Featured Project: The High Cost Of Cheap Gas - A Documentary Film

high cost of cheap gas - winner envirofilm 2015

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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Preserving the KAZA Park

Five countries in Southern Africa have united to preserve their watersheds. As old boundaries are broken down, the remaining wildlife can roam freely.

A project about turning the tide on the disappearing species of sub-Saharan Africa.

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How to Rehabilitate Damaged Landscapes Together

Planting spekboom creates thousans of jobs in the area for communities.  Unemployment in the region is almost 50% or more, so these jobs are a lifeline for communities.

    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]

Botswana sells Fracking Rights in National Park

Botswana Giovernment Facebook Page

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]

Life around New Mexico’s gas wells: how fracking is turning the air foul

At a collection area, gas is pumped in from fractured wells in northern New Mexico, here some of the VOC compounds are burnt in plumes of fire.  The Four Corners Area of New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona has the biggest methane hot spot in the United States, and can be seen from space.  Methane is 40 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than Carbon Dioxide.  Hydraulic fracturing has created America's energy boom, but it has also created major environmental problems that are only now being fully researched and understood. Throughout the country "fracking" has local communities up in arms over highly dangerous airborn pollutants, and reasearchers from NASA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Assosciation (NOAA) and the University of Colorado are confirming that massive amounts of Methane and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are being released at levels between 2 and 5 times higher than Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

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]

South African team may have solved solar puzzle even Google couldn’t crack

Helio100, University of Stellenbosch, Jeffrey Barbee, The Solar Thermal Research Group, concentrated solar power, mini heliostats, small-scale concentrated solar power, South Africa, solar power, renewable energy, concentrated solar power

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]

Coal Mining Threatens World’s Greatest Rhino Sanctuary

white rhino and her calf

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]

Female Anti-Poaching Team in South Africa Saves Rhinos

Night-time listening posts like this one on a hill in the south of the reserve are critical to their mission, visual policing and early detaction.  Collette Ngobeni holds the spotlight bythe light of the full moon. The ladies of the first all female Anti-Poaching Unit in Africa, on patrol, making roadblocks and sitting in listening posts at night in Balule Private Nature Reserve.

  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]

How Renewable Energy Is Quietly Stealing A March on Coal

the cookhouse wind farm

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]

An Undiscovered Mountain Reveals Its Secrets

Mount Mabu: Land of Lost and Found
Mt Mabu is home to the largest rainforest in southern Africa, and hidden in the forest are plants and animals completely unknown to science. 37 new species of plants and animals have now been found. The Darwin Initiative team, led by Dr. Julian Bayliss in partnership with the Mozambique’s Department of Agricultural Research, returned to Mt Mabu for their last research trip. Alliance Earth joined the expedition.

Science In The Sand: Gobabeb Training And Research Center

Gobabeb Training and Research Center-Science In The Sand-
The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia lies at the foot of the vast dunes of the Namib Desert. The station has been collaborating with Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism for over 50 years collecting data about carbon levels and temperature increases that provide vital data for scientists and climate experts world wide on our climate.

An Open Letter To The New York Times

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]

Mapping gas prospecting licenses in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve

Natural gas development in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

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]

The First Farmers Of The Karoo

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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]

A Humble Tree- Saving Stove

A Humble Tree- Saving Stove
In Malawi, villagers, NGOs and Carbon Trading businesses have revolutionized how people manage their dwindling forest resources by using a new technology in an ancient way. The Mbaula Chititezo Stove (which means saving the environment) reduces household wood consumption by up to seventy percent, allowing forests to regenerate and helping households limit their exposure to dangerous smoke. Supported by the German GIZ and Hestien Innovations. Contact Them: hestian.com

Around The World With Solar

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]

Natural Gas Production’s Dangers

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]