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Climate Change News

Drones help communities map flood risk in Dar es Salaam slums

By: Reuters     4th January 2017 The sight of a drone hovering above the streets of Tandale to map the crowded flood-prone neighbourhood in the north of Dar es Salaam spread excitement among inhabitants tired of dealing with regular inundations. “I am happy to see something is being done to prevent flooding,” said 35-year-old... 

Farm workers earn through carbon credit programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 Twenty-seven employees of the Spier wine estate, in Stellenbosch, have, through a climate change mitigation initiative, shared half the R204 000 paid out from carbon credits – derived from practicing regenerative farming on a section of the organically certified wine farm. An average of R4 000... 

Farm workers earn through carbon credit programme

DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’ 

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2016 A call has been made for the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) base case to be re-run in order to generate a “least-cost” outcome that is free from the “artificial constraints” imposed on renewable energy in the current draft. The base case, published by the Department of Energy (DoE) on November... 

DoE urged to re-run IRP base case without ‘artificial constraints’

Southern Africa faces worst drought in decades

By: African News Agency      8th December 2016 Nearly 14-million people in southern Africa are in need of emergency humanitarian assistance as the region faces the worst El Nino induced drought in decades. United Nations (UN humanitarian agencies and partners launched a revised action plan to outlining their response to the needs of an... 

Southern Africa faces worst drought in decades

Western Cape govt intensifies fight against climate change

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 The Western Cape provincial government has been accepted to join the Climate Group – States & Regions Alliance, an international group of provincial, State and regional governments that aims to accelerate the global transition to a low-carbon economy. Members share expertise on innovative policy,... 

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses 

By: Anine Kilian     14th November 2016 The amount of municipality-supplied water being lost through leaking pipes and dripping taps – which amounts to about 25% – is a significant concern in the current drought-promoting climate and subsequent water restrictions in the country, says South African Institution of Civil Engineering... 

Leaks to blame for South Africa’s major water losses

Marrakech climate conference focuses on cities, towns implementing Paris Agreement

By: African News Agency      11th November 2016 The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22) in Marrakech, Morocco, has put its spotlight on cities, towns and regions around the world that are making efforts to reduce their carbon emissions. These cities and towns are striving to play a key role in implementing the Paris Agreement,... 

IFC study finds climate pact helped open up $23tn in emerging market opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2016 A study released on Tuesday by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of World Bank Group, shows that the historic global agreement on climate change adopted in Paris last year helped open up nearly $23-trillion in opportunities for climate-smart investments in emerging markets... 

Germany’s Pervormance International eyes South African market

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2016 German family-owned Pervormance International is seeking out opportunities in the South African market by bringing a cooling solution that could increase the productivity of employees working in hot conditions by 12%. The E.Cooline range on offer aims to combat heat stress in hot and humid... 

Ramp up efforts to lower carbon emissions, warns former Greenpeace leader  

By: Kim Cloete     3rd November 2016 Former Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo has called for major changes in a bid to deal with “irreversible, runaway and catastrophic” climate change. He told delegates at the annual Windaba, in Cape Town, that even the approach of the environmental movement and progressive parts of society... 

WWF-SA welcomes South Africa’s ratification of Paris agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2016 Environmental preservation organisation World Wide Fund for Nature – South Africa (WWF-SA) has welcomed South Africa’s ratification of the milestone Paris agreement reached at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).... 

WWF-SA welcomes South Africa’s ratification of Paris agreement

Declaring national drought disaster not a quick fix – Minister

By: News24Wire      21st October 2016 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane does not have sole authority to declare the drought, which is plaguing eight provinces, a national disaster. "I have no authority to declare a disaster. Once the relative authorities, including Treasury and the department of co-operative governance... 

Declaring national drought disaster not a quick fix – Minister
Water & Sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane

New SADC body set up to strengthen groundwater management

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI), a new organisation that will work within 15 SADC member States to collaboratively strengthen the management and development of groundwater for social and economic development in the region through the... 

New SADC body set up to strengthen groundwater management
Photo by Bloomberg
UNTAPPED RESOURCE Groundwater is the primary source of all water for about 70% of the inhabitants of the Southern African Development Community, yet only 1.5% is used

More climate financing from AfDB, next four year plan will be ambitious

By: African News Agency      19th October 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Tuesday, announced that its annual climate financing will triple to $5-billion dollars a year by 2020, which will increase its total new investments to 40% by 2020. This was announced at the sixth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa... 

More climate financing from AfDB, next four year plan will be ambitious

Commercial bamboo production may have biofuel potential  

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 According to Africa-focused bamboo technology company Afribam, growing bamboo commercially could create biofuel possibilities for commercial power generation and serve to sequestrate a percentage of carbon emitted by the same power generation facilities.  

Commercial bamboo production may have  biofuel potential
Bamboo specialist Adrian Sutton tells Engineering News about the opportunities of commercially growing bamboo. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Water dept revisiting climate change, hydropower policies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2016 With ongoing water restrictions across the country, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is revisiting its policies on hydropower and the effect climate change has on the water sector. South Africa has been struck by drought conditions over the last two years, which has had a significant... 

Water dept revisiting climate change, hydropower policies

South Africa under pressue to ratify COP21 agreement . . . because of Trump

By: News24Wire      15th September 2016 South Africa is under pressure to ratify the COP21 climate change Paris agreement before the end of the year, as doing so could make it binding on a potential Donald Trump-led US. "If the Paris agreement is in force, legally the US can't get out of it," Environmental Affairs Deputy... 

Carbon offset regulations could have major financial implications for businesses

By: Dylan Slater     19th August 2016 Draft regulations on carbon offsets, which were published for comment by the National Treasury on June 20, under the Carbon Tax Bill, are due to come into effect in early 2017 and could have significant financial implications for businesses in South Africa, according to legal services firm Cliffe... 

Glass recycling and reuse of returnable bottles reduce glass at landfill

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 Consumption of returnable glass-bottled products has increased, owing to the increased affordability of returnable packs, amid difficult economic times and lower levels of disposable income. South Africa’s returnable bottle system and glass recycling initiatives divert more than two-million... 

Glass recycling and reuse  of returnable bottles  reduce glass at landfill
RETURNABLE BOTTLE SYSTEM Returnable bottles can make up to 30 trips between customers and the retailer before reaching the end of useable life

SA farmers hope for enough rain after winter

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 The next five months and the following planting season will be critical for farmers who have been affected by the devastating drought which crippled the agriculture sector recently. According to agricultural organisation AgriSA CEO Omri van Zyl, farmers need to see out the winter and hope for... 

Wastewater treatment necessary to grow the economy

By: Nadine James     29th July 2016 Consistent and sustainable water supply is necessary to ensure socioeconomic growth; therefore, wastewater treatment, as a comparatively cost-effective solution that reduces strain on available water supply, is vital to economic growth in water-stressed countries, says waste management company... 

Wastewater treatment necessary to grow  the economy
UNDERCOVER OPERATION The underground biological wastewater treatment plant should remain operational for up to 25 years

Paris Agreement consensus opens business opportunities  

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2016 A significant opportunity has emerged as a result of the consensus reached in Paris at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the end of last year and the world is now at an inflection point in the transition to cleaner... 

New policymaker booklet to be introduced next week

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2016 A new policymakers advisory booklet on climate change adaptation and resilience in Africa will be launched at an upcoming communication event in Mauritius next week. The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), the Mauritius Academy of Science and Technology and the German National Academy of... 

New policymaker booklet to be introduced next week

Unilever head urges South African firms to prioritise society not just shareholders

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2016 The global head of consumer goods group Unilever has urged South African companies to eschew short-termism and begin integrating the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) into their operating models, describing their attainment as not only achievable, but also a high-return... 

Unilever head urges South African firms to prioritise society not just shareholders
Unilever CEO Paul Polman

Megabus buys ten CNG buses to be fuelled using Free State gas 

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Unitrans’s subsidiary Megabus has procured ten Scania, 280 hp, 100% compressed natural gas (CNG) buses, which it will trial for the next five years at its Free State operations. The official handover of the buses, which comprise the first Euro 6 bus engines in South Africa, was concluded in... 

Megabus buys ten CNG buses to be fuelled using Free State gas
Photo by Duane Daws
ANTHONY KING Each bus has eight carbon fibre compressed natural gas tanks, which will allow for about 1 200 m3 of gas

Agri SA calls for a national disaster declaration 

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 Agri SA on Friday welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Des van Rooyen, to declare most of South Africa’s provinces as drought disaster areas. On Friday, Van Rooyen declared all but Gauteng as drought disaster areas because of the threat to... 

Agri SA calls for a national disaster declaration

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th June 2016 Automation technology group ABB has commissioned an integrated solar-diesel microgrid installation – the group’s first microgrid in South Africa – at its 96 000 m2 Longmeadow facility in Johannesburg. The Longmeadow site hosts ABB’s head offices and logistics and manufacturing centre. 

ABB inaugurates its first South African microgrid at Longmeadow headquarters
ABB Longmeadow Headquarters

New power generation system commissioned in Beppu, Japan

     3rd June 2016 Distributed waste heat to power generation service provider ElectraTherm sales and marketing director Kazunori Ueda, in mid-April, announced the commissioning of the Power+ Generator 4400 in Beppu, Japan.  

New power generation system commissioned  in Beppu, Japan
FIRST OF ITS KIND The unit uses geothermal heat to generate fuel-free, emission-free electricity at the site

Global nuclear agency ready to help African countries adopt atomic power

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, has reaffirmed his organisation's readiness to help African countries adopt nuclear energy, if they wish to. "Your country [South Africa] is the only established user of nuclear power [in Africa]. Other countries... 

Report finds World Heritage sites threatened by climate change

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2016 Climate change is fast becoming one of the most significant risks for World Heritage sites, according to a report released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), the United Nations Environment Programme and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).... 

Water, energy sectors need to collaborate more – World Bank

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 The interplay between water and energy is more critical than ever, with climate change forcing people to work together, according to World Bank energy and extractives global practive director Charles Feinstein. “You can’t tackle energy problems without being sensitive to water demands. Global... 

Water, energy sectors need to collaborate more – World Bank

Global companies start to influence consumers

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 In the wake of mounting climate change, a global conference on sustainable brands has shown how some companies are starting to innovate and redesign manufacturing, products and services to be more in tune with sustainable practices. “Brands, large and small, are showing the way, with some... 

Global companies start to influence consumers

Innovation and research needed to bolster farming productivity

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th May 2016 As South Africa struggles with rising food prices, the effects of the worst drought in 20 years and water shortage, the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) highlighted how the country’s agricultural industry could address some of the challenges from an agricultural... 

Innovation and research needed to bolster farming productivity
Photo by Bloomberg
EMPHASISED DELIBERATION Considerations at the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development included promoting the preference for sustainable, labour-intensive farming systems

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Solar system specialists and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika completed the installation of a 50 kW hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Wilgers education and community centre near the Kusile power plant in Witbank, Mpumalanga, in January 2016. ZRW Mechanika was awarded the... 

Power utility opts to use renewable energy source
HYBRID SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC Renewable and cost efficient energy source

Renewables programme showcases benefits of public–private collaboration

By: David Oliveira     29th April 2016 The success of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is a shining example of South Africa’s ability to undertake large infrastructure programmes to boost the local economy, despite the current period of slow growth... 

Decision ‘soon’ on seawater desalination plant for Durban 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2016 Amid new night-time water restrictions on eThekwini residents, Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has confirmed that a medium-sized seawater desalination plant is being studied for development in an area south of the city. Writing in a response to a Parliamentary question posed by... 

Decision ‘soon’ on seawater desalination plant for Durban
Photo by Duane Daws
Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane

AfDB pledges increased financial support for Mozambique

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd April 2016 The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has affirmed its commitment to continue supporting the growing Mozambique economy, particularly regarding the country’s energy, agriculture and infrastructure sectors. Leading a team of senior staff to Maputo earlier this month, AfDB president Akinwumi... 

AfDB pledges increased financial support for Mozambique
Photo by Duane Daws
INVESTMENT NEED Mozambique is in the process of revitalising its economy, focusing on priority areas, such as agriculture, energy and infrastructure
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