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#BizTrends2018: Green buildings, fit for a sustainable purpose

According to the latest United Nations Economic Commission for Africa report, Africa is the fastest urbanising region after Asia. The report also highlights that despite the current slowdown in many African economies...

By Alison Groves 8 Jan 2018

Developing countries need to wake up to the risks of new technologies

Technological advances associated with the fourth industrial revolution - including artificial intelligence - allow the automation of an increasingly wide array of processes in increasingly interactive and sophisticated ways...

By Ralph Hamann 4 Jan 2018

Moving beyond the Green Revolution in Africa's new era of hunger

The green revolution is estimated to have saved up to one billion people from starvation. Africa needs to stage its own version if its to help save its people from hunger...

By Calestous Juma 7 Dec 2017

How the world needs to change as regions get drier

By combining these interventions, there's a better chance of managing water sustainably for domestic and agricultural use...

By Dian Spear 1 Dec 2017

Good to know (perhaps) that food is being 'nuclearised'

"Using nuclear sciences to feed the world" have led to some major success stories. FAO provides seven examples of how nuclear technology is improving food and agriculture...

By Baher Kamal 23 Nov 2017

Dramatic rise of African consumer power driving development

Infrastructure investments are transforming and accelerating economic and social opportunities for millions of people across Africa, driven by the dramatic rise in African consumer power...

17 Nov 2017

Agriculture and food systems will play a fundamental role in mitigating climate change

Unless sustainable, climate-smart ways of producing, transporting, processing and consuming food are adopted globally, emissions from agriculture sectors are set to increase, further contributing to climate change...

15 Nov 2017

#AgriIndaba: Acumen and instinct in African agribusiness

Acumen's first agricultural investments were focused on solutions that improved yields by providing quality inputs to the farmers. In the light of new challenges facing small farmers, it has evolved its strategy...

13 Nov 2017

Meat without animals to hit shelves in 2021

A growing number of startups are trying to produce meat products without using animals, with a view to addressing concerns about animal welfare and the carbon footprint of meat...

10 Nov 2017

Nigeria's media urged to understand New Urban Agenda

Media urged to drive the narratives on the New Urban Agenda in Nigeria...

31 Oct 2017

What does the future African city look like?

What does the future African city look like? How do we identify the impact and trends resulting from urbanisation? What new regulation and governance models are needed?

By Riaan Graham 31 Oct 2017

Why you need to get involved in the geoengineering debate - now

The prospect of engineering the world's climate system to tackle global warming is becoming more and more likely...

By Rob Bellamy 20 Oct 2017

China's green planning for the world starts with infrastructure

The United States is retreating from the global community under a president who rejected the Paris Climate Accords and denigrates NAFTA and NATO. This provides an opportunity for China to play a greater role in global affairs...

By Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley 19 Oct 2017

Underwater nurseries help revive Mediterranean fish stocks

Ecocean harvests baby fish, nurtures them onshore and then returns them to the sea after a short acclimatisation period in an underwater "bio-hut" or nursery...

13 Oct 2017

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International

Untrustworthy memories make it hard to shop ethically

Imagine a shopper, Sarah, who is concerned about child labour and knows about groups like the Fair Wear Foundation that certify which brands sell ethically produced clothing. Hours after learning that fashion giant H&M reportedly sells clothing made by children in risky workplaces in Burma, she goes shopping. Completely forgetting about what she just heard, she buys an H&M dress.

By Rebecca Walker Reczek, Daniel Zane and Julie Irwin 15 hours ago

#Fairnessfirst: Amplifying the female voice

The first work week of 2018 for many was one where we heard the global female voice loud and clear on social media, with 'celebration emojis' for everything from Iceland's equal pay law to #HereWeAre, #TimesUp and #Oprah2020.

By Leigh Andrews 1 day ago

Rio brings in state law cracking down on sexist ads

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state on Wednesday brought in a law cracking down on ads deemed to be sexist, threatening violators with hefty fines.

12 Jan 2018

Beijing records best air quality in five years in 2017

Air quality in China's notoriously smog-ridden capital in 2017 was the best since pollution control measures were implemented five years ago, the Beijing government announced on Wednesday, 3 January.

4 Jan 2018

Chinese firm turns panda poop into toilet paper

BEIJING, China - When life gave one Chinese company giant panda poop, it decided to make paper - and profits.

21 Dec 2017

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