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Jeffrey Barbee on India’s sanitation issues and what’s being done to alleviate it

A functioning toilet is something most of us pretty much take for granted. It’s not something we even think about all that often, it’s just there, and always have been a part of our lives. But for people in certain cities, like that of Sabitha Nagar in India, proper sanitation is not as easily accessible. […]

A ‘dream team’ of scientists scaled Mount Lico and found a wealth of new species

Standing in a pit in the red soil of a mountaintop forest in northern Mozambique, Dr Simon Willcock was dirty but very excited. “Undisturbed forest is incredibly rare,” he said. “That is why we scaled a 125-metre-tall cliff with a pickaxe.” Willcock, from Bangor University in Wales, knew of no other rainforest in Africa that […]

Jeffrey Barbee tells of his wild dog experience in the Ruaha National Park, Tanzania.

The Ruaha National Park, about 130 km west of Iringa, Tanzania, is known for its wild dogs, lions, spotted hyenas, East African cheetahs and African leopards. Working with Haley Jackson on a project in this beautiful part of our continent was a rare delight. My visit to the park was during the wet season, which […]

‘Pops turns plastic trash into power’, read the Sunday Times article on Limpopo’s local inventor: Pierre ‘Pops’ Pretorius.

Inventor turns plastic waste into gas Local inventor finds way to generate gas from plastic trash 18 March 2018 – 00:00 BY FARREN COLLINS Marshall Matsveru and Pierre Pretorius with the ‘Dung Beetle’, a device that turns plastic waste into gas or biodiesel. The invention will make its debut at the AfrikaBurn festival in the […]

Malawi Wood Cutters

Malawi Jails Loggers In First Case Of It’s Kind – With Reuters News Service

Last November, rangers in Malawi’s Lengwe National Park arrested 35 illegal loggers within the park boundaries as they felled timber with a half-million dollars worth of equipment.

Elephants Rock Around The (Tuli) Block – For The Daily Maverick

The Tuli Block in Botswana is one of the most geographically interesting places in Southern Africa. Separating it from South Africa is what Kipling called “The great grey green greasy Limpopo river, all set about with fever trees”, and for now this is still the case.

Alliance Earth Partners with The Daily Maverick To Share Important Environmental And Scientific Stories

South Africa is among the fastest growing renewable energy markets, placing first in Africa and fourth in the world, according to Climate Scope. International legal firm Baker & McKenzie count 6,000 Megawatts of renewable energy already built in the country, with more to follow under the third round of the government’s procurement plan.

Botswana sells Fracking Rights in National Park

The Botswana government has quietly sold the rights to frack for shale gas in one of Africa’s largest protected conservation areas. Shale Gas cannot be extracted without hydraulic fracturing.  Scroll down to see the Botswana government’s own Facebook page, captured in September 2015 before it was taken down. It clearly states that Nodding Donkey has […]