Blue carbon

8 June 2021. Are our oceans the secret solution to the climate crisis? Read more…


Drought crisis intensifies in Northern and Eastern Cape

4 May 2021. At his point in time, the water level of the Kouga Dam stands at 4%, the lowest since the dam was built in the late 1960s. This posed a serious threat to citrus production in the Gamtoos Valley. Read more…


SA consumers express willingness to help combat sustainability issues

26 April 2021. As Earth Day is observed around the world on 22 April, new research on sustainability, commissioned by Mastercard, reveals a marked increase in consumer passion for the environment, as personal attitudes toward the environment evolve as a result of Covid-19. Read more…


How wheat straw, mango peels could be used for renewable food packaging

23 March 2021. Wheat straw and mango peels that are normally disposed of in landfills or used as manure and animal feed could potentially be used in the development of renewable, biodegradable and non-toxic active (the ability to respond to temperature and time changes in food storage) food packaging that could help keep products fresher for longer. Read more…


France´s Costly Green Wine Revolution

12 March 2021. Environmentally sustainable wine might sound great, but what if only rich producers can afford to make it? Read more…


Plastic is part of the carbon cycle and needs to be included in climate calculations

10 March 2020. Plastic pollution and climate change are two prominent environmental issues of our time. Plastic was once thought to be a miracle invention that made life simpler for families. Read more…


FAO, AFD project to boost sustainable wildlife management, food security in southern Africa

16 February 2021. Southern Africa’s Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, which straddles Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, each year experiences large scale migrations of megafauna, in particular elephants, where 50% of the total population of African elephants can be found. However, the area is also home to poor rural communities whose livelihoods depend on agriculture, fishing and hunting and who are not always able to meet their basic needs due, in part, to erratic rainfall and frequent droughts. Read more…


Above-normal summer rainfall anticipated for 2020/21

24 November 2020. Winter rainfall areas received a considerable amount of rain. Spring began with some significant rains in parts of the summer rainfall areas, particularly in the north-eastern and south-eastern parts of the country. Veld and livestock conditions range between reasonable and poor in most areas. The average level of major dams has increased in most provinces. Read more…


Climate change, migration and urbanisation: patterns in sub-Saharan Africa

9 November 2020. So what causes people to move and where do they go? And what is the relationship between these decisions and changes in climatic conditions? Read more…


Klein-Karoo stonefruit farmers still experiencing extreme drought

5 October 2020. There have been small amounts of sporadic rainfall over parts of the Klein-Karoo, but of the good winter rainfall over the southwestern Cape, they have had nothing. The Klein-Karoo is in particular known for its apricots, for which there is good export demand. Read more…