Bob and Mary Scholes: from climate change to transformative change

Bob and Mary Scholes had – almost by accident, they say – given themselves just the right grounding to play an important part in growing our understanding of what humans are doing to the planet – especially in terms of climate change. This article by Mandi Smallhorne is made possible through funding from the Royal Society of South Africa.

Climate grief: when hope (doesn’t) spring eternal

by Wiida Fourie For those of us living in the cities, facing up to the realities of the climate crisis – such as contemplating the mere possibility of a Day Zero – can be challenging at the most. Some describe it as a vague unease about the changes you see in nature. Others talk of…

Talking science communication in Cape Town

Scientists and communicators from across the world and the across the scientific spectrum came together on the 28th of August when ScienceLink hosted their second SciCommunity event, at which scientists in Cape Town could meet, network and discuss science communication with the writer, public speaker and international science communicator, Alaina Levine.There are currently very few…

It’s about the people for climate change scientist Jessica Thorn

  Dr Jessica Thorn was recently announced as part of the first three Women in Climate Change Science Fellows, an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI). She will be hosted by the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) at the University of Cape Town in South Africa but…

South African ship and robots to uncover the future of climate change in Africa

An adventurous team of South African scientists is preparing for a journey to an ocean at the bottom of the Earth. Their expedition will delve deeper into how the climate will change in Africa, and how South Africa can better protect its food supplies. In July 2019, researchers led by Dr Pedro Monteiro at the…

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 Sides: 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…