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Carbon tax – some pragmatism is needed

By: Saliem Fakir     7th August 2015 The furore over the carbon tax that is playing itself out in public and behind closed doors is leading to an impasse. From the submissions made to... 

International climate change bargaining disappointing

By: Saliem Fakir     17th July 2015 Scientific persuasion could not be more compelling than the growing evidence that climate change and variability pose the greatest threat to... 

Delinking from the minerals sector

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd July 2015 Minerals and energy resources will continue to play an important role in South Africa’s economy. It is what South Africa does that will determine... 

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We should stop building big power plants. Period!

By: Saliem Fakir     5th June 2015 The current crisis at at power utility Eskom is a result of policy decisions made during and after apartheid. Faulty energy paradigms, political... 

Engel’s Curve and the pollution question

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd April 2015 Pollution remains one of the challenging issues for many emerging economies. They want growth and development before worrying about dealing with... 

New approach to mining needed

By: Saliem Fakir     13th March 2015 There is a need for a more holistic view of mining than the current compliance mode of governance. By holistic, one means working on the full... 

US shale extraction and the mirage that was

20th February 2015 Unconventional reserves, unlike cheap conventional sources, remain vulnerable to market conditions, technology and geological characteristics.... 

Renewables-related job creation

By: Saliem Fakir     30th January 2015 Most jobs in renewables are created during installation. This is not different from constructing a soccer stadium or building the next Carlton... 

What to do about the South African economy

By: Saliem Fakir     23rd January 2015 Improving the performance of, and labour participation in, the primary sectors of the South African and the manufacturing sector should be... 

Denmark’s green technology export thrust

By: Saliem Fakir     7th November 2014 I was invited by the Danish Embassy in South Africa to undertake a study tour of the Nordic country with fellow South Africans. There were 12 of us... 

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