Just 4000 tonnes of thorium could satisfy South Africa's electricity needs for 100 years, writes Peet du Plooy
Just before Christmas 2006, the Independent reported that "global warming had claimed its first victim": Lohachara island in India was swallowed by the rising sea. On February 2, the International Panel on Climate Change, a gathering of scientists from around the world, published its latest report on the overwhelming evidence for human-induced climate change and the dire prospects for life on Earth.
South Africa is energy inefficient because we don't value our carbon resource sufficiently. There are a number of perspectives that, together, make up the picture. One perspective deals with process efficiency -- a technological issue -- another with the structure of the economy -- how much of our economy is fundamentally energy-hungry.