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03 06 2020 | 10:39

'The water will come back': why Kenya's struggle against flooding is far from over.

Record-breaking rainfall has devastated communities – and with thousands displaced and more rain predicted the picture is bleak Using a short piece of nylon line with a hook at one end and a long…

02 06 2020 | 09:04

Africa: COVID-19 - Additional 23 Million People Face Acute Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa - Ifad.

About 23 million more people are expected to be pushed into extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa this year alone, the president, International Fund for Agricultural Development, Gilbert Houngbo, has…

31 05 2020 | 08:25

The case for turning South Africa’s coal fields into a renewable energy hub.

South Africa is currently one of the world’s largest carbon emitters. And it’s increasingly being viewed as a pariah that isn’t contributing as much as it could to the international fight against…

31 05 2020 | 07:19

Worried About Biodiversity? End Industrial Activity in the Rainforest.

Biodiversity loss is a global crisis. In May last year, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warned that over 1,000,000 species are threatened …

20 05 2020 | 13:17

AfDB Welcomes $10 Million Clean Technology Fund Investment to Diversify Ethiopia’s Energy Mix.

The African Development Bank has welcomed a decision by the Trust Fund Committee of the Clean Technology Fund, one of two funds within the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), to extend a $10 million…

15 05 2020 | 07:08

Forests Are Vanishing More Slowly, But Not Slowly Enough.

A United Nations report says Africa and South America lost the most trees in the past decade, but the data don’t show the whole picture. The world’s total forest area is decreasing more slowly than…

14 05 2020 | 07:03

China Is Virtually Alone in Backing Africa’s Coal Projects.

The country’s involvement in coal is isolating it further from the rest of the world. For more than two decades, Zimbabwe has been trying to break ground on a giant coal-power complex by the world’s…

11 05 2020 | 07:05

Another 11 solar mini-grids for Mozambique.

The public body responsible for expanding access to electricity is seeking consultants to prepare a tender for rural PV mini-grids. Mozambican electricity access body the Fundo de Energia (Funae)…

09 05 2020 | 11:34

Call for Action!: Roadmap for the decentralised renewables sector to survive and flourish in the wake of the covid-19 crisis.

The global spread of COVID-19 has caused thousands of deaths and alarmed individuals, communities, businesses and society around the world. The decentralised renewable energy sector is no exception.…

09 05 2020 | 11:21

COVID-19, locusts and floods: East Africa's triple dilemma

'Coronavirus could kill, but hunger kills many more people' COVID-19, desert locusts or torrential rains and floods — where should East Africa focus its attention among this “triple threat”? As the…

08 05 2020 | 10:01

Kenya floods kill 194, people evacuated from risk areas near dams.

NAIROBI - Floods and landslides in Kenya have killed nearly 200 people, displaced 100,000 and strained critical infrastructure, with unprecedentedly high water levels at two dams forcing the…

07 05 2020 | 08:34

Africa: The Shift to Virtual World - An Experience Worth Archiving.

Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (Kigali)

07 05 2020 | 07:48

Why Nigeria needs to manage electronic waste better.

In most of Nigeria’s cities, there are visible piles of refuse that have built up on roads, river banks and swampy land. These waste dumps smell bad and are breeding grounds for germs that cause…

07 05 2020 | 07:45

In a Victory for Women in Sudan, Female Genital Mutilation Is Outlawed.

A new law criminalizes genital cutting, a harmful practice that nine in 10 Sudanese women are said to have endured. But some warned laws alone cannot eliminate the practice. CAIRO — Sudan’s new…

06 05 2020 | 08:52

Africa's exploding plastic nightmare.

As Africa Drowns in Garbage, the Plastics Business Keeps Booming ROSEMARY NYAMBURA SPENDS her weekends collecting plastic with her aunt Miriam in the Dandora dump in Nairobi.

02 05 2020 | 07:38

Study shows renewables cheaper than fossil fuels across Middle East, North Africa region.

Abandoning fossil fuels for electricity generation by 2030 would save money for countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), according to new research into renewable energy in the area.

02 05 2020 | 07:32

Why is used clothing popular across Africa? We found out in Malawi.

The sale of used clothing is a billion-dollar global industry. According to some estimates, almost 70% of garments that are donated globally end up on the African continent.

02 05 2020 | 07:25

Climate Change Pushes Girls in Northern Kenya Back to Early Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation.

In northern Kenya, climate change threatens to reverse recent gains made in the fight against child marriage and female genital mutilation, but fierce advocates are fighting to stop the trend. Three…

02 05 2020 | 07:11

African green startups invited to apply for virtual incubator.

African startups have been invited to apply for the Greenpreneurs programme, which helps young leaders to connect globally and receive support on turning their ideas into tangible impact. Run…

27 04 2020 | 06:17

REvolutionaries: The Steve Sawyer Memorial Award.

On the occasion of Earth Day, GWEC has launched a memorial award in honour of its late CEO Steve Sawyer - REvolutionaries: The Steve Sawyer Memorial Award. The award will honour Steve’s life mission…