Carbon farming: How agriculture can both feed people and fight climate change

5 March 2019 – Imagine “carbon emissions”, and what springs to mind? Most people tend to think of power stations belching out clouds of carbon dioxide or queues of vehicles burning up fossil fuels as they crawl, bumper-to-bumper, along congested urban roads. But in Britain and many other countries, carbon emissions have another source, one that is almost completely invisible. In the UK, these overlooked emissions come from our most extensive semi-natural habitat, yet it is a habitat which is almost invisible within the national consciousness. Read more…


Changing weather patterns a challenge for South African farmers

26 February 2019. Read more…


El Nino uncertainty in 2019

5 February 2019 – Extremely high temperatures with heat wave conditions continued to occur over large parts of the country. During the past two weeks, there has been isolated rainfall with hail in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and parts of the eastern Free State. Hail has caused the most severe hail damage in the last ten years. Read more…


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…


Fresh Plaza News

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Food security in Africa depends on rethinking outdated water law

20 November 2018 – A new study has found that outdated, colonial-era water permit systems across Africa are unintentionally criminalising millions of small farmers who can’t obtain permits.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…