Andreas Späth

Award-winning film exposes dark legacy of coal in SA

2015-08-03 11:55

South Africans like myself, who've always had ready access to cheap electricity and who are currently despairing at the frustrating and debilitating effects Eskom’s load shedding balls-up is having on their lives would do well to spend a little time to consider an equally serious crisis which plagues the foundation of our national electricity supply system – the fact that it’s built on dirty coal, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

What’s the world’s most trafficked mammal?

2015-07-27 14:21 4 comments | 1037 views

We’re all obsessing over the devastating poaching crisis that’s driving elephants and rhinos towards extinction and rightly so. But in the process we tend to overlook some of the smaller, less glamorous species that are being decimated at an even more alarming rate. One example is the pangolin, the most poached and smuggled mammal on the planet, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

Rhino horn trade central to draft government policy

2015-07-21 09:53 4 comments | 588 views

A legal trade in rhino horns lies at the heart of a proposed new government policy for the conservation of white rhinos in South Africa, despite the fact that an official position on the matter is only supposed to be taken pending the findings of a committee of inquiry appointed by the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

Improving photosynthesis?

2015-07-13 10:02 4 comments | 810 views

I get sceptical when I read about scientists with a plan to solve world hunger. I get rather nervous when their scheme involves making ‘improvements’ to nature, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

We’re re-engineering the entire biosphere

2015-07-06 12:00 3 comments | 1390 views

The way we are modifying the biosphere, what will an alien geologist visiting earth millions of years from today find, asks Andreas Wilson-Späth.

Nutellagate

2015-06-22 12:00 1 comments | 2556 views

Nutella is big in my life, but I never thought that my Nutella obsession would ever intercept with my interest in the environment, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

China in the Cape - the avian connection

2015-06-11 09:47 347 views

A study revealed a previously poorly understood China-Africa link that has been in place for hundreds of years. But it’s not what you think, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

 

Humanity shoots itself in the foot

2015-06-29 12:00 7 comments | 1135 views

Industrial civilisation’s disconnect from the natural world is baffling, especially from a species that is supposedly the only one capable of rational thought, writes Andreas Wilson-Späth.

Climate Change: China to the rescue?

2015-06-15 09:48 6 comments | 946 views

Can China become rich and industrialised while severing the umbilical cord between economic growth and fossil fuels, asks Andreas Wilson-Späth.

Let’s stop paying obscene subsidies for coal, oil and gas

2015-06-01 07:36 7 comments | 2623 views

Critics of renewable power sources like solar and wind energy will tell you that the industry wouldn’t be able to exist if it wasn’t government subsidies. There is some truth to this, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

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