Understanding the legalities of water regulations in SA

17 October 2017 – Despite Level 5 water restrictions implemented by the City of Cape Town and various other methods of supplementing water supply that are currently being considered, the implementation of a large-scale, long-term solution will take time that the city no longer has. Read more…


Grape harvest dates and the evidence for global warming

10 October 2017 – Two long-term datasets for wine-growing regions, one for Two centuries of Bordeaux vintages and one for Three centuries of Rheingau vintages show very large changes in the timing of the start of the grape harvests, especially in recent decades. Read more…


Climate smart crops: A necessity for future food and nutrition security

19 September 2017 – Climate change is taking a severe toll on farmers, as they watch their livelihoods disappear with the onslaught of floods, droughts and rising sea levels and temperatures. With agriculture currently employing over 1.3 billion people throughout the world, or close to 40 percent of the global workforce, it is imperative that we incorporate climate resilience into all aspects of crop breeding and food innovation. Read more…


The World Is Facing a Global Sand Crisis

12 September 2017 – Skyrocketing demand, combined with unfettered mining to meet it, is creating the perfect recipe for shortages. Plentiful evidence strongly suggests that sand is becoming increasingly scarce in many regions. Read more…


Weather-related disasters are increasing

30 August 2017 – The number of natural disasters worldwide has more than quadrupled since 1970 to around 400 a year. There are six times more hydrological events, such as those in Texas or South Asia, now than in 1980. Yet fewer people are dying, thanks to improved building strength, flood-prevention schemes and other measures. Read more…


Fresh Plaza News

22 August 2017 – Western Cape drought: a natural and man-made disaster. Read more…


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…