We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplastics

One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly - seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care products, or minutes as in plastic grocery bags - they stick around for hundreds of years...

By John Meeker 2 days ago

The dark side of green energy

Solar panels, electric vehicles and wind turbines are all essential for tackling climate change and ensuring sustainable development. However, there is a dark side to this technology...

1 day ago

Can sound help save a dwindling elephant population? Scientists using AI think so

Deep in the rainforest in a northern corner of the Republic of Congo, some of the most sophisticated monitoring of animal sounds on Earth is taking place...

By Jennifer Langston 3 days ago

What's driving persistent poverty in rural Kenya

Like most of sub Saharan African countries, Kenya has registered a decline in the poverty rate over the past decade...

By Timothy Njagi Njeru 10 Aug 2018

A gigantic trek: what it takes to move 200 elephants 1,500km

The translocation of wild animals is becoming an increasingly important conservation strategy...

By Matt Hayward 7 Aug 2018

Paxful, Zam Zam Water make Bitcoin-funded charity in Africa a reality

Global crypto-marketplace Paxful, together with its implementation partner NPO Zam Zam Water, has launched #BuiltWithBitcoin...

6 Aug 2018

Climate change the focus at third Lagos UN SDGs Dialogue

The UN Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, in collaboration with the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), recently held a dialogue session focused on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact...

3 Aug 2018

MTV Shuga launches three new campaigns

The MTV Shuga drama series has launched three new 'edutainment' campaigns to target its audience and educate them regarding HIV prevention and self-testing...

1 Aug 2018

PAWO seeks recognition for African women leaders

President of PAWO Assetou Koite says Africa must recognise and honour the contribution of women to the decolonisation of the continent...

1 Aug 2018

Outrage over Cecil the lion slaying three years ago left little in its wake

It's just over three years since a lion was shot in Zimbabwe by Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota in the US, in a drama that became known as "Cecilgate"...

By Muchazondida Mkono 31 Jul 2018

#FairnessFirst: Golden 'Fearless Girl' says yes, she McCann!

There's much to be said for dressing up as your role models and picturing yourself in their shoes. Here's why you can officially call British advertising graduate Jade Delaney 'Fearless Girl' after she painted herself gold, planted herself in front of the agency responsible for the Wall Street statue and went on to work there...

By Leigh Andrews 30 Jul 2018

BRICS countries sign environmental agreement

The ministers of environmental affairs for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Environmental Cooperation...

30 Jul 2018

Africa's Cities for our Future competition winner revealed

Heat Island Limited is the African winner of the Cities for our Future competition...

25 Jul 2018

Evictions in Nairobi: why the city has a problem and what can be done to fix it

A new road in Nairobi, Kenya, is set to displace up to 30,000 Kibera slum residents...

By Kefa Otiso 25 Jul 2018

Here's how to navigate the complexity of philanthropy

An increasing number of South Africans are getting involved in giving, making regular donations to different non-profits...

20 Jul 2018

Planning for future water security in a nexus paradigm

From a water perspective, we live in a 'world of Cape Towns'...

By Dhesigen Naidoo 20 Jul 2018

Cryptocurrency to power solar projects

With more than one-billion people still living without electricity, which severely inhibits economic development and basic human rights including health, education, safety and security...

19 Jul 2018

#Mandela100: Africa needs leaders who live and exude integrity

Africa's new generation of leaders could learn a thing or two about how to become great, but it takes much more to become an extraordinary leader like Nelson Mandela...

By Rudo Kwaramba-Kayombo 19 Jul 2018

#Mandela100: 'We have no choice but to move forward' - Obama

"Let me tell you what I believe. I believe in Nelson Mandela's vision, I believe in a vision shared by Gandhi and King..."

18 Jul 2018

Enter the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

South African engineers and those from other sub-Saharan countries are invited to enter the fifth edition...

16 Jul 2018

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