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How palm oil became the world's most hated, most used fat source

Palm oil is everywhere today: in food, soap, lipstick, even newspaper ink. It's been called the world's most hated crop because of its association with deforestation...

By Jonathan E. Robins 2 days ago

In a fast-warming world, Tokyo is the barometer for future Olympics
In a fast-warming world, Tokyo is the barometer for future Olympics

The muggy heat swaddling Tokyo may be a forerunner of Olympic life to come, experts say, urging a rethink to make the world's oldest sporting spectacular fit for a fast-warming planet...

By Beh Lih Yi 2 days ago

Tommy Hilfiger collabs with Indya Moore on gender-fluid fashion
Tommy Hilfiger collabs with Indya Moore on gender-fluid fashion

Tommy Hilfiger is launching a gender-fluid summer pre-fall 2021 capsule collection co-designed by non-binary actor and activist, Indya Moore...

28 Jul 2021

Motswere building in Gaborone receives Botswana's first Green Star rating
Motswere building in Gaborone receives Botswana's first Green Star rating

The Motswere building in Botswana has been awarded a five-star Green Star Africa - Office Design v1.1 rating by the Green Building Council South Africa...

26 Jul 2021

COP26 on climate: Top priorities for Africa
COP26 on climate: Top priorities for Africa

Africa's situation deserves extraordinary attention: the continent contributes just 4% of global total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the lowest of any region...

By Tanguy Gahouma-Bekale 26 Jul 2021

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LG aims for 100% renewable energy use by 2050

LG Electronics has pledged to transition completely to renewable energy by 2050 as a key component of its sustainability strategy...

22 Jul 2021

Hajj pilgrims face growing heat stroke risks with global warming
Hajj pilgrims face growing heat stroke risks with global warming

As thousands of devout Muslims flock to Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage this week, scientists warn the sacred rite is under threat...

By Maya Gebeily 21 Jul 2021

Space tourism: Rockets emit 100 times more CO2 per passenger than flights - imagine a whole industry
Space tourism: Rockets emit 100 times more CO2 per passenger than flights - imagine a whole industry

The commercial race to get tourists to space is heating up between Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson and former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos...

By Eloise Marais 20 Jul 2021

August #WomensMonth made possible by the Intercare Group
August #WomensMonth made possible by the Intercare Group

Inviting your nominations of inspiring women to be featured in our exclusive August Women's Month interview series...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 20 Jul 2021

Electricity is vital for improving the quality of life of many in rural sub-Saharan Africa.
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Banning fossil fuels in sub-Saharan Africa could slow the transition to renewable energy

Worldwide, the ugly consequences of a warming planet are rearing their heads. Many countries are increasing efforts to decarbonise their energy systems in a bid to limit global warming...

By Samuel Ayokunle Olówósejéjé 16 Jul 2021

Gauteng Growth and Development Agency highlights role of AfCFTA in eliminating poverty
Gauteng Growth and Development Agency highlights role of AfCFTA in eliminating poverty

The AfCFTA will create one of the largest free trade areas in the world, connecting 55 countries in Africa with a combined GDP valued at $3.4tn...

13 Jul 2021

Top fashion brands remain reliant on synthetics, guilty of greenwashing - report
Top fashion brands remain reliant on synthetics, guilty of greenwashing - report

A new study calls out some of the world's biggest fashion brands for their continued reliance on synthetic fibres made from fossil fuels, and for deceiving consumers with false green claims...

12 Jul 2021

UN Security Council backs AU bid to broker Ethiopia dam deal
UN Security Council backs AU bid to broker Ethiopia dam deal

UN Security Council members on Thursday, 8 July, backed African Union mediation efforts between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan in a dispute over the operation of...

By Michelle Nichols 9 Jul 2021

UN warns excluding women from top jobs threatens Covid-19 recovery
UN warns excluding women from top jobs threatens Covid-19 recovery

Global efforts to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic are under threat because women are being excluded from critical decision-making roles, the United Nations said on Thursday, 8 July...

By Sharon Kimathi 8 Jul 2021

Despite pandemic, SA has rallied in charitable giving - global survey
Despite pandemic, SA has rallied in charitable giving - global survey

While South Africa rallied, moving from 45 to 21 out of 114 countries, five major western economies have fallen out of the list of the top 10 most generous...

7 Jul 2021

Fund nature protection now or face huge losses, says World Bank
Fund nature protection now or face huge losses, says World Bank

The global economy faces annual losses of $2.7tn by 2030 if ecological tipping points are reached and countries fail to invest more in protecting and restoring nature...

By Michael Taylor 2 Jul 2021

Gates Foundation makes $2.1bn commitment at Generation Equality Forum
Gates Foundation makes $2.1bn commitment at Generation Equality Forum

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced a $2.1bn commitment during the Generation Equality Forum to advance women's economic...

1 Jul 2021

Ecomimicry: the nature-inspired approach to design that could be the antidote to urban 'blandscapes'
Ecomimicry: the nature-inspired approach to design that could be the antidote to urban 'blandscapes'

With skyscrapers climbing ever higher and unoccupied city areas increasingly scarce, demands on urban space are increasing...

By Stuart Connop and Caroline Nash 30 Jun 2021

Climate change threatens age-old indigenous food systems
Climate change threatens age-old indigenous food systems

From the Arctic to the Amazon, the traditional food gathering techniques of indigenous communities are under threat from accelerating climate change and economic pressures...

By Fabio Teixeira 25 Jun 2021

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Lego reveals first prototype brick made from recycled plastic bottles

The prototype uses PET plastic from discarded bottles and is the first brick made from a recycled material to meet the company's quality and safety requirements...

24 Jun 2021

Billions in export revenue at risk if suppliers don't cut carbon emissions - study
Billions in export revenue at risk if suppliers don't cut carbon emissions - study

South African suppliers who fail to transition towards net-zero products and services alongside their multinational counterparts stand to lose billions of rands in export revenue...

24 Jun 2021

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To ban or not to ban plastic shopping bags? Implications and proposed solutions

Dubbed the 'white flower' in SA, the negative effects of single-use plastic shopping bags include reducing the aesthetic value of landscapes, clogging waterways, depleting petroleum reserves...

By Asphat Muposhi, Mercy Mpinganjira, Marius Wait 23 Jun 2021

How research, collaboration are contributing to food security in Africa
How research, collaboration are contributing to food security in Africa

Professor of Plant Breeding Maryke Labuschagne is working with a group of more than 20 African PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to improve the...

14 Jun 2021

Deforestation is driven by global markets
Deforestation is driven by global markets

The world is at a crossroads, as humanity tries to mitigate climate change and halt biodiversity loss, while still securing a supply of food for everyone...

By Ruben Valbuena and Thomas Lovejoy 11 Jun 2021

New Barbie collection made using recycled ocean-bound plastic
New Barbie collection made using recycled ocean-bound plastic

The launch forms part of Mattel's goal to achieve 100% recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic materials across all its products and packaging by 2030...

11 Jun 2021

Luxury fashion label Chanel invests $25m in new climate adaptation fund
Luxury fashion label Chanel invests $25m in new climate adaptation fund

Chanel is backing a new climate adaptation fund that aims to raise $100m by 2025 to invest in projects to promote sustainable agriculture, protect forests and support small-scale farmers in developing countries...

By Michael Taylor 11 Jun 2021

Big irrigation projects in Africa have failed to deliver. What's needed next
Big irrigation projects in Africa have failed to deliver. What's needed next

In 1938, French colonial authorities in what is today Mali started on an ambitious infrastructure plan to transform the desert into an area of agricultural production...

By Tom Higginbottom, Roshan Adhikari and Timothy Foster 10 Jun 2021

The queer city: how to design more inclusive public space
The queer city: how to design more inclusive public space

Most people might not usually think of public space as being gendered, but this is how scholars of the built environment increasingly talk about it...

By Pippa Catterall and Ammar Azzouz 9 Jun 2021

Climate change: 6 priorities for pulling carbon out of the air
Climate change: 6 priorities for pulling carbon out of the air

To reach net zero emissions by 2050, global emissions must be cut faster and deeper than the world has yet managed...

By Cameron Hepburn and Steve Smith 3 Jun 2021

Cities urged to build upwards but ditch skyscraper obsession
Cities urged to build upwards but ditch skyscraper obsession

Taller buildings are key to enhancing quality of life as the world's urban population grows, but cities should not become obsessed with skyscrapers...

By Umberto Bacchi 3 Jun 2021




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