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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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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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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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Mobile Journalists Cycle across Africa to Showcase Sustainability Solutions

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Three intrepid mobile journalists will embark on a 14,000km cycle expedition across Africa this week, to showcase sustainability solutions through mobile video journalism documentaries. The Mojo Velo project team – Steven Bland and brothers Russell and Hamish Galt – will be cycling from Cape Town to Addis Ababa over the next 10 months in search of ordinary [...]

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The human cost of the hottest year on record

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The hottest year on record, 2015, has confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards, according to a new analysis. The top five most disaster-hit countries in 2015 were China (26), USA (22), India (19), Philippines (15) and Indonesia (11). The head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk [...]

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Cape Town’s innovative waste exchange platform a model for a circular city economy

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As discussions this week at the World Government Summit in Dubai focus on the future role of governments and the latest trends and developments in government around the world, the City of Cape Town is using innovation, technology, crowdsourcing and connectivity to enable people to share waste as a resource. Through its upgraded Integrated Waste Exchange [...]

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Maasai women lead solar revolution in Kenya

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Rural communities in Kenya are benefitting from a solar power drive by Green Energy Africa. Maasai women buy the equipment from the organisation, sell it for a small profit, and are empowered to install it themselves.   When night falls in Kenya’s Kajiado County villages, such as Magadi, residents face danger that is relatively unknown [...]

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Career possibilities in the green industry through international Master of Business Administration with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency

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According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, 7.7 million people were employed in 2014 directly or indirectly by the renewable energy industry, meaning 18% more than in the previous year. Additionally, latest international initiatives, such as the agreement signed in Paris during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), indicate that green energies will play [...]

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Mobile tech provides weather forecasts for small farmers in West Africa

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Mobile technology is being used in the form of SMS texts to provide critical weather forecasts for small farmers in West Africa – helping farmers better plan and manage their crops. This initiative by Ignitia, a high-tech social enterprise, is part of the global Business Call to Action (that encourages companies to fight poverty through inclusive [...]

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