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Greenpeace Africa on floods across the continent: “Without Climate Action we’ll be queuing for Noah’s Ark”

With floods hitting at least 16 African countries, Greenpeace Africa urges leaders to act for the people and against climate change

Rains have increasingly been torrential in the past months, striking large parts of East Africa and elsewhere, in unprecedented intensity in decades, causing at least dozens of deaths, displacement of more than one million people. Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org/africa/en/) calls on Africa’s leaders to provide immediate aid to those affected, but also…

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Trouble brewing off South Africa’s coast

This country is blessed with some of the best renewable energy resources in the world; it’s time to back renewable energy

In response to the announcement that French oil giant Total has just made a significant oil and gas discovery 175 km off the southern coast of South Africa, Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org) Africa’s Senior Climate and Energy Campaign Manager, Melita Steele, has said: “Greenpeace Africa strongly condemns Total’s reckless oil exploration off…

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Eskom cannot be given a new licence to kill

Between April 2016 and December 2017, Eskom’s seventeen coal-fired power stations reported nearly 3,200 exceedances of their daily Atmospheric Emissions Licenses limits for particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and oxides of nitrogen

Yesterday, Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org) submitted comments to Naledzi Environmental Consultants [1] opposing Eskom's application for postponements and suspensions [2] from complying with South Africa's Minimum Emission Standards (MES). The MES, which are relatively weak [3], are designed to improve air quality in the country, but this has been significantly compromised…

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Republic of Congo Greenwashing Efforts Exposed at Africa Oil Week

The Republic of Congo's Environment Minister was applauded only a week ago by the FAO and UN Environment at the launch of a new International Tropical Peatland Center in Jakarta

Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org) blew the whistle today on the Republic of Congo's most recent greenwashing campaign by exposing its plans to tender three oil blocks in the heart of newly-discovered peatlands that Environment Minister Arlette Soudan-Nonault has vowed to protect. Four peatland oil blocks are already under allocation, awaiting development. Tendering…

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New satellite data reveals the world’s largest air pollution hotspot is Mpumalanga - South Africa

Mpumalanga is home to a cluster of twelve coal fired power plants with a total capacity of over 32 gigawatts owned and operated by Eskom

A groundbreaking analysis of satellite data from 1 June to 31 August this year [1] reveals the world’s largest NO2 air pollution hotspots across six continents in the most detail to date. Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org) analysis of the data points to coal and transport as the two principle sources of air…

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    • (1) Photo credits to Mujahid Safodien: Greenpeace Africa activists in collaboration with the life after coal Campaign scale Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg in protest against the inclusion of new coal infrastructure in the country's draft electricity plan (IRP 2018)
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    • (3) Photo credits to Mujahid Safodien: Greenpeace Africa activists in collaboration with the life after coal Campaign scale Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg in protest against the inclusion of new coal infrastructure in the country's draft electricity plan (IRP 2018)
    • (4) Photo credits to Mujahid Safodien: Greenpeace Africa activists in collaboration with the life after coal Campaign scale Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg in protest against the inclusion of new coal infrastructure in the country's draft electricity plan (IRP 2018)
    • (5) Photo credits to Mujahid Safodien: Greenpeace Africa activists in collaboration with the life after coal Campaign scale Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg in protest against the inclusion of new coal infrastructure in the country's draft electricity plan (IRP 2018)
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Life after Coal and Greenpeace Africa slam Inclusion of New Coal in Electricity Plan

The Life After Coal Campaign and Greenpeace Africa argue that the inclusion of an additional 1000 MW of new coal-fired power puts the Department of Energy in conflict with the rights enshrined in the Constitution

The inclusion of new coal in the updated draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP) will cost South Africa close to R20 billion more than we need to spend, and will make electricity more expensive for all South Africans. If the Department of Energy were to publish the least-cost plan…

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Africans want the continent to #BreakFree from fossil fuels

The Break Free movement in Africa is co-ordinated by Greenpeace Africa, African Climate Reality Project (ACRP), 350.org and Earthlife Africa Jhb

Today, Africa Day, citizens and communities in almost 20 countries across the African continent are gathering, taking to the streets and actively blocking the fossil fuel economy as part of a continent-wide day of action. By joining the Break Free movement, regular citizens and activists from communities across Africa will…

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South Africa: Department of Environmental affairs shut down by activists

The activists made a public demand that the Department of Environmental Affairs withdraws the environmental authorisation that has been issued for a proposed nuclear power station at Duynefontein

Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org/africa) and Earthlife Africa Jhb (http://Earthlife.org.za) activists have today confronted the Department of Environmental Affairs by blocking the main entrance to the Department ​with nuclear barrels. The activists made a public demand that the Department of Environmental Affairs withdraws the environmental authorisation that has been issued for a…

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Funeral Procession outside the Department of Energy to highlight the impacts of Fossil Fuels

Today, activists of the BREAKFREE coalition have taken part in a funeral procession outside the Department of Energy (DoE) in Pretoria to highlight the impacts that coal-fired power stations are having on South African communities. The solemn procession depicted tombstones to which activists were chained with the message “The IRP…

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Woolworths, Massmart, and Pick n Pay get tops on Renewable Energy, Shoprite scores last again: Greenpeace

The ‘Renewable Energy Champions’ campaign was first launched by Greenpeace in April this year with the report ‘Shopping Clean: Retailers and Renewable Energy’

In order to fully benefit from the potential of abundant renewable energy in South Africa, companies need to step out of their comfort zones and send clear signals to the markets by committing to an ambitious 100% renewable energy future. This is the resounding message in an updated report ‘Shopping…