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Earth's soil carbon reservoir poses massive risk to climate change mitigation

Fijian president Jioji Konousi Konrote warned of colossal negative impacts on the environment and human societies if the massive stores of carbon trapped in Earth's soils are released...

12 hours ago

Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour
Premier Hotels & Resorts to educate guests during Earth Hour

With 75% of hotels' environmental impact being directly related to excessive consumption, we have committed to transforming ourselves and, in turn, the environment, by adopting a more eco-friendly approach...

2 days ago

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ELA wins Thabametsi green lawsuit

ELA has won its lawsuit against the environmental authorisation of a new coal-fired power station, scoring a major victory for the climate change cause...

8 Mar 2017

Judgement reserved in Thabametsi climate case
Judgement reserved in Thabametsi climate case

Judgment in South Africa's first climate change case around the impact of proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station in Limpopo was reserved last week...

6 Mar 2017

Boris Dzhingarov
The importance of teaching about climate change

It is important for people to learn about clean energy, green practices, and reduced resource use for us to continue to enjoy these invaluable resources for generations...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 6 Mar 2017

Communicating climate change: focus on the framing, not just the facts
Communicating climate change: focus on the framing, not just the facts

Humans are currently in a war against global warming. Or is it a race against global warming? Or maybe it's just a problem we have to deal with?

By Rose Hendricks 6 Mar 2017

Court outcome will dictate SA's commitment to Paris Agreement
Court outcome will dictate SA's commitment to Paris Agreement

The practical consequences of the Paris Agreementmay soon be better understood as an application regarding climate change is being heard in the Pretoria High Court...

By Sandra Gore and Alecia Pienaar 2 Mar 2017

ELA goes to court over Thabametsi's environmental impact
ELA goes to court over Thabametsi's environmental impact

ELA argues that Thabametsi power station did not adequately assess the climate change impact of the facility...

1 Mar 2017

WWF urges Eskom to back renewables
WWF urges Eskom to back renewables

In a petition, WWF South Africa is calling on Eskom to expedite the use of renewable energy in the country...

1 Mar 2017

Flight to greener aviation fuel has hit turbulence – here's why
Flight to greener aviation fuel has hit turbulence – here's why

When it comes to reducing carbon emissions, one of the biggest hurdles is the world's addiction to flying...

By Simon Blakey 1 Mar 2017

FCFA report provides climate information for Africa
FCFA report provides climate information for Africa

Future Climate for Africa released a report late last year that provides scientific information about the continent's changing climate, equipping decision-makers to plan better...

27 Feb 2017

Climate change case in court

What has been described as South Africa's first climate change lawsuit is to be heard on Thursday, 2 March 2017, in the Pretoria High Court...

24 Feb 2017

Oxfam East Africa via
Indian Ocean Dipole: The obscure climate phenomenon driving drought

An obscure climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean is contributing to an East Africa drought that is threatening the lives of millions of people, as famine looms...

By Jared Ferrie 24 Feb 2017

Joanne van der Walt, Sage Foundation manager, Africa
Sage launches $1m fund to inspire African innovation

The Sage Foundation recently launched a $1m enterprise fund open to non-profits in Africa with enterprising ideas to help improve the lives of military veterans, young people or women and girls...

23 Feb 2017

Itec SA expands its Carbon Neutral programme
Itec SA expands its Carbon Neutral programme

Digital and communications solutions provider Itec SA recently announced the expansion of its Carbon Neutral programme...

22 Feb 2017

SA investors rising to green building challenge as globe heats up
SA investors rising to green building challenge as globe heats up

Progressively, more South African property investors are rising to the challenge of mitigating climate change...

22 Feb 2017

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Global future food security in jeopardy warns FAO report

Intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and climate change has put mankind's ability to feed itself in jeopardy a new report by FAO warns...

22 Feb 2017

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Indian Ocean states move to avert tuna stocks depletion

Tuna Fisheries are to feature prominently in future as the South West Indian Ocean Commission now moves to adopt a draft protocol on access to fishing grounds by foreign vessels...

By Sylivester Domasa 17 Feb 2017

Carbon tax is no silver bullet
Carbon tax is no silver bullet

Reducing greenhouse gases is a commitment under the Paris Agreement, but the proposed carbon tax will not yield the desired results on its own...

By Ettiene Retief 9 Feb 2017

French Polynesia signs agreement for Floating Island Project
French Polynesia signs agreement for Floating Island Project

The French Polynesian government, earlier this year, officially signed an agreement with The Seasteading Institute to cooperate on creating legal framework to allow for the development of The Floating Island Project...

8 Feb 2017

Windturbines and windfarms are one example of what green bonds can finance.
Responsible green finance: can investors make a real social impact?

At the beginning of 2017, France announced the launch of its green bonds scheme...

By Christophe Revelli 7 Feb 2017

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Guess how much water your daily food consumes

It takes between one and three tonnes of water to grow one kilogramme of cereal, a kilogramme of beef takes up to 15 tonnes of water to produce, and it is estimated that...

3 Feb 2017

Professor Mark New, pro-vice-chancellor and director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI), UCT. Image source:
#WSF2017: How Africa should tackle the climate change challenge

Speaking at the recently held World Sustainability Forum in Cape Town, Professor Mark New discussed the current outlook for global temperature rise, as well as the mitigation and adaptation challenges Africa faces...

By Sindy Peters 1 Feb 2017

Here's a better way to regulate carbon – and change the tired environment-versus-economy debate
Here's a better way to regulate carbon – and change the tired environment-versus-economy debate

Is it possible to reduce carbon emissions without hurting economic growth and destroying jobs?

By Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash 1 Feb 2017

Virunga Foundation, Aera Group launch carbon certification process in DRC
Virunga Foundation, Aera Group launch carbon certification process in DRC

Virunga National Park and finance group Aera have launched a VCS carbon certification process for Matebe hydropower plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo...

30 Jan 2017

Is a vegetarian diet really more environmentally friendly than eating meat?
Is a vegetarian diet really more environmentally friendly than eating meat?

Beef from Brazil, avocados from Mexico, lamb from New Zealand, wines from South Africa and green beans from Kenya – food shopping lists have a distinctly international flavour...

By Wayne Martindale 27 Jan 2017

Africa's mammals may not be able to keep up with the pace of climate change
Africa's mammals may not be able to keep up with the pace of climate change

Humans have decimated the world's mammals over the last several thousand years and continue to do so today...

By John Rowan 25 Jan 2017

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Agriculture and water scarcity - it's time to act

Farming accounts for around 70 percent of freshwater withdrawals in the world today and also contributes to water pollution due to pesticides and chemicals...

23 Jan 2017

Mid-size companies could pay more carbon tax than big polluters
Mid-size companies could pay more carbon tax than big polluters

According to the Southern Africa arm of the Environmental Resources Management group, some mid-size companies not generally viewed as big polluters could end up paying more carbon tax than mining, manufacturing and metals-processing players with larger CO2 footprints...

16 Jan 2017

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