Africa

Could this simple new ring empower women to protect themselves against HIV?

Could this simple new ring empower women to protect themselves against HIV?

For decades now women have had multiple options when it comes to maintaining control of their reproductive system, but the same cannot be said when it comes to protecting against STDs, particularly HIV.

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First-ever malaria vaccine could save thousands of children in Africa

First-ever malaria vaccine could save thousands of children in Africa

After 30 years in development, the first-ever malaria vaccine has received a positive recommendation from a European Medicines Agency (EMA) committee. GlaxoSmithKline announced this morning that

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Can cameras embedded in rhino horns catch poachers?

Can cameras embedded in rhino horns catch poachers?

Although loved and admired around the world, the rhinoceros is an animal in peril. One of the last and largest remaining megafauna, the rhino is a relic of a time when magnificent mammals ruled the world.

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Morocco boldly pledges to slash fossil fuel subsidies

Morocco boldly pledges to slash fossil fuel subsidies

While U.S. taxpayers continue to subsidize the world’s biggest fossil fuel companies, the African desert kingdom of Morocco just announced it plans to phase out payouts to companies pumping fossil

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Maasai women are the new solar warriors of Africa

Maasai women are the new solar warriors of Africa

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic pastoral tribe that migrated spread across Kenya and Tanzania, and globalization has not been kind to them. Vulnerable to wildlife that steal their livestock and powerless

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Google is considering investing ‘tens of millions’ in Africa’s largest wind power project

Google is considering investing ‘tens of millions’ in Africa’s largest wind power project

Google is reportedly stepping up their investments in renewable energy. Apple may be the world's greenest tech company, but the search engine giant is primed to get serious about clean energy sources.

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Can this tree provide financial security for 10 million people in Africa?

Can this tree provide financial security for 10 million people in Africa?

Money sadly doesn’t grow on trees. However, what does grow on trees can earn a person quite a bit of money, if there is a market for it. An icon of the savanna, the baobab tree is well-established in

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Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

In early January 2013, Kenya's oldest English-language school, the Maseno School, opened new dormitories for 720 students, and it had a couple of problems. Pit latrines and a faulty sewage system

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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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Africa’s tallest skyscraper will basically be the Eye of Sauron

Africa’s tallest skyscraper will basically be the Eye of Sauron

Although its location is yet to be confirmed, the Al Noor Tower is slated to be built in Casablanca—Morocco's largest city—and will also become the tallest skyscraper in Africa, beating

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Orkidstudio builds passive solar African orphanage using earthbag construction

Orkidstudio builds passive solar African orphanage using earthbag construction

The Nakuru earthbag orphanage stands out from the surrounding architectural typology, which is dominated by stone and concrete homes. The use of local earth as the primary construction material not only

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell's facility at Bonny Island in

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Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

The University of Notre Dame recently released the 2014 installment of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN.) ND-GAIN shows "which countries are best prepared to deal with the national

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We’re Running Out of Chocolate and It’s Our Own Fault

We’re Running Out of Chocolate and It’s Our Own Fault

Forget the great recession. According to the world’s largest chocolatiers, we’re about to enter a great chocolate depression, and it's our own fault. The Washington Post reports that Mars Inc. and

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Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Swartberg Desert Passive House in South Africa is Perfect for Stargazing

Located about four hours from Cape Town, the Swartberg House is situated between mountain ranges on a remote site in a semi-desert landscape. The remote location allows for dark, star-filled nights,

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Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

Oil Exploration Threatens Africa’s Last Mountain Gorillas

Sir David Attenborough has added his voice to the campaign demanding U.K. company Soco International stop exploring for oil in Virunga National Park. Established in 1925, Virunga is Africa’s oldest

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Kenya Opens World’s Largest Single Turbine Geothermal Plant

Kenya Opens World’s Largest Single Turbine Geothermal Plant

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has just opened the world’s largest single turbine geothermal power plant, which will add 140 Megawatts (MW) to the country's national electricity grid. The project is

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BOOK REVIEW: “Chizi’s Tale” is the True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino in Zimbabwe

BOOK REVIEW: “Chizi’s Tale” is the True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino in Zimbabwe

"Chizi's Tale: The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino" is an eye-opening, real-life children's story of an orphaned baby rhino who was lucky enough to be taken in by a Zimbabwean conservationist and

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Hypocrisy at its Worst: Anti-Poaching Spokesman Charged with Killing Rhinos

Hypocrisy at its Worst: Anti-Poaching Spokesman Charged with Killing Rhinos

A senior park ranger from South Africa's Kruger National Park has been charged with rhino poaching. To make matters even worse, the section ranger, Lawrence Baloyi, has previously spoken out publicly

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Poachers in Mozambique are Killing Thousands of Elephants on an Industrial Scale

Poachers in Mozambique are Killing Thousands of Elephants on an Industrial Scale

The elephant poaching crisis in Africa, fueled in part by demand for ivory in the far east, is getting worse. Environmentalists warn that elephants are being killed on an industrialized scale in

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Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

We take electricity for granted in the developed world, but did you know that 1.6 billion people - a full one quarter of the world's population - don’t have access to reliable electricity? The

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Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

Watch African Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate for the First Time

It is a sad fact and indicator of the inequality of our society that many of those who put in the labor may never taste its fruits. A group of cocoa bean farmers in Africa’s Ivory Coast recently had the

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Creating a Public School in One of Malawi’s Poorest Communities

Creating a Public School in One of Malawi’s Poorest Communities

Malawi is one of the poorest countries, and the vast majority of children have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Education has been severely lacking in that region, but there's a group that's

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Kenya’s New Rainwater-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Store 1.5 Million Liters of Water!

Kenya’s New Rainwater-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Store 1.5 Million Liters of Water!

In 2013, PITCHAfrica's Waterbank School in Kenya was named the "Greenest School on Earth." Now another of their projects has just officially opened at the Endana Secondary School in Laikipia, Kenya. The

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PITCHAfrica’s Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough Water for 1000 People for a Full Year

PITCHAfrica’s Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough Water for 1000 People for a Full Year

Almost one billion people on Earth have no access to clean drinking water, and dirty water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of violence. Jane

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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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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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