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groundWork is a non-profit environmental justice service and developmental organization working primarily in Southern Africa in the areas of Climate & Energy Justice, Coal, Environmental Health, Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, and Waste.

SOME OF OUR LATEST NEWS

CLIMATE ‘CONTRIBUTIONS’ SPELL DISASTER FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Durban, South Africa, 27 August 2015 – In the lead up to the annual United Nations climate negotiations, the South African government has published its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) discussion document [1], which states that South Africa is “firmly committed” to keeping global warming to less than 2˚C above pre-industrial levels. It adds that this target may be revised to “below 1.5˚C in light of emerging science, noting that global average temperature increase of 2˚C translates to up to 4˚C for South Africa by the end of the century”. 

groundWork maintains that this is a recipe for disaster.

Read the full press release here.

SASOL AND THE PROPOSED CARBON TAX

Durban, South Africa, 29 July 2015 – In May this year, business and industry made representations to the Davis Tax Committee on Treasury's proposal for to introduce a carbon tax. The tenor of their arguments were that no more should be done to mitigate emissions and this was backed up by the claim, based on Sasol's 'emissions outlook', that South Africa's emissions are 'below target'. 

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We are also posting a link to an article carried in the Mail & Guardian, headed 'Corporate SA promotes carbon myths', which gives our view of the overall position taken by business. 

HARD HITTING SA COAL & HEALTH DOCUMENTARY LAUNCHED ONLINE

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 27 July 2015 – Award-winning South African documentary The Bliss of Ignorance will be officially launched online today making it widely available for public access. The new groundWork and Friends of the Earth International film investigates South Africa's complex relationship with one of the country's most abundant resources - coal.

Experts are predicting the creation of a 'sick' generation in the Mpumalanga Highveld region, which is home to 12 of the world's largest power stations. This documentary looks at the impact of South Africa's energy policy - particularly the support for Eskom, the state's energy utility's reliance on coal-fired power stations - on public health.

Read the full press release here

 

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