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SUNfarming technology spells good news for food security
SUNfarming technology spells good news for food security

The project began production in June 2016, producing tomatoes, spinach, cauliflower and other herbs. No soil is required to grow vegetables in the project's tunnels and water productivity is increased through drip irrigation...

17 hours ago

Full story: Nuke deal court ruling
Full story: Nuke deal court ruling

Earthlife Africa and the Safcei have succeeded in blocking the unlawful and unconstitutional actions of the South African government in its nuclear deal...

18 hours ago

Climate change projects aren't working because communities are left out
Climate change projects aren't working because communities are left out

Nigeria recently began a fresh effort to ascertain its climate change obligations under the Paris Agreement...

By Olushola Fadairo 19 hours ago

Images from Open Design CT’s World Design Day 2017 event.
How to make every day World Design Day in SA

World Design Day is all about exploring and enhancing natural creativity and planting small seeds on change in collectively designing a more human-friendly and inclusive society for all.

By Leigh Andrews 1 day ago

All images © – Anne Barbotteau from Zip Zap Circus.
Celebrating 25 years of Zip Zap's social circus magic

Zip! Zap! Circus! The non-profit Zip Zap Circus is currently celebrating its 25th year with a series of special monthly shows to showcase their talented students. Here's what you can expect...

By Leigh Andrews 2 days ago

Six ways the meat on your plate is killing the planet
Six ways the meat on your plate is killing the planet

Reducing consumption of animal products is essential if we are to meet global greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets...

By Francis Vergunst and Julian Savulescu 2 days ago

Breaking news: Court declares nuclear agreements unconstitutional
Breaking news: Court declares nuclear agreements unconstitutional

In a game-changing ruling, the Cape High Court has declared the nuclear build agreement between South Africa and Russia unlawful and unconstitutional...

2 days ago

Cape Town places second in 2017 Ideas World Cup
Cape Town places second in 2017 Ideas World Cup

The Colombian city of Bucaramnga won the 2017 Ideas World Cup with a whopping 13,539 ideas generated...

2 days ago

Going beyond painting classrooms vital for effective employee volunteering
Going beyond painting classrooms vital for effective employee volunteering

Beyond Painting Classrooms is an alliance between FirstRand and Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa (CAFSA) that aims to increase awareness of the social and business benefits of corporate employee volunteering...

2 days ago

The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good?
The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good?

Non-governmental organisations have become key actors in responding to poverty and related suffering...

By Sally Matthews 2 days ago

South African Green Schools Programme launches
South African Green Schools Programme launches

The inaugural South African Green Schools Programme has been in Polokwane as a pilot project...

2 days ago

From left: Annelize Crosby (Policy Advisor on land reform, Agri SA), Anwhar Madhanpall (General Manager, South African Sugar Association), Hezekiel Nkosi (Chairman, Moletele Communal Property Association), Mazwi Mkhulisi (Programmes Manager, Vumelana Advisory Fund) and Nomfundo Ntloko-Gobodo (Chief Land Claims Commissioner, Commission on Restitution of Land Rights)
Achieving sustainable land reform through partnerships

In order to drive conversations on land reform in South Africa, Vumelana recently hosted the second of a series of roundtable discussions which focused on partnerships for land reform as well as the role of the private sector...

2 days ago

The MEC for the Gauteng education department, Panyaza Lesufi, introduces the new brand ambassadors for this year's Schools’ SleepOut.
Creating conscious capital with CEO SleepOut 2017

This year, the CEO SleepOut will be the SheEO SleepOut, with only women leaders spending the night on the lawns of the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the venue for this year's event which will take place 22 June.

By Danette Breitenbach 2 days ago

Ntabeni Primary School
Nal'ibali's Story Powered Schools addressed literacy rights of rural children

The Nal'ibali's Story Powered Schools team celebrated World Book Day by addressing the literacy rights of rural children...

2 days ago

Aliko Dangote and Bill Gates. Source:
Gates and Dangote talk health in Africa

Two of the world's richest men, Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote, have spread their philanthropic wings to drive basic healthcare and disease prevention in Africa...

2 days ago

MimiBizBox founder seeks to raise awareness this Freedom Day
MimiBizBox founder seeks to raise awareness this Freedom Day

This Freedom Day, Mimi Women CEO and founder Ramona Kasavan will be reaching out to disadvantaged women in rural areas to raise awareness on MimiBizBox...

3 days ago

Johannesburg and Accra, inching their way up the urban food chain
Johannesburg and Accra, inching their way up the urban food chain

Like it or not, we measure the success (or failure) of cities according to broad principles of urban culture inherited largely from the west...

By Lesley Lokko 3 days ago

Source: The Centre for Environmental Rights
The CER wants Anglo/Seriti deal environmental documents made public

When Anglo announced its restructuring plans in February 2016, the CER ddressed an open letter, calling on it to make key environmental documents available...

3 days ago

Abraham Cambridge, founder of The Sun Exchange
Powering Africa through blockchain crowdfunding

Africa is on the cusp of an energy revolution. We are seeing exceptional and pioneering solutions to how we generate, use, and pay for energy...

By Abraham Cambridge 3 days ago

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Technology and big data are helping Cameroonians protect their forests

A project conducted by the African Conservation Foundation and the Environment and Rural Development Foundation shows that emerging technologies and big data can take conservation to a new level...

By Arend de Haas 24 Apr 2017

Africa Rice Center via  - Irrigation infrastructure to the Tutu inland valley for rice prodution
New FAO satellite tool helps African farmers optimise water productivity

With FAO's new tool, the WaPOR open-access database going live, measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech...

24 Apr 2017

Worthless mining waste could suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions
Worthless mining waste could suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions

The Paris Agreement commits nations to limiting global warming to less than 2°C by the end of the century. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that, to meet such a massive challenge, societies will need to do more than simply reduce and limit carbon emissions...

By Simon Redfern 24 Apr 2017

Changing behaviour to make recycling a way of life
Changing behaviour to make recycling a way of life

Our vulnerability to dwindling natural resources is hitting home...

By Hugh Tyrrell 24 Apr 2017

Environment not a priority for sub-Saharan African countries
Environment not a priority for sub-Saharan African countries

The latest results of the 2016 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) highlight that sub-Saharan African countries are the poorest performers...

24 Apr 2017

Concern rises over tougher waste control
Concern rises over tougher waste control

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa is pushing the paper and packaging, electrical and electronic equipment and lighting industries to submit waste management plans...

By Mark Allix 24 Apr 2017

Aleksey Boldin © –
Apple touts greater use of recycled metal in gadgets

Apple wants to "one day" end the need to mine materials from the earth to make its gadgets, the technology giant said in its annual environmental responsibility report out Thursday.

21 Apr 2017

Blood Lions - joint overall winner
Winners of African Responsible Tourism Awards 2017 announced

“Our winners have a vision that extends beyond the commercial - linking business success with the wellbeing of local communities and the longevity of their environments."

21 Apr 2017

Vergelegen celebrates research this Earth Day
Vergelegen celebrates research this Earth Day

On Saturday, 22 April, Earth Day, 317-year-old Vergelegen will celebrate over a decade of hosting field researchers undertaking ground-breaking work on the estate...

21 Apr 2017

Taylor Shutters & Blinds
Shutters can add to ‘green' building ratings

In an effort to meet sustainability norms, local legislation (Sans 10400 XA) stipulates that all newly erected buildings need to have solar water heaters, heat pumps or comparable technologies in place. ....

21 Apr 2017

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