Fracking

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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

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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]

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]

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]