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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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City of Cape Town opens green taxi rank in Nomzamo

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The City of Cape Town has transformed an informal taxi rank opposite the Nomzamo Community Hall in Lwandle into a sustainable public transport facility with solar panels on the roof, washing facilities for minibus-taxis, kiosks for informal traders, and bathroom facilities for commuters. This is the City’s second green taxi rank following the one established […]

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A better world through knowledge and information

The Eye on Earth Alliance has launched its Data Innovation Showcase competition for bloggers, citizen scientists and designers. Participants stand to win a trip to Abu Dhabi and present their work at the 2015 Eye on Earth Summit, running 6-8 October.  Eye on Earth (EoE) is a global movement striving to revolutionise the way we […]

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Growing sustainable cotton provides multiple benefits for Africa

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An initiative called Cotton made in Africa (CmiA) proves that growing sustainable cotton provides multiple benefits for Africa. CmiA has been championing improved living conditions of smallholder farmers and environmentally sustainable production of cotton in Africa from 2005. Since it was established 10 years ago, CmiA has delivered significant impacts for farmers and the environment […]

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Project Everyone – engaging the world in ensuring a sustainable future

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Project Everyone is an ambitious new campaign which aims to share news and information about the global sustainable development goals with 7 billion people around the world – in just 7 days! Project Everyone was founded by Richard Curtis (film maker and founder of Comic Relief) and its aim is to make the global sustainable development […]

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Innovative pedal-power approach to recycling in Nigeria

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola

Wecyclers – an innovative social enterprise in Lagos, Nigeria, that uses pedal-powered cargo bicycles to carry out its network of recycling services – has received interest from around the world on how its model could be replicated. Wecyclers not only provides people in low-income communities with a way of deriving value from their waste, but […]

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How does your country rank in the world’s HAPPINESS report?

World Happiness Report 2015

Well-being and happiness have been recognised as important indicators of countries’ economic and social development and since 2012, the World Happiness Report has been ranking countries’ happiness levels. The World Happiness Report 2015 evaluates the changes in happiness levels of 158 countries and the reasons for these statistics. The report is timely, ahead of this year’s global […]

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New technology helps prevent post-harvest losses without refrigeration

Wakati food storage in Africa

In Africa, many smallholder farmers face the challenge of post-harvest food losses because they aren’t able to store perishable fruits and vegetables adequately before they reach the market. With fast growing populations, increased food insecurity in Africa, and the need to address global poverty levels, technology innovations that can address these challenges, provide sustainable solutions of the future. Wakati […]

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Twitter handles to follow for climate change updates on Africa


Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are great places to learn, engage and share information and news about climate change. They can be used to promote and share climate change solutions, the latest climate change research and findings, empower people to take action on climate change and even influence changes in behaviour and public opinion. And social […]

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ICLEI’s Resilient Cities Opening Plenary: A Glocal Focus

#ResilientCities 2015 plenary

Resilient Cities 2015 opened with a local and global focus – or, as Mayor Jürgen Nimptsch of Bonn put it, a “glocal” focus. Nimptsch emphasized the importance of the congress, commenting: This is much more than a panel dialogue or position paper. This is about saving lives. Nimptsch’s comment was reinforced by Datuk Seri Ir. Hj. […]

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