Environment

Environmental Vulnerability Index

The “Environmental Vulnerability Index” has been developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), and their partners through consultation and collaboration with countries, institutions and experts across the globe.

This index is designed to be used with economic and social vulnerability indices to provide insights into the processes that can negatively influence the sustainable development of countries.

Impact of the Transport Sector on Climate Change

Impact of C02 Emissions on the Developing World

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is currently finalising its 4th Assessment report on climate change. Working Group III’s document on mitigation states that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have increased by 70% from 1970 to 2004.  The direct emissions from the transport sector have increased by 120%. 

Steel Valley Residents Blame Mittal on Polluted Environment

IOL, 28 May 2007.

Residents of Vanderbijl Park and the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA) are demanding that Mittal, the giant multi-national steel company, stop its polluting operations in Steel Valley area.

Both VEJA and the residents are also demanding that the company stop what they refer to as its “bullying tactics” in trying to get rid of the families who are not ready to be compensated for their properties.

Water Privatisation Poses a Challenge

War on Want, 28 May 2007.

War on Want, a British development charity, has disclosed that privatisation of water delivery poses a threat to the lives of many poor people.

In South Africa, the Anti-Privatisation Forum refers to research conducted in Johannesburg which shows that over three-quarters of those with enforced prepaid meters never wash their hands with flowing tap water. This compares with 44 per cent of people who do not have prepaid meters.

NGO Critical of Government Response to Climate Change

IOL, 25 May 2007.

The SA Climate Action Network (SACAN) has criticised the South African government’s response to climate change as being inappropriate.

Wally Menne of Timberwatch, one of the NGOs that make up the network, argues that although the government often perceives biofuel as a solution to dwindling fossil fuel resources, there has been a lack of meaningful consultation with directly affected communities.

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