News: sustainability

  • Story

    UP scientist co-authors study on biodiversity loss index

    A study co-authored by Dr Bernard Coetzee, a senior lecturer in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria (UP), has detailed how chance events could alter the Living Planet Index (LPI), a measure of the world’s biological diversity based on population trends.

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    UP using nanostructures to reduce the global warming impact of refrigeration equipment

    Recent research as part of a collaboration between the University of Pretoria, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Imperial College London hopes to improve refrigeration equipment and reduce their impact on global warming through the use of nanostructures.

  • Talking Point

    Nearly half of South Africa’s live music workers may quit the industry for good

    For people working in South Africa’s live music sector, 2020 has been “devastating”. That was the term that researchers read most frequently in responses to the country’s largest-ever live music and COVID-19 survey, published in November. As one respondent put it: "I have lost everything. All income, accommodation – everything".

  • Talking Point

    The big asks Africa needs to table with the IMF and World Bank: here’s the list

    The coronavirus and its economic consequences have caused economic tsunamis in every country in the world. The scale of the onslaught will dominate discussions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank spring meetings due to take place – for the first time ever virtually – in mid-April.

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    ANALYSIS: Investing in research is South Africa’s best insurance policy against crises

    As the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads around the world, causing the disease COVID-19, it is becoming ever clearer that the solutions to this pandemic will all be based on research.

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    UP part of 3-year ELEPHANT project to address health challenges arising from human, animal interaction such as COVID-19

    The Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria (UP) is one of the leading partners in the Erasmus+ ELEPHANT project which will boost the capacity of the participating partner institutions in solving complex issues relating to the health of humans and animals.

  • Podcast

    The use of new technology in teaching and learning: A World of Answers

    In this episode we discuss cloud computing and the use of technology in teaching and learning. Professor Tawana Kupe and Professor Willem Fourie speak to Aubrey Masango and discuss why cloud computing is critical to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Talking Point

    Cloud computing could be key to speeding up Africa’s development

    Earlier this year, 17 African countries presented their progress on reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, at the United Nations. There was some good news and progress. But it’s clear that radical interventions are still required if countries on the continent are to achieve these ambitious global development goals.

  • Talking Point

    South Africa’s carbon tax matters – for the economy and tackling climate change

    Carbon tax is likely to be an effective way of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, which lead to climate change and have negative consequences for human life. But the carbon tax that’s been introduced in South Africa could cost jobs, unless people acquire skills that can be used in sectors that are not carbon-intensive.

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