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France pledges investment to boost sustainable cotton in Ivory Coast
France pledges investment to boost sustainable cotton in Ivory CoastArticle

France's development agency will invest $83.04m over the next five years to boost cotton production in Ivory Coast, economy minister Bruno Le Maire said during a visit to the West African country on Thursday.

Ange Aboa 30 Apr 2021

'Sacred forests' in West Africa capture carbon and keep soil healthy
'Sacred forests' in West Africa capture carbon and keep soil healthyArticle

A stable ecosystem of organic matter is the key to improving agricultural yields in the surrounding farmland and fighting climate change...

Michele Francis 9 Apr 2021

Is that a good egg? How chocolate makers rate on social and environmental measures
Is that a good egg? How chocolate makers rate on social and environmental measuresArticle

Easter is the biggest chocolate-buying time of the year. But who's really paying for the cost of that chocolate?

John Dumay and James Guthrie 6 Apr 2021

#EnergyIndaba: Radically different approach needed to power Africa
#EnergyIndaba: Radically different approach needed to power AfricaArticle

If the continent dealt with its access to electricity challenge with the same gusto it is applying to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, the problem would already be solved...

Nicci Botha 1 Mar 2021

Ivory Coast lost 47,000ha of forest to cocoa production in 2020 - environmental group
Ivory Coast lost 47,000ha of forest to cocoa production in 2020 - environmental groupArticle

Ivory Coast lost 47,000 hectares (116,000 acres) of forest in its cocoa-growing regions in 2020, an environmental group said on Thursday...

Ange Aboa 19 Feb 2021

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

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

Demand for meat is driving deforestation in Brazil - changing the soy industry could stop it
Demand for meat is driving deforestation in Brazil - changing the soy industry could stop itArticle

Deforestation in Brazil recently reached a 12-year high, prompting France to cut soybean imports from the country...

Angela Guerrero and Malika Virah-Sawmy 4 Jan 2021

Tractors can change farming in good ways and bad: lessons from four African countries
Tractors can change farming in good ways and bad: lessons from four African countriesArticle

Agricultural mechanisation is on the rise in Africa, replacing hand hoes and animal traction across the continent...

Thomas Daum 29 Dec 2020

Fewer tourists meant less money for wildlife during the pandemic - but there's an alternative
Fewer tourists meant less money for wildlife during the pandemic - but there's an alternativeArticle

"Nature is healing" read social media posts at the outset of the pandemic, as birdsong replaced the drone of traffic during lockdown. But for wildlife conservation in Africa, the reality was very different...

Joseph Hamm 24 Dec 2020

Time to unify
Time to unifyArticle

Today's millennial and Gen Z consumer is looking to business to play a major part in the worldwide recovery and are basing more and more purchasing decisions on the value global brands are giving back to the world...

Issued by Levergy 21 Dec 2020

Metals from urban pollution are contaminating the last few old forests in Cape Town
Metals from urban pollution are contaminating the last few old forests in Cape TownArticle

Forests are good for the planet: they purify the air and moderate the climate...

Anne-Liese Naude (Kruger) 15 Dec 2020

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Covid-19 and the sustainable procurement revolutionArticle

Despite the Covid-19 doom and gloom, there are some silver linings. For starters, the pandemic has emphasised the interconnectedness between people, the planet, and profit. It has also heightened our sense of urgency to collectively mobilise our efforts to implement more sustainable practices...

Christelle Marais 10 Dec 2020

Food and clean water start with soil biodiversity: Learning more about it is urgent
Food and clean water start with soil biodiversity: Learning more about it is urgentArticle

Healthy soils are vital for food, biodiversity, and a healthy planet, but this below-ground world is often overlooked. The launch of the State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity Report highlights this...

Charlene Janion-Scheepers 10 Dec 2020

Africa must be at the heart of climate negotiations
Africa must be at the heart of climate negotiationsArticle

In 2020, countries were to come forward with plans for stronger emissions cuts to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement...

23 Nov 2020

Eco-friendly charcoal production to boost SA's water security
Eco-friendly charcoal production to boost SA's water securityArticle

The global outcry against the use of braai charcoal produced from rainforest trees, which leads to devastating forest degradation primarily in South American and African countries, is boosting the demand and production of eco-friendly charcoal...

20 Nov 2020

Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop it
Global food system emissions alone threaten warming beyond 1.5°C - but we can act now to stop itArticle

Modern agriculture releases lots of different greenhouse gas emissions, each with complex effects on the global climate...

John Lynch 9 Nov 2020

850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN report
850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN reportArticle

Human damage to biodiversity is leading us into a pandemic era. The virus that causes Covid-19, for example, is linked to similar viruses in bats, which may have been passed to humans via pangolins or another species...

Katie Woolaston and Judith Lorraine Fisher 30 Oct 2020

Dust in the atmosphere is a sign of trouble in South Africa's maize fields
Dust in the atmosphere is a sign of trouble in South Africa's maize fieldsArticle

Soil loss in South Africa can have a negative impact on air quality and food security...

Frank Eckardt 20 Oct 2020

Climate change is in your hands - top 10 things you can do to make a difference
Climate change is in your hands - top 10 things you can do to make a differenceArticle

Here are the top 10 things you can do to mitigate climate change...

Fiona Wakelin, Issued by Topco Media 8 Oct 2020

Key insights into land degradation from seven African countries
Key insights into land degradation from seven African countriesArticle

Regreening Africa works directly with 500,000 households to restore one million hectares of agricultural land...

Karl Hughes 5 Oct 2020

Sappi signs up to Business for Nature's ambitious call to action
Sappi signs up to Business for Nature's ambitious call to actionArticle

Sappi has joined businesses around the world in calling for ambitious, collective action for nature. Covid-19 is causing societies, businesses and governments around the world to focus on ways to emerge more economically resilient from the crisis...

Issued by Sappi 21 Sep 2020

Zuneid Yousuf, chairman, African Green Resources.
Why the mining sector is vital to green industryArticle

Back in May 2019, the World Bank launched its Climate-Smart Mining initiative. It was the first fund dedicated to making mining for minerals climate-smart and sustainable...

Zuneid Yousuf 17 Sep 2020

Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 in the midst of Covid-19
Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 in the midst of Covid-19Article

The Covid-19 pandemic has come at a time when societies are already facing many challenges related to inequality, poverty, unemployment, and drought and/or lack of access to water, amongst others...

Lungile Manzini 9 Sep 2020

A palm oil plantation in Malaysia. (Shutterstock)
How our food choices cut into forests and put us closer to virusesArticle

Forests provide an essential buffer between people and wildlife - and the viruses they carry. Global agriculture is destroying forests, harming biodiversity and may be putting human life at risk...

24 Aug 2020

New project explores impact of biodiversity loss on well-being in Africa
New project explores impact of biodiversity loss on well-being in AfricaArticle

Lack of access to global data on biodiversity loss and its impact on people is a major barrier to tackling the issue in Africa...

17 Aug 2020

Residents of Lamu, Kenya, accuse the government of ignoring their concerns and going ahead with the construction of a huge port. TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images
Review of nine African 'blue economy' projects shows what works and what doesn'tArticle

Africa has 38 coastal countries and six islands whose maritime industry is estimated to be worth $1trn per year. This figure will increase as they develop their offshore hydrocarbon, energy, tourism, maritime transport, shipping and fishing sectors...

Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood 12 Aug 2020

Do you know where your coffee comes from? The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of knowing about our supply chains. Here, a woman carries harvested coffee beans in a coffee plantation in Mount Gorongosa, Mozambique, in August 2019. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
The coronavirus pandemic requires us to understand food's murky supply chainsArticle

Six months ago, you may not have thought much about where your groceries were produced. But chances are you're thinking about it now...

Cory Searcy and Pavel Castka 6 Aug 2020

We are not superior. Our survival depends on the natural world
We are not superior. Our survival depends on the natural worldArticle

If we are to have a future, we need to reframe our relationship with the earth. This World Nature Conservation Day, it's time to tell a new story about humanity...

Amy Pieterse, Issued by Ginkgo Agency 28 Jul 2020

Biodiversity in the balance - degradation threatens economic prosperity
Biodiversity in the balance - degradation threatens economic prosperityArticle

It is a mere six months old, but 2020 has already been a bumper year for natural disasters...

Ashim Paun 14 Jul 2020

Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings
Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findingsArticle

The coconut - an icon of unspoiled tropical idylls - causes more environmental harm than many people realise...

Erik Meijaard 7 Jul 2020

Why rural electrification won't fix deforestation in Zimbabwe
Why rural electrification won't fix deforestation in ZimbabweArticle

Reliance on biomass such as fuelwood for energy in rural areas has a strong bearing on Zimbabwe's environment...

Ellen Fungisai Chipango 3 Jul 2020

How FTTH powers economic growth, education and sustainability
How FTTH powers economic growth, education and sustainabilityArticle

Fibre-based, ultra-high-speed access networks are revolutionising the way we connect with each other and the rest of the world...

Matthew Campbell 18 Jun 2020

Ebeth van Heerden
How to invest in things you believe inArticle

The Covid-19 induced short-term return to single-use plastic is just a blip, according to our sustainability experts, what the world needs is to urgently ramp up disclosure, ambition and action...

Ebeth van Heerden 11 Jun 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has accelerated 4IR [Part 2]
The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has accelerated 4IR [Part 2]Article

The world is in the middle of a global pandemic that has resulted in national lockdowns, and a hard reset of society towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 4IR is happening faster than ever before...

Alan Knott-Craig 3 Jun 2020

Nestlé-IDH partnership to boost sourcing practices in Central, West Africa
Nestlé-IDH partnership to boost sourcing practices in Central, West AfricaArticle

The three-year partnership aims to support 25,000 farmers and 50 SMEs, as well as open up new markets for them...

28 Apr 2020

Oil smeared fishboats on oily mud in the river during low tide at K-Dere, near Bodo in the Niger Delta region Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images
How oil and water create a complex conflict in the Niger DeltaArticle

In the Niger Delta's coastal communities, oil pollution of the marine environment has depleted the fishing and water resources that people have traditionally depended on for their livelihoods. This has led to a complex pattern of conflicts in the region since the late 1990s...

Abosede Omowumi Babatunde 23 Apr 2020

Every day is #EarthDay at Sappi
Every day is #EarthDay at SappiArticle

Today, Sappi joined the world in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and in honouring the theme of climate action...

Issued by Sappi 22 Apr 2020

Creating a sustainable future for coffee
Creating a sustainable future for coffeeArticle

According to a report from the International Institute for Sustainable Development, "the global market value of the coffee sector will experience a 5.5% compound annual growth rate from 2018 to 2023...

16 Apr 2020

National Geographic commemorates Earth Day this April
National Geographic commemorates Earth Day this AprilArticle

National Geographic and National Geographic Wild devote an entire day to Earth Day with a catalogue of best natural history programming...

Issued by Fox Networks Group 7 Apr 2020

Destroying Nigeria's riverside forests is bad for the freshwater ecosystem
Destroying Nigeria's riverside forests is bad for the freshwater ecosystemArticle

Population growth and attendant human activities are destroying a freshwater ecosystem...

Emmanuel O. Akindele 4 Mar 2020

Revolutionise food production system or face mass deforestation, scientists warn
Revolutionise food production system or face mass deforestation, scientists warnArticle

Indigenous and local communities face threats from biodiversity loss...

Julie Mollins 20 Feb 2020

Palm oil: Research shows that new plantations produce double the emissions of mature ones
Palm oil: Research shows that new plantations produce double the emissions of mature onesArticle

Researchers found that palm oil plantations up to five years old were more harmful to the climate than already established ones...

Sofie Sjogersten 23 Jan 2020

Diversifying approaches to conserving nature
Diversifying approaches to conserving natureArticle

Conservationists don't always agree about the best ways to reinforce the protection of nature. Debates about it can become confrontational...

Mucha Mkono, Jason I. Ransom, Katarzyna Nowak and Patrick O. Onyango 7 Jan 2020

#BeautifulNews: A young revolutionary, an army of activists, and a mission to save the earth
#BeautifulNews: A young revolutionary, an army of activists, and a mission to save the earthVideo

What are you doing for the earth in this time of crisis? Our planet is facing an environmental emergency which authorities are doing little to halt. Many of these disasters, such as deforestation and the burning of fossil fuels, are the result of processes generated by major corporations. They’re issues that can be dealt with. Yet the situation gets worse every day. Eleven-year-old Othembele Dyantyi is raising her voice to encourage a union of action against this unprecedented climate injustice. Read Othembele Dyanti's full story here.

30 Dec 2019

Lemurs are the world's most endangered mammals, but planting trees can help save them
Lemurs are the world's most endangered mammals, but planting trees can help save themArticle

The island of Madagascar off the southeastern coast of Africa hosts at least 12,000 plant species and 700 vertebrate species, 80% to 90% of which are found nowhere else on Earth...

Andrea L. Baden 24 Dec 2019

FAO highlights solutions to deforestation
FAO highlights solutions to deforestationArticle

FAO is working with countries to coordinate land use approaches across sectors, ensuring integrated management of forests and agriculture so that both food security and forestry objectives are met...

17 Dec 2019

Global Citizen honours exceptional leaders with Global Citizen Prize for sustained impact
Global Citizen honours exceptional leaders with Global Citizen Prize for sustained impactArticle

Richard Curtis, Sting, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani, are to be honoured at the 2019 Global Citizen Prize on 13 December at Royal Albert Hall...

Issued by OnPoint PR 12 Dec 2019

How to design a forest fit to heal the planet
How to design a forest fit to heal the planetArticle

Without care, reforestation projects can damage ecosystems and be useless as carbon stores. Here's how to go about it the right way.

Heather Plumpton 11 Dec 2019

Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil health
Ethiopia is making maps to help improve soil healthArticle

Ethiopian researchers put together maps which show where there are soil fertility issues and whether nutrients are missing...

Ermias Betemariam 5 Dec 2019

Travel treasure troves in the trees
Travel treasure troves in the treesArticle

Dr Ronald Heath, research director at Forestry South Africa shares how commercial forests and the land which they share with indigenous woodlands and grasslands, are a playground for many this festive season and lists five things to add to your bucket list ahead of this festive season and going into the new year...

Dr Ronald Heath 2 Dec 2019

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