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World Water Week 2013 in Stockholm – Africa in the Limelight

Thousands of the world’s government representatives, water experts and industry leaders gathered in Stockholm from September 1-6, 2013 for World Water Week. With water cooperation on the agenda, participants have been discussing ways to foster greater collaboration between stakeholders to see that water remains at the top of the development agenda. At a panel discussion […]

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Fluctuating Environment May Have Driven Human Evolution

Dec. 24, 2012 — A series of rapid environmental changes in East Africa roughly 2 million years ago may be responsible for driving human evolution, according to researchers at Penn State and Rutgers University. The landscape early humans were inhabiting transitioned rapidly back and forth between a closed woodland and an open grassland about five […]

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Climate change your problem when you can’t eat

By Jay Naidoo, 01 October 2012 I recently attended a briefing session of the High Level Panel on the post-2015 discussion in New York. If I had to measure the urgency of these discussions against the crisis the world faces, I would be tempted to jump off a precipice without a parachute. Kumi Naidoo, Executive […]

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A little girl’s dream to provide clean water to developing countries has continued, even after her death.

By Diana Alvear, NBC News correspondent SEATTLE, Wash. — Samantha Paul was supposed to be planning her daughter Rachel Beckwith’s birthday party. Instead, she was in Tigray, Ethiopia, pumping water from the wells built in Rachel’s memory. It was the dream her little girl never got the chance to see come true. “She wouldn’t believe […]

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‘Huge’ water resource exists under Africa

By Matt McGrath Science reporter, BBC World Service Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater. They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface. The team have produced the most detailed map yet of the […]

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Gabon is right for the felling

Business is about to boom in the Central African country, but at what cost to accountability? Lloyd Gedye Multinational companies are queuing up to do business in Gabon, despite questions being raised about the validity of President Ali Bongo Ondima’s rule. Among these are South Africa companies, including Sustainable Forestry Management, run by conservationist Alan […]

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Unsafe water kill more people every year than all forms of violence

Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhoea, dysentery and other illnesses. 90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are […]

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Humanitarian disaster looms in drought-stricken Sahel

Mark Tran Relief groups are stepping up their appeals for aid to tackle the worsening food crisis in Sahel region in Africa, where more than 18-million people face hunger. Save the children, which has increased its emergency operations in Sahel, this week said it faces a funding shortfall of almost $ 40-million. The charity hopes […]

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Food security action must follow words

With the backing of the G8 and the private sector, smallholding farming will take Africa forward. Comments Jane Karuku In the lead-up to this past weekend’s G8 summit, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa met United States President Barack Obama and African heads of state to launch the next phase of our shared […]

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