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World Peace Requires Access to Safe Water

World Peace Requires Access to Safe Water

International Peace Day is Sept. 21. Mekela Panditharatne, attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, submitted the following op-ed to EcoWatch in commemoration. In drought-ravaged East Africa, the cracks in the plains echo the fault lines splitting tribes. Across the globe, the devastation of deadly brawls is being exacerbated by tensions over access to water. […]

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    World’s Largest Desert Growing Even Larger, Partly Due to Climate Change

    World’s Largest Desert Growing Even Larger, Partly Due to Climate Change

    The Sahara Desert—which takes up about 3.6 million square miles of northern Africa—is growing ever larger, signaling daunting news for people living in the Sahel border region who stand to lose valuable arable land to the expanding desert. The boundaries of the world’s largest hot desert, already around the size of China or the continental […]

    Climate Change, Conflict Leave 224 Million Undernourished in Africa

    Climate Change, Conflict Leave 224 Million Undernourished in Africa

    An official with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that climate change and conflict are leading to food insecurity for millions of people living in Africa. “Undernourishment appears to have risen from about 21 percent to nearly 23 percent between 2015 and 2016,” Bukar Tijani, FAO’s assistant director general for Africa, said […]

    Suspected Poacher Eaten by Lions in South Africa

    Suspected Poacher Eaten by Lions in South Africa

    A suspected poacher was mauled to death and eaten by a pride of lions outside of South Africa’s famed Kruger National Park, according to media reports. The victim’s remains were found over the weekend at a private game park near Hoedspruit in the province of Limpopo. The lions ate most of the body but left […]

    The Most Valued Anti-Poaching Equipment May Surprise You

    The Most Valued Anti-Poaching Equipment May Surprise You

    By Heartie Look In recent years, the battle against wildlife poaching in Africa has taken a high-tech turn. Night-vision goggles, body armor and unmanned aerial vehicles have all become part of the modern ranger armament. But for rangers on the ground, their actual requests are often more everyday—starting with a good pair of socks. “It […]

    Chocolate Makers Agree to Stop Cutting Down Forests in West Africa for Cocoa

    Chocolate Makers Agree to Stop Cutting Down Forests in West Africa for Cocoa

    By Mike Gaworecki At COP23, the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany that wrapped up last week, top cocoa-producing countries in West Africa announced new commitments to end the massive deforestation for cocoa that is occurring within their borders. Ivory Coast and Ghana are the number one and number two cocoa-producing nations on Earth, respectively. […]

    Rick Perry Tells Africa to Drill, Frack and Dig Coal

    Rick Perry Tells Africa to Drill, Frack and Dig Coal

    By Andy Rowell Last week, one of the most senior officials in the Trump administration, Energy Sec. Rick Perry travelled to South Africa to represent the U.S. at the Africa Oil Week. During his time at the Oil Week conference in the coastal city of Cape Town, Perry delivered the keynote address on global energy […]

    Beyoncé’s New Campaign Will Bring Clean, Safe Water to Burundi

    Beyoncé’s New Campaign Will Bring Clean, Safe Water to Burundi

    In Burundi, one of the smallest, poorest nations in Africa, more than 2 million people spend more than 30 minutes a day just trying to get clean water for drinking and bathing. Most of them are women. Now, Beyoncé is trying to change that. Through a partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Beyoncé’s […]