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People in South Africa waddle 130km for endemic penguin species

Raising awareness of African penguins’ fight for existence is a tormenting business. Photojournalist Linda Markovina discovered as much while walking the equivalent of three marathons in one week along the coast of South Africa’s Western Cape. Conservationists and concerned citizens took part in the sponsored ‘waddle’ from Gansbaai to Boulders Beach in April, trekking 130 kilometres to raise awareness for the endangered […]

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It’s time to go to Mozambique

There’s no denying Mozambique has a chequered past – 15 years of civil war followed by low level infighting between the country’s opposing parties. But, with last year’s peace agreement signed between the then Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza and Remano Leader Afonso Dhlakama, uneventful elections and the more recent removal of the UK FCO advisory […]

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Flora mapping flora: Unlocking the nutrition in Benin’s sacred forests

In the tropical forests of Benin, far below the towering ebony, shea and mahogany trees, one can find an abundance of riches. Mongoose, warthogs and chameleons scamper through lush foliage, made up of a dazzling array of nutrition-rich plant species. Benin is home to around 3,000 varieties of flora, including baobab trees, whose fruit boasts six times […]

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Cameroon is training an army of entrepreneurs to start clean energy businesses

Cameroon, plagued by electricity shortages and climate stresses, is training a new generation of students to develop renewable energy businesses, according to a report on trust.org. The West-Central African nation’s higher education institutions are stepping up their efforts to provide students with the skills that they need to embark on careers in the development and proliferation of […]

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Africa’s super vegetables are booming – but will success lead to downfall?

Everybody is getting very excited indeed about the rise and rise of Africa’s indigenous ‘super’ vegetables. Amaranth, nightshade and jute are just a few of the super-nutritious crops emerging from obscure specialised markets and rural populations to conquer metropolitan plates continent-wide. But with the bountiful success and rush to mass-produce comes the disastrous possibility of over-breeding. Will the […]

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The founder of the Barack Obama University has gone into hiding

The Barack Obama University in Kenya has been closed – before it even had the chance to open its doors. The unregistered institution in Ndenderu, Kiambu county was recently shut down by the Commission of University Education, after failing to comply with pretty much every rule regarding setting up a higher education establishment. Named after the incumbent US President, […]

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10 fascinating facts about the pangolin

The pangolin holds one of the most undesirable titles imaginable: that of the world’s most trafficked animal. The scaly anteater’s body parts are sold in China and Vietnam as a delicacy or are used for their mythical healing properties. The beautiful pangolin is now so endangered that it has been put under the protection of international law. In […]

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This map shows how modern day Africa would fit into prehistoric supercontinent Pangea

Imagine traveling from Brazil to the Congo, Pakistan to Somalia or even Mozambique to Antarctica – without setting foot on water. Well, clearly you’ve missed your chance by a fair few years, as the supercontinent of Pangea no longer exists. It started tearing itself apart 200 million years ago to slowly begin forming the continents and […]

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How many of Africa’s great river basins can you name without looking at this map first?

Africa’s great rivers source their water from a startlingly diverse range of basins. They encompass sandy deserts, vast savannahs and some of the largest, stickiest tropical forests on Earth. As the awesome map above shows, the African continent resembles a giant topographical sea-saw; with southern and eastern areas rising further than 2,500 metres above sea level while most of northern and […]

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A San Francisco biotech startup is 3D printing rhino horns to defeat poachers

You know what they say: A 3D printer is a conservationist’s best friend. Or at least, according to an American biotech firm that is using 3D printing technology to produce synthetic horns and curb rhino poaching. Pembient, who recently graduated from a startup accelerator program in San Francisco, are planning to flood the Chinese market with fakes […]

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