Science and ‘social learning’ key to reduce climate disaster risks – Oxpeckers

Disrupting the Future: How communities and experts work together to reduce flood disaster risks in Limpopo. A multimedia #ClimaTracker investigation by Anina Mumm EXPLORE THE FULL MULTIMEDIA FEATURE HERE When the Western Cape experienced its worst storm in three decades in early June, disaster relief teams were on stand-by thanks to the early warnings provided by…

#Scibraai Menu: Mopane worms: are there still enough to go around?

In life, you get two types of people. Those who eat mopane worms, and those who definitely don’t. In Limpopo, the eating of mopane worms and trading in them are a way of life for many people living in the province. This tradition has been passed on from generation to generation. Environmental changes such as the…

Citizen scientist project: Snap SA’s clouds too

Have you recently just felt like having one of those days where you’d like to do nothing better than to lie on your back and watch clouds pass by? But then reality and your work ethic kicked in? Well, thanks to the citizen science project “Global Experiment” you have a very good reason to do…

New app for small-scale fishing industry

A free app – co-developed by academics, government, civil society and fishing communities – will be the lynchpin in the government’s efforts to launch and roll out a small-scale fishing industry in South Africa. Traditional and artisanal fishing communities, according to an Equality Court ruling in 2007, have been consistently marginalised during both apartheid and…

Shisa Sayensi: Isayensi yeviki 14 July 2016

Isomiso sisilungiselela okuzayo, kutholakale amathambo asebhayibhelini, owesifazane omusha kwi-NASA, konke lokhu kutholakala kwi Shisa Sayensi! Isomiso sisilungiselela ukushintshashintsha kwemozulu Isomiso esesishaye amazwe aseningizimu yezwekazi le Afrika, sibonakala njengethuba lokhuthi lawamazwe akwazi ukuzilungiselela njengoba isimo semozulu siguquka umhlaba wonke. Lona umbono wabacwaningi baseNyuvesi yaseKapa abenza ucwaningo ngomonakalo odalwa isomiso emazweni ase Mozambique nase Namibia. Njengoba isimo…

Yesterday I learnt that it is us

Us. We who live in cities. We who are employed. We who are academics. We who are food secure. We who have air conditioning. We who drive cars. We who write about how climate change affects vulnerable communities from the comfort of the conference couch within cable distance of the plug. We who attend said…

Free solar power for N. Cape households

Oxpeckers’ Tholakele Nene finds out how giant solar power projects are making a difference to rural lives affected by climate change in semi-desert areas of the Northern Cape Households in dusty Groenwater, a dirt-poor rural neighbourhood in the Northern Cape, no longer need candles to light up the night, or to burn wood for heating water during…