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Climate Change News

Wind energy projects help restore ecosystem

By: Bruce Montiea     28th November 2014 South Africa needs to pursue projects that use wind for renewable- energy generation, as this green source of energy mitigates the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) while restoring and improving the ecosystem, says carbon advisory firm Promethium Carbon director Harmke Immink. The benefits that... 

SA wind energy industry thriving

By: Bruce Montiea     28th November 2014 The South African wind energy industry has had a few hiccups since the beginning of the independent power producer (IPP) procurement programme, however on the whole the industry has excelled, says technical consultancy 3E Renewable Energy. “Essentially initiated and supported by the Department of... 

NICOLA CENCELLI
The wind industry market has progressed into a thriving industry that is showing clear signs of sustainability
NICOLA CENCELLI The wind industry market has progressed into a thriving industry that is showing clear signs of sustainability

R300m production factory opened

28th November 2014 Renewable energy industrial and logistics processes company GRI Renewable Industries in November opened a new R300-million wind-turbine tower production factory in Atlantis, Cape Town. “With South Africa currently in the grip of debilitating rolling black-outs and load shedding owing to... 

PRODUCTION CAPACITY
The new wind-turbine tower production factory is capable of producing 150 wind towers a year
PRODUCTION CAPACITY The new wind-turbine tower production factory is capable of producing 150 wind towers a year

CIF members agree to invite new nations to join climate resilience pilot 

By: Leandi Kolver     24th November 2014 Signatories to the Climate Investment Funds’ (CIF’s) mandate last week agreed to invite a group of new pilot nations to come forward and develop Strategic Programs for Climate Resilience under its Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR). The African Development Bank, which was one of the... 

CIF members agree to invite new nations to join climate resilience pilot

Renowned SA recipient of ‘Nobel prize for water’ dies

By: Terence Creamer     19th November 2014 World-renowned South African water engineer and academic Professor John Briscoe, who was the 2014 recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize, also known as the ‘Nobel prize for water’, has died at the age of 66. Following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, he succumbed on the morning of... 

Professor John Briscoe receiving the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf
Professor John Briscoe receiving the 2014 Stockholm Water Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf

South Africa taking bold steps to fight climate change 

By: SANews, SA government news service     11th November 2014 South Africa has taken bold steps to fight climate change, says Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. “Three years ago renewable energy projects were small and lacking investment, today there is rapid uptake of large-scale renewable energy technologies through the Renewable Energy... 

South Africa taking bold steps to fight climate change

Private sector urged to join global humanitarian interventions 

By: Sashnee Moodley     7th November 2014 The global capacity of the humanitarian community to meet the needs of communities affected by natural disasters, chronic emergencies, conflict, political crisis and the threat of new and recurrent diseases is being expended and it has become essential for the humanitarian community to not only... 

  Private sector urged to join global humanitarian interventions
UN World Humanitarian Summit chief secretariat Jemilah Mahmood discusses business participation in humanitarian efforts.

Underground coal gasification roadmap on the way – FFF

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2014 A roadmap for underground coal gasification (UCG) is on the way with its own association and charter, Fossil Fuel Foundation (FFF) stalwart Professor Lionel Falcon said at the weekend. Speaking at the FFF’s 20th anniversary awards banquet, Falcon said the UCG initiative followed the finalisation... 

Fossil Fuel Foundations' Lionel Falcon
Photo by Duane Daws
Fossil Fuel Foundations' Lionel Falcon

GEF to provide more than $3bn in climate change support to developing countries

By: Leandi Kolver     25th September 2014 The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has allocated more than $3-billion in financing to support developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change over the next four years. An additional $30-billion would also be leveraged from other sources over the period. 

GEF to provide more than $3bn in climate change support to developing countries

SA oil below par on international scale

By: Donna Slater     5th September 2014 The quality of all grades of oil produced and refined in South Africa is subpar in terms of international standards and industry best practices, according to Kyalami-based wear control company Filter Focus. 

APPROPRIATE FILTRATION
The local oil industry needs to employ filters for holding-tank breather pipes
APPROPRIATE FILTRATION The local oil industry needs to employ filters for holding-tank breather pipes

Expo seeks to foster science literacy among young South Africans

By: Sashnee Moodley     29th August 2014 A society that is aware of the benefits of science and technology will work to ensure it remains competitive in those areas, and petrochemicals major Sasol’s yearly Techno X expo provides a dynamic and interactive platform for learners to discover career opportunities in mathematics, science and... 

Carbon capture, storage only way to achieve lowest global warming trajectory 

By: Schalk Burger     22nd August 2014 Capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) is the only way through which the world will achieve the lowest of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) global warming predictions, called the representative concentration pathway (RCP) 2.6. The RCP 2.6 is based on the... 

BOB SCHOLES
To ensure that emissions plateau by 2020 and then decline until a net negative emission level is achieved by the end of the century, CO2 capture and storage in addition to major emission reduction efforts will be needed
BOB SCHOLES To ensure that emissions plateau by 2020 and then decline until a net negative emission level is achieved by the end of the century, CO2 capture and storage in addition to major emission reduction efforts will be needed

Gathering seeks to tease out SA’s green-economy opportunities

By: Sashnee Moodley     15th August 2014 The inaugural Green Youth Indaba, which took place last month, brought together scores of South African youth, as well as green industry professionals, experts and government departments to address green economy opportunities and sustainable development.  

Surveyors body publishes method for calculating building’s total carbon footprint

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th July 2014 Embodied carbon is increasingly becoming a more significant part of the overall carbon burden for properties and, as a result, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has published a method to calculate embodied carbon for the full life cycle of the building.  

Strong demand for space in Innovation Hub’s biotech park

By: Irma Venter     4th July 2014 Phase 1 of the Innovation Hub’s Biopark@Gauteng is already filled to capacity, says Innovation Hub research, development and innovation GM Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela. The ten companies in Phase 1 of the Life Sciences Enterprise project will be able to move into the park in the third quarter... 

SPEED UP The aim of the Biopark is to accelerate the commercialisation of biotechnology
SPEED UP The aim of the Biopark is to accelerate the commercialisation of biotechnology

National greenhouse-gas inventory public comment deadline looms

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st July 2014 Members of the public have until July 6 to comment on the fourth National Greenhouse-Gas (GHG) Inventory for South Africa, covering 2000 to 2010, which revealed that the total GHG emissions in South Africa, excluding the land subsector, steadily increased by 24.9% during the period. The GHG... 

National greenhouse-gas inventory public comment deadline looms

SA’s green-jobs focus a good first step, but implementation needs work

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2014 According to the New Growth Path (NGP) framework, which has been adopted as the framework for economic policy and the driver of the country’s jobs strategy, government has identified the green economy as one of the top 12 job drivers to assist in creating 300 000 additional direct jobs by 2020 in... 

SA’s green-jobs focus a good first step, but implementation needs work

Inaction on climate change could cost $2.6tr/y in econ output 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th June 2014 Scaling up smart policies and projects to tackle climate change could lead to significant gains, including an increase in global economic output by trillions of dollars a year and saving million of lives, a new report by World Bank Group has found. The ‘Climate-Smart Development: Adding up the... 

Inaction on climate change could cost $2.6tr/y in econ output

Innovation Hub’s Biopark to open in third quarter

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2014 Phase 1 of the Innovation Hub’s Biopark@Gauteng is already filled to capacity, says Innovation Hub research, development and innovation GM Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela. The ten companies in Phase 1 of the Life Sciences Enterprise project will be able to move into the park in the third quarter... 

Phase 1 of the Biopark, currently under construction
Photo by Irma Venter
Phase 1 of the Biopark, currently under construction

Big corporates to take up new carbon offset proposal in ‘big way’ 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd May 2014 Corporate companies are likely to take up National Treasury’s new carbon offset proposal “in a big way”, GCX Africa lead strategist Kevin James said this week. National Treasury on Tuesday published the ‘Carbon Offsets Paper’ for public comment, outlining a carbon offset scheme to complement... 

Big corporates to take up new carbon offset proposal in ‘big way’

Carbon Offsets Paper published for public comment 

By: Leandi Kolver     29th April 2014 The National Treasury on Tuesday published the ‘Carbon Offsets Paper’ for public comment, outlining proposals for a carbon offset scheme that would enable businesses to lower their carbon tax liability and make investments that would reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The carbon offsets... 

Carbon Offsets Paper published for public comment

Climate considerations need to be woven into infrastructure decision-making 

By: Terence Creamer     17th April 2014 Upfront investment costs will and should remain a critical consideration as South Africa moves to upscale and accelerate its infrastructure programmes. But one of the lead authors of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that the country’s infrastructure investment... 

Renewable-energy projects, such as this Northern Cape solar farm, seen as key to low‐carbon energy supply.
Renewable-energy projects, such as this Northern Cape solar farm, seen as key to low‐carbon energy supply.

SA still committed to new nuclear build, but much remains unclear

By: Keith Campbell     11th April 2014 Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa President Rob Adam remains convinced that the energy policy tide in South Africa is running in favour of nuclear power and that the country will, in due course, construct new nuclear power plants (NPPs). This despite the fact that another year has gone... 

SA still committed to new nuclear build, but much remains unclear

Green economy could aid in global unemployment challenge 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2014 Transitioning to a green economy can help the world mitigate rising unemployment levels, particularly at a time when youth unemployment is peaking. Globally, in 2013, 202-million people were unemployed, up five-million on the previous year, said International Labour Organization (ILO) Green Jobs... 

Green economy could aid in global unemployment challenge

Per capita consumption , not population boom, driving climate change – scientist 

By: Natalie Greve     7th April 2014 Describing climate change as the “defining issue of the twenty-first century”, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) natural resources and the environment chief researcher Bob Scholes said on Monday that increased per capita consumption – rather than an increasing global... 

Per capita consumption , not population boom, driving climate change – scientist

New report highlights key role of cities in building climate resilience

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2014 Steps taken to build climate resilience in urban areas can materially accelerate successful climate adaptation globally, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) latest report argues. But it also warns that many global climate risks are concentrated in urban areas, owing to the fact... 

New report highlights key role of cities in building climate resilience

Climate change impacts cyclone prevalence and citrus production

28th March 2014 South Africa could be at increased risk of being directly impacted by topical cyclones within the next 40 years, report researchers from the University of the Witswatersrand (Wits). PhD candidate at the university’s school of geography, archaeology and environmental studies Jennifer Fitchett,... 

Access to funds a challenge limiting Joburg’s green environment initiatives

By: Pimani Baloyi     28th March 2014 The difficulties of accessing international financial assistance and meeting stringent borrowing conditions were a collective barrier to fully developing and rolling out climate change programmes for the City of Johannesburg, said city mayor Parks Tau at the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Summit... 

CITY OF JOHANNESBURG
The city is on its way to being one of the top ten greenest cities in Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
CITY OF JOHANNESBURG The city is on its way to being one of the top ten greenest cities in Africa

Recommendations to foster greener environments

By: Pimani Baloyi     28th March 2014 The international community could make several strides in averting the negative effects of climate change by following the recommendations of the Oxford Martin Commission (OMC) for Future Generations report on climate change, poverty, governance and disease, says South African Minister in the... 

Concrete market sees steady reduction in cement use as researchers tackle carbon conundrum

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2014 Cement is to concrete what flour is to cake. Normally, cement and its mineral compounds make up roughly 15% of concrete (in volume), with stone, water, sand and chemical admixtures making up the rest of the recipe. Cement, however, is not the green lobby’s favourite construction material, owing... 

Concrete market sees steady reduction in cement use as researchers tackle carbon conundrum

Britain’s climate change chief urges SA to accelerate solar-harnessing efforts 

By: Terence Creamer     26th March 2014 UK special representative on climate change Sir David King believes South Africa is well placed to take advantage of strongly falling solar photovoltaic (PV) prices to deal cost effectively with its prevailing electricity shortfalls, while also lowering its carbon emissions. But during a visit to... 

UK special representative on climate change Sir David King
Photo by Duane Daws
UK special representative on climate change Sir David King

Al Gore launches African climate change programme 

By: Natalie Greve     13th March 2014 Former US Vice-President and climate change lobbyist Al Gore has launched the African branch of the Climate Reality Project, which aims to mobilise individuals and organisations to implement climate change mitigation measures and “spread the truth” of climate change to communities on the... 

Al Gore launches African climate change programme
Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau and former US Vice-President Al Gore discuss the implications of climate change in Africa

Strong focus on electricity supply, access negatively affecting climate 

By: Leandi Kolver     4th March 2014 At present, countries are so focused on the immediate challenges of energy security and energy access that the environmental impact associated with addressing these challenges is mostly ignored, Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins said on Tuesday. Speaking at Southern African... 

Mac Consulting's Dave Collins
Photo by Duane Daws
Mac Consulting's Dave Collins

Bury CO2 gases, says international climate change expert 

By: Kim Cloete     28th February 2014 World-renowned energy expert Sir Eric Ash believes China, the US and the UK are starting to take stock of the damage being done by carbon dioxide (CO2) released by coal and the potential of burying the noxious gases underground or in the sea. “I’m not aware of any coal plant around the world that... 

Kendal power station
Photo by Duane Daws
Kendal power station

Carbon tax postponed to 2016 

By: Natalie Greve     26th February 2014 In a move likely to invite criticism from environmental tax proponents, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced to Parliament on Wednesday that, while a “package” of measures – including a carbon tax – was required to address climate change and reduce carbon emissions, the implementation of... 

Carbon tax postponed to 2016

No election splurge as expenditure ceiling is sustained

By: Terence Creamer     26th February 2014 Despite slower economic growth in 2013 of 1.9%, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on Wednesday that the 2013/14 Budget deficit was projected to be 4% of gross domestic product (GDP), a modest improvement on the October projection of 4.2%. He also stressed that expenditure had been... 

No election splurge as expenditure ceiling is sustained

Wits scientists debunk climate change myths, impact remains severe

By: Leandi Kolver     25th February 2014 Scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have proved that, despite predictions, tropical storms were not increasing in number and that while global warming was causing frost to be less severe, late season frost was not receding as quickly as flowering was advancing, thus... 

Wits scientists debunk climate change myths, impact remains severe
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