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Pave Paradise

An environmental catastrophe struck Europe thousands of years ago, annihilating one of its most magnificent animals. For millennia, Europe had been the natural habitat for lions, who roamed from Britain to the Urals. Their memory remains in heraldry, folklore and legend. But the lions themselves, beautiful and strong, were obliterated by an invasion of something new and dreadfully destructive. Not a single wild lion remains in Europe. What was this terrible agent of extermination?

NGO Submits Proposals for a Carbon Tax

The World Wide Fund for Nature in South Africa (WWF-SA) has submitted its proposals to the National Treasury for a carbon tax.

The organisation says this will in effect help the country create an economy with a smaller carbon footprint.

It further argues that the driving force behind this proposal is the need to steer the economy away from its dependency on fossil fuels.

SA Urged to Focus Energy Efforts on Renewables

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), an environmental organisation, says that the production delays at the Medupi power plant in Lephalale, Limpopo, are an indicator that South Africa should focus energy efforts on renewables.
 
WWF’s Living Planet head unit, Saliem Fakir, points out that, "The difficulties arising at Medupi present a lesson for South Africa, adding that large bulk energy projects such as this one are, by their nature, complex and have historically demonstrated the tendency to extend beyond expected timelines and budget.”

New Actors Vulnerable to Oil Curse – NGOs

New players in the oil production sector in Africa are exposed to what has been termed the oil curse, because of the selfish interest of some long-serving African leaders.
 
Godber Tushabe, executive director of the anti-corruption NGO Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), warns that most African countries with newly discovered oil resources are unlikely to experience the improvement in well-being that those minerals represent because most presidents will not want to cede control of that wealth to a successor.
 

World Environment Day Commemorated

Environmental organisation, Greenpeace Africa, joined other organisations in marking World Environment Day on 5 June 2013.

The organisation states that for it, every day is World Environment Day since continent faces many challenges and suffers from some serious environmental problems, including climate change, deforestation, water pollution, coal mining, nuclear waste, overfishing and industrial agriculture, etc.

Smart Electricity Planning

Fast-tracking to a healthy, modern, affordable electricity supply for all.

On Wednesday, 8 May 2013 the Electricity Governance Initiative South Africa (EGI-SA) launches its latest report:  “Smart Electricity Planning”. The aim is to strengthen and to build on the South African government’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to fast-track our nation’s transition to a smarter and more equitable electricity future.

Hypocrisy Behind the 'Meat Label Scandal'

I don’t wish to come across as trivialising the issue of quality and safety of food. However, I wish the attention given to the so-called ‘meat label scandal’ would be lavished on one of the most ignored issues in South Africa namely household energy fires. The media is abuzz with articles and commentary about this. Politicians are calling for wide ranging commissions of enquiries. Parliamentary committee meetings will now be convened to get to the bottom of this scandal. Supermarkets and the meat industry are called to account.

Renewable Energy Good for SA - WFC

The World Future Council (WFC) says renewable energy has the potential to spur on socio-economic development in South Africa.

According to a new study conducted by the WFC and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, renewable energy feed-in tariff policies (REFiT) are a promising way to unlock renewable energy development in Africa.

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