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18 January 2022 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus


Big business strikes back against high tariffs

After a year of record load-shedding, big business is pushing back with a legal challenge to the methodology used by municipalities to set electricity tariffs, and with a bigger drive to self-generate power to escape dependency on Eskom and soaring costs ... Read More

South Africa


Looming clash over another seismic survey

Environmental and civil society groups are gearing up for their next battle, with news of another seismic survey set to start this week off the Western Cape coast by the Australian company Searcher Seismic, in collaboration with the Petroleum Agency ... Read More

Minister unveils hydrogen plan

Building on a decade of research and development, SA yesterday marked a new milestone in its plan to benefit from the nascent hydrogen economy. The Daily Maverick reports that Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele described a ‘groundbreaking venture between ... Read More

State of disaster bids after rain havoc

The Eastern Cape and KZN are urging national government to declare provincial states of disaster in their regions after heavy rains led to loss of life and cause extensive damage in recent weeks. News24 reports that in the Eastern Cape ... Read More

Analysis


Shell ruling highlights why consultation counts

Communities count when it comes to the environment. So say Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chairperson Peter Leon, senior associate Ernst Muller and associate Mandy Hattingh, in an Engineering News analysis, in which they comment on the High Court ... Read More

Africa


New legal framework for Namibia's hydrogen project

The Namibian Government is to set up a legal framework to regulate its green hydrogen project, which will be operating from Namibia's Tsau Khaeb National Park, director-general of the National Planning Commission, Obeth Kandjoze, said. According to The Namibian ... Read More

Pharmaceutical waste blamed for dwindling fish reserves

Weak government oversight and economic dependence means polluters across the continent have not been held to account which breaks a cardinal rule of environmental law – the principle that the polluter pays. A Mail & Guardian report notes that Lake ... Read More

Tanzania sets course to be regional mining hub

Kabanga Nickel Ltd (KNL) has identified a shared vision with the Government of Tanzania to make the country the epicentre of mining activities in the East African region through the use of eco-friendly value-addition technology: hydromet. A Citizen report says ... Read More

World


WEF warns of critical threat to global community

Failure to act on climate change issues poses the most critical threat for the global community, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Risk Report for 2022 warns. Respondents of the Global Risks Perception Survey – which underpins the WEF report ... Read More

Catastrophic climate year takes its toll in the US

The US was battered by 20 separate billion-dollar climate and weather disasters in 2021, one of the most catastrophic climate years on record which led to at least 688 deaths, according to the annual report of the National Oceanic and ... Read More

Enviro Briefs


Kruger National Park makes top 10 list

* The Kruger National Park is the ninth most popular national park in the world on TikTok, according to research by travel specialists ParkSleepFly. The study analysed the view counts of national parks around the world to reveal the most popular ... Read More

Volunteers return Sea Stars off Clovelly Beach

* Volunteers and conservationists joined the Cape of Good Hope SPCA on a mission to rescue and release more than 500 beached starfish washed ashore along Clovelly Beach near Fish Hoek last week. Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokesperson Belinda Abraham ... Read More

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