Environment

Malawi floods kill 56

14 March 2019 

The number of people killed in floods in southern Malawi has risen to 56, an official said on Wednesday, with the country now also on alert for an approaching tropical cyclone.

Almost 83,000 people have been displaced since storms that began more than a week ago caused rivers to break their banks, leaving villages underwater, and knocked out power and water supplies in some areas.

Chipiliro Khamula, spokesman for Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management, said 56 deaths had been recorded as of Tuesday, as well as 577 injurie

Ramaphosa to launch 'Good Green Deeds'

7 March 2019 

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday announce a programme designed to place environmental care at the centre of South African culture.

"Because of environmentally insensitive human action, the forces of nature conspired to set in motion the dramatic process of climate change," Ramaphosa said in his response to the debate on his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in February.
 

Climate change forces Arctic animals to shift feeding habits - study

7 March 2019

Seals and whales in the Arctic are shifting their feeding patterns as climate change alters their habitats, and the way they do so may determine whether they survive, a new study has found.

Researchers harnessed datasets spanning two decades to examine how two species of Arctic wildlife - beluga whales, also known as white whales, and ringed seals - are adapting to their changing habitat.

INTERNET OF THINGS HELPS FEED THE MASSES

The new digital agricultural solution is using the Internet of things (IOT) to try combat malnutrition and boost food security in Africa.

The South African operation of Swedish enterprise applications company IFS and local company Matsei Technologies and Consulting collaborated to create the digital aquaponics farming solution.

The project aims to leverage technology to help build sustainable protein production for African communities, drive job creation and support the rise of innovative small businesses.

Parliament to probe Clifton beach 'racism'

31 January 2019 

Parliament will hold an all-day inquiry into what transpired at Clifton Fourth Beach in Cape Town, where beachgoers were allegedly escorted off the beach by a private security company.

The incident was deemed racist by a number of organisations and compared to apartheid-era beach bans. In the wake of the incident, a number of protests took place, including the slaughtering of a sheep at the beach “to exorcise the demon of racism”.

Receding Malawi lake lays bare cost of climate change

27 November 2018 

Just four months ago, the fishing harbour at Kachulu on the western shores of Lake Chilwa in Malawi was bustling with fishermen and traders haggling over the catch of the day.

Today hundreds of fishing boats sit marooned on cracked, dry mud as vultures fly above the shores of the once productive fishing zone 30 kilometres (19 miles) east of the southern African country's old capital Zomba.

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