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12 May 2021 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Private game-keepers fight back

The backlash against the state-initiated report on private game-keeping and captive breeding operations has been swift and furious, with angry private game keepers going as far as threatening a class action suit to retain the status quo, reports Legalbrief. The ... Read More

South Africa

Karpowership battered by swell of controversies

The Karpowership deal is contentious enough with its hefty price tag and unusually long lease term, but the project has also become embroiled in one controversy after another since it was announced as one of the eight preferred bidders in ... Read More

SA linked to illegal hippo ivory trade

SA is one of 48 countries implicated in the illegal trade in hippo ivory, according to a new report from wildlife-trade specialists Traffic. The rapid-assessment report, 'The Often Overlooked Ivory Trade', aimed to assess the legal and illegal international trade ... Read More

Call for new approach to stop abalone poaching

Western Cape authorities are calling for a rethink on how to tackle the illegal abalone trade, saying piecemeal busts alone will not break the back of criminal syndicates. EWN reports that the Western Cape Standing Committee for Agriculture, Environmental Affairs ... Read More


SA companies lag behind in climate change disclosures

Despite incentives to communicate reliable climate-related financial disclosures, the percentage of South African companies reporting this information is still low. In a Daily Maverick analysis, Richard Freund, who has a master’s degree in Economics for Development at the University of ... Read More


Absa first in Africa to adopt 'green loan' principles

Absa will become the first bank in Africa to extend loans for biomass and other renewable projects under a new sustainable financing programme based on 'green loan principles' using money from the World Bank. BusinessLIVE says the deal will see ... Read More

Zimbabwe considers mass elephant culling

Zimbabwe is considering the mass killing of elephants for the first time since 1988 to reduce the 100 000-strong population of the animals, reports News24. The Government of Zimbabwe, which has the world's second-largest population of elephants after neighbouring ... Read More


Amazon shifts from carbon absorber to emitter

The Brazilian Amazon, where dense rainforest was long believed to be absorbing human-caused pollution, has emitted close to one-fifth more carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere than it has stored. The Independent reports that an alarming new study found that ... Read More

'Flawed' carbon credits system can produce no benefit

Airlines should focus on reducing emissions from flights instead of using carbon offsets for climate commitments, experts and environmental campaigners have warned. The Guardian reports that British Airways and easyJet are among several leading carriers that use carbon offsets to ... Read More

Gas stoves pose serious harm – report

Gas cookers in homes and unflued gas heaters pose serious health risks for children with asthma or allergies, a new report into the dangers of the fossil fuel has found. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Climate Council research ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Windaba conference returns

* The South African Wind Energy Association has unveiled the theme for this year’s Windaba conference, ‘Renaissance of the Wind Energy Industry – Delivering Economic Benefits for South Africa’ . The two-day event, which returns to the Cape Town International Convention Centre ... Read More

Side Bars

Cheaper electric cars in six years

Cheaper electric cars in six yearsElectric cars will be cheaper than cars that burn fossil fuel by 2027 and could begin to dominate new vehicle sales in Europe within 15 years, according to new research by BloombergNEF (BNEF). Improved designs ... Read More

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