climate change

24 Sep 2021

SA needs a sustainable agricultural sector

SA needs a sustainable agricultural sector South Africa needs a sustainable agricultural sector if it is to ensure food security in the future. However, the sector is not without its […]
16 Sep 2021

IWMI examines water resources in Ethiopia’s Lake Tana sub-basin

IWMI examines water resources in Ethiopia’s Lake Tana sub-basin Through the FLAIR (Future Leaders – African Independent Research) Fellowship project, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is working to develop a thorough […]
14 Sep 2021

How does lightning affect solar panels and wind turbines?

How does lightning affect  solar panels and wind turbines? As the world moves towards renewable energy systems such as solar panels and wind turbines, we have to learn how these […]
3 Sep 2021

Groundwater management is essential for a sustainable future

03 September 2021- Water security in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region has been subjected to the impacts of climate change and severe weather events. Water management, and especially […]
25 Aug 2021

Miners need to invest in renewables to fight global warming

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica  25 August 2021 – Mining companies should be at the forefront in the battle against climate change. As part of its offensive, […]
20 Aug 2021

Can Kenya learn from global floods?

By Simon Thomas, international consultant and board member of Megapipes Solutions Limited 20 August 2021 – Across the globe, the increase in devastating storms and floods is a stark reminder […]
27 Jul 2021

Africa gears up to become a global powerhouse

27 July 2021 – A host of energy development initiatives designed to increase energy access and improve livelihoods are coming online across Africa. Geothermal, hydro and bioenergy projects are being […]
27 Jun 2021

Hybrid energy: the road to carbon neutrality

By John Lewis 28 June 2021 – Hybrid solutions should be sitting at the centre of every energy discussion in Africa. Hybrid energy is the road to carbon neutrality. The […]
22 Jun 2021

Decarbonisation of the energy system – no company can sit on the sideline

By Eric Croeser  22 June 2021 – Decarbonisation of the energy system – from a hydrocarbon-based to a sustainable, low-carbon energy system – poses an existential threat to the oil […]
14 Jun 2021

Water risk uncertainty necessitates predictions, but also flexibility

15 June 2021 – Managing water risks exacerbated by climate change makes predictive modelling vital, but at the same time more difficult – Africa’s response therefore needs to embrace flexible […]
4 Jun 2021

South Africa could unleash a decentralised energy boom

By Stephen Barnes and Rentia van Tonder 04 June 2021 – Alongside the move to raise the licensing threshold for captive power projects, the South African regulator will need to […]
3 Jun 2021

Fertiliser increase crop yields in Mozambique

By the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)   03 June 2021 – One of the causes of low maize yields is lack of access to agricultural inputs. In Chibabava, Sofala […]
21 Apr 2021

Gas conversion project accelerates Senegal’s move to cleaner energy production.

21 April 2021 – Technology group Wärtsilä’s gas conversion project will accelerate Senegal’s move to cleaner energy production. Wärtsilä announced two weeks ago that the group will convert the close […]
8 Apr 2021

World Bank provides USD375 to boost pastoral production systems in the Sahel.

08 April 2021 – Pastoralism is a key driver of growth that provides livelihoods for more than 20 million people in the Sahel. The World Bank recently provided USD375 to […]
31 Mar 2021

Early warnings protect lives on Africa’s Lake Victoria

31 March 2021 – A successful four-year project in East Africa has demonstrated how improved weather, water and climate services save lives and livelihoods and support socio-economic development of vulnerable […]
20 Mar 2021

Exxaro’s climate change efforts receive a 4/4 TPI ranking.

19 March 2021 – Global resource company Exxaro Resources has received a Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) ranking of 4/4. This high score reflects the company’s commitment to managing greenhouse gas […]
9 Feb 2021

Gorongosa National Park joins Global Coalition #UnitedforBiodiversity

09 February 2021 – The Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique represents exceptional biological richness that must be protected at all costs. Gorongosa has joined the Global Coalition #UnitedforBiodiversity, thereby becoming […]
8 Feb 2021

Mining will be vital in a low carbon future.

08 February 2021 – The fact that mining will be vital in a low-carbon future, was confirmed by the topics prioritised at the recent Investing in African Mining Indaba’s virtual […]
3 Feb 2021

Help on the way for global cocoa supply chain.

03 February 2021 – Cocoa plantations, which are the backbone of the world’s chocolate supply, are highly vulnerable to climate hazards. However, help is on the way for the global […]
29 Jan 2021

Water projects in Africa builds climate change resilience.

29 January 2021 – An award-winning project in Zambia is a great example of water projects in Africa that builds climate change resilience.    The water project in Zambia, supported […]
26 Jan 2021

Why projects to adapt to climate change backfire.

26 January 2021 – A study and review by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the University of Oxford tried to determine why projects to adapt to climate […]
10 Jan 2021

Water solutions aid the vulnerable

By Simon Thomas  10 January 2021 – Covid-19 has illustrated how water security risks affect millions of people across Africa, especially in Kenya. But there are water solutions to aid […]
31 Dec 2020

Energy balance is key in Africa

By NJ Ayuk 31 December 2020 – Africa stands at a juncture where the transition from fossil fuels to renewables intersects with the economic benefits of a strategically managed oil […]
19 Dec 2020

Electro-desalination water treatment solutions for Africa

19 December 2020 – With South Africa experiencing continuing drought conditions, engineering company Zutari has developed an electro-desalination water treatment solution for industries that rely heavily on water. With South […]
19 Nov 2020

Addressing climate change risks in mining

19 November 2020 – Climate change is adding to the growing number of risks faced by mining companies. Addressing climate change risks has become a priority in the mining industry.  […]
12 Nov 2020

Namibia home to first kelp farm

By Inès Magoum (Afrik21) 12 November 2020 – Dutch sustainable oceanic aquaculture company Kelp Blue has been chosen to develop a giant kelp farm on the Namibian coast near the […]
12 Nov 2020

African Energy Outlook 2021 now available

12 November 2020 – The African Energy Chamber has released its fantastic African Energy Outlook 2021 report. The full report can be downloaded from the WhyAfrica library at (https://www.whyafrica.co.za/library/) The […]
31 Oct 2020

Drought assistance for SA farmers

31 October 2020 – Drought in the southern parts of Africa is threatening the survival of farmers in South Africa which prompted drought assistance for SA farmers.   The drought […]
27 Oct 2020

Tropical forests could solve climate change questions

By Inès Magoum   27 October 2020 – Tropical forests in the Congo Basin serve as carbon sinks and could solve climate change questions. Forests and climate change. What is the […]