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18 June 2024 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Bank takes flak on fossil fuels support

Financial institutions – particularly banks – are under increasing pressure to come clean on their commitment to saving the planet. SA's Standard Bank found itself under fire this past week over its continued spending on fossil fuels, notes Legalbrief.In 2023 ... Read More

South Africa

Koeberg 'safe' claim challenged by civil society

Civil society organisations have cried foul over Eskom’s application to have Koeberg’s operating licence extended for another 20 years – but the power utility insists that the nuclear plant is safe. According to a Daily Maverick report, the Koeberg nuclear ... Read More

Centre proposes law to end SLAPP actions

‘SLAPP is a new approach to censorship, an effort to find different ways to make the lives of journalists and activists difficult,’ said Anton Harber, executive director for the Campaign For Free Expression. He was speaking last week at ... Read More

Heavy truck emissions could trigger trade bans

SA's trucking industry is in an uphill battle to decarbonise as the country’s trade partners implement policies including carbon border taxes to achieve their net-zero targets, Business Day says. Trucking, the backbone of SA commerce, accounts for 63% of the ... Read More


Termite hills of Namaqualand date back 34 000 years

A group of earth scientists in 2021 set out to study why Namaqualand's groundwater, about 530km from Cape Town, is salty. An analysis on The Conversation site notes that the groundwater salinity seemed to be specifically related to the location of the termite ... Read More


Concerns over mining in protected eSwatini reserve

Taiwanese firm Michael Lee Enterprises has been mining green chert from outcrops in eSwatini’s Malolotja Nature Reserve, despite a public outcry. The cryptocrystalline quartz is sent to a sorting site above the Nkomazi River, loaded into shipping containers and trucked ... Read More

Liberian media enlisted to help protect forests

A project intended to empower the Liberian media to be more robust in reporting forest issues in the country has been launched – for the second time. The project's objectives focus on promoting transparency, accountability, and inclusivity within the ... Read More


Switzerland ignores ECHR climate ruling

Swiss politicians have rejected a landmark climate ruling from the European Court of Human Rights, raising fears that other polluting countries may follow suit. A report in The Guardian notes that a panel of Strasbourg judges ruled in April that ... Read More

Montreal Protocol a 'global success', study finds

International efforts to protect the ozone layer have been a ‘huge global success’, scientists have said, after revealing that damaging gases in the atmosphere were declining faster than expected. A report in The Guardian notes that the Montreal protocol, signed ... Read More

Azerbaijan's pre-CoP29 crackdown slammed

Azerbaijan’s Government has been accused of cracking down on media and civil society activism before the country’s hosting of crucial UN climate talks this year. A report in The Guardian notes that Human Rights Watch (HRW) has found at least ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Over 35 000 evacuated amid floods in China

* More than 35,000 people have been evacuated in southeast China after heavy rains hammered the region over the weekend, triggering floods and deadly landslides. According to state-run broadcaster CCTV, people were evacuated on Saturday. As of Monday morning, more ... Read More

Major oil spill blackens Singapore's southern coast

* A huge oil spill has blackened Singapore’s southern coastline with authorities scrambling to clean up. A Dutch-flagged dredger collided with Singaporean fuel tanker Marine Honour , which was anchored in the nation’s shipping lanes. The accident resulted in the release of ... Read More

Heatstroke killing Hajj pilgrims as temperatures soar

* At least six people have died from heatstroke during the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, amid warnings from Saudi officials that temperatures during the annual gathering could reach 48 degrees celsius this year. All six of the dead are Jordanian citizens ... Read More

Side Bars

Elephants call each other by name – study

Elephants call each other by name – study A new study involving wild African savannah elephants in Kenya suggests that elephants call each other by name.. The researchers analysed vocalisations – mostly rumbles generated by elephants using their vocal cords ... Read More

Hippo attacks and injures group of workers

Hippo attacks and injures group of workers Three people, who were conducting work along the Sabie River as part of the Working on Water programme, are recovering in hospital after they were attacked by a hippo last week. Kruger National ... Read More

UCT gets funding for ocean research projects

UCT gets funding for ocean projectsFive global science and technology projects have been selected to join the Ocean Biogeochemistry Virtual Institute (OBVI) to address gaps in ocean data and modelling efforts by improving the breadth of research in the field ... Read More

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