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Greenpeace, Earthlife activists shutdown South Africa’s ministry offices over nuclear energy plans

Life at the South African ministry of environment headquarters came to a standstill on Thursday this week after activists from Greenpeace and Earthlife Africa blocked its main entrance with nuclear barrels, reports said. The environmentalists were demanding that the ministry withdraw the environmental authorisation that has been issued for a proposed nuclear power station at […]

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Environmental crime rises, strains African economies and generates instability

Environmental crime has been rising dramatically in the past decade, growing at two to three times the pace of the global economy, according to a 2016 UNEP-INTERPOL rapid response assessment. This new form of criminality, which includes illicit trade in wildlife, illegal exploitation and sale of minerals and trafficking of hazardous waste, among others, seems […]

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China to ban trade in ivory by end of 2017

The government of China has announced that it will ban the total trade in ivory by the end of this year, Shanghai Daily reported this week, as pressure mounts on the world’s largest economy to play a critical part in eradicating the poaching of African elephants. “To better protect elephants and better tackle the illegal […]

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