Zim flushing out greenhouse gas emitting appliances

By Lungelo Ndhlovu  ZIMBABWE is stepping up efforts to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) which depletes the ozone layer, leading to climate change by flushing out non-compliant air conditioners and refrigerators from its borders.  The country has recorded a sharp increase in the smuggling of banned ozone depleting substances (ODS) through its major […]

EDITORIAL COMMENT : Cyclone Idai: Wake-up call to climate change

For doubting Thomases, Tropical Cyclone Idai brings vital lessons that climate change is now with us. The deadly cyclone, whose effects were mainly felt in Manicaland, left death and destruction of property in its wake. The increase in cyclones and other extreme weather phenomena like droughts and floods, clearly indicate that climate change effects are […]

Putting the Sister in Solar: the movement bringing women out of energy poverty

“If energy poverty were a person, it would be a woman,” says Olasimbo Sojinrin, Country Manager of Solar Sister Nigeria. In the bustle of a busy marketplace in southwestern Nigeria, Felicia Abiola-Ige sets up a stall with a wide array of solar lamps, torches, phone chargers, home systems and energy efficient stoves. She lays solar panels […]

Policy Support Gap for “Climate-Smart” Agriculture

Conditioned that ploughing is the sure way to produce crops, Zimbabwean farmer Handrixious Zvomarima surprised himself by trying a different method. He planted cowpea seeds directly without tilling the land. It worked. The new method tripled Zvomarima’s cowpea yield when many farmers did not harvest a crop following the El Nino-induced drought which affected more […]

COP23: rethinking greening the earth through tree planting

By Watmore Makokoba The United Nations Climate Change conference COP23 currently underway in Bonn, Germany, is one of the most critical conventions that countries of the world cannot ignore, especially developing countries who are largely on the receiving end from the effects of climate change. For Zimbabwe, this is the opportune time to synchronize and […]

Bulawayo man champions the fight against deforestation

By Pamenus Tuso While in most countries urban forests are valued for many environmental benefits such as the reduction of storm water flow and prevention of soil erosion, most local authorities and Zimbabweans in general seems to be lagging behind in replenishing urban forests. Research also highlights evidence of the social and public health benefits of […]

Solar lights Bulawayo gardens

By Pamenus Tuso Bulawayo City Council has resorted to solar to power garden lights at Tower Block and Revenue Hall, one of the council‘s  major business buildings in Zimbabwe’s second largest city. The council was in 2010 forced to use a generator after the Revenue Hall and Tower Block buildings were switched off by the […]