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South Africa's carbon emission targets not nearly ambitious enough
South Africa's carbon emission targets not nearly ambitious enoughArticle

To hear President Ramaphosa's address to the Virtual Leaders' Summit on Climate Change, you'd think SA was going "above and beyond" when it comes to...

Robyn Hugo 18 hours ago

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Climate change and the mining sector financial sustainability: Risks, responsibilities, and opportunitiesArticle

Building a sustainable future as a mining company requires an understanding of the financial risks and opportunities that climate change poses for the industry...

Riaan Koppeschaar 6 May 2021

Greening the global textile value chain
Greening the global textile value chainArticle

Kutay Saritosun is a textile engineer and sustainability aficionado dedicated to educating companies on producing more environmentally responsible products...

Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Apr 2021

Kieran Whyte, partner and head of the energy, mining and infrastructure practice, Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg,
South Africa's green hydrogen potentialArticle

South Africa's Hydrogen Society Roadmap explains how the country's resources, including reliable sources of renewable energy, and its ample supply of platinum group metals (PGM), can be effectively harnessed to produce green hydrogen...

Kieran Whyte 23 Apr 2021

Covid-19 economic impact failed to put brakes on climate change - WMO report
Covid-19 economic impact failed to put brakes on climate change - WMO reportArticle

The Covid-19-related economic slowdown failed to put the brakes on climate change drivers and accelerating impacts according to a new report by the WMO...

22 Apr 2021

Harvard GSD announces 4 finalists for 2021 Wheelwright Prize
Harvard GSD announces 4 finalists for 2021 Wheelwright PrizeArticle

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) has announced four shortlisted architects for the 2021 Wheelwright Prize...

13 Apr 2021

City of Cape Town opens second electric vehicle charging station
City of Cape Town opens second electric vehicle charging stationArticle

The City of Cape Town has opened its second public electric vehicle charging station, situated in the parking area of the Somerset West Civic Centre...

31 Mar 2021

For now, only those who can afford it will be able to escape the power cuts. Shutterstock/ Arnold Petersen
Why South Africa's electricity blackouts are set to continue for the next five yearsArticle

South Africa is once more experiencing periodic power cuts. These typically take the form of scheduled supply interruptions, for two to four hours a day, whenever the country's electricity system is overloaded.

31 Mar 2021

Wind energy needs to triple to reach net zero by 2050
Wind energy needs to triple to reach net zero by 2050Article

With 93GW - a 53 per cent year-on-year increase - of new capacity installed, 2020 was the best year in history for the global wind industry, but...

29 Mar 2021

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#StartupStory: New bicycle app delivery service to disrupt the logistics landscapeArticle

App delivery service Dash Deliveries is a new way to move your parcels from A to B with zero emissions...

Robin Fredericks 23 Mar 2021

Innovations on the Nile over millennia offer lessons in engineering sustainable futures
Innovations on the Nile over millennia offer lessons in engineering sustainable futuresArticle

Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. That's largely because many of its people and governments are too poor to do what's needed...

Mike Muller 19 Mar 2021

Scaling up bioenergy production could substantially raise water stress - new study
Scaling up bioenergy production could substantially raise water stress - new studyArticle

According to a new study, biomass plantations for energy production need sustainable water management in order to avoid a substantial increase in water scarcity.

12 Mar 2021

Should you ditch the promotional flyers?
Should you ditch the promotional flyers?Article

Brad Taylor of Be Rad Be Digital shares reasons why you should ditch the promotional flyers...

Brad Taylor 8 Mar 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 changeArticle

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...

Cameron Tonkinwise and Abby Mellick Lopes 24 Feb 2021

An aerial view of floating ice taken by a drone launched from Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship in the Arctic Ocean on 15 September 2020. Reuters/Natalie Thomas
It's official, the US is back in the Paris climate clubArticle

The United States officially rejoined the Paris climate agreement on Friday, 19 February, reinvigorating the global fight against climate change...

Valerie Volcovici 19 Feb 2021

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

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

17 Feb 2021

SA needs to cut emissions by 60-75% by 2050 - PwC Net Zero Economy Index
SA needs to cut emissions by 60-75% by 2050 - PwC Net Zero Economy IndexArticle

According to the latest PwC Net Zero Economy Index, a decarbonisation rate of 11.7% per annum is now required to keep...

10 Feb 2021

False Bay TVET College; ensuring a pipeline of new facilitators for the green sector
False Bay TVET College; ensuring a pipeline of new facilitators for the green sectorArticle

As part of the its strategic goals, False Bay TVET College recognises that more must be done to address climate change and global warming...

Issued by False Bay College 29 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: A bold year for beverages
#BizTrends2021: A bold year for beveragesArticle

From fermenting pineapples for a home brew, to whipping up non-alcoholic versions of their favourite cocktails, consumers have opened themselves up to new taste experiences...

Alex Glenday 18 Jan 2021

Mike Middle, partner, Innate Motion
#BizTrends2021: Purpose or profit. It's not a choiceArticle

For the past 50 years, the primary role of business in society has been to maximise shareholder return, a consequence of Milton Friedman's seminal article in the New York Times in 1970 in which he stated that "any other use of shareholders money was irresponsible"...

Mike Middleton 7 Jan 2021

Retrofitting unused spaces can help South African cities adapt to climate change
Retrofitting unused spaces can help South African cities adapt to climate changeArticle

There are two approaches to dealing with climate change: slowing it down, and adapting to it...

Jan Hugo and Chrisna du Plessis 5 Jan 2021

Huge 'battery warehouses' could be the energy stores of the future
Huge 'battery warehouses' could be the energy stores of the futureArticle

One of the world's largest battery storage projects will be built on the banks of the River Thames in Essex, after the UK government recently granted permission...

Andrew Cruden 28 Dec 2020

New analysis shows major cities on track to meet 1.5°C target of Paris Agreement
New analysis shows major cities on track to meet 1.5°C target of Paris AgreementArticle

The latest analysis from C40 Cities of climate action plans from 54 cities, representing more than 200 million residents - including Johannesburg, has confirmed that they will deliver their fair share of greenhouse gas emission reductions...

22 Dec 2020

Reimagining the ocean economy with Ocean Innovation Africa
Reimagining the ocean economy with Ocean Innovation AfricaArticle

Entrepreneurs, executives, investors, scientists and government representatives from around the world recently gathered online for Ocean Innovation Africa...

21 Dec 2020

Rearview reflections to clarify your 2021 windscreen view
Rearview reflections to clarify your 2021 windscreen viewArticle

Lessons from South Africa 2020 to tackle the unknown of the 2021 business year...

Issued by Kantar 15 Dec 2020

Vertical sea-wall structures continue to protect our coastlines from the impact of climate change
Vertical sea-wall structures continue to protect our coastlines from the impact of climate changeArticle

Climate change, global sea-level rise, increased storminess. These 'predictions' by scientists are fast becoming a reality...

Marisa Ackhurst 11 Dec 2020

We can shape the climate future we want
We can shape the climate future we wantArticle

South Africa's laws and history of public participation give us the tools we need to fight for an equitable and green country...

Amy Giliam 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

ERRP to revitalise post-Covid building industry
ERRP to revitalise post-Covid building industryArticle

The government's plans for construction industry revitalisation through the South African Economic Reconstruction and Economic Plan (ERRP) are in line with the global trend...

David Gelb & Stephen Arrow 9 Dec 2020

Can countries end overfishing and plastic pollution in just 10 years?
Can countries end overfishing and plastic pollution in just 10 years?Article

In my career as a marine biologist, I've been fortunate enough to visit some of the most remote islands in the world. These beautiful places continue to remind me why I have this job in the first place...

Henrik Österblom 7 Dec 2020

UCT study examines potential of dimming the sun to limit future 'Day Zero' drought risk
UCT study examines potential of dimming the sun to limit future 'Day Zero' drought riskArticle

According to scientists from the University of Cape Town (UCT), artificially dimming the sun by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere could help reduce the likelihood of 'Day Zero' level droughts in Cape Town...

19 Nov 2020

Ships moved more than 11bn tonnes of our stuff around the globe last year, and it's killing the climate. This week is a chance to change
Ships moved more than 11bn tonnes of our stuff around the globe last year, and it's killing the climate. This week is a chance to changeArticle

It's high time the international shipping industry radically curbed its emissions. The industry must set a net-zero target and adopt a realistic plan to meet it...

Christiaan De Beukelaer 18 Nov 2020

Cape Town's climate strategy isn't perfect, but every African city should have one
Cape Town's climate strategy isn't perfect, but every African city should have oneArticle

It may take an extreme heatwave, a mega wildfire or a severe coastal storm to begin to appreciate the dangers of climate change...

Alanna Rebelo, Karen Joan Esler, Michael Samways, Patricia Holmes, Tony Rebelo 11 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

Hasnaine Yavarhoussen, CEO, Groupe Filatex.
Here's to a modern Africa of continental free trade and energy accessArticle

Africa historically has been an easy target for negative generalisations in the media. Until the early 2000s, stories of conflict, war, poverty, corruption, aid and unemployment dominated the headlines. But today's Africa is not so one-dimensional, nor is it doomed...

Hasnaine Yavarhoussen 27 Oct 2020

The war against plastic is distracting us from pollution that cannot be seen
The war against plastic is distracting us from pollution that cannot be seenArticle

The war against plastic may be overshadowing greater threats to the environment...

Thomas Stanton, Matthew Johnson and Paul Kay 27 Oct 2020

Why the batteries of electric vehicles should be repurposed
Why the batteries of electric vehicles should be repurposedArticle

Electric vehicles are significantly better for the environment. However, the lithium-ion batteries it uses poses another threat to our surroundings...

Lance Dickerson 26 Oct 2020

Green, integrated approaches could address food security challenges
Green, integrated approaches could address food security challengesArticle

According to advisors from food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa), IFAT Africa, and analytica lab Africa, agriculture and food production does not happen in isolation, and to maximise food production and address world hunger, stakeholders across a broad value chain have to start working more collaboratively and sustainably...

15 Oct 2020

Elize Botha, managing director, Old Mutual Unit Trusts.
Young activists remind investors that today's actions will determine our tomorrowArticle

This week the annual Desmond Tutu International Peace lecture was delivered virtually amid Covid-19 restrictions on large gatherings. The 10th iteration of the event was poignantly themed around climate change and its real-world impacts, reiterating the call to build anew...

12 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

Kauai asks South Africans to rethink 'normal' with #DontGoBackToAbnormal campaign
Kauai asks South Africans to rethink 'normal' with #DontGoBackToAbnormal campaignArticle

In a new campaign, chain restaurant Kauai asks that South Africans rethink 'normal'...

7 Oct 2020

Mike Middleton, partner, Innate Motion
Time for a reset: Pandemic triggers sea-change for business in societyArticle

Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman wrote a seminal article in 1970 stating that there is only one social responsibility of business, and that is to increase profits...

Mike Middleton, 6 Oct 2020

New study shows sustainable wood-based housing market possible in SA
New study shows sustainable wood-based housing market possible in SAArticle

Researchers at Stellenbosch University (SU) found that South Africa has sufficient log resource options for a sustainable wood residential building market...

Dr Alec Basson 28 Sep 2020

Rainfall outlook for the summer season
Rainfall outlook for the summer seasonArticle

During a webinar hosted by Agricultural Writers SA, Gariep branch, Johan van den Berg, an independent weather expert and climatologist, took a closer look at expected rainfall patterns for the coming summer months, meteorological droughts and contributing factors, global warming, and the effect of the sun on the planet...

Carin Venter 21 Sep 2020

Wildlife tourism in southern Africa uses scarce water - we propose how much is enough
Wildlife tourism in southern Africa uses scarce water - we propose how much is enoughArticle

Tourism ventures in a water-stressed region like southern Africa need to balance the needs of guests and staff with the needs of surrounding communities...

Kevin Mearns 11 Sep 2020

C40 Cities launches Mayors Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery post-Covid-19
C40 Cities launches Mayors Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery post-Covid-19Article

C40 Cities has released its C40 Mayors Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery. The plan seeks to create a 'new normal', which will identify, contain and proactively prepare cities for future pandemics, while addressing systemic injustices and keeping global warming below the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement.

23 Jul 2020

Children aged 0-14 years are likely to be physically active outdoors when it’s warm. Hello World/Getty Images
Air pollution, temperature and respiratory disease: a South African studyArticle

Global warming and air pollution have something in common: their effects on human health. Air pollution is a well-known cause of breathing problems.. Hot weather can also bring on these symptoms...

Bukola Olutola & Janine Wichmann 14 Jul 2020

Electric vehicles could add to carbon emissions and load shedding: but there's a solution
Electric vehicles could add to carbon emissions and load shedding: but there's a solutionArticle

South Africa's well positioned to adopt electric vehicles but this isn't a solution in itself because the vehicles would still depend on electricity generated from carbon-emitting coal power stations...

MJ (Thinus) Booysen and Mark Apperley 10 Jul 2020

Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien species
Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien speciesArticle

Invasive alien species have emerged as one of the top five threats to biodiversity and ecosystems globally, yet only a handful of countries regard biosecurity measures as a priority...

Wiida Fourie-Basson 29 Jun 2020

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