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  1. Energy Democracy: How can we regain control over our energy system? A question of ownership

    09 December 2015 - Event

    We often use the term "Commons" to explain, that we aim at transforming our societal organization. But which realistic concepts do we have at hand to regain the control over our energy system? We need to ask the question of ownership: Shall the energy system pass into public ownership? Shall we fight for it on all levels, at the municipal, regional and national level?

  2. Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the renewable energy definition

    30 November 2015
    Declaration

    We, the signatories of this declaration, are calling on the European Union (EU) to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy Directive (RED), and thereby stop direct and indirect subsidies for renewable energy from biofuels and wood-burning.

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    Activists oppose Guatemala dam being backed by Spanish company

    26 June 2015
    In the media

    Deutsche Welle - The arrival of transnational dam-builders in Guatemala is threatening cultural and natural riches. DW met with activists in Berlin, who are asking Europeans to reexamine exactly what such "green energy" entails.

  4. India must move to a new equitable green energy system

    Praful Bidwai
    18 May 2015
    Article

    The Indian government's demonisation of NGOs opposed to coal mining marks a backwards step in climate commitments. India is heading towards being the number two leading world emitter of carbon dioxide, missing out on a renewable energy (RE) revolution worldwide.

  5. Indian government sanctions Greenpeace to send a menacing message

    Praful Bidwai
    28 April 2015
    Article

    Prime Minister Modi's government has frozen the bank accounts of Greenpeace India, part of a wider campaign against 'anti-national' movements that challenge India's development policies based on the aggressive exploitation of coal, minerals, big hydro and nuclear power.

  6. Venezuela: terminal crisis of the rentier petro-state?

    • Edgardo Lander, Translator; Sara Shields
    02 October 2014
    Paper

    Venezuela's failure to develop an effective strategy to reduce its economy's dependence on gas and oil threatens the social successes and future viability of the Bolivarian project.

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    Climate change, energy security and arms trade

    25 April 2013
    In the media

    While it is increasingly clear that climate change is an irreversible processes that will hit people and the environment hard, the defence industry sees new profit opportunities.

     
  8. SA mining laws cause for concern

    Tony Carnie
    03 October 2012
    In the media

    Speaking at a recent conference in Iceland, David Fig of UCT questioned why SA remained trapped in an undemocratic industrial paradigm which gave primacy to its minerals and energy sector.

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    Vagaries of the uranium market

    • David Fig
    17 July 2012
    Paper

    The global boom in uranium production, with its associated environmental and social costs, has stalled in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

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    Fracking and the Democratic Deficit in South Africa

    • David Fig
    11 July 2012
    Paper

    When citizens are left out of debates confined to government and the business community, the only means of influencing policy is to petition, protest, or litigate, usually after the horse has bolted. Will fracking be the latest technology introduced without any public debate?

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    Renewables option

    Praful Bidwai
    06 March 2012
    Article

    Instead of imposing nuclear power upon unwilling people, India should join the renewables revolution for handsome gains. 

  12. Radiation Crisis continues in Fukushima

    Praful Bidwai
    14 February 2012
    Article

    The multi-reactor meltdown accident in Japan beginning last March 2011 has not ended. Plants continue to leak radiation and shockingly no sytematic monitoring of radiation levels is taking place.


  13. Nukes and India

    Praful Bidwai
    15 June 2011
    Article

    Have our rulers decided to place India on the wrong side of history and arrest her social progress? Going by their policy of forcibly promoting nuclear power regardless of its hazards, environmental damage potential, high economic and social costs, and unpopularity, that seems to be the case.

  14. The Emerging Geo-Strategic Landscape in Central Asia

    Ross Eventon
    15 June 2011
    Article

    Recent developments in Afghanistan suggest the New Great Game is intensifying in Central Asia.

  15. A test for India’s foreign policy

    Praful Bidwai
    02 June 2011
    Article

    While countries all over the world review their nuclear energy plans and safety measures in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the Indian government still pushes ahead with it's fiercely opposed Jaitapur plant.

  16. Jaitapur draws blood

    Praful Bidwai
    28 April 2011
    Article

    Indian protest against nuclear power plans are answered with violent oppression. The brute force used to counter the public protests only worsens the situation and already has claimed one life.

  17. From Chernobyl to Fukushima: the hazardous journey of nuclear power

    Praful Bidwai
    22 April 2011
    Article

    Three partial core meltdowns and other crises have precipitated a nuclear nightmare. This is a wake-up call for the world.

  18. South Asia's misplaced confidence in nuclear technology

    Zia Mian, A.H. Nayyar, M.V. Ramana
    14 April 2011
    Article

    There are 20 nuclear power plants in India, two in Pakistan and plans exist to expand the industry across South Asia; yet there are always multiple risks that exist as a result of the technology that cannot be mitigated.

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