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Is science losing its authority? 

By: Saliem Fakir     16th June 2017 Scientists have, for a long time, been held in high esteem. Yet scientist struggle to effectively mediate evidenced-based outcomes in highly... 

New vision needed for conservation

By: Saliem Fakir     26th May 2017 A friend of mine, Mark Halle, argues that the world of conservation is going nowhere and that a new vision is needed to take it out of its... 

Political entrepreneurship in the energy sector

By: Saliem Fakir     5th May 2017 The expediency for rent-seeking that comes with large capital infrastructure projects is always lurking behind the scenes. The extent to which long... 

More From Saliem Fakir - Low Carbon Future

What can we tell of Eskom’s future from the Denton report?

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd March 2017 The debate on the independent power producer (IPP) programme can serve as a useful distraction, and power utility Eskom is exploiting it to the... 

Going beyond the Limits to Growth debate

By: Saliem Fakir     10th February 2017 The Limits to Growth (LTG) thesis was developed in the 1970s by a group of experts collectively called the Club of Rome. They used a computer (at... 

Why the future need not be so bleak

By: Saliem Fakir     27th January 2017 Sometimes environmental dystopia can obscure progress. As the global climate negotiation process moves along, it is interesting to see how the... 

Climate change in the Donald Trump era

By: Saliem Fakir     9th December 2016 Donald Trump's Presidency will, no doubt, have a significant impact on the progress on collective action on the climate change front. The US... 

Decolonisation of science – what is it?

By: Saliem Fakir     11th November 2016 A group of University of Cape Town students organised a panel discussion on the decolonisation of science, which is also another way of saying that... 

Why technological transitions happen

By: Saliem Fakir     14th October 2016 Sustainability theorists have generally provided broad and abstract descriptors of technoeconomic transitions, as they are focused on drivers that... 

The future is bright for renewables

By: Saliem Fakir     2nd September 2016 It is hard for people to appreciate the history of renewables if they were not there from the beginning. Renewables started way before the large... 

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