Climate change: Communal farmers need education too

WHILE the concept of climate change is fairly getting appreciation in the country’s communities, very little has been done to get the message of its impacts to the communal farmers whose collective efforts are admittedly contributing to agriculture productivity.  A lot of workshops, meetings and seminars on the subject have been confined to teak furnished […]

Achieving self-sufficiency in Zim power generation

ZIMBABWE is entering its third week of electricity blackouts under the national load-shedding programme announced by the country’s power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa). The experience for various consumers seems like a déjà vu as rolling power cuts had been a daily norm from 2000 up until 2013 when prepaid meters were introduced. The […]

Climate change reception cloudy

Ecosystem, biodiversity and ozone layer — for a layman in Zimbabwe these, among other technical jargon related to the environment and climate change, are complex words, which despite being publicised lack importance as they do not address the urgent “bread and butter” issues they are faced with each and every day. Temperatures within planet earth […]

Local communities and forest rights for environmental sustainability

Local communities and community leaders, as custodians of nature, ought to play a sustainable role in forest conservation, ownership, governance and rights. This is significant for the establishment of long term community livelihoods and resilient goals. Forest rights enable local communities to be in charge of their forest resources, products and non-forest products and market […]

New study shows clean cooking can lead to increased birth weight in newborns

A new study has found that replacing traditional cookstoves that burn wood and kerosene with clean-burning ethanol cookstoves can have a positive impact on birth outcomes, further evidence of the link between clean cooking and improved health. After controlling for other risk factors, the randomized intervention study, “Pregnancy outcomes and ethanol cook stove intervention: A randomized-controlled trial […]

Banks awakening to renewable energy

By Wisdom Mumera The drive for renewable energy has generally been embraced in Africa wholesomely. However, progress on the ground has largely been at a snail’s pace due to financial hurdles. Locally, financial institutions are still hesitant to be involved in the renewable energy sector by financing  long-term investments. This has resulted  in the stagnation […]

Coal faces dire future

By Wisdom Mumera Demand for coal which is the foremost fossil fuel used in industrial production is set to decline as companies opt for cheaper renewable energy according to the Blomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The report predicts a bright long term future for renewables and inversely a bleak future for coal which has driven […]

What is derailing renewable sector growth in Zimbabwe?

By Watmore Makokoba Zimbabwe has ample potential for electricity generation from hydro, solar, biomass and wind, nevertheless, but only a fraction of the country’s renewable energy potential has been exploited so far. According to the Zimbabwe Environmental Regional Organisation (ZERO), Project Manager Wellington Madumira there are four main challenges to the uptake of renewable energy […]