CSI Trends 2018

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Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically
Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically

Imagine a shopper, Sarah, who is concerned about child labour and knows about groups like the Fair Wear Foundation that certify which brands sell ethically produced clothing. Hours after learning that fashion giant H&M reportedly sells clothing made by children in risky workplaces in Burma, she goes shopping. Completely forgetting about what she just heard, she buys an H&M dress.

By Rebecca Walker Reczek, Daniel Zane and Julie Irwin 19 hours ago

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Global fusion project looks at recreating the sun's energy

More than one million (estimated) manpower hours by 400 scientists from across the globe created the Wendelstein 7-X, a machine that could be capable of replicating the reaction that powers the sun, but using plasma.

19 hours ago

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Australia offers cash for Great Barrier Reef rescue ideas

Australia is calling on the world's top scientific minds to help save the Great Barrier Reef, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund research into protecting the world's largest living structure...

22 hours ago

How blockchain can democratise green power
How blockchain can democratise green power

Imagine buying a solar panel from a hardware store, mounting it on your roof, then selling the green electricity you produce at a price you set...

By Srinivasan Keshav 1 day ago

Water crises solutions stuck in muddy policy
Water crises solutions stuck in muddy policy

It is self-evident that without sufficient water, SA cannot thrive; perhaps it is too profound a necessity to express in ordinary words...

By Neels Blom 1 day ago

#BizTrends2018: Recycling and other green trends
#BizTrends2018: Recycling and other green trends

Being green is certainly seen to be trendy, but while many are claiming to be, are they actually green?

By Shabeer Jhetam 1 day ago

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#Fairnessfirst: Amplifying the female voice

The first work week of 2018 for many was also one where we heard the global female voice loud and clear on social media, with 'celebration emojis' for everything from Iceland's equal pay law to #HereWeAre, #TimesUp and #Oprah2020...

By Leigh Andrews 1 day ago

The invisible infrastructure of giving - and why it matters
The invisible infrastructure of giving - and why it matters

Charitable giving may seem like a fairly straightforward exchange: from donor to charity. But it is actually made up of many layers and multiple dynamics...

By Michele Fugiel Gartner 12 Jan 2018

Rio brings in state law cracking down on sexist ads
Rio brings in state law cracking down on sexist ads

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state on Wednesday brought in a law cracking down on ads deemed to be sexist, threatening violators with hefty fines...

12 Jan 2018

SustainPower delivers locally manufactured biogas power generator to ibert
SustainPower delivers locally manufactured biogas power generator to ibert

SustainPower, together with Unique Hydra, recently delivered a locally manufactured biogas electrical power generator to ibert, a Southern Africa biogas company...

12 Jan 2018

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Heading back to the office? Bring these plants with you to fight formaldehyde (and other nasties)

Humans have built high-rises since ancient Roman times, but it wasn't until the 20th century that they became the default work space for a significant slice of the world's workers...

By Danica-Lea Larcombe 11 Jan 2018

#CapeDrought: Aquifers to deliver more water as Day Zero beckons
#CapeDrought: Aquifers to deliver more water as Day Zero beckons

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says a recent groundwater survey has revealed that aquifers around the city will deliver more water than expected...

11 Jan 2018

Scientists: Warming oceans could scupper marine food system
Scientists: Warming oceans could scupper marine food system

Failure to rein in global temperature rises could cause the marine food web to collapse, devastating the livelihoods of tens of millions of people who rely on fisheries for food and income, scientists have warned...

By Thin Lei Win 11 Jan 2018

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Global warming will expose millions more to floods

Global warming is expected to unleash more rain, exposing millions more people to river flooding, particularly in the United States and parts of Asia, Africa and central Europe...

11 Jan 2018

Stanford team lauds Woolworths Farming for the Future programme
Stanford team lauds Woolworths Farming for the Future programme

Woolworths' Farming for the Future programme is succeeding in encouraging farmers to use more environmentally friendly management practices than their counterparts that do not supply the grocery chain...

By Dave Chambers 11 Jan 2018

Ore dump pollution whips up new storm
Ore dump pollution whips up new storm

Port Elizabeth Harbour tenants are fighting mad about a new wave of air pollution from Transnet's two manganese ore facilities which is damaging property and business opportunities. It is also a health threat...

By Guy Rogers 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: How 'community projects' can help with unemployment in 2018
#BizTrends2018: How 'community projects' can help with unemployment in 2018

South Africa's employment rate is currently sitting at 27%, which is at its highest level since September 2003...

By Professor Elain Vlok 11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point
#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point

At SAWEA's annual wind industry conference held in mid-November 2017, the outcome of a major national research study was launched...

By Brenda Martin 10 Jan 2018

Combating Africa's inequalities
Combating Africa's inequalities

In this special coverage of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the focus is on SDG 10, which is "Reduced inequality within and among countries". The aim of SDG 10 is for countries to adopt policies that promote the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental...

By Ernest Harsch 10 Jan 2018

Training workers to properly install solar panels at health clinics in Rwanda provides clean energy and creates green jobs. Photo: Walt Ratterman, Sunepi
#BizTrends2018: Africa's solar era is dawning

If there's one thing Africa isn't short of it is sunshine. So, it's hardly surprising that solar is making a major impact on increasing the number of people on the continent who have access to power...

10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Innovation critical to the future of waste management in South Africa
#BizTrends2018: Innovation critical to the future of waste management in South Africa

South Africa is nowhere near the waste crisis that we are seeing in other developing/emerging economies, however, we are most definitely generating a massive amount of waste...

By Jason McNeil 10 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Sustainability reporting and performance - observations and trends
#BizTrends2018: Sustainability reporting and performance - observations and trends

Large companies continue to face an increasing number of sustainability reporting requirements, both internally and externally, every year...

By Simon Clarke 10 Jan 2018

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Tourvest Green Seat programme a boost for conservation programmes

Tourvest Destination Management, Africa's largest inbound tour operator and a member of integrated tourism group Tourvest,

9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Green building on the rise in South Africa
#BizTrends2018: Green building on the rise in South Africa

The impact of buildings and construction on the environment is astounding...

By Dorah Modise 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Upwardly mobile people want to live and work in eco-mobile cities
#BizTrends2018: Upwardly mobile people want to live and work in eco-mobile cities

"A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transport." These are the paraphrased words uttered by Enrique Penalosa, the former Mayor of Bogot√°, Colombia...

By Elaine Jack 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Bridging the disconnect between NGOs and the business sector
#BizTrends2018: Bridging the disconnect between NGOs and the business sector

NGOs have failed to adapt to new circumstances of the 21st century...

By Hannl Cronje 8 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: Green buildings, fit for a sustainable purpose

According to the latest United Nations Economic Commission for Africa report, Africa is the fastest urbanising region after Asia. The report also highlights that despite the current slowdown in many African economies...

By Alison Groves 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Recycling of wastewater is the key to water security
#BizTrends2018: Recycling of wastewater is the key to water security

Could it be that recycling the water we have is the key to water availability relief...

By Theunis Coetzer 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Why the internet and non-profits need to become friends
#BizTrends2018: Why the internet and non-profits need to become friends

From crowdfunding and instant mobile payments for emergency relief to virtual volunteering...

By Andy Hadfield 8 Jan 2018

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