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Carbon emissions

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Indian cities have become heat traps

A senior government official says Indian cities have become "heat traps" because of their rapid growth, which is leading to increased carbon emissions and destroying water bodies. This comes as heatwaves in India have killed dozens of people this summer. Rebecca Bundhun reports.

todayJune 18, 2024 7


Nuclear bids to become leading renewable energy source

In 2023, for the first time, nuclear power was mentioned as one of the low-carbon energy options the world needs to turn to, if we are to lower carbon emissions and limit global temperature rises. Rafael Mariano Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency explains whether nuclear power will ever become more popular and mainstream as an energy source in coming years.

todayJune 18, 2024 9


Hydropower damages river systems in Africa: how more solar and wind power can solve this problem

      By Angelo Carlino, Carnegie Science; Andrea Castelletti, Polytechnic University of Milan, and Rafael Schmitt, Stanford University     Across the African continent, more than 300 new hydropower projects are planned to meet the growing demand for electricity. Some of these will require big dams, which can have major negative environmental impacts. Another looming problem with hydropower is that the water cycle is affected by climate change. Water […]

todayJune 7, 2024 12


Analysis: Michelin’s no-deforestation claims in Indonesia rubber plantation a stretch

Rubber manufacturer Michelin claims to have avoided millions of tons of carbon emissions and saved thousands of hectares of primary forest in a sustainable rubber plantation project in Indonesia. Michelin joined the project in 2014 after buying a stake in the Indonesian rubber company RLU, which in 2018 raised $95 million in green bonds. In 2022, Michelin became RLU’s sole shareholder, and repaid the green bonds raised by the project. […]

todayMay 30, 2024 22


Cement is a big carbon emitter and quality is costly: a civil engineer explains

    By Elsabe Kearsley, University of Pretoria   Every year the world uses 4 billion tonnes of cement to make the concrete that goes into buildings and other infrastructure. It leaves a huge carbon footprint, and comes with other costs too. Civil engineering professor Elsabe Kearsley, who researches cement and concrete, tells us more about this basic ingredient of modern life and explains some of the work that’s being […]

todayMay 10, 2024 4

Business / Economics

Namibia bets on Africa’s green hydrogen with US$267M export harbour

    By Seth Onyango, bird story agency   Namibia is gearing up its logistics infrastructure to handle future shipments of green hydrogen, with a planned US$267 million hydrogen harbour at the port of Walvis Bay, according to the country's port authority, Namport. Port of Antwerp Bruges will build the facility over the next three years, billed as a hub for shipping hydrogen and its byproducts to energy-hungry markets in […]

todayMay 6, 2024 8


Africa now emits as much carbon as it stores: landmark new study

Cattle emit a lot of methane, but they also provide livelihoods and environmental services. Getty Images Yolandi Ernst, University of the Witwatersrand and Sally Archibald, University of the Witwatersrand A landmark new study has found that, in the last decade, the African continent has started emitting more carbon than it stores. When the total amount of carbon that is sequestered by natural ecosystems (such as the soil and plants in […]

todayApril 8, 2024 14


Wind energy to help clean South Africa’s dirty carbon “hotspot”.

    By Bonface Orucho, bird story agency   Private wind energy projects for commercial and industrial purposes are ramping up the uptake of wind energy in South Africa while complementing clean energy's solar dominance to provide power for industries. Construction recently commenced on three wind sites to power Sasol’s Secunda industrial complex in Mpumalanga. The project is led by a consortium that includes Italian renewable energy developer Enel Green […]

todayApril 2, 2024 15


Ghana’s decades-old ambition to build an integrated aluminium industry faces a new hurdle: the clean energy transition

    By Theophilus Acheampong, University of Aberdeen and Matthew Tyce, King's College London   It has been more than 60 years since Ghana’s first post-independence leader Kwame Nkrumah first mooted the idea that Ghana should produce aluminium from the country’s ample supply of bauxite. Under the Volta River Project, Nkrumah’s vision was to construct a dam on Ghana’s Volta River to provide dedicated electricity to a newly built smelter. […]

todayMarch 26, 2024 4