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Op-Ed: Renewable energy claims and counterclaims

Op-Ed: Renewable energy claims and counterclaims By  Shumi Mudavanhu & Jeff Rudin Until fairly recently, renewable energy was widely seen as being the welcome future that couldn’t come soon enough. This changed most dramatically, in March 2017, when a coal


AMCU Statement on renewable energy and jobs

AMCU Statement on renewable energy and jobs Joseph Mathunjwa | 23 March 2018 | Most AMCU members work in the fossil fuel sectors, namely, mining and construction. They do this work not by choice but because capital, with the support


Million Climate jobs monthly meeting | 28 March

One Million Climate Jobs Campaign WEDNESDAY 28th MARCH 2018 at 9.30 to 12.30 Venue – 129 Rochester Rd, Observatory (AIDC) (MEETING WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9.30!) Agenda Apologies Introductions Business before Climate – the Government’s Carbon Tax – Louise Naude (WWF)


Cape Town’s drought: the lessons of the lessons unlearnt

Cape Town’s drought: the lessons of the lessons unlearnt Jeff Rudin | 27 February 2018 | Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC) We take a raincoat when the forecast is rain.  But, when the forecast is recurring floods, droughts, hurricanes,


The Guardian view on snow and ice: it’s too cold here but too warm in the Arctic

The Guardian view on snow and ice: it’s too cold here but too warm in the Arctic Editorial by The Guardian When does weather turn into climate? The cold snap in Britain and Europe may be a sign of really


Organizing on a Sinking Ship: The Future of the Climate Justice Movement

Organizing on a Sinking Ship: The Future of the Climate Justice Movement By Kevin Buckland Climate change rarely comes up at the top of the list when people are asked about issues that concern them most. While this is not


FOR A CLIMATE DAMAGES TAX

FOR A CLIMATE DAMAGES TAX Make fossil fuel giants pay for climate change destruction! At the international climate talks in Bonn, over 50 civil society organisations and individuals called for the implementation of a Climate Damages Tax, a tax on


Million Climate Jobs monthly meeting – Agenda

One Million Climate Jobs Campaign THURSDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2018 9.30 to 12.30 AIDC 129 Rochester Rd, Observatory                      (MEETING WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9.30!) Agenda Apologies Introductions The Threat posed by Coal – Nicole Löser, (CER) The Drought Waterless lavatories


State of the climate: how the world warmed in 2017

State of the climate: how the world warmed in 2017 by Zeke Hausfather A number of records for the Earth’s climate were set in 2017: It was the warmest year on record for ocean heat content, which increased markedly between


New study reaches a stunning conclusion about the cost of solar and wind energy

New study reaches a stunning conclusion about the cost of solar and wind energy By Joe Romm Building new renewables is now cheaper than just running old coal and nuclear plants. In one of the fastest and most astonishing turnarounds


Cape Town’s #WaterCrisis: What does the future hold? Climate Jobs Monthly Meeting Report [16/11/2017]

The latest Climate Jobs Monthly meeting was held on the 16 Nov 2017. This meeting was held in the context of the Western Cape’s severe water crisis and therefore an agenda was set with a special focus on water. After two


Million Climate Jobs monthly meeting – Agenda

One Million Climate Jobs Campaign THURSDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2017 9.30 to 12.30 AIDC 129 Rochester Rd, Observatory (MEETING WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9.30!) AGENDA Apologies Introductions THREAT TO THE POOR: Water’s National Norms and Standards – Marthán Theart (CER) CAPE TOWN’S


A just transition from climate change and unemployment – a trade union perspective

A just transition from climate change and unemployment – a trade union perspective By Joseph Mathunjwa  | 7 November 2017 The Alternative Information & Development Centre’s (AIDC) latest research – One Million Climate Jobs – Moving South Africa forward on


Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016

Record surge in atmospheric CO2 seen in 2016 By Matt McGrath Emissions from human activities have leveled off but concentrations in the atmosphere continue to grow Concentrations of CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere surged to a record high in 2016,


New Climate Jobs Booklet (2017)

It is important for South Africa to transition away from the Mineral Energy Complex to a low carbon economy which meets the basic needs of communities are met in an equitable, sustainable and affordable way. Since 2011, a number of developments


Political obstacles to a mass renewable energy programme

Political obstacles to a mass renewable energy Programme At the latest One Million Climate Jobs monthly meeting, Mark Swilling’s spoke on the political obstacles to a mass renewable energy programme at the AIDC on the 12 October 2017. Here are


Cost of health and water impacts of coal still missing from energy plans

Cost of health and water impacts of coal still missing from energy plans by Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) | May 2017 The Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle campaign,[1] together with Greenpeace Africa, welcome the rigorous research undertaken by the energy unit of the Council


Fighting for Climate Justice

Fighting for Climate Justice by Phil Hearse Lies, damn lies and statistics, right? Well not always – sometimes statistics dramatise social reality in a graphic way. A year before the devastating floods in India, Bangladesh and Texas, a little-noticed UN report


South Africa’s coal sector: energy security, ownership, and climate change

South Africa’s coal sector: energy security, ownership, and climate change By: Jesse Burton | Amandla Magazine Issue 49/50 | December 2016 South Africa’s coal sector depends on demand from Eskom, the largest user of coal in the country. For Eskom, cheap


Why stopping Eskom’s closures can be good for both unions and the environment  

Why stopping Eskom’s closures can be good for both unions and the environment Sean Sweeney | Amandla Magazine Issue 52 | May 2017  So the story goes like this: Eskom announces the early closure of five coal-fired electricity plants, beginning


Watch: Animated Short Film about Climate Change

“Climate change, climate change, climate change – Everyone is talking about climate change”.  It´s a big and complicated issue.  Nevertheless everyone should understand, what climate change is about. This animated cartoon gives a short and clear explanation. The film also


Million Climate Jobs Meeting 4th August – Report

Million Climate Jobs Monthly Meetings have been taking place at AIDC´s premises since 2012. Approximately 15 participants attended the meeting on 4th August 2017. Unfortunately our main speaker, Frank Spencer, fell ill, therefore we screened a documentary instead. “Breakthrough in


Renewable energy is the answer

Renewable energy is the answer By Richard Worthington | Amandla 43 | December 2015 Renewable energy development is increasingly recognised (by mainstream institutions and people at large) as the most promising and urgent priority to solve three key energy questions:


Public transportation systems: Going beyond the budget constraints

S.A. Public Transportation Systems: Going beyond the budget constraints by Erwan Malary | 10 August 2017 More than 20 years after the end of the Apartheid regime, most of South African cities are still highly segregated; the Urban Areas Act

 

Climate Jobs Booklet (2011)

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