Earthlife Africa’s victory for the environment

(Limpopo) – Earthlife Africa Johannesburg declared a major victory recently, after winning South Africa’s first climate change case and forcing the government to reassess the impact of a coal power plant.

GOOD NEWS: Earthlife Africa versus environmental affairs department.

The group successfully challenged a government decision to confirm the construction of a proposed coal-fired power station, arguing that the proper climate change impact assessment had not been carried out.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa accepted that the impact of the proposed Thabametsi power plant had not been “comprehensively assessed or considered”, but granted environmental approval anyway, according to the ruling seen by AFP.

North Gauteng High Court Judge John Murphy ordered the environmental affairs ministry to complete a climate change assessment before construction of the plant, due to be built in Limpopo, can proceed.

For the full story: Mail & Guardian