SurfaceTension was created in 2007 as a way for those with a love for writing and for the environment to do a variety of neat things: hone their writing skills, vent their frustration, engage in activism and build a wide-ranging general knowledge of the forces at work in the world today in terms of sustainability, ecology, climate change, green technologies such as alternative energy sources and clean cars. Does this sound like you? Please join me in my quest, either in writing for SurfaceTension or in spreading the word. Currently no-one knows about SurfaceTension, hence the non-existant readership and lack of comments, but there certainly is a demand for blogs like these. All that’s needed is to get the word out. If you look at the blogroll, you’ll find a variety of blogs that are similar in intented audience and content, but not quite the mix that SurfaceTension aims to bring forward.

The Name

The name not only describes a natural phenomenon, but also tries to capture the current changing sociopolitical landscape of the world: a greater awareness (a spreading tension, if you will) about the environment and the need to preserve it better than we currently do. There is indeed a mounting tension in the minds of Earth’s dominant species, living on its surface, about the planet’s fate.


My name is Conrad Hofmeyr and I’m from Cape Town.  I’m currently studying EECS. My interest in the topics discussed here inspired me to start this blog, but I almost found the highly satisfying advantages outlined in the first paragraph to be unexpected bonuses, making it increasingly worthwhile to pursue it as a part-time activity.

Did you know?

In 2010, there will be 4200km of new highways in and around Shanghai, China that didn't exist in 2000. Varese, a town in Northern Italy, runs on 100% renewable power. The town uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. The town has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year.


SurfaceTension is all about seperating the signal from the noise when it comes to renewable energy, climate change debate, protecting the environment, and embracing green, environmentally friendly technology and energy alternatives.
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