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Climate Change News

As crops dry, Malawi turns to solar irrigation

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 As climate change brings longer droughts, farmers in eastern Malawi's already dry Lake Chilwa basin are seeing an ever-more-frequent disaster: maize wilting or drying completely, leaving families hungry. "In the past many farmers relied on rain-fed agriculture to grow their food," said Edwin... 

First African company announces science-based greenhouse gas target

By: African News Agency      19th July 2018 Emira Property Fund has become the first African and South African company to have a greenhouse gas emissions target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World... 

Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2018 Amid growing calls for South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy to be a just one, a project has been launched to map the possible socioeconomic and environmental scenarios for the transition. The initiative is being undertaken by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection... 

Low-carbon economy scenarios project under way
Zamanzima Mazibuko

Climate Change Bill heads to NWest

By: African News Agency      10th July 2018 Public consultations on the National Climate Change Bill will be held in Rustenburg in the North West on Tuesday. The public consultation would be held at Marang in Phokeng outside Rustenburg to allow for public comments on the Bill. 

 Climate Change Bill heads to NWest

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis
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COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT South Africa is depending on a complex and technically challenging bulk-water supply which requires a high level of expertise and coordination

World Bank approves $2.1bn loans for Nigerian projects

By: Reuters     29th June 2018 The World Bank said on Thursday it had approved a total of $2.1-billion in concessionary loans to fund projects in Nigeria aimed at improving access to electricity and promoting governance. The projects approved by the International Development Association (IDA), the bank's low-interest arm, are... 

No Day Zero for 2019 – City of Cape Town

By: News24Wire      28th June 2018 The City of Cape Town has announced that the dreaded Day Zero – the day when most of the taps will be turned off – will not happen in 2018 or 2019. The City of Cape Town said on Thursday that provided that adequate water restrictions are maintained, "the City is confident that there will be no... 

No Day Zero for 2019 – City of Cape Town

WGC report a first step in understanding gold’s GHG footprint

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2018 While there is limited published data on gold’s global carbon footprint, research by the World Gold Council (WGC) has determined that total greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from newly-mined gold are significantly lower than those of other major metals and mined products. “Gold is also valuable and,... 

Getting below the surface of the Cape Town water crisis

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2018 It will take three months and cost R350-million for a small-scale temporary desalination plant to produce enough water to raise the level of Cape Town’s supply dams by just 1%. Yet the small amount of rain over the long weekend in April raised the dam levels by more than 1% – free of charge.... 

Poor people most vulnerable to climate change – economist

By: African News Agency      21st June 2018 An estimated 20-million people will be pushed into poverty because of climate change in 2030, which may possibly rocket to more than 100-million people if speedy social developments are not conducted, an economist said on Wednesday. “We estimated that 20-million people will be pushed into poverty... 

'The future we don't want is already happening' – climate change expert

By: News24Wire      20th June 2018 The future we don't want is already happening with more intense droughts, floods, heat waves, blackouts, food shortages and sea levels gradually rising. It may sound like a post-apocalyptic movie, but delegates to the Adaptation Futures 2018 conference in Cape Town heard that these climate change... 

City of Cape Town will take 3 years to deal with drought impact - De Lille

By: African News Agency      19th June 2018 It will take at least three years for the City of Cape Town to deal with the impact of climate change and the current drought on the city, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said on Tuesday. Welcoming delegates to Adaptation Futures 2018, the world’s leading conference on climate change adaptation... 

 City of Cape Town will take 3 years to deal with drought impact - De Lille
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Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

Over 1 000 international delegates gather in Cape Town to find ways of adapting to global climate change

By: News24Wire      18th June 2018 In the beginning the conversation about global climate change focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions to keep Earth's temperatures from rising dangerously high. Later, another conversation developed alongside the first, which said even if we stopped all greenhouse gas emissions today, we... 

Consciousness needed for chemical use

15th June 2018 The use of chemical compound Difluoromethane (R32) refrigerant in air-conditioning systems as a ‘green’ alternative to R410A demonstrates the global impact of the phasedown programme initiated by the Montreal Protocol and Kigali Agreement, according to specialty chemicals and gases supplier... 

Consciousness needed for  chemical use
ENVIROMENTALLY INNOVATIVE COMPOUND R32 has higher pressures than many mainstream refrigerants, in addition to mild flammability

Draft National Climate Change Bill published for comment

By: African News Agency      11th June 2018 Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has published the draft National Climate Change Bill for public comment in the Government Gazette, her department said on Sunday. "The purpose of the bill is to build an effective climate change response and ensure the long-term just transition to a... 

Draft National Climate Change Bill published for comment
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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa 

By: Kim Cloete     8th June 2018 A string of corporate governance failures and climate change challenges have cranked up the pressure on companies to become better corporate citizens and take care of the environment they are operating in. The renewed emphasis on governance and sustainability is not limited to the private sector,... 

Good corporate citizenship in a post-State-capture South Africa

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe announced on Friday that South Africa would launch a fifth Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) bid window in November with the aim of procuring a further 1 800 MW of renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs).... 

South Africa to release new-look renewables bid window in November
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Energy Minister Jeff Radebe

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘Global Electric Vehicles Outlook’ has found that the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded three-million in 2017, which is a 54% increase compared with 2016.  

Electric vehicles could increase to 220m in 2030 – IEA

Weather service sees El Nino building

By: Reuters     28th May 2018 The South African Weather Service said on Monday that it saw an El Nino weather pattern developing during the region's winter and spring but it was too early to forecast if it would last into the summer growing season. The last El Nino was linked to a severe drought that hit crop production and... 

Weather service sees El Nino building

Hilton hotels to cut down on plastic waste

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2018 The Hilton hotel group will remove plastic straws and plastic water bottles from its 650 managed properties by the end of this year. The company on Wednesday revealed its goal of cutting its global environmental impact in half by 2030. 

Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries

By: News24Wire      21st May 2018 The Basic countries, comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China, have reiterated that the global effort against climate change is an irreversible process that cannot be postponed. This was said following the 26th Basic Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, held in Durban over the weekend.... 

Researchers suggest 100% renewable energy system is plausible

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 A multinational group of researchers have co-authored a paper to demonstrate that there are no roadblocks to sourcing 100% of a country’s power supply from renewable sources. The researchers, from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

South Africa working on Climate Change Bill

By: News24Wire      17th May 2018 A Climate Change Bill is on the cards for South Africa. Speaking at a press briefing before introducing her department's budget to the National Assembly on Wednesday, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said in addition to finalising the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the... 

South Africa working on Climate Change Bill

1 000 new nuclear reactors needed to meet global energy demand by 2050 – WNA

By: Anine Kilian     15th May 2018 The world will need to build 1 000 new nuclear reactors to meet global energy demand by 2050, World Nuclear Association (WNA) Harmony Programme adviser Jeremy Gordon said at AtomExpo, in Sochi, Russia, on Monday. He added that nuclear power was in the past 25 years growing at the fastest rate... 

Nuclear to shape future energy solutions

By: Melissa Zisengwe     11th May 2018 Nuclear Energy is globally recognised as a valuable source of safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy, and when harmonised with Africa’s abundant thermal, renewable and hydro resources, a balanced and sustainable energy portfolio for Africa can be achieved, says independent clean energy... 

Nuclear to shape future energy solutions
DES MULLER highlights the importance of making smart choices regarding Africa’s energy planning

Pests, diseases a burden on agriculture – ARC

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Despite an influx of agricultural imports and an increase in pests and diseases coming into the country over the past 20 years, South Africa has not invested adequately in pest and disease control strategies, says Agricultural Research Council (ARC) president Shadrack Moephuli. “We have not been... 

Africa’s population growth could drive South Africa’s livestock exports

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Africa’s population is expected to grow by 25% by 2050, creating an expanding middle class population that will require an affluent protein diet, Agricultural Research Council (ARC) research institute manager Dr Misheck Mulumba said on Wednesday. Addressing delegates at a public awareness day... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report
Glencore's Anna Krutikov

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Thabane Zulu says the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is undergoing a final set of processes and consultations, as stipulated by Cabinet in December, before being published in the Government Gazette. Speaking at the Africa Power Roundtable in... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon
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Department of Energy director-general Thabane Zulu

Why April rainfall is key to stave off Cape Town's Day Zero

By: News24Wire      9th April 2018 In three weeks’ time experts will be able to say with some certainty whether Cape Town is likely to get enough rain this year to avoid a Day Zero scenario in 2019. After three dry years and months of severe water restrictions, everyone in the drought-stricken area wants to know whether we will... 

Darling Brew becomes Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 Western Cape-based craft brewery Darling Brew has been named Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery and is expected to offset a total of 687.96 t of carbon dioxide over the next year. This, the brewery explained, will be equivalent to having eliminated the same amount of carbon from the... 

Darling Brew becomes Africa’s first carbon-neutral brewery
Darling Brew Outside View

DEA indicates 2018 fire season readiness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on Tuesday said its Working on Fire team was ready for the upcoming winter fire season, which usually starts early in June and ends in November.  

DEA indicates 2018 fire season readiness
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Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa

Africa struggles to meet energy demand and reduce carbon emissions 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2018 The global energy sector is faced with the dual challenge of meeting growing energy demand, while simultaneously needing to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy system, says MIT Energy Initiative director Robert Armstrong. Speaking at the twenty-first Power and Electricity World... 

South Africans saved 410 MW during Earth Hour - Eskom

By: African News Agency      26th March 2018 South Africans joined the rest of the world when they switched off their lights for Earth Hour from 20:30 to 21:30 on Saturday night and together they saved 410 MW, Eskom has announced. Earth Hour is a global call for the protection of the planet and for people to take a stand against climate... 

Climate change could force millions to migrate within countries by 2050, warns World Bank

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 Unless urgent climate and development action is taken globally and nationally, just over 143-million people could be forced to move within their own countries to escape the slow-onset impacts of climate change by 2050, a new World Bank report 'Groundswell - Preparing for Internal Climate... 

Climate change could force millions to migrate within countries by 2050, warns World Bank
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Climate change is becoming a more urgent economic, social and existential threat to countries and their people

AfDB teams up with international organisation to drive solar development in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has signed a joint declaration with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to promote the development of solar energy in Africa. The joint declaration recognises the bank's leadership in working with several parties, including governments, the private sector... 

Economy faces paralysis if govt does not act urgently on water crisis – report

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 If the government fails to respond to the country's critical water situation, South Africans could face a situation similar to the energy crisis that nearly paralysed the economy, according to a Water Research Commission report. "To avoid a state of national panic, similar to that which occurred... 

Economy faces paralysis if govt does not act urgently on water crisis – report

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