Climate Change News

5 December 2017 – How the world needs to change as regions get drier. Read more…


Creating fuel from agricultural waste

24 November 2017 – Traditionally agricultural byproducts, along with those from coffee, go into landfills or are used as fertiliser. Read more…


The Hydroponic, Robotic Future of Farming in Greenhouses

21 November 2017 – The grandest, most disruptive automation revolution has played out in agriculture. Read more…


Agriculture and food systems will play a fundamental role in mitigating climate change

21 November 2017 – Unless sustainable, climate-smart ways of producing, transporting, processing and consuming food are adopted globally, emissions from agriculture sectors are set to increase, further contributing to climate change. Read more…


Africa welcomes renewables revolution

17 November 2017 – Africa’s ability to provide electricity to its population has traditionally been judged on the ability of its governments to finance or attract private sector investment into new power plants.Such discussion has generally missed the point. There is no benefit in funding centralised power plants, whether thermal or hydro, without parallel investment in transmission and distribution infrastructure to transport electricity to customers. Read more…


The World’s First Floating Wind Farm Is an Incredible Feat of Engineering

27 October 2017 – Wind turbines are a valuable source of renewable energy, but it can be hard to find a good place to put them.Last week saw the launch of the world’s first floating offshore wind farm. Read more…


SA: Chamber of Mines hosts launch of new ‘Urban Agriculture Initiative’

25 October 2017 – The Chamber of Mines (CoM) on Wednesday hosted the launch of the Urban Agriculture Initiative, which is aimed at creating a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by “innovatively” re-purposing disused rooftops and making use of hydroponics and aquaponics to produce agricultural produce for Johannesburg’s inner city communities. Read more…


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…