Water scarcity drives a new wave of practices in Cape Winelands

15 August 2017 – The South African wine industry and agricultural sector as a whole, has shifted towards a more intensified production system. This shift from the traditional sense of farming has included increased irrigation, fuel, mechanisation, use of genetically modified seed and fertiliser inputs. In coping with increasing populations, and our fragile ecosystem experiencing more frequent droughts, modern technologies will continue to impact on farming methods we have traditionally come to know. Read more…


These 5 Countries Are Killing It in the Battle Against Climate Change

9 August 2017 – When it comes to climate change, government leaders and politicians must begin to think beyond their term limits and lifetimes. Read more…


Global warming could result in losses for the European wine industry

13 July 2017 – Slight increases in temperature in Mediterranean regions from global warming could potentially result in labor, productivity and economic losses for the European wine industry, an article in the journal Temperature suggests. READ


Global warming could result in losses for the European wine industry

12 July 2017 – Slight increases in temperature in Mediterranean regions from global warming could potentially result in labor, productivity and economic losses for the European wine industry, an article in the journal Temperature suggests. READ…


Africa feeling the heat of climate change

6 June 2017 – Researchers are still trying to learn why the population of African penguins has dropped precipitously over the last 15 years — some estimates say by 90% —but most agree that climate change is a major factor in the decline of this iconic African species. Read more…

Western Cape drought declared a disaster

23 May 2017 – Western Cape premier Helen Zille declared the province a disaster area on Monday and urged residents to manage their water supplies more efficiently as the South African region tries to cope with what she described as the “worst drought since 1904”. Read more…


The climate change map of WINE

Every year, the worldwide wine industry suffers losses of more than $10 billion due to extreme weather events and natural disasters such as frost, hail, drought and forest fires.

Scientists investigated the extent to which 7,500 wine regions in 131 countries are affected by these events and how climate change affects the wine industry. Read more…


Fresh Plaza News

18 April 2017 – Warming of 2°C in Africa could reduce ag production by 20%

Scientific consensus is that a temperature increase of 2°Celsius would result in an average reduction of 15% to 20% in agricultural yields on the African  continent.

The Center for Global Development’s 2011 report, “Quantifying Vulnerability to Climate Change Implications for Adaptation Assistance,” forecasts median agricultural productivity losses due to climate change ranging from 18% in North Africa to 19.8% in Central Africa through 2050.

The weak output in Africa, reinforced by a spike in temperatures and exacerbated by extreme climate events, could create a vicious loop of food insecurity, impoverishment, mass migration and, finally, armed conflict.

In addition to the moral imperative of feeding people, there is also an essentially practical argument to be made in favour of significantly increasing support for agricultural adaptation in Africa—the so-called feedback loop. By helping Africa boost agricultural production through improved soil management and irrigation techniques, as well as increased research on other farming techniques that respect the integrity of land, the global community also would be helping reduce greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. That’s because the improved agricultural practices, as part of a virtuous circle, would increase yields on poor farmland, reduce deforestation and improve the carbon sequestration capacity of cultivated soil.

By maintaining African agriculture and reinforcing its capacity for adapting to climate change, the international community can show its responsiveness to the life-and-death issue of African food security, while addressing the global imperative to reduce temperature increases.

source: cnbcafrica.com


Scientists Just Figured Out How to Use Graphene to Make Seawater Drinkable

New research from the University of Manchester developed a graphene-based sieve that can filter out salt from seawater. The graphene oxide membrane could be a cheaper and more efficient filter for desalination plants to use. Read more…


National Water Week 20 – 26 March 2017

National World Water Day, 22 March 2017, under the theme “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource” Read more…