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Ethiopia Gets Its Teff Back

By Jerry Chifamba Cape Town — The Ethiopian government is celebrating a major victory in a long-running dispute over who owns the patent for products made from teff – an ancient grain that forms the…

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Posted in Biodiversity Ecology Economics Oceans Politics Pollution

Seismic oil surveys on West Coast pose threat to marine food chain

Original – Western Cape / 1 February 2019, 11:28am / Andy Muranda A Norwegian company has applied to conduct seismic surveys for oil along the Cape’s West Coast using air-gun blasts known to be highly damaging to marine life. …

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Posted in Climate Change Land Oceans

Huge Cavity in Antarctic Glacier Signals Rapid Decay

Jan. 30, 2019 Credits: NASA/OIB/Jeremy Harbeck Original Article A gigantic cavity — two-thirds the area of Manhattan and almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall — growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica…

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Posted in Environmental Rights Human Rights Mining

Ghana: Death Toll in Mine Explosion Hits 16

By Samuel Akapule Bolgatanga — Three more persons have died following the underground explosion of mining pit at the Gbane community here in the Upper East Region bringing the total death toll to 16. Earlier,…

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Posted in Ecology Environmental Rights Human Rights Justice Land Mining Politics Pollution

Xolobeni – Mining and the betrayal of the Land and People of South Africa

Transworld Energy and Mineral Resources clear influence over the DMR and attacks against rural people must end. On the 26th of November 2018 another community activist working with the Amadiba Crisis Committee was murdered (see this article). There has been no justice and little fanfare. Ignoring the history the government media SABCNews has published a divisive story focused on threats made in response to the latest coercion of the people. Is it okay that SAPS and SABC being used against South Africans like this?

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Posted in Biodiversity Ecology Economics Justice Politics Renewable Energy Sustainable Development

The South African crisis: how we got here and what to do about it

By Seeraj Mohamed | Amandla Issue 61/62 | 18 January 2019 The MEC, financialisation and the crisis The solutions we develop to solve a crisis depends on how we understand the crisis. This understanding will…

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Posted in Ecology Environmental Rights Human Rights Land Mining Politics

“30 PIECES OF SILVER FOR XOLOBENI MINING LICENCES, MINISTER MANTASHE?” – SAFCEI

15 JANUARY 2019 Issued by Natasha Adonis, on behalf of the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI). For more information, contact Natasha on 0797-999-654 or Natasha@safcei.org.za. As Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe gets…

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Posted in Biodiversity Ecology Economics Environmental Rights Human Rights Justice

Looking Beyond Entrepreneurial Illusions to End Africa’s Food Crisis

January 15, 2019Africa, Agriculture, Ecology, Economy Terry Leahy Over the last fifteen years, I have focussed my research on food security projects in the rural areas of Southern and Eastern Africa, in countries previously colonized…

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We Need Courage, Not Hope, To Face Climate Change

BY KATE MARVEL (@DRKATEMARVEL), CONTRIBUTING EDITOR As a climate scientist, I am often asked to talk about hope. Particularly in the current political climate, audiences want to be told that everything will be all right…

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Posted in Crime Environmental Rights Human Rights Justice Mining Pollution

Mining Rehabilitation in South Africa

The information disclosed by mining companies, about the costs of rehabilitation of the environmental damage that they cause, and about the money that they are obliged to set aside to fix it, is inconsistent, unclear, in some cases unreliable, and not comparable between companies.

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