Andreas Späth

Fukushima’s lasting legacy

2015-08-24 10:18

Andreas Wilson-Späth takes another long and critical look at the consequences of the earthquake- and tsunami-induced meltdowns at Japan’s Daiichi reactors in the 2011.

Don’t be seduced by George Clooney’s coffee pods

2015-08-17 09:39 16 comments | 10564 views

I started drinking coffee in my 40s. I tried many times before then, but never enjoyed the taste. So what got me hooked in the end? Andreas Wilson-Späth explains.

Fun with climate change

2015-08-12 11:52 10 comments | 853 views

Ok, so ‘fun’ is probably too strong a word. Got your attention though, right? Here is a rough and ready cross-section of some of the latest news from the global warming front – bits of it encouraging, much of it depressing and some of it downright infuriating, says Andreas Wilson-Späth.

Award-winning film exposes dark legacy of coal in SA

2015-08-03 11:55 2 comments | 731 views

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 | 1074 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.

Improving photosynthesis?

2015-07-13 10:02 4 comments | 831 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.

Humanity shoots itself in the foot

2015-06-29 12:00 7 comments | 1151 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.


Rhino horn trade central to draft government policy

2015-07-21 09:53 4 comments | 629 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.

We’re re-engineering the entire biosphere

2015-07-06 12:00 3 comments | 1415 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.


2015-06-22 12:00 1 comments | 2576 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.

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