SCAPE helps Boston trade sea wall for parks to deal with climate change
SCAPE helps Boston trade sea wall for parks to deal with climate change

Instead of building sea walls, Boston is now opting for waterfront parks that welcome the tides in and pose less of a threat to local marine life...

19 hours ago

New WWF report calls for radical overhaul of our food system
New WWF report calls for radical overhaul of our food system

A new WWF South Africa report, Agri-Food Systems: Facts and Futures, has called for a fundamental overhaul of our food system which, in its current form, it says, is a threat to the environment and human health...

1 day ago

How to fight climate change in agriculture while protecting jobs
How to fight climate change in agriculture while protecting jobs

Agriculture has become a carbon-intensive endeavour. Crop, livestock and fossil fuel use in agriculture account for about 25 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions...

By Laxmi Pant 2 days ago

2019 UN Global Climate Action Awards now open for entries
2019 UN Global Climate Action Awards now open for entries

Open to organisations, cities, industries, universities, governments, and others taking bold leadership on climate change, the 2019 UN Global Climate Action Awards is now accepting entries...

12 Feb 2019

Green buildings must do more to fix our climate emergency
Green buildings must do more to fix our climate emergency

After more than three decades of talk about the potential of building green, we've still failed to change the way we design and construct buildings...

By Meg Holden and Rebecca Holt 6 Feb 2019

Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launched
Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development launched

Speaking at the inauguration of the Africa Centre for Climate and Sustainable Development in Rome this week, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva said a major focus on boosting the agricultural sectors and promoting rural development in Africa is needed...

29 Jan 2019

People living in run-down, inner city apartments, like these in Cairo, are at risk of heat-stress health problems. Shutterstock
How global warming is adding to the health risks of poor people

There is mounting evidence of the impact of climate change on human habitat and health, on plant and animal life, on water resources and shorelines...

By Lenore Manderson 28 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Single-use plastic, circular economy, ethical supply chains and climate action to drive retail in 2019
#BizTrends2019: Single-use plastic, circular economy, ethical supply chains and climate action to drive retail in 2019

More than ever before, in 2018 we saw sustainability playing a major role in shaping trends in the retail sector...

By Feroz Koor 25 Jan 2019

New report: Setting realistic targets for biofuel production in sub-Saharan Africa
New report: Setting realistic targets for biofuel production in sub-Saharan Africa

It's estimated that by 2050, global aviation could account for over 22% of all global carbon dioxide emissions due to rapid growth in air traffic...

25 Jan 2019

We can't save everything from climate change - here's how to make choices
We can't save everything from climate change - here's how to make choices

Recent reports have delivered sobering messages about climate change and its consequences...

By Benjamin Preston and Johanna Nalau 24 Jan 2019

Kim Winstanley, chief growth officer and partner at Worx Group.
#BizTrends2019: Going green has never been more golden

The year 2018 was packed with environmental buzzwords. Sustainable, eco-friendly, low-carbon footprint, and upcycle are just some of the words that we are used to hearing in conversations with our clients, and for good reason...

By Kim Winstanley 17 Jan 2019

New study reveals CT drought made 3 times more likely by climate change
New study reveals CT drought made 3 times more likely by climate change

Man-made climate change and its effect on rainfall made the drought in South Africa's Western Cape province over the past few years about three times more likely...

14 Jan 2019

New study released outlining key investment priorities for addressing climate change
New study released outlining key investment priorities for addressing climate change

SouthSouthNorth has released an independent study on the potential private sector investment priorities that support South Africa's climate change outcomes...

11 Jan 2019

IBIS consulting director and climate change expert Simon Clarke
#BizTrends2019: Climate paradox or progress?

2018 was a year of paradox. The scientific signals of global warming are significantly stronger. The frequency, intensity and cost of weather impacts escalates. But the backtracking and general malaise...

By Simon Clarke 7 Jan 2019

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Microbial aromas might save crops from drought

If you've ever walked in a forest following the first rainfall after a dry spell, you would recall a sweet, fresh and powerfully evocative smell. This earthy-smelling substance is geosmin, a chemical released into the air by a soil-dwelling bacteria called actinomycetes...

By Ruth Schmidt 4 Jan 2019

The European Union and the Republic of Mauritius step up their partnership in climate change. (Source: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles)
EU, Mauritius step up partnership on climate change

The Government of Mauritius and the European Union held a High Level Policy Dialogue on Climate Change following the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference...

4 Jan 2019

How will climate change affect our eating habits in 30 years time?
How will climate change affect our eating habits in 30 years time?

Researchers and scientists say we'll need to intensify the use of drought-tolerant food sources such as seaweed and more...

By Taahirah Martin 3 Jan 2019

If citizens think they’ll personally and financially benefit from a carbon tax, maybe politicians would take action.
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Want citizens to care about climate change? Write them a cheque

Climate scientists insist in a recent report that fundamental changes in how energy is consumed and supplied are urgently required to avoid serious damage to life and property...

By Abhishek Kar & Hisham Zerriffi 3 Jan 2019

AP Photo/David Goldman
Do climate policies 'kill jobs'? An economist on why they don't cause massive unemployment

Climate change will hammer the US economy unless there's swift action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, according to the latest National Climate Assessment report...

By Garth Heutel 28 Dec 2018

Politcal uncertainty - the only Achilles heel in SA's renewables marketability
Politcal uncertainty - the only Achilles heel in SA's renewables marketability

Although most G20 countries, including several emerging countries, have enhanced their conditions for investments in low-carbon energy in the past year, more has to be undertaken in order to meet the Paris climate targets...

24 Dec 2018

6 African climate change science researchers awarded AIMS grants
6 African climate change science researchers awarded AIMS grants

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) recently announced the first cohort of the Small Research Grants in Climate Change Science...

24 Dec 2018

What's your beef? How 'carbon labels' can steer us towards environmentally friendly food choices
What's your beef? How 'carbon labels' can steer us towards environmentally friendly food choices

What did you have for dinner last night? Might you have made a different choice if you had a simple way to compare the environmental impacts of different foods?

By Adrian R. Camilleri, Dalia Patino-Echeverri and Ri 20 Dec 2018

Global warming has already raised the risk of more severe droughts in Cape Town
Global warming has already raised the risk of more severe droughts in Cape Town

Between 2015 and 2017 South Africa's South Western Cape region experienced three of its lowest rainfall years on record...

By Mark New, Friederike Otto and Piotr Wolski 20 Dec 2018

Milestone charter sees fashion giants pledge to reduce emissions
Milestone charter sees fashion giants pledge to reduce emissions

The global fashion sector has increased momentum to address climate change by launching the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. Premier fashion brands, retailers, and supplier organisations have agreed...

19 Dec 2018

Cargo ships are emitting boatloads of carbon, and nobody wants to take the blame
Cargo ships are emitting boatloads of carbon, and nobody wants to take the blame

Maritime shipping transports 90% of the goods traded around the world by volume...

By Henrik Selin and Rebecca Cowing 19 Dec 2018

We finally have the rulebook for the Paris Agreement, but global climate action is still inadequate
We finally have the rulebook for the Paris Agreement, but global climate action is still inadequate

Three years after the Paris Agreement was struck, we now finally know the rules...

By Kate Dooley 18 Dec 2018

Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom
SA increasing efforts on climate change

South Africa is scaling-up its current ambitious efforts to address climate change, says Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom...

13 Dec 2018

We can't know the future cost of climate change. Let's focus on the cost of avoiding it instead
We can't know the future cost of climate change. Let's focus on the cost of avoiding it instead

As delegates at the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, discuss the possibility of restraining global warming to 1.5?, it might sound like a reasonable question to ask how much money it will cost if they fail...

By Jack Pezzey 13 Dec 2018

SA showcases climate change programmes
SA showcases climate change programmes

South Africa has showcased the country's Climate Change Near-Term Priority Flagship Programmes on the sidelines of the international climate change talks, currently taking place in Katowice...

12 Dec 2018

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