Kites and drones used to harness wind power could revolutionize renewable energy

High-altitude kites or drones could be used to harness dependable wind power and could revolutionize approaches to renewable energy generation, scientists believe. A research team at the University of Madrid are using the giant aeroflot kites used in kite surfing to experiment with on-board energy generation, in the form of small wind-turbines mounted to the aircraft. The power generated is then transmitted […]

Australia hits 2020 large-scale renewable target

The Clean Energy Regulator of Australia has approved enough capacity to guarantee that the large-scale Renewable Energy Target of 33,000 GWh of additional renewable energy will be met in 2020. The milestone was announced by Clean Energy Regulator chairperson David Parker: “It is now certain Australia will generate enough renewable energy to meet the 2020 Large-scale Renewable Energy Target”. […]

Adapting African agriculture to climate change  

Climate change is already putting huge stress on Africa’s food production systems   And, according to projections, worse is coming. As ministers for agriculture from across the continent gather in Kigali for the Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue (August 5 and August 6 2019), ensuring a secure and sustainable food supply must be at the centre […]

Take control of energy usage with LG’s residential solar offerings

In conjunction with North America’s Smart Energy Week, LG Electronics (LG) is underscoring its role as a top player within the U.S. residential solar market at the 2019 Solar Power International Conference. LG continues to transform today’s solar landscape, offering precision-manufactured and high-efficiency solar panels and an innovative Energy Storage System (ESS) for homeowners who […]

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 […]