The Climate Apocalypse Is Now, and It’s Happening to You

4 December 2018 – What people say they know about climate change is a roller coaster of human ignorance—wait, everyone knows that but no one knows that? It’s striking to learn (according to Yale’s climate survey program) that 74 percent of women and 70 percent of men believe climate change will harm future generations of humans, but just 48 and 42 percent, respectively, think it’s harming them personally. Read more…


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21 November 2018 – Southern Namibia: Better funding could do so much for ORIP. Read more…


Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law

20 November 2018 – A new study has found that outdated, colonial-era water permit systems across Africa are unintentionally criminalising millions of small farmers who can’t obtain permits. This undermines efforts to boost farming production and meet economic growth goals. Read more…


The spread of shothole borer beetles in South Africa is proving tough to control

6 November 2018 – A tiny tree-killing beetle with the awkwardly long name of Polyphagous Shothole Borer was detected in South Africa for the first time last year. It’s now attacking and inserting its deadly fungal ally, Fusarium euwallaceae, in a wider array of tree species across a much wider geographical area. Read more…


South Africa’s leading supermarket rewards recyclable bag reuse

24 October 2018 – South African supermarkets have also come under increased pressure to cut their use of plastic, now images of littered oceans and beaches become commonplace. Read more…


Can the World Change Course on Climate Change?

18 October 2018 – A new United Nations report warns that the severe impacts of global warming would occur by 2040, or in the lifetime of today’s working-age people. Read more…


Bees are dying at an alarming rate

4 October 2018 – Alarm bells are sounding globally over the disappearance of pollinators, but the Dutch capital has proved to be a success story. Read more…


New irrigation book – valuable resource for wine grape growers

27 August 2018 – The project was initiated by the Institute for Grape and Wines Science’s (IGWS) Viticulture Technology Transfer Platform. Willem Botha of Netafim quoted Dean Kamen: “Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation. For Netafim as a company, it is vital to be involved in innovative initiatives. Irrigation is a critical component of successful wine grape farming. Our involvement in this project is a small contribution to help distinguish South Africa as a leader in irrigation.” Read more…


Farmers in Southern Africa warned of extended dry spell this year

20 August 2018 – SADC farmers have been advised not to sell their food stocks harvested last season, as the region expects an extended dry spell this coming rainy season. Read more…


Deadliest year on record for land and environmental defenders

26 July 2018 – Global Witness today reveals that at least 207 land and environmental defenders were killed last year – indigenous leaders, community activists and environmentalists murdered trying to protect their homes and communities from mining, agribusiness and other destructive industries. Read more…