SUSTAINABLE ENERGY NEWS on EMAIL (SENSE), Number 49: March 2008

Welcome! SENSE is a service of the Energy Policy Unit of the Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Project (SECCP) of Earthlife Africa Johannesburg (ELA Jhb). SENSE is a regular publication, edited by Tristen Taylor. We welcome any feedback and submissions. Also, let us know if you wish to get more information from ELA Jhb, or know someone else who should be receiving SENSE. Please note that the material in SENSE (in particular the Editorial) does not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of Earthlife Africa Jhb and/or the SECCP. Contacts: …

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Press Release: Nuclear Industry backs down

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg,¬† 20 February The powerful South African nuclear industry has backed down and withdrawn the complaint it laid with the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC) over the screening by Carte Blanche of Uranium Road, a documentary about the country‚Äôs nuclear industry. The hearing, planned for Wednesday the 20th February, was cancelled because a settlement was reached with M-Net. It is understood that the settlement involves Carte Blanche screening a follow-up programme on the nuclear industry. Earthlife Africa believes that the nuclear industry has in this way managed to make …

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“Shocking revelations” about radioactivity in Wonderfonteinspruit

Radioactive levels three times higher than the safe permissible level for human consumption have been found in vegetables grown in wetlands in the Wonderfonteinspruit area between Randfontein and Potchefstroom, Beeld newspaper reported on Saturday. The findings come from a report by the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) drawn up at the request of the National Nuclear Regulator some time back that has only now been released. Beeld also reported that large tracts of land in the area of the Wonderfonteinspruit were 150 times more radioactive than the permitted level. …

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10-point plan to solve the electricity crisis

Earthlife Africa is spearheading a civil society campaign to turn the current electricity crisis into an opportunity to shift to a more long-term sustainable approach. We have put together a 10-point plan that we think will put South Africa on the road to economic sustainability Our reliance on coal and nuclear power are in direct contradiction to our commitment to sustainable development. But we have an opportunity to do things differently. A focus on energy efficiency in the short term, with a longer-term emphasis on renewable energy for generation will …

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