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How Hilton will reach its 2030 social and environmental goals

On top of removing plastic straws from its 650 managed properties by the end of 2018, Hilton revealed it will double its social impact investments and cut its global environmental impact in half by 2030...

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How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change
How planting trees can protect cocoa plants against climate change

Worldwide, areas suitable for cocoa production are predicted to shrink by up to 20-30% over the next 30 years. This is because cocoa trees are already struggling to cope with drier, hotter conditions...

By Philippe Vaast 21 May 2018

BRICS ministers reaffirm commitment to Paris Agreement
BRICS ministers reaffirm commitment to Paris Agreement

Environment ministers from BRICS nations have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement in dealing with climate change...

21 May 2018

How a 'smart countryside' can use technology for greener ends
How a 'smart countryside' can use technology for greener ends

Smart cities are often discussed as being the key to future urban living. The increase in capacity for more complex information can help solve human and environmental problems by saving energy and regulating traffic flow...

By Nick Davies 17 May 2018

Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea
Is that selfie really worth it? Why face time with wild animals is a bad idea

The growing danger of animal selfies, and of feeding wild animals, is well documented, but interacting with wild animals isn't just dangerous for people. It can be bad news for the animals too...

By Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert 16 May 2018

The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it's bigger than we thought)
The carbon footprint of tourism revealed (it's bigger than we thought)

The carbon footprint of tourism is about four times larger than previously thought, according to a world-first study published in Nature Climate Change...

By Arunima Malik & Ya-Yen Sun 15 May 2018

Brian Tjugum, managing director, Weber Shandwick EMEA Social Impact practice.
#AfricaMonth: Purpose-driven communications in Africa

The need for accelerated social progress and purpose-driven communications is at an all-time high, especially in Africa...

By Louise Marsland 14 May 2018

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New practical guidelines to promote more transparent, pro-poor forest concessions

The voluntary guidelines offer suggestions on how to shift from short-term harvesting objectives, which can lead to forest degradation or even deforestation, to long-term forest management, building the case for truly sustainable forestry in the tropics...

14 May 2018

Dion Chang speaking at the 2018 Trialogue Business in Society Conference
Internal upskilling should be a key focus area of CSR - Dion Chang

Employers have an obligation to ensure their employees are skilled to adapt to the displacement being triggered by the fourth industrial revolution...

11 May 2018

Millions of urban Africans still don't have electricity: here's what can be done
Millions of urban Africans still don't have electricity: here's what can be done

At least 110 million of the 600 million people still living without access to electricity in Africa live in urban areas. Most are within a stone throw from existing power grid infrastructure...

By Rebekah Shirley 11 May 2018

Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies
Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies

What do we need to do to humanely sell meat to the world? Three experts: an agricultural specialist, a veterinarian and a religious scholar, answer...

By Andrew Butt, Andrew Fisher & Shakira Hussein 11 May 2018

Kevin Swanepoel, CEO of The One Club for Creativity.
#OneShow2018: Better representation across the board

As The One Club for Creativity's Creative Week 2018 gets underway, I sit down with CEO Kevin Swanepoel for a catch-up on their developments over the past year...

By Ann Nurock 8 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa
#AfricaMonth: The power of smart technology in Africa

People across Africa face considerable challenges - many of them existential. But, without the right devices, connectivity, and skills, those who badly need their problems solved often can't access available solutions...

By Greg Morris 8 May 2018

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Hidden danger: Why soil pollution should be a top priority globally

Little is know about the scale and severity of soil pollution, which poses a serious threat to agricultural productivity, food safety and human health...

3 May 2018

Africa Shared Value Summit.
Time for business to lead in Africa

The 2018 Africa Shared Value Summit takes place from 24-25 May 2018 at The Maslow conference centre in Sandton, Johannesburg...

3 May 2018

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GI labelling promotes inclusive food systems, sustainable development

"Geographical indications are an approach to food production and marketing systems that place social, cultural and environmental considerations at the heart of the value chain."

2 May 2018

Inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum to coincide with World Oceans Day
Inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum to coincide with World Oceans Day

More than 150 delegates and speakers are expected to attend the inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum...

30 Apr 2018

Building capacity of science journalism in Africa
Building capacity of science journalism in Africa

Funding available to science journalists in Africa to build capacity and produce science stories aimed at local or global markets...

30 Apr 2018

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Innovation, people key to creating a sustainable bioeconomy

A sustainable bioeconomy "is foremost about nature and the people who take care of and produce biomass." This means family farmers, forest people and fishers, who are also "holders of important knowledge on how to manage natural resources in a sustainable way."

25 Apr 2018

African youth participate at an international youth forum at the UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Africa Renewal/Shu Zhang
African youth demand a seat at the table

Elections on the continent are increasingly yielding younger leadership...

By Busani Bafana 24 Apr 2018

LIA and Gorilla Doctors announce new global competition
LIA and Gorilla Doctors announce new global competition

In partnership with Gorilla Doctors, LIA has initiated a global competition that is open to all creatives between the ages of 21 - 30 years...

23 Apr 2018

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Millions of urban Africans still don't have electricity: here's what can be done

Urban communities often face many challenges in obtaining electricity access...

By Rebekah Shirley 23 Apr 2018

Housing microfinance can be win-win for poor people and financial institutions
Housing microfinance can be win-win for poor people and financial institutions

Housing microfinance can and should become a mainstream offering for financial institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa...

13 Apr 2018

#WTMA18: 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced
#WTMA18: 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the 2018 African Responsible Tourism Awards have been announced, competing in five categories as well as for the much-coveted 'Overall Winner'. Who will take the top spots?

12 Apr 2018

Why Africans must be recognised as partners in fight against global poverty
Why Africans must be recognised as partners in fight against global poverty

On the eve of Sport Relief 2018, Liz Warner - the head of the TV fundraiser - announced a new approach to its on-location films. The decision followed accusations of "poverty tourism" and "poverty porn"...

By Robert Burroughs 12 Apr 2018

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The next great water crisis may be under our feet

Around 44% of irrigated food production worldwide uses groundwater as a water source. And as surface water becomes more scarce or polluted, agriculture will demand more and more groundwater...

By Karen G. Villholth 10 Apr 2018

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Eco-farming can solve hunger, climate crises, experts say

Asian farmers are growing rice and rearing fish in the same fields to increase their income and reduce weeds, while Ghanaians are using crop residues as compost to boost yields. Such eco-farming techniques could deliver nutritious, environmentally friendly food for a growing world...

9 Apr 2018

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#FairnessFirst: Grave press freedom violations in Africa

Freedom of speech, long seen as a mainstay of the Western world, isn't necessarily a given elsewhere, especially when you criticise government policy and work in the media...

By Leigh Andrews 9 Apr 2018

Why ozone poses a challenge to food security
Why ozone poses a challenge to food security

There's substantial evidence that ozone is one of the most phytotoxic (toxic to plants) air pollutants, causing significant damage to agricultural crops worldwide...

By Divya Pandey, Lisa Emberson & Sofie Mortensen 5 Apr 2018

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