Zim making strides to ease load-shedding

Eng. Matshela Koko On November 3, 2019, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) increased power cuts to a punitive Stage 2 of load-shedding, where consumers spent up to 18 hours without electricity because it had lost 251MW from Hwange Power Station. On November 12, 2019, the eastern part of the country lost electricity for almost […]

Is climate change making you anxious?… . . . here are coping tips from psychologists

Between news of devastating natural disasters, horrifying scientific predictions, and the infuriating lack of political will to do anything about it all, it seems we can’t catch a collective breath at the moment. some days, news about the climate crisis feels like a heavy weight on my chest. And I’m not alone. Some of us […]

How climate change impacted world in 2019

MADRID. – The year 2019 concludes a decade of exceptional global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities. Average temperatures for the five-year (2015-2019) and ten-year (2010-2019) periods are almost certain to be the highest on record. 2019 is on course to be the second or third warmest […]

Small grains and climate change — A stitch in time saves nine

WHILE it is unarguable that Zimbabwe’s economy is largely driven by agriculture where a majority of its population especially in the countryside depend on it for their livelihood, the past two decades have witnessed fluctuations in the production of its staple crop — maize due to factors associated with climate change. The changes in climate […]

Southern Africa at increased risk of climate change

A new report on The Global Climate has identified significant changes in climate in the last five years since 2015, including in Southern Africa, suggesting a renewed threat of climate change impacts and variability. The report by the World Meteorological Organisation ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit held in New York in September, reveals […]

Rivers rehabilitation significant in the face of climate change

MANY streams, rivers and other water bodies are threatened, have just been lost or degraded due to untoward human behaviours and practices. All water bodies combined, play instrumental roles in enhancing human livelihoods and ecological functions through human and animal water consumption, moisture retention and other river basin best practices. Due to poverty, lack of […]

Absence of children’s climate change literature regrettable

A NUMBER of circumstances have contributed to the death of a reading culture, not only because of academic excellence, but also in terms of the emergence of climate change literature for awareness, literacy and education. Climate change is the most topical and problematic issue of our time and its literature is still restricted to a […]

Climate change — Can nature’s balance be restored?

People around the world observed International Day of Peace on September 21, a day which is observed annually to promote and enhance peace among nations and peoples. International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations (UN) in 1981. In 2002, the UN declared it a permanent holiday. Through education and public awareness campaigns, […]

Climate change is morally wrong

Humankind is in a race between two tipping points. The first is when the Earth’s ecosystems and the life they contain tip into irreversible collapse due to climate change. The second is when the fight for climate action tips from being just one of many political concerns to becoming a mass social movement. The existential […]