In this Italian city you get rewarded with beer and ice cream for not driving your car

In the Italian city of Bologna, people are rewarded for cycling, walking and taking public transport. Bella Mossa (Italian for “good job”) is the brainchild of urban planner Marco Amadori. The anti-pollution scheme aims to reduce car journeys and boost “green” travel with incentives like beer, ice cream or cinema tickets for participants who complete […]

Zim saves fortune on energy bill

Zimbabwe’s energy import bill has dropped to about $1,2 million monthly from at least $48 million as efforts to invest in local electricity generation to underpin the envisaged economic growth begin to bear fruit. Energy imports have over the years demanded significant allocations of foreign currency to meet domestic and industrial demand. But figures gleaned […]

Renewable energy players hamstrung by lack of funding

ZIMBABWE liberalised the electricity sector, but the participation of private players remains minimal. NewsDay (ND) business reporter Mthandazo Nyoni recently spoke to Renewable Energy Association of Zimbabwe chairman Isaiah Nyakusendwa (IN) about the challenges affecting the sector. Below are excerpts of the interview. ND: What is the state of renewable energy sector in Zimbabwe? IN: […]

COP24: UN climate change conference, what’s at stake and what you need to know

As global temperatures continue to rise, climate action is lagging and the window of opportunity is closing. On Sunday, the United Nations will kick off critical negotiations on how to address the problem collectively and urgently, during a two-week climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, known as “COP24”. Thousands of world leaders, experts, activists, creative […]

Advertising ‘Sun in a box’ system can beat Li-ion batteries over store renewable energy: Study

The researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) estimate that such a system would be vastly more affordable than lithium-ion batteries, that has long been considered a viable method for renewable energy storage. MIT scientists have designed a system that could store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver it back into […]

Brazil withdraws candidacy to host 2019 UN climate conference COP25

Foreign Ministry spokesman Marco Bernardy said Wednesday that Brazil is withdrawing its candidacy to host the 2019 U.N. Climate Change Conference because of budget constraints. However, environmental groups say the decision is a nod to President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who promised during his campaign to pull Brazil out of the Paris Accord on climate change. Bolsonaro has vowed to help Brazil’s […]

Divide Continues Between Nations and Companies at United Nations Climate Talks

Divisions deepened at the U.N. climate talks Thursday, pitting rich nations against poor ones, oil exporters against vulnerable island nations, and those governments prepared to act on global warming against those who want to wait and see. The stakes were raised by a scientific report that warned achieving the most ambitious target in the 2015 […]