Freedom of expression, of creativity and of association was not a given in pre-1994 South Africa. Redwood is a band made up of youths, mostly from rural Limpopo, expressing themselves in their music. We learn what it means to them to have such liberties in South Africa and how they want to make a living out of these “rights.”
Levels of unemployment are high the world over. South Africa is no exception, with the highest levels in rural areas such as Limpopo. Young people are the ones hit the hardest. Economists, social commentators and politicians alike have put faith in youth entrepreneurship as the answer.
Coal has been long considered unclean energy. However, some energy experts argue that it might be an alternative, at least in the short term, for Russian natural gas that Ukraine and Europe are so dependent on.
SAN DIEGO, U.S. —Aerial MOB is one of a growing number of aerial cinematography companies utilizing drones for filming in commercials, TV shows and feature films. It has done work for shoe companies, car companies, Ivy League universities and even MTV, but a major part of its current focus isn’t on the next high-profile client. It’s on the Federal Aviation Administration. The company, founded two years ago, is one of seven seeking an exemption to the FAA’s ban on commercial drone flights. In June, the FAA said it was considering the exemptions, which have support from the Motion Picture Association of America. In its letter to the FAA, the MPAA said drones are safer than helicopters for filmmaking and offer greater creative freedom.
Everywhere, pesticides are wiping out bees and other pollinators. They are also losing their habitats and food sources because of development. The U.K. government is formulating a strategy, but critics are concerned that funding for proposed research might come from pesticide producers. As the debate goes on, one thing is clear: We all need to get planting.
Although most of the world has left whaling behind, Norwegians cling to the tradition. A new documentary invites discussion about Norway’s whaling traditions, the use of whales as food and the subsidies the government uses to prop up a dying industry.
Europe’s shale gas reserves are almost as big as America’s, but many countries have either banned fracking completely or are experiencing difficulties due to citizens’ opposition and technical challenges. Despite the Ukrainian crisis and its dependence on Russian imports, Europe is still indecisive about pushing forward with shale gas fracking.
Whereas white-haired men are a common sight on TV screens, the same cannot be said for women who look over 50. A youth bias toward women is partially responsible for this, but that is not the whole story.