climate change

13 Jan 2022

Pandemic, climate change raise stakes for SA

Pandemic, climate change raise stakes for SA In the face of Covid-19, climate change and growing economic hardship in South Africa, disaster risk reduction (DRR) should be a priority for […]
12 Jan 2022

Morocco a step closer to energy transition

Morocco a step closer to energy transition AIM listed energy company Chariot’s gas discovery offshore Morocco has brought the country a step closer to a green energy transition.    Chariot […]
11 Jan 2022

The world is hooked on coal

The world is hooked on coal The world just can’t shake its coal addiction, even after being in rehab over the last two years. The amount of electricity generated worldwide […]
7 Jan 2022

Prudence needed in SA’s green future

Prudence needed in SA’s green future The development of renewable energy in South Africa is urgent. However, it would not be prudent to abandon the country’s coal-fired power stations at […]
2 Jan 2022

Hope springs eternal

Hope springs eternal Covid-19’s impact on Africa has been severe, as it has been across the globe. However, hope springs eternal, writes Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica.      […]
27 Dec 2021

Why farmers should think electric

Why farmers should think electric Green technology like electric vehicles will catapult the African agricultural sector into the future, writes Leon Louw, WhyAfrica founder and editor.  Agriculture will play a […]
26 Dec 2021

Angola’s Lourenço pleads for just energy transition

Angola’s Lourenço pleads for just energy transition Calls on African countries to transition to renewable energy and cease oil and gas activities are getting louder. What these voices fail to […]
24 Dec 2021

Is ESG good for Africa?

Is ESG good for Africa? ESG, or, to give it its full designation “Environment, Social and Governance” is trending, globally, including in Africa. But what is ESG, and why does […]
22 Dec 2021

Biodiversity: Africa’s greatest asset

Biodiversity: Africa’s greatest asset The degradation of natural ecosystems and the loss of biodiversity in poor African countries could destroy the foundations for future growth, writes Leon Louw, founder and editor of […]
13 Dec 2021

Release by Scatec to deliver clean energy in Chad and Cameroon

Release by Scatec to deliver clean energy in Chad and Cameroon Release by Scatec has entered into two significant agreements to provide clean and reliable electricity in Chad and Cameroon. […]
13 Dec 2021

Miners muse over road to decarbonisation

Miners muse over road to decarbonisation    In the wake of decisions made at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland in November, mining companies are investing significant resources into reducing their carbon […]
8 Dec 2021

Africa’s shift to net-zero

Africa’s shift to net-zero The climate crisis is an unavoidable reality. For every company, individual and government, changing the shape of this crisis has become, or should become a priority, […]
28 Nov 2021

Learning from nature in tailings dam design

Learning from nature in tailings dam design With the latest tailings dam standards demanding a longer-term view of design, construction and closure outcomes, there is growing interest in design philosophies […]
14 Nov 2021

Beyond carbon credits: a blueprint

Beyond carbon credits: a blueprint In the aftermath of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has released a new report with guidance on implementing high impact and […]
7 Nov 2021

SA mining sector delivers solid financial performance

SA mining sector delivers solid financial performance  The South Africa mining sector delivered a sterling performance in 2020-2021 with value delivered to all stakeholders, despite a challenging environment.  According to […]
30 Oct 2021

Green solutions for South Africa’s power crisis

Green solutions for South Africa’s power crisis South Africa’s ongoing power crisis is gradually being addressed by innovative renewable projects, writes Leon Louw WhyAfrica founder and editor.         The power […]
27 Oct 2021

New chapter for funding sustainable projects

New chapter for funding sustainable projects A new chapter has opened for commercial funding of sustainability projects, writes Khurshid Fazel and Karen Couzyn from Webber Wentzel Innovative funding for sustainability […]
13 Oct 2021

Energy transition a new path to power in Africa

Energy transition a new path to power in Africa  Africa currently sits on the cusp of a transition into a new energy paradigm, one in which technological and commercial innovations […]
29 Sep 2021

No sector unaffected by growing ESG demands

No sector unaffected by growing ESG demands In a world facing challenges ranging from climate change to social inequality, every business sector will experience rising demands on its environmental, social […]
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 […]