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  • Infographic: How Eskom is crippling our water

    Blogpost by Mike Baillie - October 17, 2012 at 13:15 1 comment

    Coal-fired electricity is a major threat to South Africa’s already stressed water resources – and Eskom’s new mega coal plants are set to make matters even worse.

    Luckily there are reliable alternatives to coal power, ways of generating electricity ... Read more >

  • 22 June 2012 Water Usage in Johannesburg

    A woman and her son wash their clothes at a communal tap at Plot 8 informal settlement in Roodepoort on Johannesburg's West Rand. © Jennifer Bruce / Greenpeace

    Water is the foundation of life: we’re unable to survive without it. But the problem is that water is scarce, and this country is running out of it.

    More than 98% of South Africa’s water has already been allocated, and this country is facing... Read more >

  • It's time for Mauritius to take ownership of its waters

    Blogpost by Simon Clydesdale - October 16, 2012 at 18:02

    16 October 2012

    Greenpeace is meeting local artisanal fishermen in Mauritius

    The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior has spent the past few days hosting all the key players in one of the Indian Ocean’s prime tuna hubs – Port Louis in Mauritius.

    This is a welcome turnaround.

    Just a few days ago it didn’t look like we w... Read more >

  • Listening to and empowering Indian Ocean fishing communities

    Blogpost by Sari Tolvanen, Greenpeace International - October 12, 2012 at 15:44

    12 October 2012 Tuna Caught by Spanish Longliner

    A yellowfin tuna is pulled along side the Spanish longliner Herdusa no1 Vigo, South West Indian Ocean. Greenpeace is observing fishing activities in the Indian Ocean where poor management has left many stocks over exploited. © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

    After almost three weeks at sea in the southern region of the Indian Ocean, the second leg of our Indian Ocean expedition is wrapping up.

    We’ve travelled 2400 nautical miles on the Rainbow Warrior from... Read more >

  • Never again in our oceans!

    Blogpost by Bakary Coulibaly - October 11, 2012 at 13:00

    11 October 2012 German Trawler Maartje Theadora

    German fishing super trawler 140m long Maartje Theadora, 30 miles off the coast of Mauritania. Greenpeace is campaigning in West Africa for the establishment of a sustainable, low impact fisheries policy that takes into account the needs and interests of small-scale fishermen and the local communities that depend on healthy oceans. © Greenpeace / Pierre Gleizes

    If there was ever a scandal that needed definitive action to be taken against those responsible for it, it is the issue of fishing permits in Senegal between March 2010 and April 2012. The effects of large factory trawlers that were granted p... Read more >

  • Reflecting on Durban Solar training

    Blogpost by Nasreen Khan - October 9, 2012 at 15:07

    It has been almost a year since the last solar training that was held in Durban and I am still extremely grateful to Greenpeace for having invested in educating their volunteers. The ten day experience was incredible, not only did I gather invaluable ... Read more >

  • Solar Energy: The way of the future

    Blogpost by Hellen Dena - October 9, 2012 at 14:59 2 comments

    It was an intriguing journey back to the physics class I left over ten years ago, as I embarked on making my solar lamp. After an interesting hour of putting together tiny cables, a bulb and a rechargeable battery, the lamp lit up and I was all smiles... Read more >

  • Maximising solar power: The better option

    Blogpost by Laswet Savadye - October 9, 2012 at 14:24

    Led by Dr Michael Gotz, a specialist in photovoltaic solar power and Ruth Mhlanga, Greenpeace Africa's Youth and Solutions campaigner, Greenpeace Africa staff and volunteers took part in an informative solar training programme last week.

    We’ve learnt... Read more >

  • Hand in hand to protect the Congo Basin forests

    Blogpost by Monica Davies and Augustine Kasambule - October 8, 2012 at 12:00

    What began in 2011 as a call to the youth of the DRC to speak out for the protection of their forests, has come to this grand moment – men, women and children from Kinshasa city and surroundings coming out to take part in the filming of the video fo... Read more >

  • In Another Life

    Blogpost by Mike Baillie - October 7, 2012 at 18:48

    It’s the same faces on every tuna longline fishing boat we see. The young Indonesian men, the Vietnamese eyes under floppy hats, the Filipino guy hunched over a basket of fishing line. They reach out their hands and help us onto their boat. They’r... Read more >

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