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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...

Creating a debate on sustainable tuna fishing is the first step towards change

Blog entry by Oliver Knowles, Greenpeace International | May 22, 2013

Our second ship tour of the Indian Ocean as part of the campaign for sustainable tuna fisheries ended last week. Combined with last year's tour, Greenpeace has been patrolling the region for illegal and unsustainable fishing practices...

Danzer feels the bite as the FSC show its teeth

Blog entry by Danielle van Oijen | May 22, 2013

To the layperson the world of forest certification is often a technical one that does not seem to operate at what could be called a breakneck pace. However, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has this week reached a landmark decision...

FSC suspends Danzer's certification over links to human rights violations in DRC

Feature story | May 21, 2013 at 10:52

Today, we welcome the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) decision to disassociate from the timber multinational Danzer Group following a complaint that one of the company’s former subsidiaries was involved in human rights violations in the...

Knowledge is key to biodiversity, not technology

Blog entry by Iza Kruszewska | May 15, 2013

Agribusiness and commodity traders are thin on the ground at this week’s FAO conference in Rome on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. Despite its title, this event is of little interest to Big Food. After all, this conference is...

Forest destroyer gets kicked out of the club

Blog entry by Suzanne Kroger | May 15, 2013

It was one of those days when we felt like change was in the air – even if it was a small victory it was an important one. Yesterday, we confirmed that notorious palm oil producer and forest destroyer, Duta Palma, has (finally) been...

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