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By Nikki Ekstein If he has his way, Paul Allen will cover 90,000 square miles of African territory with smart sensors and drones by the end of this year to bring hyper-connectivity to Africa’s most remote, wildlife-packed corners. It’s the biggest, tech-focused conservation proj...
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Posted by on in Wind
The renewable energy market is steadily growing in an African continent that can pride itself to possess in abundance a good mix of resources – sun, water, biomass and wind. Although far less uniformly distributed than the well documented solar resources, Africa with a large coastline still has one ...
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Posted by on in Animals
Three year study of historic leopard range in Africa, Asia and Middle East documents loss of 75% of their range. Source scientific journal PeerJ. Leopards have almost disappeared from vast areas of China, Southeast Asia and Arabian peninsula,  while African leopards are facing challenges in th...
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Posted by on in Water Conservation
Water scarcity has long been a problem. But climate change, a growing global population and economic growth are putting the natural resource under even more stress. Brown with rust two ships stand like stone upright in the yellow sand. The wind swirls salty air around the the trawlers, silence ...
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Posted by on in Human Health
Republic of Change aren't the only ones who are working to leverage the power of trees. UK-based Tree Aid is a charity entirely devoted to using tree planting as a tool for poverty alleviation and community empowerment. Their Grow Hope appeal is looking to raise funds to help 32,...
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Posted by on in Population
29 July 2015 – The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest count...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
One of the world’s largest — and one of Kenya’s most famous — elephant bulls died recently in an attack by poachers. At about 45 years old, the elephant, named Satao, was famed for being one of the last “great tuskers” —  elephants with long, massive tusks that reach the ground. His impressive...
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Posted by on in Clean Technology
A technology that uses discarded mobile phones to create a real-time alert system against logging and poaching will soon be deployed in the endangered rainforests of Central Africa. Rainforest Connection (RFCx), a San Francisco-based non-profit startup, is partnering with the Zoological Society...
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Posted by on in Forestry
Africa’s Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has lost its much greenness over the past decade, a new analysis of satellite data shows. The study demonstrates that a persistent drought in the Congo region since 2000 has affected the greenness of an increasing amoun...
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Posted by on in Forestry
Iroko trees are native to the west coast of Africa. Sometimes called Nigerian teak, their wood is tough, dense, and very durable. Their hardwood is so sought after that the trees are often poached and are now endangered in many regions of Africa. But a new scientific discovery may aid in refore...
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Posted by on in Solar
Solar-powered light bulb is one Denver inventor's brilliant idea By Jason Blevins  The Denver Post Colorado native Stephen Katsaros wants his bulb to brighten up places without electricity.  When he was 7, Stephen Katsaros took apart the box fan in his bedroom and reassembled it using ...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
China’s demand for luxury knickknacks lies beneath some spectacular carnage of late. As we highlighted in August, the illegal ivory trade funds al-Shabaab, the terrorist group behind the Westgate Mall massacre in Kenya late last month. Al-Shabaab finances as much as 40% of its operations&n...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
A proposal by British oil-exploration company Soco International to look for oil in Africa's oldest national park is being criticized by the conservation group World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), which says Soco's plan puts the park's true value at risk. Soco International wants to explore for oi...
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Posted by on in Animals
The sweeping grasslands of the African savannah might not exist without elephants. They knock down so many trees that forests transform into plains, where other grazers and birds feed. Elephants maintain the shape of the land, and without them, everything would change. And for many, that would make ...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Anything that can be traded—legally or illegally—usually will be traded. That goes for the tusks, fins and other animals parts—and the endangered species that are attached to them. It hasn’t gotten the coverage that the issue deserves, but we’re currently in the middle of a poaching catast...
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Posted by on in Solar
Law360, New York (May 07, 2013, 5:52 PM ET) -- A pair of investment funds that provides financing for global renewable energy projects has agreed to give $660 million to a blockbuster solar power energy plan for the Middle East and North Africa, the funds said Tuesday. The Climate Investment Funds,...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Poachers have likely killed off the last rhinos in Mozambique's Limpopo National Park, according to a park official who spoke with Portugal News. Park director António Abacar said that no rhinos have been sighted in Limpopo National Park since January, "which means that the ones that lived in the pa...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
  More research and better policies are needed to protect the world's most vulnerable seas, lying off the coast of West Africa and the Caribbean, local experts have toldSciDev.Net. The two regions have some of the world's unhealthiest seas, according to a new index that assessed the health ...
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Posted by on in Mining
By Hawa Amara The Association of Journalists on Mining and Extractives (AJME) on Friday trained journalists from both the print and electronic media on how to report on mining and environmental issues. The training took place at the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) headquarter on Camp...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
  BY SYLVIA MWEETWA A GERMAN consultant Klaus Heidler has challenged developed nations to consider investing in renewable energy technology which has minimal impact on the environment. Dr Heidler who is Solar Consulting Agency for Sustainable Communication chief executive officer said German...
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