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Cape Town is the greenest city in Africa

As the people flock to cities, infrastructure to accommodate the mushrooming urban populations is strained and environmental pressure grows apace. Cape Town has taken heed and is planning for a greener, more sustainable future. One measure is its increasing use of renewable energy sources.

Infographic: COP20 Summit

It took an extra day of negotiations but delegates to the COP20 summit left Lima, Peru, having made decisions that provide a clear and solid foundation for talks in Paris at the end of next year.

Africa pushes for commitment at COP20

The continent stands to lose the most from the gradual change in weather patterns, and the disruption in food production and destruction of habitats and ecosystems will have the greatest impact. They want delegate countries to "put more on the table" in finding a successful way to cut greenhouse emissions.

African cities join climate change fight at C40 summit

Africa produces the least amount of greenhouse gases, yet will bear the brunt of global climate change. At the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group summit in Johannesburg this week, mayor Parks Tau welcomed three new African megacities to the network, bringing the total to seven out of 66 world cities.

SA saves 629 MW during Earth Hour

South Africans achieved a massive 629 MW reduction in their electricity usage during this year's Earth Hour on Saturday night, up from 402 MW during last year's campaign.

COP 17 ‘a coup for Africa’ – Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the South African delegation for their "outstanding achievement" at the UN climate summit (COP 17) in Durban, describing the outcome of the talks as "a coup for Africa".

Durban delivers climate breakthrough

It went far into overtime, but the UN climate summit hosted and steered by South Africa finally delivered the deal the world has been waiting for - a clear pathway to a legally binding instrument that will compel all countries, including the biggest polluters, to take action to slow the pace of global warming.

Africa calls for ‘climate-smart’ agriculture

Climate-smart agriculture offers a "triple win" for food security, adaptation, and mitigation, South African President Jacob Zuma and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on the sidelines of COP 17 in Durban.

Forest programme to benefit millions

A 10-year, $233-million plan to help a billion people around the world whose livelihoods depend on trees and forests, was announced on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban on Sunday.

‘Green partnership’ call to business

South African President Jacob Zuma, addressing the World Climate Business Summit on Green Business Generation in Durban on Saturday, called on business to partner with the country and the continent in creating a "greener", sustainable future.