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30 November 2021 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

How ANC could win big from Shell's seismic testing

Shell's controversial seismic testing off the Wild Coast is due to start this week despite a tsunami of opposition to the project which, it now appears, could have direct, long-term financial benefits for the ANC, writes Legalbrief. With ANC ... Read More

South Africa

We won't be pushed by green funders – Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will not accept funding for the transition from coal to renewable energy from international partners if it places a burden on the fiscus and reaching SA’s developmental goals. ‘This commitment from international partners does not ... Read More

Cabinet approves carbon budget allocations

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele told reporters last week that Cabinet had approved the implementation of company-level carbon budget allocations, and that these would also apply to Eskom – which has been labelled the worst-polluting power company in the ... Read More

Court will review oil exploration project

The exploration project of Sasol and its Italian partner ENI to drill off the coast between East London and St. Lucia is now the subject of a High Court review application. Beeld reports that 47 environmental lobby groups, including the ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

Input sought on cheetah export findings

Exporting captive-bred cheetah for commercial purposes will not threaten the species’ survival, according to a ‘non-detriment finding’ report gazetted on Friday for comment. A Policy Watch report notes that the ‘harvesting’ of captive cheetah to expand the species’ population elsewhere ... Read More


Climate projects need women's input to succeed

Investors would be wise to put their money on women in the climate finance sector. ‘Women account for 43% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, but for only about 7% of investment in the sector. According to the ... Read More


Prince William told off for African wildlife comments

Prince William has been slammed for suggesting that population growth is endangering wildlife in Africa. Speaking at the Tusk conservation awards in London this week, William said increasing pressure on the continent's ‘wildlife and wild spaces as a result ... Read More

Botswana earns $2.7m from elephant hunting in 2021

Botswana has earned $2.7m from elephant hunting this year, say officials, more than double the last full hunting season seven years ago. According to a Voice of America report, Botswana lifted a five-year ban on trophy hunting in 2019 ... Read More

Namibian victims were poaching – inquest

A Botswana policeman has told an inquest that elephant tusks were found in the possession of the four Namibian fishermen who were shot dead on the Chobe River last year by Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldiers. While the family of ... Read More


Young people sue UK PM for breaching climate rights

Three young people are taking legal action against the UK’s Prime Minister, accusing him of breaching his legal obligations to take ‘practical and effective measures’ to tackle the climate crisis. A report in The Guardian notes that in a High ... Read More

Harlequin frog a key player in Ecuador battle

Known for its pointed snout, the longnose harlequin frog (Atelopus longirostris) is about to play a central role in a legal battle to stop a mining project in the Intag valley in Imbabura province, Ecuador, which campaigners say would be ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

DFFE probes Algoa Bay oil spill

* The Department of Forestry, Fisheries & Environment, along with the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa), are still investigating an oil spill that occurred during a vessel bunkering operation in Algoa Bay, in the Eastern Cape, last week. DFFE and Samsa ... Read More

PPC sets net zero emissions target

* PPC, SA's biggest cement maker, has set a target of attaining net zero emissions by 2050. The company aims to cut emissions 10% by 2025 and 27% by 2030, it said in its inaugural climate change report. PPC produces ... Read More

New desalination plant for V&A Waterfront

* Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is set to get a new desalination plant to ensure a fresh water supply at the tourism hotspot during any future crisis affecting SA’s second-largest city. Growthpoint Properties Ltd., the country’s biggest listed real estate firm ... Read More

Side Bars

Unilever pioneers purple carbon

Unilever pioneers purple carbonConsumer products company Unilever SA has become the first manufacturer in the world to introduce purple carbon into its range of homecare products. For the entire month, Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid with purple carbon was used as a ... Read More

Albatrosses 'divorcing' more often – study

Albatross 'divorce' rate soarsAlbatrosses, some of the world’s most loyally monogamous creatures, are ‘divorcing’ more often – and researchers say global heating may be to blame. In a new Royal Society study, researchers say climate change and warming waters are ... Read More

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