Andreas Späth

How global warming is pummelling the oceans

2016-02-08 14:09

Scientists are discovering that the effects human activities are severe on the world’s oceans and that the consequences are potentially devastating, even for us landlubbers, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

Green electricity without batteries

2016-02-01 09:21 4673 views

Given what we know about wind and solar power, it just doesn’t make sense to invest any further resources or time in polluting and dangerous old alternatives such as coal, natural gas and nuclear power, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

Are we winning the fight against rhino poaching?

2016-01-27 10:14 685 views

The single most positive move government could make is to once and for all dismiss the notion that legalising the trade in rhino horn could benefit rhino conservation, writes Andreas Wilson-Späth.

Climate change guinea pigs

2016-01-18 11:23 614 views

When it comes to national responses to the effects of climate change, many policy makers have shifted from focusing on mitigation to concentrating on adaptation – an acknowledgement of the fact that we have left things too late and will no longer be able to avoid the impacts regardless of what we do, writes Andreas Wilson-Späth.

8 reasons why building new nuclear power plants is a bad idea

2016-01-11 10:18 2354 views

The South African government seems intent on pushing through its plans to build a fleet of new nuclear power stations regardless of mounting public criticism and opposition, writes Andreas Wilson-Späth.

Of engineered salmon, cloned puppies and malaria-fighting mossies

2015-12-14 13:07 1086 views

If you’re like me, you prefer your menagerie of genetically engineered, cloned and otherwise humanly-messed-about-with creatures in books of fantastical fiction instead of the wild, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

Climate change: the board game

2015-11-30 15:00 438 views

Considering how little the world’s climate negotiators have accomplished in the last two decades, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they've been playing a game. A dangerous game of gambling with the lives of billions and the future of generations to come, writes Andreas Wilson-Späth.

 

Solar road beats nuclear follies

2015-12-21 09:40 1622 views

The really innovative break-throughs are not happening inside nuclear fission reactors these days, but in renewables, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

The commodification of South Africa’s wildlife

2015-12-07 10:55 1450 views

South Africa is witnessing a growing trend in the commercialisation of its indigenous wild animals, says Andreas Wilson-Späth

Solarpunk: visions of a greener future

2015-11-23 09:48 826 views

I love speculative fiction. Connoisseurs of ‘serious’ literature may dismiss this and related genres as less-than, juvenile, well, just too damn unrealistic. says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

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