A Green Times reading list

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One of our favourite green news sites to follow is The Green Times, and here’s a roundup of some of their latest articles. Happy reading!

Scientists call for change in marine environmental assessment

Oceans Not Oil (ONO) hails an advisory produced by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE) on the use of deep-sea seismic surveys to explore for oil and gas deposits in South African waters.

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SA’s antique farming laws in dire need of updating

The SA law that’s supposed to protect us and the environment from agricultural chemicals was written in 1947!

Act 36 is unconstitutional, as it does not protect our constitutional rights.


Civil society fights West Coast seismic survey in court

Yesterday, less than a month after the successful court action that stopped Shell’s attempts at seismic surveys on the Wild Coast, in its search for oil and gas in South Africa’s oceans, small-scale fishers – with the support of The Green Connection – head back to court, this time to protect the West Coast.

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Moratorium on West Coast mining urgently needed

Mining companies have a plan for the West Coast of South Africa that will destroy hundreds of kilometres of pristine coastal environments, disrupting local communities, fisheries, tourism and the rugged natural beauty of this globally recognised biodiversity hotspot.

Protect the West Coast is an Environmental organization on a mission to protect the West Coast of South Africa from various mining activities that will destroy the natural ecosystem.


Nuclear regulatory decision-making process lacks transparency

“It has been nearly two weeks since Minister Gwede Mantashe suspended the civil society representative on the board of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) and still the public is none the wiser as to why. Many in the energy justice space are questioning the timing of the suspension as Koeberg unit 2 is shut down. The aim of the NNR board is to ensure nuclear safety and to provide oversight of nuclear activities. The civil society representative is stated in the NNR Act as being “one person representing communities, which may be affected by nuclear activities”. We are concerned that our representative has been suspended without any information shared, while the Board continues to do its duty without a civil society representative for affected communities,” says the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute’s (SAFCEI) Executive Director, Francesca de Gasparis.


PVC recycling in SA increased during 2020

The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) has welcomed the plastics recycling report for 2020 released by Plastics SA, indicating that the recycling of Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) or vinyl products in South Africa recorded a year-on-year increase of 9.5 %.

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Festival celebrates connection between humans and the ocean

In the wake of a receding Covid pandemic, a theme of ocean rejuvenation and conservation underscores an exciting in-person line up at the 19th annual Wavescape Surf & Ocean Festival, happening in Cape Town from 1 to 11 March 2022.

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