South Africa is among the fastest growing renewable energy markets, placing first in Africa and fourth in the world, according to Climate Scope. International legal firm Baker & McKenzie count 6,000 Megawatts of renewable energy already built in the country, with more to follow under the third round of the government’s procurement plan.
Producer Mira Dutschke and director Jeffrey Barbee uncover how the gas industry invades some of the most protected places on the planet to “frack” for natural gas.
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Restoring landscapes and regenerating topsoil creates jobs and secures a future for people who rely on ecosystems for their food and water security. In South Africa today government, communities and businesses are working together to restore one of the most important watersheds in the country. The story in alliance with the Guardian UK: Farmer Pieter Kruger stands smiling… [More]
The Botswana government has quietly sold the rights to frack for shale gas in one of Africa’s largest protected conservation areas. Shale Gas cannot be extracted without hydraulic fracturing. Scroll down to see the Botswana government’s own Facebook page, captured in September 2015 before it was taken down. It clearly states that Nodding Donkey has been awarded the country’s first… [More]
By Jeffrey Barbee/AllianceEarth “My daughter has asthma. She is not the only one around here, something is wrong here, our air quality shouldn’t be this way.” Shirley “Sug” McNall is leaning up against a fence staring at a natural gas well about 40 meters from a playground behind the primary school where her daughter used to teach in Aztec, New… [More]
It is a problem that has so far stumped even Google’s brainy engineers – how to generate cheap solar electricity using a small-scale array of mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy. Now a team at a South African university – led by a former Intel strategic planner – believes they have cracked it. Once they have completed a prototype system… [More]
The surface of a pool near the Imfolozi river ripples as a white rhino, its young calf close by, lowers its mouth to drink. Rhinos have roamed the Earth in such a way for 40 million years. Humans, by comparison, are new kids on the block. Yet it is modern man that threatens to drive these stately creatures to extinction…. [More]
This is part of our current partnership with the UK Guardian, LinkTV.org and public television station KCET By Jeffrey Barbee Excerpted from the UK Guardian, February 2015 The battle against the poaching that kills a rhino every seven hours in South Africa has acquired a new weapon: women. The Black Mambas are all young women from local communities, and… [More]
This report is made possible by a new Guardian and Alliance Earth Partnership. Solar, biomass and wind energy systems are popping up all over the country and feeding clean energy into the strained electrical grid. Excerpted from the Guardian Newspaper. June 1st, 2015 By Jeffrey Barbee for the #keepitintheground campaign. The howling wind drives the turbines, their blades bent back… [More]
Dear Mr. Banquet, New York Times Editor As a former New York Times contributor I am wondering why you all have missed the ball on reporting about the environment? About Climate Change? Why is there is no environmental desk at your magazine? No Climate Watch? This despite the fact that the US Military, an overwhelming number of scientists, the US… [More]
We do not have independent confirmation that the gas prospecting licenses in the center of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve have been cancelled. Environmentalists have voiced serious concern about this map too, because of the huge number of licenses in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park, in the lower left of the map. This “peace” park initiative supposedly protects this vast park… [More]
This is Raymond Claasons, a Khoi San farmer from Barrydale in the Karoo. Raymond owns a farm near the Barrydale hot springs. This spring, like many in the Karoo Desert is artesian, meaning a well where pressured drives water to the surface. Reliant on this spring as a source of water for his indigenous nursery, Claasons is worried that proposed… [More]
For those who worry that fighting climate change means sacrificing comfort, the luxurious Turanor might be a revelation. The world’s biggest solar-powered vessel, run by Planet Solar from Switzerland, returned to the Mediterranean in May, after completing the first-ever round-the-world fueled solely by solar energy. Captain Eric Dumont, standing on the deck of the ship on top of the panels… [More]
See also: The High Cost Of Cheap Gas. As natural gas production fans out from America to the United Kingdom, Poland, and now South Africa, real questions remain about it’s long-term benefits and especially its long term effects. The latest research suggests that it is much more damaging than previously thought, both to the people around these sites and the… [More]