Plastic is part of the carbon cycle and needs to be included in climate calculations
Plastic is part of the carbon cycle and needs to be included in climate calculations

Plastic pollution and climate change are two prominent environmental issues of our time...

By Xia Zhu 1 Mar 2021

In Kenya, electric fences protect forests from human destruction
In Kenya, electric fences protect forests from human destruction

What can stop wandering elephants, illegal logging and protect sources of water? Kenyan environmental group Rhino Ark Trust says electric fences. Lots of them...

By Edwin Waita 26 Feb 2021

SA venture to benefit from new Mondelez impact investing platform
SA venture to benefit from new Mondelez impact investing platform

Inmed Aquaponics Social Enterprise is among the first to receive capital through Mondelez International's new impact investing platform Sustainable Futures...

25 Feb 2021

Women inch towards equal legal rights despite Covid-19 risks, World Bank says
Women inch towards equal legal rights despite Covid-19 risks, World Bank says

Women gained legal rights in nearly 30 countries last year despite disruption due to Covid-19, but governments must do more to ease the disproportionate burden...

By Sonia Elks 25 Feb 2021

How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to change with climate change
How new design patterns can enable cities and their residents to change with climate change

Our cities, designed for one set of climatic ranges, are increasingly "out of place" as average temperatures rise. The days above 40°C and nights above 30°C are...

By Cameron Tonkinwise and Abby Mellick Lopes 24 Feb 2021

Concern over rich-poor divide seen on the increase during pandemic
Concern over rich-poor divide seen on the increase during pandemic

People have become more concerned about the gap between rich and poor during the coronavirus pandemic, especially the young...

By Matthew Lavietes 23 Feb 2021

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P&G reaffirms commitment to drive gender equality in Africa

P&G announced new declarations aimed to propel gender equality across Africa, Asia Pacific and the Middle East at its third #WeSeeEqual summit for the region...

22 Feb 2021

Air pollution kills thousands in megacities despite Covid lockdowns
Air pollution kills thousands in megacities despite Covid lockdowns

Air pollution caused tens of thousands of deaths in the world's five most populous cities last year despite coronavirus lockdowns...

By Michael Taylor 18 Feb 2021

AU Commission has made a good start on gender equality. But a lot remains to be done
AU Commission has made a good start on gender equality. But a lot remains to be done

Four of the commissioners are now women. They will work with the AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat from Chad (re-elected)...

By Ashwanee Budoo-Scholtz 18 Feb 2021

Registration for Elon Musk's $100m carbon capture competition opens April
Registration for Elon Musk's $100m carbon capture competition opens April

Founder of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk has launched the XPrize Carbon Removal competition which aims to create...

17 Feb 2021

Bendable concrete and other CO2-infused cement mixes could dramatically cut global emissions
Bendable concrete and other CO2-infused cement mixes could dramatically cut global emissions

One of the big contributors to climate change is right beneath your feet, and transforming it could be a powerful solution for keeping greenhouse gases...

By Lucca Henrion, Duo Zhang, Victor C. Li, Volker Sick 17 Feb 2021

Kenya's Nzambi Matee recycles plastic to make bricks stronger than concrete
Kenya's Nzambi Matee recycles plastic to make bricks stronger than concrete

Nairobi-based startup company Gjenge Makers uses recycled plastic with sand to make lightweight and low-cost bricks that are stronger than concrete...

16 Feb 2021

Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate - here's why
Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate - here's why

In a bid to ditch fossil fuels, some countries are considering carpeting deserts with solar panels...

By Zhengyao Lu and Benjamin Smith 12 Feb 2021

5 climate trends for 2021
5 climate trends for 2021

Ambitious action from all parts of society needs to be taken in the here and now on climate change...

By Daniel Klier 9 Feb 2021

Nature: how do you put a price on something that has infinite worth?
Nature: how do you put a price on something that has infinite worth?

There's a new nature conservation strategy in town - and it means business...

By Tom Oliver 8 Feb 2021

Biden administration moves to rejoin UN Human Rights Council
Biden administration moves to rejoin UN Human Rights Council

US President Joe Biden's administration will reengage with the United Nations Human Rights Council, three years after former...

8 Feb 2021

Noise pollution is harming sea life, needs to be prioritised, scientists say
Noise pollution is harming sea life, needs to be prioritised, scientists say

Far beneath the ocean surface, a cacophony of industrial noise is disrupting marine animals' ability to mate, feed and even evade predators, scientists warn...

By Sharon Bernstein 5 Feb 2021

What is sustainability accounting? What does ESG mean? We have answers
What is sustainability accounting? What does ESG mean? We have answers

Sustainability is a hot topic today due to increasing awareness of climate change and inequality, among other pressing issues...

By Leanne Keddie 3 Feb 2021

Want a stronger world after Covid-19? Choose more women leaders
Want a stronger world after Covid-19? Choose more women leaders

Countries must put more women into leadership roles to build a stronger post-pandemic world, a top UN official said...

By Emma Batha 2 Feb 2021

They're everywhere: New study finds polyester fibres throughout the Arctic Ocean
They're everywhere: New study finds polyester fibres throughout the Arctic Ocean

In a new study published in Nature Communications, my colleagues and I find a stark confirmation that microplastics are found throughout the Arctic Ocean...

By Peter S. Ross 1 Feb 2021

How Covid-19 could transform non-profit organisations
How Covid-19 could transform non-profit organisations

Covid-19 has been disruptive to non-profit organisations that are, in many cases, already operating on a shoestring...

By Brent McKnight and Julie Gouweloos 1 Feb 2021

Product design to racial justice: Global plan to promote ethical AI
Product design to racial justice: Global plan to promote ethical AI

From reducing bias in product design to tackling racial injustice, more than 100 businesses, governments and non-profits launched a global initiative...

By Zachary Fagenson 29 Jan 2021

PepsiCo aims for net-zero emissions by 2040
PepsiCo aims for net-zero emissions by 2040

PepsiCo plans to more than double its science-based climate goal, targeting a reduction of absolute greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain by more than 40% by 2030...

18 Jan 2021

NPO exerts pressure on FMCG and retail giants to cut plastic usage
NPO exerts pressure on FMCG and retail giants to cut plastic usage

As You Sow has filed shareholder proposals with 10 leading consumer goods companies and retailers, calling for commitments to absolute cuts in the use of plastic packaging...

15 Jan 2021

Why paying people to tolerate wildlife is not the magic bullet for conservation
Why paying people to tolerate wildlife is not the magic bullet for conservation

Human-wildlife conflict is a complex issue globally. Whether it's mountain gorillas stealing bananas from farmers on the edge of Bwindi National Park in Uganda, or a pack of grey wolves raiding a cattle pen...

By Alexander Richard Braczkowski et al. 12 Jan 2021

Green buildings can bring fresh air to design, but they can also bring pests
Green buildings can bring fresh air to design, but they can also bring pests

Throughout the world, architects are designing green buildings, whether it's in their sustainable construction, environmentally friendly operation or actually green by style...

By Norman Day 4 Jan 2021

AfDB approves funding for mini-grid advancement in Africa
AfDB approves funding for mini-grid advancement in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) earlier this month approved a $7m grant from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) for technical assistance in setting up the Africa Mini-Grid Market Acceleration Programme...

31 Dec 2020

Water solutions to aid the most vulnerable in Kenya
Water solutions to aid the most vulnerable in Kenya

The Covid-19 pandemic has starkly illustrated how multiple water security risks affect the lives and livelihoods of millions of people across Africa, Kenya included. The pandemic has compounded the severity of the impacts resulting from water-related climate hazards, such as floods, droughts and cyclones.

By Simon Thomas 31 Dec 2020

Kenyan coastal community beats lead polluter in court
Kenyan coastal community beats lead polluter in court

It was touted locally as one of the biggest campaigns of the decade when, in 2016, Kenyan environmentalist Phyllis Omido took up the fight against lead poisoning by a lead-acid batteries recycling smelter...

By Christabel Ligami 31 Dec 2020

Grid or solar: looking for the best energy solution for the rural poor
Grid or solar: looking for the best energy solution for the rural poor

South Asia has made tremendous progress in connecting rural areas to the electricity grid but the number of people in Africa without access has scarcely changed since 2010...

By Jörg Peters and Maximiliane Sievert 30 Dec 2020



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