Phillip de Wet
African countries, especially those south of the Sahara, broadly agree on a number of changes and improvements needed to ensure greater food security, such as easier trade between countries and support for small-scale farmers. Even protecting the rights of women to access land is no longer particularly controversial, at least on a . . . → Read More: The tide turns in favour of biotech foods
Southern African countries are now collaborating in an effort to combat climate change, some effects of which will hit the region especially hard
Five countries in Southern Africa have joined forces to launch a research centre that will work on combatting climate change in the region. South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia . . . → Read More: Heat without borders
Senckenberg Research Institute OurAmazingPlanet updated 4/24/2012 11:01:58 AM ET
Four new species of crab that sport some wild colors have been discovered near the Philippine island of Palawan.
The newfound species are threatened by mining activities in the region, which is one of the world’s major biodiversity hotspots, its discoverers said. About half of the . . . → Read More: Bright purple crab discovered in Philippines
Seble Samuel Published on March 24, 2012
Quito, Ecuador — Over 25,000 people flooded Quito, Ecuador’s capital, on March 22 in the culmination of a two week march that began in the country’s Southern Amazon region and spanned roughly 700 kilometres.
The march, translated from Spanish to mean the “Plurinational March for Water, Life, and . . . → Read More: Thousands protest in Ecuador’s capital for “Water, Food and Dignity of the People”
ScienceDaily (Apr. 24, 2012) — The fragile and rapidly changing Arctic region is home to large reservoirs of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. As Earth’s climate warms, the methane, frozen in reservoirs stored in Arctic tundra soils or marine sediments, is vulnerable to being released into the atmosphere, where it can add to global . . . → Read More: Study Finds Surprising Arctic Methane Emission Source
By Paul A. Eisenstein, The Detroit Bureau
Switching to a battery-powered vehicle will yield measurable savings in a motorist’s energy bills, according to a new study, while also reducing global warming emissions.
The advantages vary widely depending upon where you live. In the best regions, savings on energy can add up to more than $1,000 . . . → Read More: New study shows just how ‘green’ electric cars are
Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and a basic human right (World Health Organization, 2000). Nevertheless, globally 1.1 bn. people are without access to a safe water supply, and of this number 28% is found on the African continent. During the period 1990 to 2000, the global human population expanded by 15% . . . → Read More: Globally 1.1 bn. people are without access to a safe water supply
More than 10 000 migrating birds have died from an avian cholera outbreak – the worst in a decade – blamed on reduced water flows through vast marshlands of Southern Oregon and Northern California known as the Western Everglades, federal wildlife officials said this week.
Avian cholera surfaces in the region nearly every year in . . . → Read More: Lack of water kills birds
By Professor Phillip Harrison; SA Research Chair in Development Planning and Modelling at the University of the Witwatersrand and a member of the National Planning Commission.
The National Development Plan identified the transformation of space as one of its key objectives. This may seem an overly abstract concern when compared with pressing matters such as . . . → Read More: Building green places that boost livelihoods and job creation