Africa

Illegal Wild Cheetah Trade for Luxury Pets is Pushing Species to Extinction, CITES Report

Illegal Wild Cheetah Trade for Luxury Pets is Pushing Species to Extinction, CITES Report

A new report has confirmed that the status-driven, illegal trade in live cheetahs is pushing vulnerable wild populations of the big cats to extinction. Cheetah cubs are poached from the wild and

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Texas Cheerleader Claims Hunting the “Big 5″ in Africa is Conservation

Texas Cheerleader Claims Hunting the “Big 5″ in Africa is Conservation

19-year-old Kendall Jones, a cheerleader from Texas, has been hunting big game in Africa with her father for 10 years. Following in the footsteps of the reviled Melissa Bachman, she claims that her

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Powerful Images from the Frontline of West Africa’s Devastating Ivory Trade

Powerful Images from the Frontline of West Africa’s Devastating Ivory Trade

Morgan spent time with rangers, documenting their personal lives and then traveling with them on patrol. He quickly began to realize that there is in fact no "frontline" in this brutal battle, which has

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Amazing Photos Show Young Girl Growing Up With Wild Animals in Africa

Amazing Photos Show Young Girl Growing Up With Wild Animals in Africa

Tippi's wild upbringing was documented by her parents Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert. The photo series looks like a real life Jungle Book where one can see the beautiful, deep relationship she had with

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Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

Throughout many remote villages in Ethiopia, water gathering is quite an ardous and dangerous task. With the burden typically falling on matriarchs of the family, the trip to the nearest water source can

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Richard Branson Unveils Amazing Mahali Mzuri Eco-Camp in Kenya

Richard Branson Unveils Amazing Mahali Mzuri Eco-Camp in Kenya

The camp is located on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara reserve, which was once divided into individual freehold titles among local Maasai families. However, due to the location and size of the

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Climate Change Will Lead to More Cases of Malaria in Africa and South America as Temperatures Rise

Climate Change Will Lead to More Cases of Malaria in Africa and South America as Temperatures Rise

As the earth warms, people all over the world will have to adjust to deal with rising sea levels, droughts, storms, and wildfires. Those living in Africa and South America may also have to prepare for an

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Strange “Fairy Circles” Appear in the Middle of Africa’s Namib Desert

Strange “Fairy Circles” Appear in the Middle of Africa’s Namib Desert

Southwest Africa’s Namib Desert is an arid landscape home to ostriches, leopards and other large animals. But a few of its more petite inhabitants are the makers of these huge desert circles that

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Portable BRCK Router Could Revolutionize Internet Connectivity in Africa

Portable BRCK Router Could Revolutionize Internet Connectivity in Africa

At the recent Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, Kenyan technology firm Ushahidi unveiled a lightweight and portable internet router designed to work anywhere in the world - even in places with

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UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ head of disaster risk, has warned that flooding caused by climate change has reached emergency levels in Senegal. Called the “Venice of Africa,” the

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Infographic: How Poaching is Threatening to Wipe Out Lions, Elephants,and Rhinos in Africa

Infographic: How Poaching is Threatening to Wipe Out Lions, Elephants,and Rhinos in Africa

In 2013 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources conducted a survey on 70,294 species of animals around the world - and they found that over 30% of them fall into a

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West African Inventor Makes a $100 3D Printer From E-Waste

West African Inventor Makes a $100 3D Printer From E-Waste

Kodjo Afate Gnikou, a resourceful inventor from Togo in West Africa, has made a $100 3D printer which he constructed from parts he scrounged from broken scanners, computers, printers and other e-waste.

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Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Students Use Merry-Go-Round Power to Study Through the Night in Ghana

Not only do most children in Ghana have to spend their lives in poverty, they also have to spend 12 hours a day in darkness because so much of their country lacks access to the energy grid. This means

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Richest Man in Africa to Build a 1,000 Bed Hospital in Nigeria

Richest Man in Africa to Build a 1,000 Bed Hospital in Nigeria

Aliko Dangote is not only a cement tycoon, a billionaire, and the the richest man in Africa, he is also a philanthropist who plans to spend some of his money constructing a new 1,000-bed hospital in

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Poachers Responsible for Killing 81 Elephants With Cyanide Get 15 Years and an $800,000 Fine

Poachers Responsible for Killing 81 Elephants With Cyanide Get 15 Years and an $800,000 Fine

Three men were arrested earlier this month in Zimbabwe for killing 81 elephants by dumping cyanide into their watering hole. Spurred on by the high prices ivory can fetch, the poachers were also

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Is Google Helping Poachers Sell Illegal Ivory Online?

Is Google Helping Poachers Sell Illegal Ivory Online?

Google claims to be a company interested in renewable energy and sustainability, but some say the company's policies regarding international commerce prove just the opposite. According to an investigation

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Nairobi Terrorist Attack Made Possible by the African Ivory Trade

Nairobi Terrorist Attack Made Possible by the African Ivory Trade

A report by the Elephant Action League has revealed a link between the terrorist group responsible for the recent attack at Westgate mall in Nairobi and Africa's illegal ivory trade. Up to 40 percent of

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Apple’s Latest 5C and 5S iPhones are Even More Breakable than Previous Models

Apple’s Latest 5C and 5S iPhones are Even More Breakable than Previous Models

It’s no secret that iPhones are fragile and prone to breaking - and Apple’s latest versions, the 5C and 5S are no exception. But surprisingly, these new models are actually even less robust than last

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Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya

Smart Satellite Technology to Help Combat Poaching in Kenya

One rhino is killed every 11 hours in Africa, and of the 20,000 rhinos that lived in Kenya in 1969, just over 500 remain. To help keep tabs on the remaining individuals, Cambridge Consultants has

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Access:energy Aims to Bring Life-Changing Clean Energy to Kenya’s Slum Island

Access:energy Aims to Bring Life-Changing Clean Energy to Kenya’s Slum Island

Welcome to Kenya's "Slum Island," a place where overcrowded shantytowns fend for themselves on a forgotten island where infrastructure is all but non-existent. A barren pinprick of land on the

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Snapshot Serengeti: University of Minnesota Captures Millions of Candid Photos of African Wildlife

Snapshot Serengeti: University of Minnesota Captures Millions of Candid Photos of African Wildlife

The African Serengeti is host to some of the world’s most diverse and iconic wildlife, but there aren’t enough documentaries in the world to capture it all. That's where the University of

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The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

Thanks to increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, the world's deserts are getting a little greener through a process called "CO2 fertilization." Scientists from CSIRO have been taking satellite data of

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NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

Reading about the melting ice sheets in the Arctic or desertification in Africa may seem like remote instances, but the effects of climate change also can be seen locally throughout the United States. In

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IUCN Finds Staggering Number of Species Threatened by Climate Change

IUCN Finds Staggering Number of Species Threatened by Climate Change

Most nature lovers are familiar with the concept of a threatened species, or organisms that are in danger due to habitat loss, poaching, disease, or environmental factors. The International Union for

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S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

With hopes of replacing hazardous kerosene wick lamps, d.light has created a series of affordable solar LED Lamps for areas without a reliable source of electricity. The lamp has an integrated solar

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Lion Meat Becomes an Appalling New Culinary Fad in the US

Lion Meat Becomes an Appalling New Culinary Fad in the US

Before you read this, you may want to put down any food or drink, lest you lose both your appetite and respect for your fellow human beings completely. Every couple of months or so, it seems that lion

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1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

Photo via Shutterstock The African Development Bank just announced that private investors have raised enough funds to add a whopping 1.1GW of wind power to Africa's grid. Currently wind power only

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Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

The new school replaces an old one on the same site and is attended by kids from three villages in the area. Completely made from compressed earth blocks with a layer of waterproof cement, the shelters

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World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

Work on the world's largest hydropower plant is expected to start in October, 2015 following commitments from the World Bank and other development agencies to finance its construction. South Africa has

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Poachers Completely Wipe Out African Rhinos in Mozambique

Poachers Completely Wipe Out African Rhinos in Mozambique

The African Rhinoceros evolved over millions of years, and despite living on earth for eons, it has not been able to survive the greed of human beings. Conservationists have announced that the last 15 of

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