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23 July 2024 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

Push for disaster management policy overhaul

As SA was pummelled by a wave of cold fronts last week, with the Western Cape being declared a disaster area, politicians and experts are calling for a rethink around disaster management, especially addressing the question of appropriate funding, saying procedures ... Read More

South Africa

Climate commission moots new investment body

The Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) has recommended that SA establish a body to guide investment in the energy transition. A Fin24 report notes that the recommendations come amid frustration at the slow pace of the so-called Just Energy Transition Partnership ... Read More

SA must reduce carbon emissions or lose

SA’s industry has to adapt to the requirements of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and reduce greenhouse gas emissions or lose the more than 550 000 units of exports market to the EU. A Cape Times report says this ... Read More

New DFFE Minister outlines priorities

Ten days into his new job, Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment Minister Dion George gave a preview of the department’s priorities under the Government of National Unity, saying he was aware of the gravity of his portfolio while faced with ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch


Safeguard infrastructure against weather risks

SA has experienced some extreme weather events in recent months. ‘These have included floods and an uncommon tornado in KZN, floods in the Eastern Cape and mid-latitude cyclones in the Western Cape,’ writes Kaitano Dube, a human geographer in ... Read More


Namibia slams UK’s proposed hunting Bill

Namibia stands to lose more than N$260m ($14.3m) annually in potential revenue from the hunting industry due to the decision by the UK's ruling Labour Party to implement an anti-trophy hunting Bill. The Namibian reports that it ... Read More

Miombo woodlands excellent CO2 sinks – study

A forested expanse of southern Africa could store more than double the amount of carbon dioxide as was previously estimated, according to a study published last week, underscoring the value of protecting it. A Fin24 report notes that Africa's ... Read More

Zambia to build second coal-fired power plant

Zambia’s energy regulator approved the construction of the nation’s second coal-fired power plant, as its worst drought in decades cut output at the hydroelectric dams that account for most of its energy supply. An Engineering News report notes that the ... Read More


Chinese solar power surging ahead – study

The amount of wind and solar power under construction in China is now nearly twice as much as the rest of the world combined, a study has found. A report in The Guardian notes that research published last week by ... Read More

2024 worst year for fires in Brazil's Pantanal

Blackened trees, dead animals and scorched earth – early wildfires have already devastated Brazil’s Pantanal and local people worry they may lose the battle to save them. A report in The Guardian notes that the Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland ... Read More

Vale and BHP in Fundão reparations agreement

Australia’s BHP said last week it had reached an agreement with Brazilian miner Vale over proceedings in the UK related to damage caused by a 2015 dam collapse that killed 19 people in Brazil. A BusinessLIVE report notes that BHP ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

Massive earthquake 2 000km from Mossel Bay

* An earthquake with an impact force equivalent to an ‘atomic bomb’ shook the ocean floor a mere 2 000km from Mossel Bay last week. The earthquake – measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale – was recorded at 6.55am ... Read More

Shamwari recognised as big cat sanctuary

* Shamwari Private Game Reserve has been recognised as the first official big cat sanctuary in SA after being awarded the accredited status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. The big cat sanctuary was the brainchild of international wildlife charity ... Read More

Side Bars

DUT's solar boat competes in global challenge

SA solar boat on global stageThe Durban University of Technology (DUT), in collaboration with the Energy and Water Sector Education Training Authority, made history as the Siyahamba solar boat became the only South African and African team to compete at ... Read More

Activist artist shreds IPCC report

Artist shreds IPCC reportEvery day for the past two weeks, Johannes-Harm Hovinga has sat at a raised table in Museum Arnhem, using a two-hole page puncher to systematically perforate the 7 705-page sixth assessment report produced by the UN’s Intergovernmental ... Read More

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