On this week's eco@africa, meet the man leading Africa’s delegation to the COP 24 climate summit in Poland. Plus: the solar suitcases lighting up Kenyan classrooms and the invention bringing biogas to Moroccan farmers.
This week, we discover innovations helping to combat climate change, from solar suitcases to plates made from wheat!
As the COP 24 climate summit takes place in Poland, we ask the UN's regional climate change coordinator for Africa how the continent is dealing with the impact of global warming — and what it needs for the future.
This startup produces disposable tableware with a difference: it’s totally biodegradable. The plates, bowls and cutlery are made from wheat bran — the hard outer layers of the grain left over during the milling process.
They look like ordinary suitcases, but there’s a lot of potential packed inside! They provide hours of power and light for schools and refugee camps - and they're changing lives in rural Kenya.
In many Moroccan villages, bottled propane gas is the main source of power for cooking, heating and pumping water. Engineer Fatima Zahra Beraich has developed a simple process to make biogas from organic waste.
Carbon dioxide emissions are a major cause of global warming. But the gas also contains the carbon-rich compounds used for making plastic. In Germany, efforts are underway to reduce CO2 emissions by recycling the gas.
There's a lot more to that brown stuff under your feet than meets the eye! Soil is the link between the air, water, rocks, and organisms — and its health is vital in keeping ecosystems alive.
Where does soil come from, why is it brown, and can it save our climate? Get all the answers in this selection of our best videos and articles about what's going on under the ground!
Nigeria imports tons of paper a year. But instead of cutting down more trees seaweed may be the future. It would certainly be a novel use for what is usually considered a nuisance that clogs waterways.
An eco-campaign is striving to keep South Africa's Robberg Beach clean and protect its marine environment. It's part of the Blue Flag programme, the international accreditation system for clean coasts.
Mountain springs, active volcanoes, fiery lava flows and emerald lakes: New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park looks like another planet. But its popularity among tourists is putting this natural wonder at risk.
'[Africa's] youth must embrace climate action as a solution to the problems that the continent faces but also as an opportunity to create wealth.' — Richard Munang, UN Regional Climate Change Coordinator for Africa
Oyster harvesting along the Gambia River is often a brutal process that destroys the mangrove. For the past decade a group has been showing how it can be done using old shells thereby saving the valuable plants.
On Mfangano Island, a group is teaching locals to use what nature has given them. They base their work on what is best for the ecosystem and are able to build sustainable food systems and functional landscapes.
Yacouba Sawadogo started planting trees in northern Burkina Faso in 1980 to stop desertification. Now at 80 he has won the Right Livelihood award and looks back to see the fruits of his labor.
Besides being a singer, Stanley Aneto is also creative in other ways without harming the environment and paints with different-colored lights. Through his art and music, he reminds us of the need to care for nature.
Engineers in Germany have developed a solar powered water purification system that can process thousands of liters of water an hour. Several of the kiosks now provide clean water and work as phone charging stations.
From a small amphibian with miraculous regeneration properties, to wild animals wandering the streets of Nairobi — and even the healing powers of our forests. We take a closer look at the weird and wonderful life that calls our planet home.
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Based in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, Nneota Egbe presents environmental issues and solutions from West Africa.
Based in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, Felicia Endersby presents environmental issues and solutions from Africa's rainbow nation.
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