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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...

1 day ago

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...

3 days ago

#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

#GBCSA2017: Celebrating 10 years of green building in SA

Founded in 2007 by Bruce Kerswill, the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) turns 10 this year...

By Sindy Peters 11 Oct 2017

GBCSA announces rebrand of Green Star SA rating system

Green Building Council South Africa's (GBCSA) Green Star SA rating system has been rebranded Green Star Africa to support its uptake throughout the continent...

9 Oct 2017

'New era' in solar energy fuelling growth in renewables

The renewable energy sector is growing faster than expected, driven largely by a "new era" in solar power and strong expansion in China, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday, 4 October...

5 Oct 2017

R16m solar farm installed at Randridge Mall

As part of its sustainability strategy, Emira Property Fund has installed a R16m solar farm on the roof of its Randridge Mall in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg...

3 Oct 2017

FNB @Parkside achieves five-star Green Star Africa As Built rating

FNB @Parkside in Namibia is the first five-star Green Star rated building in Namibia and Africa, outside South Africa, after being awarded its As Built rating by the Green Building Council...

3 Oct 2017

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International

Hydroelectric dams threaten Brazil's mysterious Pantanal - one of the world's great wetlands

The Pantanal in central South America may not be as globally famous as the Amazon rainforest, but it has the continent's highest concentration of wildlife. Now, however, the region's endangered plants and animals, along with its still undiscovered secrets, may be wiped out in return for cheap hydroelectricity.

By Lauren Crabb, Anna Laing, Bronwen Whitney, Carlos 10 Nov 2017

Malaysia rescues 140 pangolins from suspected smugglers

Dozens of live pangolins were seized from suspected traffickers close to Malaysia's border with Thailand, officials said Wednesday, 8 November, thwarting the latest attempt to smuggle the critically endangered creatures.

10 Nov 2017

EU agrees to reform world's largest carbon market

The EU struck a deal on Thursday, 9 November, to overhaul Europe's carbon market after 2021, hailing it as a key step toward meeting its pledges to cut greenhouse gases under the Paris climate agreement.

10 Nov 2017

A huge marine reserve in the Pacific will protect rich tourists rather than fish

The small Pacific archipelago of Palau has a poaching problem. When I went there in 2016 for instance, four Vietnamese crews were held for nearly two months after their timber-hulled "blue boats" were apprehended in local waters. They were fishing for tuna, but sharks were also found on board as well as sea cucumber - an expensive delicacy on the Chinese market.

By Peter Howson 2 Nov 2017

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