Author Archives: Jeff Barbee

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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 […]

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, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]