Cape Town Water Fund – First for South Africa

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South Africa’s first water fund is being established to help secure water for the city of Cape Town. The global conservation organisation, The Nature Conservancy, and the City of Cape Town have formally agreed to a water fund for Cape Town which aims to safeguard water supplies and biodiversity while supporting local livelihoods.  Water Funds have […]

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Africa is home to some of the most innovative and sustainable global solutions in 2016

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The 2016 Sustainia100 presents this year’s 100 most innovative, available, scalable and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Almost a third of this year’s solutions are either developed or rolled out in Africa. From pay-as-you-go off-grid solar energy in Kenya to electric mini-cabs in South Africa, we can say that Africa is a […]

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Meet Africa’s Bicycle Journalists & Watch their Sustainability Films

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Three bicycle journalists are travelling across Africa, creating a series of short documentaries that showcase some of the continents’ most inspiring sustainability change makers – entrepreneurs, innovators, conservationists, activists and ordinary people doing extraordinary things for the future of our planet. Brothers Russell and Hamish Galt, together with Steven Bland, started their mobile journalism (or […]

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New funding to help cities world-wide implement efficient district energy

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The Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation, which owns the Danfoss Group, has announced DKK 9 million in new funding to support the UN’s District Energy in Cities initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Partnership and its Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform. The new funds, spread over three years, will create a team of deployable […]

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Maskbook App create awareness of climate change through digital art

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The newly released Maskbook App is an innovative digital art and awareness raising tool that aims to highlight the links between health, pollution and climate change. The Maskbook App is free to download and works by letting people use it to create their own personalised digital masks which can be worn with pride and circulated on […]

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Trash Weighing More than 100 Planes Collected During 30th International Coastal Cleanup

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Trash weighing more than 100 Boeing 737 planes – totalling over eight million kilograms – was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the Ocean Conservancy’s 2015 International Coastal Cleanup. This is according to a a new report released at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya. For over 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy has been organising the annual International Coastal […]

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Six Key Emerging Environmental Issues

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A new UNEP report, Frontiers, highlights a number of the world’s key emerging environmental issues, which include the worrying rise in zoonotic diseases, the threat to human health posed by the alarming amount of plastic waste in our oceans and the crucial role the world’s financial sector can play in driving the planet to a low-carbon, […]

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African Ministers Pledge Accelerated Action on Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Illegal Trade in Wildlife

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Ministers of environment and representatives of over 45 African countries have agreed to accelerate action on issues ranging from the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to climate change and the illegal trade in wildlife. At the close of the sixth special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Cairo […]

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UNEP Report Provides Roadmap for Solar Energy Exports from Ghana

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A new report entitled Ghana Strategy Proposal – Realizing solar PV projects in a cross-border power supply context, released by UNEP under the Green Economy and Trade Opportunities Project (GE-TOP), confirms that technical and legal infrastructure is already in place to accommodate up to 220 MW of intermittent solar power in Ghana. Launched at the Solar & Off-Grid Renewables West […]

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World’s Top Sustainability Experts Rethink Consumption

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Some of the world’s top sustainability experts met recently to rethink consumption and production patterns and ways of accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   An accelerated shift to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns is indispensable for re-shaping our economies and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), concluded the panel of high-level experts, […]

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