Pollution

Countries Moving Towards Green Economies

The United Nations (UN) secretary-general, Ban Ki Moon, says that the United Nations Environment programme (UNEP) green economy report challenges the myth that there is a trade-off between the economy and the environment.

A new UN report demonstrates that governments and businesses alike are taking steps to accelerate a global shift towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive green future.

Greenpeace Activists Arrested in Kusile Station

Three Greenpeace activists been arrested at the construction site of the Kusile Power Station in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, after scaling a crane.

Greenpeace spokesperson, Fiona Musana, says that the three have been charged with forced entry.

Six activists gained entry to the site on 7 November 2011 at about 10am and climbed a crane. They were protesting against South Africa’s reliance on the burning of coal to generate electricity, which emits greenhouse gases.

NGO Worried About Lack of EIA on Projects

The Earth Organisation Zambia has expressed concern at the increasing number of development projects that are being implemented without conducting an environmental impact Assessment (EIA) as required by law.

Director, Lovemore Muma, says that the organisation is concerned that big projects have been allowed to take off even without assessing their impact on the surrounding communities.

Muma, who cities the Chinese-run Ichimpi Mine in Kalulushi as one of the projects that has started without an EIA study, warns that situations like this pose risks to the communities.

Lack of Water Threat to the Poor – UNDP

Prosperous countries have not lived up to their promises to help the poor, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) declares, saying poor people often go hungry because of polluted water, drought and other environmental factors that are increasing poverty.

In its annual report on the quality of life worldwide, the UNDP says that more should be done to address international environmental concerns and that sustainability must become a way of life as the world population grows above 7 billion.

Transforming South Africa’s Energy Sector Through Renewable Energy

South Africa has long relied on coal to produce cheap electricity - or what we were led to believe was cheap electricity. This cheap, but dirty fossil fuel has driven our country’s economy for many decades, and has, alongside this development, created many thousands of jobs both in the mining and energy sector. Our power production and supply has largely been in the hands of Eskom, as a state-owned utility, and we have relied on this large entity to supply our power.

NMF Mourns the Passing of Maathai

The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) says Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, left a lasting legacy in raising environmental awareness.

NMF CEO, Achmat Dangor, points out that, "She [Maathai] has left a lasting legacy in greater awareness and work in protecting our environment and the world."

Dangor states that he was honoured to have Maathai, then Deputy Minister of Environment in Kenya, deliver the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in 2005.

Nobel Peace Laureate, Environmentalist, Dies

Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist, Wangari Maathai, has died.

In a press statement, her organisation, the Green Belt Movement, states that Maathai died in hospital where she was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Maathai, who won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, was the founder of Green Belt Movement, a civil and women rights activist and also served as an MP in that country.

Greenpeace Dumps Coal Outside Eskom Office

Environmental lobby group, Greenpeace Africa, has dumped five tons of coal at an entrance to Eskom’s head office in Johannesburg, to draw attention to its demands that SA switch to cleaner energy sources.
 
Greenpeace climate campaigner, Melita Steele, says Eskom played a crucial role in SA’s energy future and should lead the way in the move away from coal towards a clean, green future.
 
Steele points out that, "Instead of locking SA into a dirty energy future by investing in Kusile, Eskom should be investing in people and green jobs."
 

South Africa Defends Climate Team

A delegation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, represented the ‘very best capacity’ in the country, according the South African government.

Government was reacting to criticism levelled by the NGO groundWork about the inclusion of representatives from petrochemicals giant Sasol and electricity utility Eskom in the delegation.

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