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17 August 2022 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus


Not the end of the road for Karpowership appeal

Although the Environment Minister's decision to veto Karpowership's appeal to overturn a ruling against its gas power plans for SA is to be welcomed, activists are baffled by her action in leaving the door open for the Turkish ... Read More

South Africa


Nedbank looks to fund more renewables

JSE-listed financial services group Nedbank will expand its R28bn purse to fund SA’s flourishing renewable energy projects. An IT Web report notes that so said Nedbank chief operations officer Mfundo Nkuhlu last week following the big-four bank’s announcement of its ... Read More

Standard Bank and public relations firm part ways

After three years, Standard Bank and public relations firm Edelman will part ways at the end of the year. A Fin24 report notes that according to sources, the decision followed a disagreement related to work on the East African Crude ... Read More

Banks add their weight to illegal wildlife trade fight

SA’s financial services firms have significantly stepped up efforts to identify financial flows linked to the illegal wildlife trade. A Business Day report notes that this is the view of Gerald Byleveld, head of financial compliance at Investec who also ... Read More

Analysis


Time to opt out of COP27

Will the next COP be anything more than a gathering of talking heads? So asks Jeff Rudin, analyst, in a Daily Maverick analysis. ‘With the 27th meeting of the COP now only months away, it is pertinent to ask: Who ... Read More

Africa


Unesco warns against Vic Falls development

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) is warning that Victoria Falls could lose World Heritage Site status if the Zimbabwean and Zambian Governments proceed with development plans near one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. According ... Read More

US and the Congo in forest protection pact

The US and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have agreed to form a working group to protect the enormous Congo basin rainforest and peatlands, which are threatened by oil and gas exploration. A report in The Guardian notes that ... Read More

Graft hampers investment in Liberia

The US State Department has released its 2022 Investment Climate Statements on Liberia which emphasises that ‘pervasive government corruption constrains investment and development’. According to a FrontPage Africa report, the study notes that Liberia offers opportunities for investment, especially in ... Read More

World


Greens slate Biden's landmark climate Bill

The landmark climate legislation passed by the US Senate after months of wrangling and weakening by fossil-fuel friendly Democrats will lead to more harm than good, according to frontline community groups who are calling on Joe Biden to declare a ... Read More

Brazil forest fires hit 15-year high

Brazil vowed last year to halt deforestation by 2030, yet the number of fires burning in the country’s Amazon rainforest hit a 15-year high in June. A Daily Dispatch report notes that burning season began last month and the rate ... Read More

Scientists warn on melting East Antarctica ice sheet

The world's biggest ice sheet could cause ‘several metres’ of sea-level rise over centuries if the global temperature rises more than 2°C, according to a British study published last week. A Fin24 report notes that researchers at Durham University concluded ... Read More

Enviro Briefs


Side Bars


TripAdvisor award for Kirstenbosch

TripAdvisor award for KirstenboschFor its botanical garden recognised both nationally and internationally as among the finest, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden has received a TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Best of the Best award for 2022. The prestigious award places the popular ... Read More

Plan to rehome Charlie

Plan to rehome CharlieThe Pro-Elephant Network Organisation has drawn attention to the elephants who are suffering under human captivity – focusing on Charlie, a South African elephant that has lived in the Pretoria Zoo for 43 years. The 12th of ... Read More

Beluga whale dies in rescue operation

Beluga whale dies in rescue operationAn ailing Beluga whale that strayed into France's River Seine has died during a last-ditch rescue attempt, experts having decided to put the animal down to prevent further suffering, local officials said last week ... Read More

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