Environment

More people went hungry in Africa in 2017. But new initiatives also bore fruit

More people went hungry in Africa in 2017. But new initiatives also bore fruit

The number of people experiencing food insecurity in Africa rose from 220 million people to 224 million people this year

Fracking and earthquakes: weighing up the dangers in South Africa

Fracking and earthquakes: weighing up the dangers in South Africa

The South African government is looking into fracking to reduce the country’s huge reliance on coal for energy. Fracking involves pumping high pressured fluids into rock formations to release reserves of oil and gas

Invasive plants have a much bigger impact than we imagine

Invasive plants have a much bigger impact than we imagine

Most people would agree that invasive plants are unwanted. Invasive plants are plants that are intentionally or accidentally introduced by humans into areas outside of their natural habitat

Rwanda’s agricultural revolution is not the success it claims to be

Rwanda’s agricultural revolution is not the success it claims to be

The Rwandan government has high ambitions to modernise and professionalise its agrarian and land sector to reduce poverty and create economic growth

Cape Town’s water crisis: driven by politics more than drought

Cape Town’s water crisis: driven by politics more than drought

Cape Town, South Africa’s second most populous city, is hurtling towards “Day Zero”: the day taps run dry. This is expected in mid-May, just weeks after the city’s new water supplies are due.

Moving beyond the green revolution in Africa's new era of hunger

Moving beyond the green revolution in Africa's new era of hunger

A quarter of the world’s hungry people are in sub-Saharan Africa and the numbers are growing

Trophy hunting could cause extinction in stressed populations – new research

Trophy hunting could cause extinction in stressed populations – new research

People are now the most important predators for many animal populations on the planet, but people are rather different from “ordinary” predators

How the world needs to change as regions get drier

How the world needs to change as regions get drier

Water is likely to become scarcer in northern and south-west Africa. This is partly due to changes in weather patterns. In addition, populations are increasing. Already water supply is becoming a serious concern

Groundswell against nuclear in South Africa could put paid to a power deal

Groundswell against nuclear in South Africa could put paid to a power deal

In an attempt to push through the deal, Zuma has appointed his former minister of state security, David Mahlobo as energy minister

What needs to be done to give Africa's smallholder farmers access to machinery

What needs to be done to give Africa's smallholder farmers access to machinery

Mechanisation of agriculture has become a priority across many African countries as the continent gears up to exploit its well-recognised potential to become the world’s food basket

Groundwater maps could help South Africa prepare for safer fracking

Groundwater maps could help South Africa prepare for safer fracking

The South African government has made a firm commitment to proceed with unconventional gas exploration using fracking

Why reducing post-harvest losses is a priority for Africa

Why reducing post-harvest losses is a priority for Africa

The Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that one-third of the food produced globally for human consumption is lost or wasted along the supply chain

Southern Africa is slipping again after coming close to eliminating malaria

Southern Africa is slipping again after coming close to eliminating malaria

In the last five years, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland have all been on the verge of eliminating malaria. In fact, progress had been so good that the southern African region had been tipped to be malaria-free by 2018

Fossil fuel emissions hit record high after unexpected growth: Global Carbon Budget 2017

Fossil fuel emissions hit record high after unexpected growth: Global Carbon Budget 2017

Global greenhouse emissions from fossil fuels and industry are on track to grow by 2% in 2017, reaching a new record high of 37 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, according to the 2017 Global Carbon Budget

Five things the new government should do to help Kenya meet its energy needs

Five things the new government should do to help Kenya meet its energy needs

Without energy there would be no electricity to support the economic, social or political growth of any country