South Africa summit, new report focus on waste water as resource

South Africa summit, new report focus on waste water as resource

South African President Jacob Zuma welcomed participants to the United Nations World Water Day summit in Durban on Wednesday, to begin a three-day conference on global water resources. The meeting served as launch for the 2017 World Water Development Report, with its emphasis on waste water resources and their recapture….

AU Commission ceremony to mark official leadership change

AU Commission ceremony to mark official leadership change

New African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat officially begins his role Tuesday, as outgoing chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma comes to the end of her tenure in Addis Ababa. Moussa Faki, the foreign minister of Chad who previously served as the nation’s prime minister, has said he will make the…

Conflict and climate hit South Sudan crops, spike food prices

Nearly a third of all people in South Sudan are facing severe food insecurity now, and that’s expected to “rapidly deteriorate to massive proportions” in 2017, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said. The FAO issued an assessment report Monday explaining that harvest time in South Sudan traditionally means…

Cycling, walking move a greener Africa forward

Four African countries are among the world’s five most dangerous for walking and cycling, a new UN Environment Programme report on transportation finds, but positive change is making big strides. From Uganda’s student bike-sharing programs, to Zambia’s village bicycle ambulances and Namibia’s bicycle-based recycling pickup service, Africans are taking an…

Zambia, Malawi farmers develop resilience to climate impacts

Climate action on agricultural sustainability is a priority for reducing carbon emissions, and much of that work is being done among Africa’s smallholders. The support for local food systems and related anti-poverty efforts in rural regions of the continent is among the priorities laid out in the UN State of…

Rwanda set for cool-planet talks on AC refrigerants, appliances

Rwanda is ready to host international climate talks with air conditioning refrigerants at the forefront, as nearly 200 countries try to work out a deal to remove hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) from the environment faster. The week-long meeting in Kigali begins Saturday, where national delegates will discuss an amendment to the Montreal…

Forging a future for Africa’s fragile cities

Most of the world’s fragile cities are clustered in Africa and Asia, with cities in Somalia, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) among the most high-risk cities in the world. That’s according to a consortium, led by the Igarapé Institute, that studied urban fragility across the globe…