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20 November 2019 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Agriculture sector urges action to avoid looming crisis

In the strongest appeal yet, key stakeholders in the agricultural sector from across the country joined forces last week to urge government to recognise that the drought has reached crisis levels, and that government is ill-prepared for the climate crisis ... Read More

South Africa

ConCourt rules against mining company

The Constitutional Court's upholding of a decision to set aside a mining rights approval in a protected area, was an indication of the court's commitment to SA's 'strong and robust environmental justice legislation', reports Legalbrief. In a ... Read More

Tornadoes – a sign of things to come?

Last week's extreme weather events in KZN, which led to one fatality and extensive damage when a tornado struck the midlands region, is likely to be repeated. Experts say SA is likely to experience more such tornadoes, reports Times ... Read More

Alleged poachers killed in clash with rangers

Two suspected poachers were shot dead in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in KZN last week, notes TimesLIVE. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife said field rangers were on foot patrol when they were confronted by the three suspects inside the park. 'During the contact ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch


'Brown revolution' could be the key to crisis

SA's water crisis calls for radical and disruptive interventions, writes Jay Bhagwan, executive director at the Water Research Commission (WRC), in an analysis on The Mercury site. He writes that this includes behaviour change in water usage and new ... Read More

Chinese collude with locals in Ghana's illegal sector

China's growing appetite for gold has seen increasing involvement of Chinese miners in Ghana's small-scale gold industry, often illegally. James Boafo, research associate at the University of Queensland, says while many have blamed Ghana's cumbersome legal regime ... Read More


African bank abandons coal projects

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will not fund a coal-fired power plant project in Kenya and has no plans to finance new coal plants in future, senior AfDB officials told Reuters. The Abidjan-based lender published an environmental and social impact ... Read More

Angola eyes hydropower from $14bn Congo project

Angola may buy as much as 5 000 MW from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo's proposed $14bn hydropower plant, according to an Engineering News report. In its current design, the Inga III dam would be the biggest hydropower plant ... Read More

Fishing observers at risk

Emmanuel Essien, one of several fishing observers stationed on an industrial trawler in Ghana, has mysteriously disappeared, two weeks after he made a written account, with an accompanying video, of alleged illegal fishing by a trawler he had been working ... Read More


Study finds link between brain cancer and air pollution

New research has linked air pollution nanoparticles to brain cancer for the first time, according to a report in The Guardian. The ultra-fine particles (UFPs) are produced by fuel burning, particularly in diesel vehicles, and higher exposures significantly increase people ... Read More

Smog in India reaches hazardous levels

India is dealing with its worst air pollution crisis in years, with the air quality in the country's north dropping to dangerous levels in recent weeks, prompting authorities to declare a public health emergency in Delhi, reports New Frame ... Read More

Trump sued over bid to block fuel-efficiency standards

California and 22 other states sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, asking a federal court to block the Trump administration from stripping the states of its long-standing authority to set its own fuel-efficiency standards on cars and trucks, reports ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Hennops River clean-up

* A clean-up operation of the Hennops River has already removed 250 tons of trash. The Fresh NGO team with CEO Willem Snyman have estimated, after loading 32 eight-ton trucks with waste collected by their trash-catching net, that they have successfully ... Read More

Three new members for SAWEA board

* The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has appointed three new members to its board: Mark Tanton, Dhesen Moodley and Toni Beukes. Tanton, who was involved in the establishment of SAWEA, is one of the first developers to pave the ... Read More

Side Bars

Synchronised big flush

Synchronised big flush Residents of Zimbabwe's drought-hit southern city of Bulawayo are being encouraged to flush their toilets at the same time each day. The city has recently been hit by severe water rationing and needs synchronised flushing to ... Read More

Catamaran couple to Thunberg's rescue

Catamaran couple to Thunberg's rescue Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who refuses to fly because airplane travel has such a heavy carbon footprint, has hitched a ride with an Australian couple on their catamaran to the UN COP25 ... Read More