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Is it possible to go plastic-free?

Blog entry by Dianne Mc Alpine | June 12, 2013

We have heard it over and over – our dependence on plastic as human beings is destroying the environment faster than we can ask for a plastic bag at your favourite retailer. A floating island the size of Texas can be found in the...

Join Zero Plastic Week 2013

Blog entry by Diana Waters, Joburg Volunteer | June 10, 2013

“Did you know that a new continent was discovered? A continent the size of France and Spain put together. Without the presence of humans, animals, or nature, but only made from plastic!”. This is a scary reality of the world we are...

Delight to Disappointment as Herakles Farms’ suspension order lifted

Blog entry by Irene Wabiwa | June 6, 2013

There was dancing in the streets of Mundemba and Fabe when the news came two weeks ago that the Cameroonian government had suspended Herakles Farms’ forest clearing operations. Communities in this region of South West Cameroon, who...

Together we have the power to protect the oceans

Blog entry by Dianne Mc Alpine | June 6, 2013

Oceans do not separate us, they connect us together. They are beautiful, ruthless, and expansive; they have abundant life within them that we respect and revere but, sadly, they are also being overexploited by industrial...

Google's Massive Solar Investment in South Africa

Blog entry by Ruth Mhlanga | May 31, 2013

Yesterday Google announced they are investing $12million (about R103 million) in a solar project in the Northern Cape, South Africa. In their blog about the investment, Google said South Africa was an obvious place for renewable...

Google's Massive Solar Investment in South Africa

Blog entry by Ruth Mhlanga | May 31, 2013

Yesterday Google announced they are investing $12million (about R103 million) in a solar project in the Northern Cape, South Africa. In their blog about the investment, Google said South Africa was an obvious place for renewable...

Six Renewable Energy Myths, Busted!

Feature story | May 29, 2013 at 12:14

The evidence is in: Renewable energy is viable, reliable, and ready to go – all that’s missing is the political will to kick start an energy revolution in South Africa.

What turns you on?

Blog entry by Ruth Mhlanga | May 29, 2013

Turning on the lights is an action that we hardly ever think about. We flick a switch and the lights come on, we press a button and the TV snaps on. Do we stop to think about where the power comes from? Often it doesn’t occur to any of...

Cameroon government orders Herakles Farms to stop palm oil project

Feature story | May 23, 2013 at 8:14

After years of controversy surrounding the proposed palm oil plantation in Cameroon, the Cameroonian government has ordered Herakles Farms to suspend all logging at its main worksite at Talangaye, in the Nguti region of the country.

Herakles Cameroon palm oil project starts to run off the rails

Blog entry by Laila Williams | May 22, 2013

Bruce Wrobel, the chief executive of Herakles Farms, claims his company’s efforts to flatten a chunk of Cameroon’s dense rainforest to develop a palm oil plantation are borne of a desire to address a "dire humanitarian need". Yet...

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