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Climate Change News

Research grant awarded at environment conference 

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 Stellenbosch University research fellow Dr Hayley Clements was announced as the recipient of the inaugural Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Research Grant last month at the tenth Oppenheimer Research Conference held in Midrand, Gauteng. The research grant was set up to honour the late Jennifer Ward... 

Water-treatment technology launched in Amsterdam

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 Earlier this month, flow control, filtration and environmental technology supplier Flowrox launched its Flowrox Corona non-thermal plasma water-treatment technology at the Aquatech expo, in the Netherlands. The Flowrox Corona was selected as one of the finalists for the Aquatech Innovation Award... 

The Flowrox Corona uses cold plasma technology to purify wastewater before being reintroduced into the environment
PURI-FECT The Flowrox Corona uses cold plasma technology to purify wastewater before being reintroduced into the environment

Solaris-based biodiesel introduced to operations at OR Tambo

By: Simone Liedtke     28th November 2019 Various entities on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for Project Reya Foya, the follow up to Project Solaris, which will introduce Solaris-based biodiesel into the ground-handling operations at OR Tambo International Airport. Solaris is a nicotine-free tobacco plant used by... 

A Solaris seed pod
A Solaris seed pod

FirstRand commits to disclosing fossil fuel exposure

By: Bloomberg     28th November 2019 FirstRand, Africa’s biggest bank by market value, has committed to disclosing its fossil fuel-related assets and lending but said it can’t meet a deadline requested by some investors. A resolution to produce that information by October next year wasn’t passed at the Johannesburg-based company’s... 

'Perfect storm' awaits farming and fisheries if world doesn't curb emissions

By: Reuters     28th November 2019 The world needs to urgently cut its planet-warming greenhouse-gas emissions to avoid a "perfect storm" that will lead to simultaneous falls in food production from both farming and marine fisheries, researchers said. If emissions continue to rise rapidly, nearly "90% of the world's population ...... 

Sasol pledges climate action

By: Bloomberg     27th November 2019 Sasol, South Africa’s second-biggest producer of greenhouse gases after State-owned Eskom Holdings, pledged more clarity on plans to reduce its impact on the environment. The company, which together with Eskom also produces pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and particulate emissions, said its... 

UN calls global climate outlook ‘bleak’ 

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2019 The world has refused to slash its collective greenhouse gas emissions, narrowing the planet’s pathway back to a safe climate. Authors of an annual United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report published Tuesday were uncharacteristically direct in their 2019 assessment of the gap between... 

Climate risk widely acknowledged, but rarely incorporated into strategy  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2019 The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) says that although the majority of South African corporate companies recognise climate change as an already occurring and imminently worsening risk, they are slow to mitigate and manage these risks, at least according to publicly accessible information.... 

UK provides funding for small nuclear reactor programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd November 2019 Britain’s quasi-autonomous national research and development (R&D) agency UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) confirmed early this month that it had released £18-million in funding to a British industrial consortium developing a small modular nuclear reactor (SMR). The consortium, which has been... 

Gauteng outlines ambitions for climate change mitigation   

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2019 After two years of development, gathering input, undertaking consultations and further refinements, the Gauteng City Region is preparing to implement an overarching Climate Change Response Strategy and Action Plan. Unveiled at the third Gauteng Climate Change Indaba, held in Pretoria, the plan... 

Gauteng outlines ambitions for climate change mitigation

Zimbabwe’s second-biggest city extends water-supply cuts

By: Bloomberg     21st November 2019 Zimbabwe’s second-biggest city of Bulawayo will extend interruptions to water supplies because of depleting resources, the town clerk said. Outages will increase to 96 hours a week from November 25, Christopher Dube said in an emailed statement on Thursday. Last month, the city imposed a 72-hour... 

Wealth alone won't save countries from climate change

By: Reuters     21st November 2019 Wealth alone will not shield economies from the impact of climate change, researchers said on Wednesday, urging governments to build flood defences and early warning systems to stem financial losses. Climate research has shown that poor people in tropical countries are most vulnerable to economic... 

SA parliament committee concerned over lack of 'tangible' drought strategy

By: African News Agency      20th November 2019 Parliament's select committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, water and sanitation says it is concerned at the lack of a tangible drought strategy to deal effectively with the challenges South Africa is currently facing. Last week commercial farmers said a ravaging drought had... 

SA parliament committee concerned over lack of 'tangible' drought strategy

Southern Africa drought to persist through March, FEWS NET says

By: Bloomberg     19th November 2019 Southern Africa faces further drought through March as land preparation and planting of summer crops gets underway, even after most parts of the region received near-normal rainfall through early November, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). “Seasonal forecasts... 

Climate change might hit the economy harder, faster than thought

By: Bloomberg     14th November 2019 The economic effects of global warming may arrive sooner and with a bigger impact than previously thought, according to Oxford Economics in a report that compares recent scientific research with the economic literature on the costs of climate change. In the absence of efforts to curb greenhouse... 

SA’s water shortages 

13th November 2019 Creamer Media’s Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Natasha Odendaal about the water supply challenges in South Africa, how government plans to address the situation and how the ongoing drought is affecting the agricultural sector.   

SA’s water shortages
SA’s water shortages

Global appetite for SUVs could offset benefits of switch to EVs, IEA warns 

By: Terence Creamer     13th November 2019 The growing global consumer appetite for bigger and heavier sports utility vehicles (SUVs) could offset the emission benefits set to arise from electric cars, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns in its latest World Energy Outlook. The global fleet of SUVs increased from 35-million in 2010... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

Prolonged drought hits South African farmers’ resilience 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th November 2019 Federation of agricultural organisations AgriSA on Tuesday painted a dire picture of the impact the years-long drought has had on South Africa’s farming industry and its now-waning capacity to recover in the midst of a climatic shift. Over the past four years, the country has faced a drier... 

Prolonged drought hits South African farmers’ resilience

Green cement? Captured carbon may fuel new markets and help climate

By: Reuters     7th November 2019 Capturing planet-warming carbon dioxide and turning it into useful products, from plastics to jet fuel, could make climate action cheaper and become a good business - but market obstacles need to be overcome first, researchers said on Thursday. Companies are already turning carbon dioxide... 

Next-generation protein could come from air, methane, volcanic springs

By: Reuters     6th November 2019 It may sound like science fiction, but in a few short years the family dinner table may be laden with steak from a printer and other proteins produced from air, methane or volcanic microbes. With the explosive success of vegan beef and burger substitutes developed by Beyond Meat and Impossible... 

TDB, UNEP remain committed to climate change mitigation

By: Simone Liedtke     6th November 2019 In a pledge to continue improving on its commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation action, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The MoU establishes a... 

TDB, UNEP remain committed to climate change mitigation

Sasol sets out plan to cut emissions by 10% by 2030  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2019 Petrochemicals giant Sasol is targeting a 10% reduction in its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, bringing the current 56-million tonnes a year of emissions down to 50-million tonnes. This forms part of Sasol’s commitment to mitigate climate change, especially considering that the group is... 

Sasol sets out plan to cut emissions by 10% by 2030
Sasol Southern Africa operations VP Bernard Klingenberg and climate change VP Shamini Harrington unpack the company’s inaugural climate change report. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Tourism, energy at risk as Africa's largest waterfall runs low

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2019 The flow at the Africa’s biggest waterfall is at its lowest since 1995, highlighting the threat posed by a drought to tourism and electricity generation in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Flow has slumped to 109 m3/s at Victoria Falls, a 1.7 km curtain of falling water at the peak of a normal wet season,... 

The Victoria Falls before the drought
Photo by Bloomberg
The Victoria Falls before the drought

Europe assesses 5 new critical minerals in low carbon quest

By: Reuters     31st October 2019 The European Commission is assessing five new minerals for possible inclusion in a revised list of critical raw materials to be published next year, as it seeks to bolster supply chains for a low emissions economy, a senior Commission official said. The European Union, the United States and... 

Chile withdraws as host of trade and climate summits

By: Reuters     30th October 2019 Chile has withdrawn as host of the APEC trade summit in November and the COP25 climate summit in December after several weeks of violent unrest, President Sebastian Pinera announced on Wednesday. The APEC summit was scheduled to bring together 20 world leaders, including US President Donald... 

Kenyan team aim to stop fatal snake bites

By: Reuters     29th October 2019 Kenyan mother Beth Mwende heard her sleeping three-year-old cry out, but did not worry further after the child quickly settled - until the next morning, when she found her daughter, Mercy, semi-conscious with two fang marks in the neck. "I did not know that it was a snake," Mwende said, as she... 

Sasol mulling several gas supply options as it seeks to reduce carbon footprint   

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2019 Chemicals and energy group Sasol is investigating several gas-supply alternatives for its coal-heavy South African operations as it seeks ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The JSE-listed group is simultaneously working on a ‘sustainability roadmap’, which will have a strong focus on lowering... 

Sasol mulling several gas supply options as it seeks to reduce carbon footprint
Chemicals and energy group Sasol is investigating several gas-supply alternatives for its coal-heavy South African operations as it seeks ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The JSE-listed group is simultaneously working on a ‘sustainability roadmap’, which will have a strong focus on lowering its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 28.10.2019

Metals sector in costly battle to turn green

By: Reuters     25th October 2019 Metals producers, from miners to smelters, are grappling with increasingly tough and costly environmental demands imposed by banks seeking cleaner investments. While the transition may prove overwhelming for smaller producers, larger companies are playing a long game, casting ahead to a period... 

Coal power plants face $7.3bn of losses in Europe in 2019

By: Bloomberg     24th October 2019 Coal power generators in Europe face €6.6-billion ($7.3-billion) of losses this year as plunging renewable energy costs and cheap natural gas cut use of the dirtiest plants to a record low. Almost 80% of lignite and hard coal-fired generators will be unprofitable this year, a hit the industry is... 

Coal power plants face $7.3bn of losses in Europe in 2019

R50m emergency drought funding approved for Western Cape farms

By: African News Agency      24th October 2019 The Western Cape cabinet has approved the release of R50 million in emergency funding to assist farms severely affected by drought.  According to the province's MEC for finance and economic opportunities, David Maynier, the release of the funding was authorised on Tuesday.  

How to halt global warming for $300bn

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2019 $300-billion. That’s the money needed to stop the rise in greenhouse gases and buy up to 20 years of time to fix global warming, according to United Nations climate scientists. It’s the gross domestic product of Chile, or the world’s military spending every 60 days. The sum is not to fund green... 

Rising drought risk spurs most cash into water funds in a decade

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2019 Investors are starting to pay more attention to water shortages and how to turn them into long-term investments. Water-related exchange-traded funds (ETFs) attracted more money in the nine months through September than in any full year since 2007, data compiled by Bloomberg show. These funds have... 

French cement company sells promise of greener future in IPO

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2019 A tiny French cement company sold shares on the Paris exchange with a big promise: to shake up global production and reduce carbon emissions. Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies pitched to investors a “disruptive” manufacturing process based on changing the composition of cement so that it no... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised   

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2019 South Africa will release a request for information (RFI) in the coming weeks to test the market for solutions to close an immediate electricity supply gap of between 2 000 MW and 3 000 MW, which has emerged primarily as a result of a fall in the energy availability factor (EAF) from Eskom’s coal... 

South Africa to test market for emergency power ‘gap fillers’ as IRP is finalised
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe on the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 allocations and the need for short-term supply solutions. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.10.2019

Iata welcomes outcomes of International Civil Aviation Organisation assembly

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th October 2019 The global airline industry representative body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), is pleased with the outcomes of the recent 40th Triennial Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO – the inter-Governmental body which oversees civil aviation worldwide, in... 

Rolls-Royce strengthens position in race to develop electric aero-engines

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th October 2019 Renowned UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has completed its purchase of Siemens’ eAircraft business. The deal was originally announced in June. eAircraft was the German electrification, automation and digitalisation group’s electric and hybrid-electric aerospace propulsion unit. “We are... 

Hot weather, no rain contribute to decreasing Gauteng dam levels

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2019 The City of Johannesburg has imposed level one water restrictions to curtail water use by residents, considering a consistent decline in Gauteng’s water levels over the past months. Hot temperatures and no rain over the past few months have affected the state of the province’s water resources,... 

Hot weather, no rain contribute to decreasing Gauteng dam levels
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