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2018 Resolution Social Venture Challenge winners announced

Fifteen teams have been selected as the winners of the 2018 Resolution Social Venture Challenge...

9 hours ago

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We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplastics

One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly - seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care products, or minutes as in plastic grocery bags - they stick around for hundreds of years...

By John Meeker 2 days ago

Can sound help save a dwindling elephant population? Scientists using AI think so
Can sound help save a dwindling elephant population? Scientists using AI think so

Deep in the rainforest in a northern corner of the Republic of Congo, some of the most sophisticated monitoring of animal sounds on Earth is taking place...

By Jennifer Langston 13 Aug 2018

A gigantic trek: what it takes to move 200 elephants 1,500km
A gigantic trek: what it takes to move 200 elephants 1,500km

The translocation of wild animals is becoming an increasingly important conservation strategy...

By Matt Hayward 7 Aug 2018

Paxful, Zam Zam Water make Bitcoin-funded charity in Africa a reality
Paxful, Zam Zam Water make Bitcoin-funded charity in Africa a reality

Global crypto-marketplace Paxful, together with its implementation partner NPO Zam Zam Water, has launched #BuiltWithBitcoin...

6 Aug 2018

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PAWO seeks recognition for African women leaders

President of PAWO Assetou Koite says Africa must recognise and honour the contribution of women to the decolonisation of the continent...

1 Aug 2018

Cecil the Lion shortly before he was killed.
Outrage over Cecil the lion slaying three years ago left little in its wake

It's just over three years since a lion was shot in Zimbabwe by Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota in the US, in a drama that became known as "Cecilgate"...

By Muchazondida Mkono 31 Jul 2018

Africa's Cities for our Future competition winner revealed
Africa's Cities for our Future competition winner revealed

Heat Island Limited is the African winner of the Cities for our Future competition...

25 Jul 2018

Planning for future water security in a nexus paradigm
Planning for future water security in a nexus paradigm

From a water perspective, we live in a 'world of Cape Towns'...

By Dhesigen Naidoo 20 Jul 2018

#Mandela100: Africa needs leaders who live and exude integrity
#Mandela100: Africa needs leaders who live and exude integrity

Africa's new generation of leaders could learn a thing or two about how to become great, but it takes much more to become an extraordinary leader like Nelson Mandela...

By Rudo Kwaramba-Kayombo 19 Jul 2018

#Mandela100: 'We have no choice but to move forward' - Obama
#Mandela100: 'We have no choice but to move forward' - Obama

"Let me tell you what I believe. I believe in Nelson Mandela's vision, I believe in a vision shared by Gandhi and King..."

18 Jul 2018

Enter the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Enter the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

South African engineers and those from other sub-Saharan countries are invited to enter the fifth edition...

16 Jul 2018

Africa needs to build its statistical capacity
Africa needs to build its statistical capacity

High quality data crucial for success of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa, says the Economic Commission for Africa...

13 Jul 2018

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How fab labs help meet digital challenges in Africa

Fab labs serve at the same time as production, creation and prototyping workshops, hands-on training spaces and facilitators of social ties...

By Stéphanie Leyronas, Gwenael Prié, and Isabelle Lio 9 Jul 2018

Dana Omran named 100 Resilient Cities MD for Africa
Dana Omran named 100 Resilient Cities MD for Africa

Dana Omran has been appointed managing director for Africa at 100 Resilient Cities (100RC)...

28 Jun 2018

New, in-depth African renewable energy report launched
New, in-depth African renewable energy report launched

Hogan Lovells has launched its new report, Africa and Renewables: Wholesale change or short term surge?...

25 Jun 2018

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How African-city residents are responding to climate change

It's difficult as an individual, a group or a nation to know how to act when faced with climate change problems...

By Alice McClure and Gina Ziervogel 25 Jun 2018

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Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the world's poor at risk

Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops - particularly rice and wheat - respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesising more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains...

By Kristie Ebi 13 Jun 2018

Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns
Agricultural policies need to address child labour concerns

Driven in part by an increase in conflicts and climate-induced disasters, the number of child labourers in agriculture worldwide has increased substantially from 98 million to 108 million since 2012 after more than a decade of continuous decline, according to the latest estimates...

13 Jun 2018

First waste management report for Africa released
First waste management report for Africa released

The United Nations Environment and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have released a report outlining the state of waste management in Africa...

12 Jun 2018

FAO utilises GCF Readiness Programme to help developing countries address climate change
FAO utilises GCF Readiness Programme to help developing countries address climate change

"We are working with countries to ready them to take climate action in the near future. This includes enabling the poorest families to produce food while adopting low-emission systems and building their climate resilience."

12 Jun 2018

African Development Bank launches Coding for Employment programme
African Development Bank launches Coding for Employment programme

The African Development Bank, together with partners, launched the Coding for Employment programme at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda...

12 Jun 2018

Why Africa stands to benefit if rise in global temperatures is kept to 1.5°C
Why Africa stands to benefit if rise in global temperatures is kept to 1.5°C

At the end of the century, if carbon emissions aren't reduced faster, the global temperature is likely to be...

By Shingirai Nangombe 12 Jun 2018

39 countries hit by severe food insecurity
39 countries hit by severe food insecurity

Underscoring how persistent conflicts and adverse climate shocks are taking a toll on food security, no country exited the list...

11 Jun 2018

Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws to protect environment
Seychelles bans single-use plastic straws to protect environment

"Retailers have been given to January 2019 to use their existing stock of plastic straws. We are going to start an intensive education programme as we also need to present importers with alternatives rather than just stating that we are imposing a ban."

11 Jun 2018

Khi Solar One near Upington. Photo: Wikicommons
How sub-Saharan Africa can harness its big electricity opportunities

Electricity lifts people out of poverty and improves their health and standards of living. Yet 1.3 billion of the world's people don't have access to it. And more than half of them are in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Mercè Labordena 11 Jun 2018

Dr Tony Ribbink, Sustainable Seas Trust CEO
Tackling the plastic waste problem in Africa

Africa has the dubious honour of being the second most polluted continent on the planet, and therefore must take both the responsibility and opportunity to pioneer world-leading waste management methods...

11 Jun 2018

Temitope Iluyemi, associate director, global government relations, Procter & Gamble.
Brands need to lead gender equality in Africa

Gender equality is a powerful driver for change and prosperity on the African continent, but brands need to take a leadership role...

By Temitope Iluyemi 7 Jun 2018

Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards ceremony 2017
2018 Zayed Sustainability Prize open for entries

The Zayed Sustainability Prize is now open for entries from across Africa...

6 Jun 2018

Africa CEO Forum.
Developing woman leaders in Africa

A board of influential African women business leaders has been appointed to strategically position and launch the first regional circles of influence to develop woman leaders in Africa...

5 Jun 2018

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