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Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation - here's how to make it climate-friendly
Plastic warms the planet twice as much as aviation - here's how to make it climate-friendly

We're all too aware of the consequences of plastics in the oceans and on land. However, beyond the visible pollution of our once pristine habitats, plastics are having a grave impact on the climate too...

By Laurie Wright 16 May 2019

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How marketing with CSR at its heart can change the world

Fitting in perfectly with the rise of purpose-led marketing across the globe is Jeanne du Plessis, corporate affairs and citizenship leader at Procter and Gamble (P&G) South Africa. Du Plessis is a passionate believer that business can and should be a force for good in the world...

By Leigh Andrews 14 May 2019

How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patterns
How Kenya's pastoralists are coping with changes in weather patterns

Changes in weather patterns have made life a great deal more precarious for pastoral communities...

By Michael Okoti 2 May 2019

Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now
Fashion production is modern slavery: 5 things you can do to help now

Fashion shouldn't cost lives and it shouldn't cost us our planet. Yet this is what is happening today. Globalisation, fast fashion, economies of scale, social media and offshore production have created a perfect storm...

By Anika Kozlowski 26 Apr 2019

Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia ranked most transparent fashion brands
Adidas, Reebok and Patagonia ranked most transparent fashion brands

Sportswear giants Adidas and Reebok and outdoor clothing brand Patagonia are leading the way on transparency amongst the world's 200 largest fashion brands...

25 Apr 2019

Three ways cities can help feed the world, without costing the Earth
Three ways cities can help feed the world, without costing the Earth

Climate change is underway, and human activities such as urbanisation, industrialisation and food production are key contributors...

By Silvio Caputo 4 Apr 2019

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#CycloneIdai: Cholera prevention and other relief efforts underway

Around 900,000 doses of cholera vaccine have been unloaded in Mozambique to help stave off a possible epidemic, in the wake of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai.

3 Apr 2019

Second Regional Learning Forum on Climate Finance under way in Botswana
Second Regional Learning Forum on Climate Finance under way in Botswana

The second Regional Learning Forum on Climate Finance currently under way in Maun, Botswana is hosting sessions on accreditation, country programming, gender and Southern Africa's regional climate finance opportunities...

3 Apr 2019

Mark Eddo, Yonov Agah, Paul Holthus and David Luke at ABEF2018.
Tunis to host 2019 Africa Blue Economy Forum

Capital city of Tunisia, Tunis, will host the second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) set for 25-26 June this year...

1 Apr 2019

Cyclone Idai 'yet another alarm bell' signalling impacts of climate change - Guterres
Cyclone Idai 'yet another alarm bell' signalling impacts of climate change - Guterres

UN secretary-general António Guterres has warned that vulnerable countries like Mozambique would be hit the hardest by climate change unless urgent action is taken...

27 Mar 2019

Cyclone Idai: Rich countries are to blame for disasters like this - here's how they can make amends
Cyclone Idai: Rich countries are to blame for disasters like this - here's how they can make amends

The tropical cyclone rampaging south-eastern Africa has been described as one of the worst disasters ever to strike the southern hemisphere, with up to 2.6 million people potentially affected...

By Michael Mikulewicz and Tahseen Jafry 25 Mar 2019

Climate change: Africa confronts global warming
Climate change: Africa confronts global warming

Record global greenhouse gas emissions are putting the world on a path toward unacceptable warming, with serious implications for development prospects in Africa...

By Dan Shepard 22 Mar 2019

African Development Bank doubles its commitment to climate finance
African Development Bank doubles its commitment to climate finance

The African Development Bank will double its climate finance commitments for the period 2020-2025, the organisation's president Akinwumi Adesina revealed at the recent One Planet Summit in Nairobi, Kenya...

19 Mar 2019

Delivering on climate resilience in Africa
Delivering on climate resilience in Africa

Climate resilience must be at the heart of all investments across Africa. Knowledge is the critical ingredient to move the scale of climate resilience...

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Mar 2019

Migration and displacement: the human face of climate change
Migration and displacement: the human face of climate change

The World Economic Report on Global Risk by the World Bank lists elements of climate change and climate risk in its top 10 list of risks the world faces today...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Mar 2019

Time to reframe the discipline of finance to focus on sustainability
Time to reframe the discipline of finance to focus on sustainability

Millions of Africans still suffer from water shortages due to problems of uneven distribution and management of existing supplies...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Mar 2019

Private sector funding essential to combat climate change in Africa
Private sector funding essential to combat climate change in Africa

An excess of $100bn will be required to meet Africa's infrastructure needs over the next decade...

By Danette Breitenbach 13 Mar 2019

Nairobi ready to welcome One Planet Summit to Africa
Nairobi ready to welcome One Planet Summit to Africa

The third One Planet Summit will make its debut in Africa this week, hosted in Nairobi, Kenya on 14 March...

13 Mar 2019

Carbon farming: How agriculture can both feed people and fight climate change
Carbon farming: How agriculture can both feed people and fight climate change

In only a few decades, traditional dryland farming on drained peat soils will be increasingly difficult as the rich organic soils vanish and flood prevention becomes too costly...

27 Feb 2019

Will 2019 really be the year of the vegan?
Will 2019 really be the year of the vegan?

The Economist recently declared 2019 'The Year of the Vegan'. There can no longer be any doubt that veganism, and the embracing of a greater plant-based diet, is going mainstream...

By Tammy Fry 21 Feb 2019

Climate action helps companies build reputations and attract investors
Climate action helps companies build reputations and attract investors

This year, climate change topped off the agenda at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland...

By Rumina Dhalla 21 Feb 2019

Improving African research capacity a key ingredient for sustainable development
Improving African research capacity a key ingredient for sustainable development

Participants in the recent meeting of the Climate Research for Development (CR4D) Institutional Collaboration Platform (ICP) in Uganda adopted a five-year strategic plan that emphasises three climate research priority areas...

21 Feb 2019

New report: 4.5% of GDP the price tag for sustainable infrastructure in developing countries
New report: 4.5% of GDP the price tag for sustainable infrastructure in developing countries

According to a new World Bank report, investments of 4.5% of GDP will allow developing countries to achieve their infrastructure-related Sustainable Development Goals...

20 Feb 2019

New WWF report calls for radical overhaul of our food system
New WWF report calls for radical overhaul of our food system

A new WWF South Africa report, Agri-Food Systems: Facts and Futures, has called for a fundamental overhaul of our food system which, in its current form, it says, is a threat to the environment and human health...

19 Feb 2019

Green buildings must do more to fix our climate emergency
Green buildings must do more to fix our climate emergency

After more than three decades of talk about the potential of building green, we've still failed to change the way we design and construct buildings...

By Meg Holden and Rebecca Holt 6 Feb 2019

Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launched
Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launched

Speaking at the inauguration of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development in Rome this week, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva said a major focus on boosting the agricultural sectors and promoting rural development in Africa is needed...

29 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Single-use plastic, circular economy, ethical supply chains and climate action to drive retail in 2019
#BizTrends2019: Single-use plastic, circular economy, ethical supply chains and climate action to drive retail in 2019

More than ever before, in 2018 we saw sustainability playing a major role in shaping trends in the retail sector...

By Feroz Koor 25 Jan 2019

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Microbial aromas might save crops from drought

If you've ever walked in a forest following the first rainfall after a dry spell, you would recall a sweet, fresh and powerfully evocative smell. This earthy-smelling substance is geosmin, a chemical released into the air by a soil-dwelling bacteria called actinomycetes...

By Ruth Schmidt 4 Jan 2019

The European Union and the Republic of Mauritius step up their partnership in climate change. (Source: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles)
EU, Mauritius step up partnership on climate change

The Government of Mauritius and the European Union held a High Level Policy Dialogue on Climate Change following the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference...

4 Jan 2019

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