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Expect higher than normal temperatures

The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) remains in a moderate El Niño state and the forecast indicates that it will remain in at least a weak El Niño state throughout early- and mid-summer. Caution is advised however, as ENSO forecasts are less skilful during the winter and spring periods. There is an indication of above-normal rainfall…

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Mpumalanga Air Quality Court Action

Environmental activists are dragging the government to court over its alleged poor progress in cleaning up air pollution in the Mpumalanga highveld. GroundWork and the Vukani Environmental Justice Movement in Action, represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, have launched a landmark case to demand that the government clean up the air in the highly…

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SA at the bottom of the pile in transition towards clean energy

Highly dependent on fossil fuels and ranked 114 by World Economic Forum’s Energy Transition Index, the country is only better than Haiti The dominance of coal as the major source of electrical energy supply has meant SA is very far behind in terms of environmentally sustainable energy generation, worse than even Venezuela Read more: Business…

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Hats off to HAT! Invasive alien plant clearing started on inaccessible mountains in the Blyde Canyon

Due to the exceptionally rugged terrain created by the Blyde River Canyon and the Mpumalanga Escarpment, significant alien plant invasions on several isolated mountain tops had remained untreated for several decades. The High Altitude Teams (HAT) working in the area had recognised this problem for some time, but struggled to secure funding for helicopter transport…

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2050 Pathways Platform Workshop

As part of the consultation on its LEDS, the Department of Environmental Affairs, in partnership with the 2050 Pathways Platform will be hosting a workshop on the 6th and 7th March 2019. As preparation for this workshop Project 90 by 2030 and ACRP are hosting a meeting to discuss a CSO position. Please see details below. Date: 28 February…

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Mining in the upper Blyde river catchment

Transvaal Gold Mining Estates (TGME, under Stonewall Mining) has applied for an amendment to its existing mining right 83MR (originally granted in 2013) in the Pilgrims Rest area of the upper Blyde Catchment from its current form of underground mining to opencast mining (contour haul back mining). In conjunction with this it has also applied…

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Climate Litigation

The past year brought about several precedent setting court decisions and a growing number of lawsuits seeking to tackle climate change. In May, the Supreme Court of Colombia ruled in favour of a group of 25 children and youth, holding that their constitutional right to a healthy environment was being violated by deforestation in the…

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