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Business / Economics

Namibia may tap its trillion dollar oil & gas windfall to fuel renewables ambitions.

    By Bonface Orucho, bird story agency   Namibia has been advancing extensive oil and gas exploration, and making substantial discoveries. Portuguese oil and gas company recently announced another discovery of “a significant column” of light oil in high-quality reservoirs. A press statement from Galp on March 15, confirmed the find at the Mopane-2X well in the larger Orange Basin, off the Namibian Coast, adding to its oil discovery […]

todayMarch 20, 2024 6


76% of Africa’s energy could come from renewable sources by 2040: here’s how

    By Christiane Zarfl, University of Tübingen and Rebecca Peters, University of Tübingen   Over half of Africa’s people – about 600 million – lack access to even the bare minimum of electricity. The tough question to answer is how access can be extended without adding to global warming by relying on fossil fuels. We – a team from Rwanda and Germany who work in the field of renewable […]

todayMarch 19, 2024 19


Fossil Fuels Drive Both The Plastics And Climate Crises & Need An International Framework To Phase Them Out

On the opening day of the 6th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) meeting, environmental experts and advocates united to demand decisive action against the ongoing climate and plastics crises fueled by fossil fuels. Hellen Kahaso Dena, Project Lead of the Pan-Africa Plastics Project at Greenpeace Africa, emphasized the dire need for a robust Global Plastics Treaty. "Our planet is drowning in plastic, a crisis intricately linked to […]

todayFebruary 27, 2024 10

South Africa

Corruption and clean energy in South Africa: economic model shows trust in government is linked to takeup of renewables

    By Roula Inglesi-Lotz, University of Pretoria   South Africa relies heavily on energy from coal-fired power stations, which emit large quantities of carbon. But making the transition to greater use of renewable energies, such as solar, is being hampered by a number of factors. Chief among them is corruption, which is affecting the quality of institutions. In a recent paper I set out how perceptions of corruption in […]

todayFebruary 19, 2024 2


Ocean heating breaks record, again, with disastrous outcomes for the planet

By Elizabeth Claire Alberts via Mongabay New research shows that ocean temperatures are hotter than ever in the modern era due to human-driven global warming. High ocean temperatures are placing a strain on marine life and biological processes while also increasing extreme weather events on land. The world is also seeing an escalation in the frequency and intensity of marine heat waves, events in which sea temperatures exceed a certain […]

todayJanuary 31, 2024 5


Global temperatures to reach 1.7°C increase by May

Global heating caused by the burning of fossil fuels, and the El Niño climatic event, will push global temperatures to about 1.7 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by May. According to the Guardian, the warning comes from former National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist James Hansen. Hansen says there needs to be purposeful actions to affect the planet’s energy balance.

todayJanuary 10, 2024 13


Hard-fought COP28 agreement suggests the days of fossil fuels are numbered – but climate catastrophe is not yet averted

Shutterstock Matt McDonald, The University of Queensland As negotiators stagger towards their beds in Dubai and another year’s climate talks come to a close, it’s time to take stock. Did COP28 achieve the big breakthrough the world needs on climate change? Probably not. But the final agreement – met with an ovation – includes a first call for nations to transition away from fossil fuels. It’s a step short of […]

todayDecember 14, 2023 2


COP28’s commitment to transforming farming and food systems is an insult to Africans

  By Florian Kroll, University of the Western Cape Globally, food systems are unsustainable: 80% of the production of food is powered by fossil fuels. The food system is responsible for over one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. It is the primary driver of biodiversity loss. The COP28 climate change conference has issued a declaration on sustainable agriculture and resilient food systems. An expert on food systems, Florian Kroll, sets […]

todayDecember 13, 2023 11


Disagreements over fossil fuels threaten COP28 success

The UN climate summit in Dubai faces potential failure as delegates disagree on the role of fossil fuels. Oil-rich nations are advocating for increased use of carbon capture technology to mitigate emissions, while scientists and developed countries argue that reducing fossil fuel usage is crucial to combating global warming. Bruce Douglas, CEO of the Global Renewables Alliance, addresses the issue at COP28.

todayDecember 12, 2023 2