Eskom world's top SO2 polluter
As always, it is all about the money, and in this case, how much it will cost Eskom to reduce its emissions, not only to reduce pollution, but to keep SA in line with the Paris Agreement, writes Legalbrief. A ...
Eastern Cape rural communities in major water win
Communities in the rural Eastern Cape have secured a major victory after the High Court ordered various levels of government, including Water & Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu, to develop an urgent plan to provide water to residents of Mnquma Municipality’s ...
Tendele mining battle falters in the High Court
Against a backdrop of murder, intimidation and deep divisions in a rural Zululand community, a major court battle started and then faltered in the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) on 6 October. A Daily Maverick report notes that the case was ...
NGO slams DMRE over Karpowership delay
The Department of Mineral Resources & Energy (DMRE) has come under scrutiny for its extension for preferred bidders to reach financial close for projects aimed at adding emergency energy generation capacity. A Cape Times report notes that the Green Connection ...
Farm owner allegedly left lions to die in blaze
Company accused of contaminating Newcastle river
Sasol eyes Northern Cape for green hydrogen project
UPL stakeholders forum to be set up
Wind sector mulls grid connectivity
Cape Town wants to move away from Eskom
National wastewater assessments kick off
Sugar sector and government in biofuels talks
Two major KZN wastewater projects due next year
WWF-SA questions bottled water study results
SA and Namibia reel from fire damage
eThekwini to punt green building strategies
Suspects may lose vehicle used in poaching
MEC slams Clanwillian Dam wall delays
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Packaging design guidelines out for comment
Input is sought on draft guidelines for use in designing and producing various forms of packaging for eventual recycling. A Policy Watch report notes that, informed by a 2009 UK publication on designing plastic packaging for recycling, the document covers ...
Leopard, rhino, elephant trophy quotas mooted
Proposals for the next set of provincial elephant, black rhino and leopard hunting trophy quotas have been gazetted for comment. A Policy Watch report notes that each determination is made in keeping with the requirements of the 2010 Convention on ...
President's Commission a key player in finance talks
With the sum required to shift the whole global economy towards a just transitition estimated to be $2trn, climate finance is a key part of the geopolitics of climate negotiations and agreements. Richard Calland, political analyst, says the lion's ...
Climate litigation set to increase and broaden
Trends seen in other jurisdictions and a boom in ‘green’ investments suggests climate-related litigation in the UK will increase and its focus broaden beyond the commitments and claims made by the government and energy companies. ‘A recent case in Australia ...
Namibian bank to fund climate adaptation
The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) has announced a facility to finance climate change adaptation, and provide an affordable and tailored financing solution for climate and environmentally friendly projects. According to a report in The Economist, the bank has previously ...
NGO accuses ReconAfrica of damaging houses
A Namibian non-profit organisation says Canadian company ReconAfrica's oil drilling has damaged houses in areas near the company's operations. According to a report in The Namibian, Frack Free Namibia (FFN) said this in a statement last week, to ...
Greenpeace welcomes Cameroon's anti-plastics move
Cameroonian authorities recently intercepted and destroyed just over 42 tons of non-biodegradable plastic that transporters were attempting to smuggle into Cameroon at night. According to a report on the Greenpeace site, Greenpeace Africa has welcomed this initiative, calling on the ...
Namibian poaching incidents continue to fall
Court rules India's Green Tribunal can act independently
The Supreme Court of India ruled last week that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) can take suo moto actions, or act without a formal request, based on letters, representations and media reports. A Jurist report notes that the court delivered ...
Energy treaty breaks EU law, court finds
The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has ruled that the international treaty used by energy companies to claim compensation from member states who frustrate their investments is incompatible with EU law. According to an Out-Law.com report, ruling ...
Environmental lawyer jailed for contempt of court
Steven Donziger, a former attorney who has spent decades battling Chevron Corporation over pollution in the Ecuadorian rainforest, was sentenced last week to six months in prison for criminal contempt of court. A Jurist report notes that the initial dispute ...
More than 11 000km² of world's coral lost
Top 10 CO2 emitting countries named
Wind farm harms reindeer herders – Norway court
UN warns of looming global water crisis
Canada invokes treaty to force oil pipeline to open
Mediterranean awash in plastic pollution – study
Start-ups turn to building climate impact models
Nobel win for complex physical system scientists
Study charts the rise of 'eco-anxiety'
Strandfontein Pavilion tidal pool reopens
* The Strandfontein Pavilion tidal pool has reopened after its closure on Saturday following an alleged sewage spill. MMC for Community Service & Health Zahid Badroodien said the pool was closed to ensure the safety of patrons, but it was not ...
Zim scientist honoured for cowpea mutation breeding
* A young Zimbabwean scientist, Prince Matova, has been honoured by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and the Centre of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture for developing Zimbabwe's first cowpea variety using a ...
South Sudan hard hit by flooding
* At least 623 000 people have been affected by widespread flooding in South Sudan since May, with many forced to flee their homes, the United Nations said. Rivers broke their banks following heavy rains, deluging houses and farms in eight ...
Eleven endangered turtles slaughtered off Borneo
Biden restores three nature reserve boundaries
Sanedi launches updated Wind Atlas
New wind atlasSA’s updated wind atlas, which for the first time includes data on offshore wind, will provide critical information to support further investment in the nascent renewable energy industry. The third iteration of the Wind Atlas for SA (Wasa ...
New hi-tech Science Centre for Cofimvaba
Hi-tech science centreThe Department of Science & Innovation has unveiled a high-tech, state-of-the-art science centre at Cofimvaba which Minister Blade Nzimande described as ‘taking science to the people’, as well as encouraging grass roots innovation. Nzimande said: ‘The centre will ...
Indonesia creates plastics museum
Plastic museumEnvironmentalists in Indonesia keen to send a message about the world's worsening ocean plastics crisis have created a museum made entirely from plastics, to convince people to rethink their habits and say no to single-use bags and bottles ...