Archive: Climate change


News & Analysis Wind turbines at sunset

Wind and solar energy grew to a record 12 per cent of global electricity generation in 2022, according to a new report by Ember.

News & Analysis Wildfire on mountain

Halving emissions this decade is crucial, yet relying on coal and gas will add fuel to the fire of climate change.

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A new climate justice documentary follows activists across Southern Africa fighting against the fossil fuel giants that threaten their communities.

News & Analysis Electricity pylon and power plant air pollution

To address the power and climate crises, massive investments in transmission infrastructure and renewables are needed over the coming years.

News & Analysis South Africa floods wash away roads and buildings

Amid the spiralling impacts of climate change, South Africa has declared a national state of disaster as the country suffers more deadly floods.

Explainer Close-up of the side of a shiny white car. It has silver lettering on it spelling out the word "HYBRID".

The main difference between EVs and hybrid cars is how they are powered. An EV gets its power exclusively from electricity, while hybrid cars – as the name suggests – run on a mix.

Explainer Field of maize crop

Mitigating climate change and increasing domestic food production can help to address food insecurity and rising prices.

Explainer Natural gas pipeline on a bridge over scrubland somewhere in South Africa.

The reality is that natural gas is an uncertain investment. Many different variables affect the price of gas on the international trading markets.

Explainer Photograph of a gas meter that measures consumption in cubic metres. A white person's right hand is touching the meter at the point where the numbers are going up, perhaps to convey the idea that the person is worried about their gas consumption. There is a thick layer of dust on the meter.

The place of natural gas in a clean energy future is hotly debated. But, there is a simple answer to whether natural gas is renewable.

Explainer Various bowls of seeds, grains and pulses

Climate change and supply chain disruptions impacted food availability and affordability in 2022, causing double-digit inflation for many key items.

Explainer Selection of fruits at a food market

Spiralling food prices are driving inflation and squeezing household budgets. This is exacerbating poverty, hunger and debt.

Explainer City road with buildings and cars

Compressed natural gas (CNG) is promoted as a cleaner fuel alternative, but also comes with risks to the climate and health.

Explainer Floating icons of official national flags of the world

The Kyoto Protocol made history in 1997 as the first major international effort to slow climate change.

Explainer Oil and gas rig off Cape town coast, view from land

While the world plans for a future without gas, an upsurge in new gas projects in South Africa is likely a “costly mistake”.

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Analysts agree that natural gas is too risky for South Africa, and it is not needed for the energy transition from coal to clean.

News & Analysis Sunset photo of massive coal plant in Mpumalanga

South Africa’s cabinet has approved the $8.5 billion (R155 billion) plan to help the country transition away from fossil fuels.

Explainer Deep red sky with sun and clouds

Global warming is making extreme events, such as heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, floods and tropical storms, more frequent and severe.

News & Analysis Drought-stricken barren landscape with cracked earth

The IMF is sounding the alarm as climate change threatens to worsen food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa.

Explainer Aerial photo showing the houses and mountains of coastal Cape Town

Climate change risks life as we know it, but bold and inclusive solutions can help build a safer and fairer world.

Explainer Wind turbine on a landscape of grass and trees

Our fossil fuel energy system comes at a massive cost. Climate change is causing extreme temperatures, drought and catastrophic flooding.