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Blogs from around Africa.

  • 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 energy investments. W... Read more >

  • What turns you on?

    Blogpost by Ruth Mhlanga - May 29, 2013 at 8:00

    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 us until it’s n... Read more >

  • Herakles Cameroon palm oil project starts to run off the rails

    Blogpost by Laila Williams - May 22, 2013 at 15:11

    Misrepresentations of Herakles Palm Oil project

    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 this week Hera... Read more >

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

    Blogpost by Oliver Knowles, Greenpeace International - May 22, 2013 at 11:24

    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 for five out... Read more >

  • Danzer feels the bite as the FSC show its teeth

    Blogpost by Danielle van Oijen - May 22, 2013 at 10:20

    Conflict Timber Action in Caen Port

    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 that fits... Read more >

  • Knowledge is key to biodiversity, not technology

    Blogpost by Iza Kruszewska - May 15, 2013 at 13:54

    A farmer in Cameroon

    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 about feed... Read more >

  • Forest destroyer gets kicked out of the club

    Blogpost by Suzanne Kroger - May 15, 2013 at 8:07

    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 ejected fr... Read more >

  • 13 May 2013 Flotilla Accompanies Esperanza in Mauritius

    The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is accompanied by a flotilla of artisan fishermen in their boats as she heads to Grand Baie in Mauritius. Greenpeace will deliver a message to the IOTC (Indian Ocean Tuna Commission) delegates highlighting the concerns of unsustainable fishing practices in the Indian Ocean. © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

     

    Forest destruction is visible; you can see the trees disappearing, the animals torn from their homes. But ocean destruction is hidden; our planet, which is predominantly blue, is under threat by industrialised fishing fleets, weak legislatio... Read more >

  • The loophole in our tuna labels

    Blogpost by Dianne Mc Alpine - April 29, 2013 at 11:08

    29 April 2013 Esperanza On Patrol In The Indian Ocean

    Tuna trans shipment on the high seas in the Indian Ocean between the Jetmark 101, a Manila-registered long-liner and the Tuna Queen, registered in Panama. The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is on patrol in the Indian Ocean documenting fishing activities. © Jiri Rezac / Greenpeace

     

    Today I discovered I am not the only South African in the Indian Ocean.  

    On the fringes of the Mauritian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is an area where fishing vessels offload their catch to another, often bigger, ship.  And it is here, in... Read more >

  • Witbank, a town just outside of Johannesburg, has some of the world’s most polluted air – that’s according to new research reported yesterday.

    The massively high levels of pollution can be directly linked to Eskom’s string of coal-fired power station... Read more >

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