TAG: Environmental policies

Keeping Them Honest

Compliance for Environmental Law

It is essential that a country put in place sound environmental policies and a suitable legal framework in a bid to tackle environmental challenges. However laws and policies serve no purpose at all if compliance is lacking. Monitoring whether or not environmental laws are complied with is a crucial element of environmental protection, though it be a mammoth task. Compliance is quite important because environmental laws are primarily preventative, they basically constitute rules formulated such that environmental damage is either minimised or prevented if possible. It is unimaginable that a state can trust that subjects will comply willingly, like all… read more

Potential For Collaboration

ngo's Working Together

The non-government and grassroots environmental sector has been growing rapidly over the past thirty years. Not surprisingly, there are now more environmental NGOs and grassroots groups worldwide than ever before. Equally not surprising is the fact that these ‘green-minded’ organisations do not share the same vision, purpose or modus operandi. Consequently, there’s an increasing “silo” effect occurring within the not-for-profit sector. In recent decades, grassroots and NGO environmental groups have played an increasingly influential role in raising global awareness about environmental and sustainability issues – curiously, however, despite the urgency for collective action, there is still resistance from many of the… read more

Legal Loopholes

Legal loopholes

In contracts where two or more parties are from different jurisdictions, there usually is a choice of law stipulating which country’s laws will govern the contractual relationship. This practice is founded upon the widely recognised doctrine of party autonomy in contract law. National courts do not generally go against the wishes of the parties. There may however be instances where a court will not uphold a choice of law clause, a classic example being where the law as it applies to issues at hand is likely to yield results which are contrary to the policies of the country wherein the court… read more

Bulk Importation of Booze Causes Concern

South African Wine Industry

South African wines are reknowned the world over. Wine makers particularly of the Western Cape region of South Africa export wines to numerous overseas territories. The way in which wine has been exported over the years is being challenged by the United Kingdom one of the biggest importers of South African wine, on environmental grounds. In past years, wines have primarily been exported by South Africa already bottled. The South African Fruit and Wine Industry Initiative reports that South Africa exports 412 million liters of wine every year, with 10% – 15% of that exported to the UK alone. In… read more

Let’s Work Together To Make A Change

Science Law and the Environment

The law and science are two separate fields, mutually independent of the other, however often there are instances when the two fields must work together for a common greater good. Preservation and promotion of the environment is one such instance when scientific and legal efforts should work in concert to achieve a positive outcome. Science explains why and how certain environmental phenomena occur, it lends insight into the scientific processes that have led to the current climate and environmental crises that we face today. More than that, science is instrumental in offering a pool of potential solutions to the problems… read more

These scientists share their top concerns

Image of a brain

Each year, the scientific online magazine ‘Edge’ asks a question in which top scientists, researchers, professors, and journalists share their opinion. This year, Edge asked ‘What Should We Be Worried About?” Responses were quite diverse, and ranged from worrying about the end of the world, to an increasing drop in the human attention span. We’ve listed a few of our favorite answers below. The Underpopulation Bomb Kevin Kelly, the editor of Wired magazine, predicts that by the year 2050, our population will peak at approximately 9.2 billion. However, he also states that once we reach that peak, our population will then… read more

We Can’t Go On Like This

over-spending

In the face of rising debt levels and environmental degradation, many writers now argue that economic progress (as we currently know it) is destined for collapse. They claim that it is – by its nature – doomed. This is shocking news for people who live to shop or who view television as the panacea to unhappiness. Is it possible that the over-spending, over-consuming, credit-card lifestyle of our contemporary age is on a trajectory to oblivion? Despite threatening the ecosystems upon which it depends, the overblown expression of human self-interest known as economic development (aka modern wealth) perpetuates a vision for… read more

Who Should We Blame?

Illegal Mining

Natural minerals can be of great benefit to a country if extracted responsibly. It is unfortunate that in the developing world, more especially the African region, precious metals have been the source of grave ruin in the form of warfare and injustice. Natural resources are also increasingly causing environmental concerns in unregulated or under monitored territories, where illegal mining has become the order of the day. Illegal mining generally involves the extraction of natural minerals without a valid permit to do so, or contravening conditions set forth in a valid permit. The scourge of illegal mining will usually occur where… read more

Be Active Not Passive

Be Active Not Passive

Environmental protection and promotion is on a steady rise globally, the incessant rise is due to a variety of factors one of which is environmental activism. Environmental activism plays an important role in environmental conservation. One of the important functions of environmental activism is raising awareness to persistent and rising issues that affect the environment, in particular human induced issues. Awareness works in favour of environmental conservation in that it often opens up issues that may be considered sensitive in political circles. Thus at the very least, activism will ensure that all parties concerned are cognisant of emerging issues, regardless… read more

Green Companies

Green companies

When choosing a cell service provider, a company’s commitment towards eco-friendliness usually isn’t a major deciding factor for potential customers. However, it’s important to note that some companies are making serious efforts to increase their green-ability. In the U.S., Sprint is rated the most eco-friendly telecom company, and is ranked the #3 Greenest Company in America. They were also 2012’s Top Wireless Provider, and received the 2nd-highest overall score on the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. The service provider was also listed as one of the Top 20 Most Responsible U.S. Companies out of a list of 4,100 competitors. Another notable service provider… read more