Posts Tagged Africa

As Water Scarcity Increases, Desalination Plants Are on the Rise…

After decades of slow progress, desalination is increasingly being used to provide drinking water around the globe. Costs for processing salt water for drinking water have dropped, but it remains an expensive option and one that creates environmental problems that must be addressed… Read about this rise in desalination processes here at Yale Environment 360: […]

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New light on origins of modern humans…

Summary: The work confirms a dispersal of Homo sapiens from southern to eastern Africa immediately preceded the out-of-Africa migration… Read all about this research here at Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190320101957.htm

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Seas of Death and Hope…

STOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 11 2019 (IPS) – The Mediterranean Sea is currently a sea of death. On the 20th of June every year, i.e. The World Refugee Day, an organization called UNITED for Intercultural Action publishes a “List of Deaths”, summarising information on where, when and under which circumstances a named individual has died due to the “fatal […]

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From abuse to abortion laws: the world’s 12 hot topics in 2018…

I came across the following article from theguardian.com whilst randomly perusing some world news websites, and since the year is still rather new why not take a look back at some of the top newsmakers for 2018: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/dec/31/from-abuse-to-abortion-laws-the-worlds-12-hot-topics-in-2018

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Redrawing the Map: How the World’s Climate Zones Are Shifting…

Rising global temperatures are altering climatic zones around the planet, with consequences for food and water security, local economies, and public health. Here’s a stark look at some of the distinct features that are already on the move… Read the article here at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/redrawing-the-map-how-the-worlds-climate-zones-are-shifting

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National Geographic, photo of the day…

Today’s photo comes from Botswana, enjoy it here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/2018/08/botswana-lion-cubs/

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Interesting facts #33…

Facts about rainforests Rainforests are found all over the world — in West and Central Africa, South and Central America, Indonesia, Southeast Asia and Australia — on every continent except Antarctica. They are vitally important, producing most of the oxygen we breathe and providing habitat for half of the planet’s flora and fauna… Read more […]

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Rivers in the Sky: How Deforestation Is Affecting Global Water Cycles…

The following report but Fred Pearce for Yale Environment 360, focuses on the ongoing effects of deforestation of tropical forests on the global water cycle, including precipitation shifts and droughts in some of the world’s key agricultural areas. Read the full report here: https://e360.yale.edu/features/how-deforestation-affecting-global-water-cycles-climate-change

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Is the Global Era of Massive Infrastructure Projects Coming to an End?…

The world’s wild places have been badly carved up by decades of roadbuilding, dam construction, energy exploitation, and other megaprojects. Now, as the financial community, environmental groups, and local citizens increasingly oppose big infrastructure development, the tide of environmental destruction may be turning… Read the full article at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/is-the-global-era-of-massive-infrastructure-projects-coming-to-an-end

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Africa’s strangest trees are stranger than thought—and they’re dying mysteriously…

Africa’s baobab tree looks like something from a Dr. Seuss book. When young, the species (Adansonia digitata) is single-stemmed, branchless, and sports fruit that resembles giant sausages. Now, researchers report things get even weirder as the tree grows older… Read more about this research at sciencemag.org: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/africa-s-strangest-trees-are-stranger-thought-and-they-re-dying-mysteriously

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Atlantic Ocean Circulation at weakest point in 1,600 years…

Summary:  New research provides evidence that a key cog in the global ocean circulation system hasn’t been running at peak strength since the mid-1800s and is currently at its weakest point in the past 1,600 years. If the system continues to weaken, it could disrupt weather patterns from the United States and Europe to the […]

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The Sahara Desert is expanding…

Summary:  The Sahara Desert has expanded by about 10 percent since 1920, according to a new study. The research is the first to assess century-scale changes to the boundaries of the world’s largest desert and suggests that other deserts could be expanding as well…  Read the full article at sciencedaily.com: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180329141035.htm

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Lassa fever: The killer disease with no vaccine…

Since the beginning of the year, Nigeria has been gripped by an outbreak of a deadly disease. Lassa fever is one of a number of illnesses which can cause dangerous epidemics, but for which no vaccine currently exists… Read more about this disease at bbc.com: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-43211086

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Prize awarded to women scientists from developing world…

Intro:  Five women scientists from the developing world have been awarded an international prize for research that promotes socio-economic development and a better quality of life… Read the rest of this article at scidev.net: https://www.scidev.net/global/gender/news/prize-awarded-to-women-scientists-from-developing-world.html

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Deforestation in the Tropics…

Tropical forests around the world play a key role in the global carbon cycle and harbour more than half of the species worldwide. However, increases in land use during the past decades caused unprecedented losses of tropical forest… Read the article at enn.com: https://www.enn.com/articles/53898-deforestation-in-the-tropics

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Interesting facts #26…

(from livescience.com) Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday that celebrates African heritage and identity. The name comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which translates to “first fruits,” and the holiday is based on traditional African harvest festivals… Read all about Kwanzaa here: https://www.livescience.com/61261-what-is-kwanzaa.html

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Agony of Mother Earth (I) The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests | Inter Press Service… 

“The world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year”…  Read the report here: http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/05/agony-of-mother-earth-i-the-unstoppable-destruction-of-forests/

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Did humans create the Sahara desert?…

Summary:  New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, suggests that humans may have played an active role in its desertification…  Read the full article here at sciencedaily.com: Did humans create the Sahara desert?

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