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Made in Uganda: Africa’s first solar bus

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To meet growing energy and sustainable development needs, the future of transport in Africa has to go green. Leading the way is Uganda’s Kiira Motors Corporation which has developed the Kayoola Solar Bus: a 35-seater electric solar bus with zero tailpipe emissions. This innovative and future-oriented initiative is being led by the Government of the [...]

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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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Biogas backpack revolutionises cooking in Ethiopia

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B-Energy, a bio-fuel start-up, is changing rural Ethiopia by producing and providing people with bags that can carry and store biogas. It is also getting locals to start their own businesses by producing and providing biogas to their communities. A small green revolution is taking place in Ethiopia and it comes in the form of [...]

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Calling all disruptors, innovators and blue-sky-thinkers: We are looking for the best solutions from Tunis to Cape Town

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Bamboo bicycles from Ghana, floating schools in Lagos, Nigerian and Kenyan solar-powered water-systems – the list goes on. What’s evident is that African sustainable innovations are on the rise, as demonstrated in last year’s Sustainia100 – a report that identifies the 100 best clean, green and life-changing solutions in the world. Now, we’re searching for [...]

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Calling all Eco-Entrepreneurs in Africa

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The 2016 SEED Awards are calling for eco-entrepreneurs from eligible African countries to submit nominations for their prestigious awards before 31 March 2016. Start-up enterprises in Africa that solve pressing local issues by integrating social and environmental benefits into their business models are encouraged to apply.    SEED is a global partnership for action on sustainable development [...]

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Experts See Cotton made in Africa as a Sustainable Basis for the Growing Textile Industry in Ethiopia

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Cotton is the most widely used raw material for global textile production and the livelihood of millions of people in Africa. In East African Ethiopia, cotton is both farmed and manufactured into textiles for international trade. Rather than merely exporting this “white gold”, the country invests in the development of the entire textile value chain. [...]

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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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