About Kelvin Kemm

Dr Kelvin Kemm is a nuclear physicist and CEO of Nuclear Africa (Pty) Ltd, a project management company based in Pretoria, South Africa. He is the recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievers Award of the National Science and Technology Forum of South Africa. He does international consultancy work in strategic development.

Commonsense wisdom from African farmers

If you want to learn what farmers think (and need), talk to African farmers – not to bureaucrats, environmental activists or politicos at the Rio+20 United Nations summit in Rio de Janeiro. You’ll get very different, far more honest and thoughtful perspectives.

By |2012-11-13T16:03:13-05:00June 13th, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Commonsense wisdom from African farmers

Commonsense wisdom from African farmers

If you want to learn what farmers think (and need), talk to African farmers – not to bureaucrats, environmental activists or politicos at the Rio+20 United Nations summit in Rio de Janeiro. You’ll get very different, far more honest and thoughtful perspectives. The recent (May 24) Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network conference in Pretoria, South Africa brought together delegates from agricultural communities in many African countries. FANRPAN’s primary objective is to improve food security in Africa, by ensuring that small-scale farmers can become more productive. Their obvious enthusiasm and commonsense views were heartening. FANRPAN chair Sindiso Ngwenya of [...]

By |2012-06-13T00:00:00-04:00June 13th, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Commonsense wisdom from African farmers

Dr. Kelvin Kemm on Kenyan TV

Dr. Kelvin Kemm, a South African nuclear physicist and CFACT advisor, explains on Kenyan TV that Africans need to greatly increase the availability of affordable electricity and do not need Europeans telling them "No."

By |2012-10-25T11:42:17-04:00January 20th, 2012|Videos|Comments Off on Dr. Kelvin Kemm on Kenyan TV

Speaking sense to power at the UN climate conference in Durban is reminiscent of Galileo

From my vantage point here in South Africa, I am aware of the momentum of the major build-up to the next big United Nations world environment conference, COP 17, which will be held in December, in Durban, the city where I went to school and university. I am honored to be part of CFACT's delegation to the Durban conference. We've certainly got our work cut out for us. We hear of ‘the road to Durban’ on international news broadcasts and, daily, people of all ranks are making comments on the issues to be addressed at COP 17. The conference organizers have [...]

By |2011-11-10T00:00:00-05:00November 10th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Speaking sense to power at the UN climate conference in Durban is reminiscent of Galileo

DDT is a potent weapon against malaria

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA—South Africa is currently a world leader in malaria control and has achieved great success, particularly since reintroducing the use of DDT a number of years ago.I have had an interest in malaria for many years and, a few years ago, I was invited to write a chapter in a book published in London on Third World health. My chapter was on malaria and the wonder chemical DDT. DDT is not at all harmful, as so many activists have claimed.Malaria is both preventable and curable. Had the world invested as much effort into wiping out malaria as has been [...]

By |2011-05-23T00:00:00-04:00May 23rd, 2011|CFACT Insights|1 Comment

The Japan nuclear emergency in context

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan delivered a devastating one-two punch to that island nation and to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. So what does much of the world do? You guessed it. They blamed the designers, builders and operators of the nuclear plant for not doing a good enough job.

By |2012-10-25T11:53:20-04:00March 24th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on The Japan nuclear emergency in context

Nuclear safety: Reactors that can’t meltdown

The recent tragic events in Japan have brought the issue of nuclear energy to the forefront of public discussion. While radical environmentalists have exploited the issue to advance anti-nuclear policies, others have tried to defend this important energy source on the grounds of its importance to our economy and standard of living. Missing in the discussion is the fact that important breakthroughs in nuclear engineering should now be given proper vetting – developments that could reduce or eliminate the threat of nuclear meltdown.In order to grasp the significance of these breakthroughs, a basic understanding of the development of nuclear power technology [...]

By |2012-09-19T23:59:04-04:00March 17th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Nuclear safety: Reactors that can’t meltdown

National Geographic’s sea level rise projections way off the mark

I started watching a National Geographic programme on TV about how the climate had changed over the past centuries. I have always had great respect for National Geographic because its material has always been well researched and presented. The programme showed how the sea level rose dramatically 125,000 years ago. Geological records showed underwater corals that were frozen in time in rock formations that are now some metres above sea level. Professional geologists explained how science was able to show all this to be true. Up to this point, the programme was good. Then, suddenly, the programme switched to projecting sea [...]

By |2011-01-24T08:20:32-05:00January 24th, 2011|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on National Geographic’s sea level rise projections way off the mark
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