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COP 21 and South Africa’s position

By: Saliem Fakir     9th October 2015 South Africa is fourteenth out of the 20 or so worst emitters of greenhouse gases. Today or historically, we account for between 1% and 2% of... 

The capable State and inclusive economic growth

By: Saliem Fakir     4th September 2015 The African National Congress's (ANC's)  National General Council (NGC) discussion document was released a few weeks ago and makes for an... 

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... 

More From Saliem Fakir - Low Carbon Future

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... 

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... 

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