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  • Action at Kusile Power Station in Africa

    Greenpeace activists hang from a crane inside Eskom's Kusile power plant in the Delmas municipal area of the Mpumalanga province, with banners reading 'Kusile: Climate Killer'. Greenpeace is calling on the state owned utility ESKOM to abandon Kusile coal fired power plant, which is set to become world’s fourth most polluting power plant in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and to instead invest in both green energy sources and jobs. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

     

    South Africa has a fossil fuel addiction. Our drug of choice? Coal. And at a time when actions affecting the climate in any way should be taken with great care, our government continues blindly to cultivate its infatuation with this dirty, s... Read more >

  • Action at Eskom Megawatt Park in Africa

    Activists from Greenpeace Africa drive three dumper trucks filled with coal to the front of the Eskom Megawatt Park to unload five tonnes of the rock outside their offices. Effectively blocking one of the entrances to the building with the coal. The activists also hold banners calling on Eskom to 'clean up it's act', to "Stop Coal", to end their usage of the outdated fossil fuel; to publicly demand that Eskom stops the construction of the Kusile coal-fired power station and and shift investments to large-scale renewable energy projects. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

     

    South Africa has a coal addiction. But just because something is a habit, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t quit.

    It didn’t take Eskom long to respond to the staggering results of our recent report “The True Cost of Coal in South Africa: paying th... Read more >

  • Last week, the tech and business media were all a-twitter about Facebook, after news that company will start constructing its first datacentre outside the United States, close to the Arctic Circle, in Luleå, Sweden.

    The centre will use the frigid l... Read more >

  • What Coal Costs The Citizens Of South Africa

    Blogpost by Monica Davies - October 31, 2011 at 10:17

    Action at Eskom Megawatt Park in Africa

    Activists from Greenpeace Africa drive three dumper trucks filled with coal to the front of the Eskom Megawatt Park to unload five tonnes of the rock outside their offices. Effectively blocking one of the entrances to the building with the coal. The activists also hold banners calling on Eskom to 'clean up it's act', to "Stop Coal", to end their usage of the outdated fossil fuel; to publicly demand that Eskom stops the construction of the Kusile coal-fired power station and and shift investments to large-scale renewable energy projects. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

     

    Our new ground-breaking report, The True Cost Of Coal reveals what South Africa's addiction to coal is really costing the country. But beneath all the alarming stats and figures, there is a very real human picture of how coal is affecting So... Read more >

  • Greenpeace Volunteers in South Africa

    Greenpeace volunteers Mohau, 18, and Allen, 16, give each other a high five for collecting 54 signature for a petition about the use of solar energy. The Jericho project, a solar powered public viewing area for the World Cup, was initiated by Greenpeace Africa, marrying entertainment with education and proving how solar power has to be the solution for South Africa's energy crisis. © Benedicte Kurzen / Greenpeace

    If you thought power cuts from our inadequate centralized energy supply were annoying, imagine if the power were always cut - no light at night, no hot water for dishes or clothes, and no easy heat in winter.

    Such is the reality for 2.5 mill... Read more >

  • The True Cost of Kusile

    A graphic representation of Kusile's carbon output. Greenpeace / Michael Baillie

    You’ll often hear that renewable energy is a nice idea, but it’s simply too expensive to be a realistic option. The choice between burning coal and switching to renewable energy is said to be a simple cost calculation – one tha... Read more >

  • Stepping Into The Solar-Powered Limelight

    Blogpost by The South African Sun - October 26, 2011 at 9:40 2 comments

    Solar Training Camp in Durban

    Greenpeace activists and volunteers celebrate the sun's power after a two week solar training camp held in Durban, South Africa in October 2011. © Greenpeace

    Lovely people,

    The South African Sun here. Can I have a few minutes of your time to boast about what I’ve been up to lately?

    You see, the fossil fools often quip that while solar power is a nice idea, it simply isn’t a viabl... Read more >

  • What Is The Future Of The Forests? DRC Youth Answer With Aplomb

    Blogpost by Monica Davies and Augustine Kasambule - October 25, 2011 at 14:05

    Forests Action on Illegal Timber in Antwerp

    Greenpeace activists discover a consignment of illegally logged timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Antwerp port and display a banner reading "Stop Forest Crime!". © Philip Reynaers / Greenpeace

    In September, we reported on The Future Of Forests In Poetry competition that Greenpeace Africa is holding in the DRC as an initiative to educate and mobilize the Congolese youth to preserve their precious trees.

    The first leg of this compet... Read more >

  • Deniers exposed. Confirmed again: climate change is real.

    Blogpost by Anna K - October 21, 2011 at 12:46

    In an amusing turn of events today, a scientific study funded largely by climate skeptics has shown that the established scientific consensus on climate change is, in fact, correct.

    It comes as no surprise to Greenpeace that the Berkeley Earth Surfac...

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  • Kusile Power Plant: The Waking Giant

    Blogpost by Michael Baillie - October 21, 2011 at 11:25 2 comments

    Action at Eskom Megawatt Park in Africa

    Activists from Greenpeace Africa drive three dumper trucks filled with coal to the front of the Eskom Megawatt Park to unload five tonnes of the rock outside their offices. Effectively blocking one of the entrances to the building with the coal. The activists also hold banners calling on Eskom to 'clean up it's act', to "Stop Coal", to end their usage of the outdated fossil fuel; to publicly demand that Eskom stops the construction of the Kusile coal-fired power station and and shift investments to large-scale renewable energy projects. © Shayne Robinson / Greenpeace

    The science is clear: burning coal is driving climate change – and Africa’s people are on the front lines. So, as the continent’s largest CO2 emitter – and the 12th largest in the world – South Africa has a lot to answer for in terms of its c... Read more >

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