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30 July 2021 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Municipalities prepare to ditch Eskom

The charge to go off grid continues, as nationwide municipalities seek to develop their own power generation projects, writes Legalbrief. Six municipalities participating in the Western Cape’s initiative to move off the national power grid and develop their own power ... Read More

South Africa

Fire at KZN pesticides warehouse finally doused

Authorities last week said around 1 600 chemicals were stored at a warehouse of India's UPL Ltd when it was razed during violent looting, causing potentially harmful air emissions and a greenish-tinged effluent to seep into a protected lagoon ... Read More

False Bay activists welcome Zeekoeivlei pre-directive

The Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei, and the False Bay Nature Reserve Protected Areas Advisory Committee have welcomed the pre-directive the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs & Development Planning has issued to the city for the pollution of Zeekoevlei. A ... Read More


How REIPPP trusts can uplift communities

SA’s over-reliance on coal-fired power plants places the country among the world’s top carbon emitters and does huge damage to the health of its citizens. ‘A developmental priority is therefore a transition from highly centralised energy production that depends on ... Read More

Landmark amendment to Germany's climate protection Act

Germany has amended its Climate Protection Act at short notice after its Constitutional Court ruled it unconstitutional in parts. This could also strengthen climate activists’ cases in other parts of the world, write Alice Boldis, senior associate at Rechtsanwältin, and ... Read More


Prominent eco-activist killed in Kenya

Kenyan environmental activist Joanna Stutchbury has been shot dead while campaigning against developers encroaching on the Kiambu Forest near Nairobi. Friends said she had stopped her car to clear branches blocking her driveway and was shot several times. No arrests ... Read More

Salonga park removed from Unesco's danger list

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) Salonga National Park is no longer on the List of World Heritage in Danger, Unesco has announced. A Daily Maverick report notes that the removal of Salonga from the list is due to ... Read More

Major pangolin trafficking bust made in Cameroon

Cameroonian police said last week that they had for the first time during the pandemic seized parts of an estimated 2 000 pangolins poached in Cameroon and neighbouring Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Police say travel restrictions had slowed trafficking of ... Read More


Rio Tinto commits to Panguna mine probe

Thirty-two years since it fled Bougainville island, Rio Tinto has promised to fund an independent assessment of the ongoing environmental damage caused by its Panguna mine, a move landowners have welcomed as ‘a start’ towards repairing decades of contamination. According ... Read More

IPCC to launch crucial new report

The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is preparing the most comprehensive assessment on the state of global heating since 2013. According to a BBC News report, over the next two weeks, the scientists will go through their findings line ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Heavily oiled sea birds found off Southern Cape

* The SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) has issued a warning to ships to report any incidents, after at least two heavily oiled birds were rescued along the Southern Cape. The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said ... Read More

Climate Commission to hold third meeting

* The Presidential Climate Commission established by President Cyril Ramaphosa in December 2020, will holds its 3rd meeting of commissioners on 30 July. The focus of this session will be on a Just Energy Transition. Commissioners will further apply themselves to ... Read More

New guideline for public comment on captive lion breeding

* Upon request, the EMS Foundation has provided useful information for interested individuals who want to get involved with important decision-making processes around captive lion breeding. The guideline explains how to send your comments on the Draft Policy Position for Elephant, Lion ... Read More

Side Bars

Addo celebrates elephant abundance

Addo's elephant abundanceLast month, the Addo Elephant National Park celebrated the impressive recovery of its elephant population. In 90 years, the park has grown its elephant population by over 5 000%, saving the population from near-extinction. When Addo was ... Read More

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