Author Archives: Jeff Barbee

How to Rehabilitate Damaged Landscapes Together

    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: […]

Botswana sells Fracking Rights in National Park

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Coal Mining Threatens World’s Greatest Rhino Sanctuary

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 […]

Female Anti-Poaching Team in South Africa Saves Rhinos

  This is part of our current partnership with the UK Guardian, 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 […]

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How Renewable Energy Is Quietly Stealing A March on Coal

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 […]

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An Undiscovered Mountain Reveals Its Secrets

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 […]

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Science In The Sand: Gobabeb Training And Research Center

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 […]