Nature based approaches to solving water problems originated in Europe and don't take into account Africa's huge infrastructure deficit.
Sea snakes spend their lives in the water, giving birth to live young at sea, so why are they only found in some of the world's oceans? The answer lies in a combination of climate and geography.
Instead of causing problems for farmers, carnivores could actually be beneficial by controlling rodent pests.
A new study found that community-based wildlife conservation can quickly result in clear ecological success.
The beetle and the fungus have devastated trees in California in the US as well as in Israel. Now they're in South Africa.
One of the major scenes of a potential water crisis and conflict is the Nile River.
Poaching is changing focus by moving from the Kruger National Park to other provinces and reserves.
South Africa has good water laws. So why does the minister want to change them?
Information about the threats facing Lake Victoria and how they're perceived are crucial to reverse the damage that's been done.
The experiences of other countries can provide valuable lessons for Cape Town on how to better cope with its water crisis.
Famine weed spreads rapidly and is devastatingly destructive. Biocontrol is one way of dealing with the problem.
A new report will supply some information needed for science based conservation measures in the Red Sea.
For South Africa decommissioning its nuclear plant Koeberg is a reality that cannot be ignored much longer.
In richer countries, the socio-economic impact of invasive species can be tackled through technology or adaptive behaviour. But this isn't the case in poor countries.
Large hydropower dams planned for parts of Africa could double its current capacity. But several factors like climate conditions around the dams could put the security of electricity supply at risk.
Wildlife conservation is often part of the peacebuilding process, but there is a risk it can make conflicts even worse.
To achieve universal energy access by 2030, the UN says Senegal must double its electrification rate.
Migratory animals are often blamed for the global spread of disease. However, recent research indicates they may not be the primary culprit.
There were some African food security initiatives from 2017 that deserve a special mention for the precedent they set.
Interactions between sharks and humans happen in a variety of places. That means reducing conflict needs different interventions.
While India struggles for answers to its urban air pollution crisis, Beijing is moving forward with strong resolve and effective policy.
It is extremely important to monitor local seismic activity before fracking starts to avoid causing harm.
Kenya's government, while promising cheaper power to consumers may actually be undercutting this promise in its pursuit of nuclear power plants and other costly projects.
Findings from several scientific studies show the real impact of Rwanda's agricultural policies and the challenges it faces.
Policymakers need to proceed with caution when it comes to legalising rhino horn as it could be a high risk strategy.
The water crisis in South Africa's Cape Town teaches us there's more at play than just rainfall. Disasters like droughts means the issue must be seen from many different perspectives, like politics.
African countries, like Nigeria and Ethiopia, increased their food production using a system-wide approach, and not the traditional reliance on isolated projects.
South Africa has problems with hunger and obesity and both are linked to malnutrition. But solutions like taxes, education, regulating food advertising and labelling can help the problem.
If we can keep elephants away from farms then farmers might be more inclined to help conservation efforts.
Computer models have produced some very worrying results.
Water is increasingly becoming scarce as the climate changes. There are four changes that cities can make to adapt to water scarcity.
Social ties between Lake Victoria's fisherfolk are critical for gaining access to credit, employment, maintaining reliable and skilled labour and access to markets.
Even if the nuclear plan can be massaged in South African President Jacob Zuma’s interests, it won't be enough to ensure the deal goes through.
A vulnerability map could help assess the risks associated with fracking and groundwater which around 300 towns depend on in South Africa's Karoo.
Pollination in South Africa's ecosystems is extremely complex. However new advances such as pollen metabarcoding help us understand interactions between pollinators and pollen.
South African President Jacob Zuma's efforts to promote his unpopular nuclear project are weakening him politically but he still seems keen to pursue it.
There are a number of myths surrounding Cape Town's drought, one of them being that the city saw the crisis coming but didn't prepare for it.
Kenya's inadequate electricity supply is due to an over-reliance on hydropower, high energy and infrastructure costs.
With cutting-edge technologies and innovative business practices, Cape Verde can achieve its goal in a way that is cost-effective and equitable
The ‘war on terror' in Mali is building alongside a growing number of multinationals hoping to extract the oil and gas reserves of the Taoudeni basin, and a strong foreign military presence.
Cape Town promised alternative water sources with the ongoing drought being declared a disaster. Its main strategy is water rationing but climate models are also being used.
It’s important for the city of Cape Town to inspire residential trust in water restrictions. Without this, the harsh effects of the drought will be exacerbated.
A new approach to monitor changes to the earth's surface uses maps that consist of physical and human geographic data to explain what's changed.
The transnational project conceived 30 years ago to replenish the drying waters of Lake Chad finally seems poised to take off. But first, internal politics within member states must be overcome.
It's wrong to blame climate change for famine and conflict. These can either be prevented, or the impact minimised, if institutions and mechanisms of good governance are in place.
South Africa's Karoo region potentially holds shale gas that could transform the energy economy of the country. But given the uncertainties around exploration what's the next logical step?
Marine mammals are often referred to as sentinels of the ocean and research on whales and dolphins in particular contributes important knowledge about the health of our seas.
Historically low rainfalls have led to severe droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. But various solutions exist to mitigate the social and economic impact.
There is increasing evidence from across many African and South Asian countries that contextual, timely climate information, helps farmers manage the risks they face.
Local and indigenous communities remain mostly excluded from real benefits, and conservation often comes at a huge cost to them.
Amu Coal a Kenyan and Chinese consortium is set to build a coal plant in an area untouched by industrial development. The emissions alone will double the country’s energy sector's CO2 emissions.
Ethiopia's GIBE III dam has been labelled the world's most controversial dam due to environmental and social impacts and the displacement of indigenous people.
Invasive plants have an impact on native species and unless these factors are properly understood, it is difficult to predict what sort of impact invasive plants will have.