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Luando Mkosi works on the system that deposits the patented surface that generates electricity onto the glass panels.  Dr. Vivian Alberts and his team have created the first wholly African designed and built solar panels at their facility in Stellenbosch South Africa. The panels are cheaper, generate more power in low light and can handle higher temperatures than their traiditional silicone cousins.

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.

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]

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

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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.

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]