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New trends in enforcing corporate accountability: Making corporations pay for climate change damage

October 31, 2014 at 9:54 am

In October 2014, we have seen two new reports published in the U.S. and Canada on opportunities to use domestic and international legal action to hold accountable those corporations who contribute to climate change through significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Given South Africa’s contribution to global GHG emissions, big South African GHG emitters should perhaps… continued


Media Release: Save Mapungubwe Coalition calls the biodiversity offset agreement for Vele colliery “vague, inadequate and unenforceable”

October 30, 2014 at 11:44 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Save Mapungubwe Coalition raises serious concerns with the offset agreement, and requests public access to finalised annexures On 8 October 2014, after several postponed signing ceremonies, Coal of Africa (CoAL), the Department of Environmental Affairs and SANParks signed a biodiversity offset agreement for CoAL’s Vele Colliery mine near the Mapungubwe World… continued


Media Release: Air quality in the spotlight in Parliament

October 28, 2014 at 8:49 am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cape Town. On 28 October 2014, representatives from five environmental justice organisations – groundWork, the Centre for Environmental Rights, the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance, the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance and the Highveld Environmental Justice Network – will meet with the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs to discuss groundWork’s recent report on… continued


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Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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