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Microbial aromas might save crops from drought

If you've ever walked in a forest following the first rainfall after a dry spell, you would recall a sweet, fresh and powerfully evocative smell. This earthy-smelling substance is geosmin, a chemical released into the air by a soil-dwelling bacteria called actinomycetes...

By Ruth Schmidt 4 Jan 2019

The European Union and the Republic of Mauritius step up their partnership in climate change. (Source: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles)
EU, Mauritius step up partnership on climate change

The Government of Mauritius and the European Union held a High Level Policy Dialogue on Climate Change following the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference...

4 Jan 2019

ECA launches Africa Poverty Clock
ECA launches Africa Poverty Clock

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECS) launched the Africa Poverty Clock late last year in Addis Ababa as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations...

3 Jan 2019

Pan-African Forum to promote a culture of peace on the continent
Pan-African Forum to promote a culture of peace on the continent

UNESCO and Angola to establish Biennale of Luanda, a Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace...

2 Jan 2019

From left to right: Professor Frans Swanepoel, Professor Louise Fresco and Professor Lise Korsten/ ©UP media
Does African agriculture need a Green Revolution?

Agricultural sectors across Africa need their own green revolution building on local knowledge and culture, as well as a green disruption building on new digital and other technology...

By Xolani Mathibela 2 Jan 2019

6 African climate change science researchers awarded AIMS grants
6 African climate change science researchers awarded AIMS grants

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) recently announced the first cohort of the Small Research Grants in Climate Change Science...

24 Dec 2018

Business reporting on SDGs improves, but still long way to go
Business reporting on SDGs improves, but still long way to go

The number of organisations globally which mention the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their annual corporate or sustainability reports has increased by 10% on last year...

21 Dec 2018

Milestone charter sees fashion giants pledge to reduce emissions
Milestone charter sees fashion giants pledge to reduce emissions

The global fashion sector has increased momentum to address climate change by launching the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. Premier fashion brands, retailers, and supplier organisations have agreed...

19 Dec 2018

5 tips to travel more sustainably while in Africa
5 tips to travel more sustainably while in Africa

Africa today is not yet affected by overtourism, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't travel more sustainably...

By Martin Tvede Larsen 12 Dec 2018

Southern African nations need to up their groundwater management game
Southern African nations need to up their groundwater management game

When you think of a country's water resources, you may not realise that there are many kinds. Some is surface water, such as dams and rivers. There's also groundwater...

By Gaathier Mahed 11 Dec 2018

#RecruitmentFocus: Noella Coursaris Musunka on the power of mentorship in Africa
#RecruitmentFocus: Noella Coursaris Musunka on the power of mentorship in Africa

International model, philanthropist and advocate for women and children empowerment Noella Coursaris Musunka was recently in SA to accept an award in recognition of her humanitarian work in Africa...

By Sindy Peters 10 Dec 2018

Unbox the festive season
Unbox the festive season

Festive goodwill is part and parcel of the holiday season and we're wrapping up our year with a hamper of promotional goodies...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 7 Dec 2018

BizTrendsLIVE! January 2019 speaker line up
BizTrendsLIVE! January 2019 speaker line up

Bizcommunity invites you to join us as four 'Afro-futurists', all published authors, all experienced global keynote speakers and trend consultants, impart their knowledge in one intensive morning session...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 6 Dec 2018

CSR as a PR strategy for enhancing business-community relations
CSR as a PR strategy for enhancing business-community relations

CSR has evolved over the past few years as more and more organisations take a larger role in actively participating in social and community projects...

By Leago Monareng 6 Dec 2018

Coca-Cola pledges $38m towards recycling initiatives in Africa
Coca-Cola pledges $38m towards recycling initiatives in Africa

Coca-Cola Africa has committed to investing $38million over three years to stimulate recycling industries across Southern and Eastern Africa, and also announced its new PET bottle...

6 Dec 2018

In Zambia businesses in the food processing sector, are in for a tough time. flickr/Simon Hess
Small businesses in Africa will be on the frontline of climate change

Climate change is going to have huge consequences all over the world, especially in Africa...

By Kate Gannon, & Declan Conway 6 Dec 2018

Did fear-mongering help Cape Town avert Day Zero?
Did fear-mongering help Cape Town avert Day Zero?

According to the findings of a study by researchers from Stellenbosch University (SU) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), threats about Day Zero when taps would run dry had a far greater impact on Capetonians' water usage than water restrictions...

5 Dec 2018

12 African social enterprises awarded funding from Google
12 African social enterprises awarded funding from Google

The winners of the first Google Impact Challenge Africa award were announced last week...

4 Dec 2018

How Sears helped make women, immigrants and people of colour feel more like Americans
How Sears helped make women, immigrants and people of colour feel more like Americans

Sears did more than pioneer the mail-order catalogue over a century ago. It helped make America a more inclusive place at a time when Jim Crow was rampant...

By Einav Rabinovitch-Fox 3 Dec 2018

Africa Forum to focus on youth, women entrepreneurship
Africa Forum to focus on youth, women entrepreneurship

Government and private sector to get together at the Africa 2018 Forum in Sharm El Sheikh to foster greater regional integration through investments and cross border collaboration...

3 Dec 2018

Many African countries are flooding, risking decades of development if they do not adapt
Many African countries are flooding, risking decades of development if they do not adapt

Most African countries have made strong progress in achieving major development goals in the last few years. Despite this much needed progress, the past decade has seen flooding damage or destroy much of this same infrastructure,..

By Olalekan Adekola 3 Dec 2018

Role of sustainable packaging in brand preservation
Role of sustainable packaging in brand preservation

With sustainability and recycling on the legislative agenda globally, it's only a matter of time before non-sustainable practices are met with penalties; and brands are taking preventative measures...

29 Nov 2018

'World's worst environmental disaster' set to be repeated with controversial new dam in Africa
'World's worst environmental disaster' set to be repeated with controversial new dam in Africa

Encompassing swathes of Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya, the Omo-Turkana Basin is one of the oldest landscapes in the world that is known to have been inhabited by Homo sapiens...

By Timothy Clack 29 Nov 2018

Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Hand-ups, not hand-outs: Why a sustainable society is necessary for sustainable business

Henry Ford once said: "A big business never becomes big by being a narrow society looking after only the interests of its organisation and stockholders"...

By Jim Vella 29 Nov 2018

#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashion
#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashion

With a quick-throwaway culture defining the fast fashion era, investing in quality, handcrafted goods that are designed to last is one way consumers can shop more sustainably...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Nov 2018

#ATFexpo2018: How the conscious consumer is reshaping fashion retail
#ATFexpo2018: How the conscious consumer is reshaping fashion retail

The conscious consumer is fast reshaping the retail fashion and textile landscape. Consumers demanding transparency and traceability are changing the ways retailers operate...

By Maroefah Smith 26 Nov 2018

#EntrepreneurMonth: Meet SA's pioneer of biodegradable food packaging
#EntrepreneurMonth: Meet SA's pioneer of biodegradable food packaging

Packaging that lasts as long as it's needed, not longer...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 23 Nov 2018

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Africa to feature on Al Gore's 8th annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast

The Climate Reality Project's eighth annual 24 Hours of Reality broadcast will showcase South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa...

23 Nov 2018

Kantar TNS and other WPP agencies help Sir David Attenborough become the voice of millions at critical UN climate talks
Kantar TNS and other WPP agencies help Sir David Attenborough become the voice of millions at critical UN climate talks

Sir David Attenborough, one of the world's most famous naturalists, will bring the voice of millions of citizens to the UN Climate Change Conference later this year as part of a new UN campaign, the People's Seat...

Issued by Kantar TNS 22 Nov 2018

Graça Machel calls on Africa to 'aggressively address its gender-specific challenges'
Graça Machel calls on Africa to 'aggressively address its gender-specific challenges'

Graça Machel has called on African women and policymakers to challenge gender inequality and inadequate female representation in the continent's business and economic, political and policy space...

22 Nov 2018

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