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Planning for future water security in a nexus paradigm
Planning for future water security in a nexus paradigm

From a water perspective, we live in a 'world of Cape Towns'...

By Dhesigen Naidoo 2 days ago

Was the water shortage caused by farmers, city dwellers or drought?
Was the water shortage caused by farmers, city dwellers or drought?

Much has been argued about the causes of the 2017 Cape Town water crisis...

By Piotr Wolski 3 days ago

Cryptocurrency to power solar projects
Cryptocurrency to power solar projects

With more than one-billion people still living without electricity, which severely inhibits economic development and basic human rights including health, education, safety and security...

3 days ago

Unaccounted water costs must be included in IRP
Unaccounted water costs must be included in IRP

A new report from the Life After Coal campaign calls for these costs to our water resources to be accounted for in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) - South Africa's plan for the future electricity system...

16 Jul 2018

CSIR contributes to landmark climate report
CSIR contributes to landmark climate report

With humans and plants heavily reliant on the depleting water sources, a team of international scientists has put its heads together...

16 Jul 2018

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What can other cities learn about water shortages from 'Day Zero'?

Cape Town was set to run dry on April 12, 2018, leaving its 3.7 million residents without tap water...

By Lucy Rodina and Kieran M. Findlater 13 Jul 2018

Zanzibar's renewable energy plan to address climate change
Zanzibar's renewable energy plan to address climate change

While concerns about climate change are being actively addressed through different ways including pushing for enforcement of conventions and international protocols...

By Issa Yussuf 6 Jul 2018

Agri tech a new normal for sustainable farming in the Western Cape
Agri tech a new normal for sustainable farming in the Western Cape

An 'agri renaissance' of higher yields, reduced costs and improved nutritional value of foods is possible for the Western Cape's R50bn agricultural economy if the farming sector, government and education institutions work together to harvest the benefits of the smart technologies emerging...

2 Jul 2018

Dana Omran named 100 Resilient Cities MD for Africa
Dana Omran named 100 Resilient Cities MD for Africa

Dana Omran has been appointed managing director for Africa at 100 Resilient Cities (100RC)...

28 Jun 2018

Nigeria, 29 others to be insured for drought, food, cyclone
Nigeria, 29 others to be insured for drought, food, cyclone

The insurance of the countries will, according to African Risk Capacity, translate to $1.bn in coverage for some 150 million people...

By Favour Nnabugwu 25 Jun 2018

#FairnessFirst: Why SDGs are at the (Lion)heart of #CannesLions2018
#FairnessFirst: Why SDGs are at the (Lion)heart of #CannesLions2018

A stand-out factor of Cannes Lions 2018 was the introduction of the SDG Lions to this year's Festival of Creativity. We can make the world a better place through creativity...

By Leigh Andrews 25 Jun 2018

Woolworths teams up with FoodForward SA to tackle food waste
Woolworths teams up with FoodForward SA to tackle food waste

Woolworths has partnered with national non-profit organisation (NPO), FoodForward SA to increase access to food across the country...

20 Jun 2018

EU Council emphasises FAO's role in sustainable food, agricultural practices
EU Council emphasises FAO's role in sustainable food, agricultural practices

"We welcome the Council of the European Union's reaffirmation of its strong support for FAO and are eager to further our work in the areas emphasised. Our food systems must be made sustainable or, eventually, they won't feed the world."

19 Jun 2018

Mossel Bay factory goes drought-friendly by extracting water from cow's milk
Mossel Bay factory goes drought-friendly by extracting water from cow's milk

Nestlé South Africa has transformed its Mossel Bay dairy factory into a "zero water" manufacturing site. The company has installed new water recovery, treatment and recycling technology at the factory...

18 Jun 2018

Baobab trees have more than 300 uses but they're dying in Africa
Baobab trees have more than 300 uses but they're dying in Africa

Baobab trees keep soil conditions humid, favour nutrient recycling and avoid soil erosion. They also act as an important source of food, water and shelter for a wide range of animals...

By Aida Cuní Sanchez 15 Jun 2018

What are the new amendments to Cape Town's Water By-law?
What are the new amendments to Cape Town's Water By-law?

The City of Cape Town has approved a number of amendments to the Water By-law, aimed mainly at improving clarity, as well as preparing the City for a more water-scarce future...

14 Jun 2018

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Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the world's poor at risk

Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops - particularly rice and wheat - respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesising more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains...

By Kristie Ebi 13 Jun 2018

President Museveni urges investors to plant solar pumps for agriculture
President Museveni urges investors to plant solar pumps for agriculture

Solar energy has been viewed as an integral energy resource by experts, sourcing its strength from the sun. It is an environmentally friendly means with great potential to steer the economic prowess of any country...

By John Green 12 Jun 2018

39 countries hit by severe food insecurity
39 countries hit by severe food insecurity

Underscoring how persistent conflicts and adverse climate shocks are taking a toll on food security, no country exited the list...

11 Jun 2018

Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws to protect environment
Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws to protect environment

"Retailers have been given to January 2019 to use their existing stock of plastic straws. We are going to start an intensive education programme as we also need to present importers with alternatives rather than just stating that we are imposing a ban."

11 Jun 2018

Why climate-smart agriculture is crucial to Africa
Why climate-smart agriculture is crucial to Africa

Agriculture is a risky business in Africa due to dangers such as uncertain weather and poor rural infrastructure, but a new detailed guide on the status of and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture (CSA) could offer farmers the much-needed break.

By Eldon Opiyo 11 Jun 2018

Khi Solar One near Upington. Photo: Wikicommons
How sub-Saharan Africa can harness its big electricity opportunities

Electricity lifts people out of poverty and improves their health and standards of living. Yet 1.3 billion of the world's people don't have access to it. And more than half of them are in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Mercè Labordena 11 Jun 2018

Turnaround plan for water and sanitation
Turnaround plan for water and sanitation

Minister Gugile Nkwinti, outlined his plans to instil a culture of achieving more with less in the department to better manage the manner in which money is being spent...

8 Jun 2018

New initiative will improve the sustainability of 9 South African fisheries
New initiative will improve the sustainability of 9 South African fisheries

A nominated advisory group has selected nine South African fisheries for pre-assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard as part of the Fish for Good project, an exciting new initiative by the MSC...

7 Jun 2018

Court gives community right to fish without permit
Court gives community right to fish without permit

Can a local community governed by a system of customary law fish in a marine protected area without a permit? In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has said it can...

By Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti 7 Jun 2018

Karel Cornelissen, CEO of Energy Partners
SA can ill-afford more delays in renewable projects

The cost of generation has been the central argument against why renewable energy can't be a major contributor to South Africa's power pool for a while now.,,

7 Jun 2018

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Efforts to stop IUU fishing gains momentum

A growing number of countries are signing up to a global agreement that helps stop illegal fishing...

6 Jun 2018

Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards ceremony 2017
2018 Zayed Sustainability Prize open for entries

The Zayed Sustainability Prize is now open for entries from across Africa...

6 Jun 2018

Unilever unveils R50m biomass boiler to cut emissions, waste
Unilever unveils R50m biomass boiler to cut emissions, waste

Unilever, has unveiled a R50-million biomass boiler at its Maydon Wharf Factory in Durban that will reduce CO2 emissions, waste-to-landfill, and ultimately the amount of electricity used in production...

6 Jun 2018

Zimbabwe youths champion organic fertiliser in new social venture
Zimbabwe youths champion organic fertiliser in new social venture

Agrimatters is betting that Greenfert, an organic fertiliser made from animal and plant residues, could hold the key to improving crop yields and reducing the incidence of nitrate poisoning among the children of smallholder farmers...

By Pius Sawa 5 Jun 2018

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