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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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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 […]

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 […]

Natural gas development in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Mapping gas prospecting licenses in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve

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 […]

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The First Farmers Of The Karoo

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, […]

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 […]