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20 March 2019 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

UN Assembly hears call for a universal carbon tax

It is not just climate change that threatens our survival, but resource extraction and pollution, a major conference heard last week, writes Legalbrief. Thousands of delegates, business leaders and campaigners gathered at the five-day 4th UN Environment Assembly, the top ... Read More

South Africa

Coal transporters seek to block IPP deals

Eskom's deals with independent power producers (IPPs) came under scrutiny when the Coal Transporters Forum yesterday asked the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) to prevent the parastatal from signing any agreements with the producers. A TimesLIVE report notes that the ... Read More

Benefits of concentrated solar power punted

With more electricity disruptions expected to occur over the next few years, solar energy may be the answer. According to a Cape Times report, this is according to a study aimed at identifying the key factors and forces pertinent to ... Read More


Urgent action holds huge opportunities for SA

We should take heed of young people who marched all across the world last week to demand action on climate change, writes Melissa Fourie, executive director of the Centre for Environmental Rights, in an analysis on the Daily Maverick site ... Read More


Panama Papers cited in Sierra Leone pollution case

Families in one of Africa's poorest countries hope documents from the Panama Papers will force a foreign-owned company to compensate them for alleged pollution, forced removal, health complaints and human rights violations. According to a report on the allAfrica ... Read More

15 tons of ivory seized in Uganda over five years

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said last week it has seized 15 tons of ivory from within and outside Uganda over the past five years. A report on the allAfrica site notes that Margret Kasumba, an enforcement manager at UWA ... Read More

Ugandan deforestation rate worries locals

Uganda’s rapidly growing urban population is boosting the demand for timber, accelerating one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world, according to researchers. A report on the allAfrica site quotes Arthur Owor, a director at the Centre for ... Read More


Air pollution kills more people than smoking

Air pollution is killing more people every year than smoking, according to research published last week that called for urgent action to stop burning fossil fuels. According to a Cape Argus report, researchers in Germany and Cyprus estimated that air ... Read More

Malaysian schools shut after toxic waste spill

More than 100 schools in Malaysia have been closed after the dumping of toxic waste into a river caused hundreds of people to fall ill, including many children, authorities said. According to a report in The Guardian, a lorry is ... Read More

Vale censured for pollution in Rio de Janeiro

The town of Mangaratiba, in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state, fined miner Vale and closed its iron-ore port terminal last week, citing pollution problems and the alleged lack of an operating licence. A Mining Weekly report notes that the ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

CER appoints first deputy director

* The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) has appointed its first deputy director. Wandisa Phama is a public interest lawyer and activist, and a former acting co-deputy director and head of the Business and Human Rights Programme at the Centre for ... Read More

Malawi and Tanzania launch Songwe River Basin Commission

* Malawi and Tanzania have launched the $829m joint Songwe River Basin Commission in the Tanzanian border town of Keyla. The commission aims to improve agricultural and Songwe environment management activities through dams of irrigation, and will also drive basin activities ... Read More

Whale dies from ingesting plastic

* A starving whale with 40kg of plastic in its stomach has died after being washed ashore in the Philippines, activists said yesterday, calling it one of the worst cases of trash poisoning they have seen. Environmental groups have tagged the ... Read More

Side Bars

Holiday company warns on SA water

Holiday company warns on SA water Don't drink the tap water. This is the advice to visitors to SA from holiday company Globehunters on the release of its new map showing tourists where to avoid tap water. ‘When travelling ... Read More

Escaped lion spends night behind bars

Escaped lion spends night behind bars The lion who escaped from the Karoo National Park near Beaufort West last month has spent a night behind bars. The lion was finally found and captured last week after being darted near Sutherland ... Read More

Entrepreneur punts seaweed straws

Company punts seaweed straws Plastic straws are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, with South African fast-food chains and hotels banning them, while other establishments now hand out straws only on request, or have switched to alternatives. Now edible ... Read More