Programme Manager for WWF SA, in an analysis on the Fin24 site. ‘Despite having been consulted since 2010 when ... Read More

Global energy transition easier than it seems

Six major elements of the world economy are responsible for a third of all carbon emissions, notes Sipho Kings, an environmental journalist in a Mail & Guardian Online analysis. ‘They are cement, steel, plastics, shipping, aviation and heavy road transport ... Read More


Namibia launches wildlife crime analytic toolkit

Namibian Environment Minister Pohamba Shifeta has urged local law enforcement agencies and the judiciary to co-operate in the fight to conserve wildlife and forests. According to a report on the allAfrica site, he was addressing the launch of the Wildlife ... Read More

Zambia bans plastic packaging

Zambia’s Ministry of Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection has banned the use of packaging materials like plastic bags. Permanent Secretary Ed Chomba said the move was in accordance with section 58 of the Environmental Management Act No 12 of ... Read More

Sugar cane powers Mauritian renewables transition

Mauritius is weaning itself off fossil fuels by turning to its main cash-crop sugar cane for electricity. According to a Fin24 report, the leftover, crushed sugar cane stalks and tips – dry fibrous material known as bagasse – is burned ... Read More


UK companies 'failing' on sustainability targets

Just 10% of UK companies have a strategy for reducing carbon emissions, notes a report in The Independent. Energy consultancy Carbon Credentials carried out a survey of 1 000 business leaders with responsibility for sustainability or energy, as well as ... Read More

Progressives craft new blueprint for fairer Europe

A group of progressive Europeans led by the economist and author Thomas Piketty has drawn up a bold new blueprint for a fairer Europe to address the division, disenchantment, inequality and rightwing populism sweeping the continent. According to a report ... Read More

Farmer sues Germany over climate protection targets

Dismayed by the German Government's failure to meet climate protection targets, dairy farmer Heiner Luetke Schwienhorst has filed a lawsuit against Berlin to force it into action. A News24 report quotes Schwienhorst as saying: 'Some describe this as a ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Ramaphosa launches Atlantis green technologies hub

* President Cyril Ramaphosa last week inaugurated the launch of the Atlantis Special Economic Zone at a ceremony in Atlantis, Western Cape. The 124.5 ha area is designated for the establishment of a green technologies hub in the Western Cape ... Read More

DEAT seeks interns

* The Department of Environmental Affairs is inviting young South African graduates aged between 18 and 35 years who have a keen interest on environmental careers to apply for a two-year internship programme that will run between 2019 and 2021. The ... Read More

New biodegradable bottle made from sugar cane

* A 100% biodegradable water bottle made from sugar cane has been manufactured by a Cape Town-based company, Fortis X, originally a producer of plastics in the health-care sector. MD Nicholas De Beer, said: ‘We are overusing the planet’s resources with ... Read More

Side Bars

Ferguson completes Elephant Coast mega-swim

Ferguson completes Elephant Coast mega-swim The first segment of a unique 11-part video of a 100km mega-swim down the Elephant Coast by Spar Eastern Cape Stop Plastic campaign ambassador Sarah Ferguson has been released. Part one of the video covers ... Read More

Sex hormone makes frogs friskier

Sex hormone makes frogs friskier Australian researchers are applying a sex hormone to the skin of the critically endangered northern corroboree frog in a world-first treatment to encourage females to accept less desirable mates in captivity. A trial conducted by ... Read More

Schoolboy wins prize for water-saving app

Schoolboy wins prize for water-saving app When an 11-year-old fine-tunes his award-winning water-saving web site, you should be able to track your usage via a Bluetooth chip attached to taps in your home. Johannesburg schoolboy Kabir Budlender’s web site, which ... Read More