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18 October 2021 Environmental Law & Justice Watch

Environmental Focus

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 ... Read More

South Africa

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Legalbrief Policy Watch

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More


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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More


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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More


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 report, ruling ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Enviro Briefs

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Side Bars

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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 ... Read More

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