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A black-backed jackal leaning over to drink from a waterhole in the Kalahari Desert. Photo: Villiers Steyn / shutterstock.com.

The great Kalahari frack attack

Jeff Barbee and Mira Dutschke in Nata, Botswana, David Smith in Johannesburg

18th November 2013

Botswana has been accused of sacrificing the Kalahari, one of the world's most precious wildlife reserves, to commercial fracking while ignoring the concerns of environmentalists and communities who could lose access to scarce water. more...

Poaching - the cheetahs of the Serengeti face extinction

By Verity Largo

16th November 2013

Wildlife crime is a multi-million dollar globalised business, ranked fourth in transnational crime in the world, with an international network sprawling across continents. Verity Largo reports from Tanzania ... more...

Rhinos without borders: across Africa

Les Carlisle

November 13th, 2013

In the second of a three part blog in which Les Carlisle joins a team of translocation experts, he travels across two Southern African countries in 48 hours with the aid of armed guards to safely deliver 6 rhino to their new homes ... more...

Rhinos without borders: preparation & capture

Les Carlisle

1st November 2013

In the first of a three part blog in which Les Carlisle joins a team of translocation experts, he discovers the buzz of darting and blindfolding a rhino, whilst considering the absurd fact that their very existence is threatened due to the growth of an inert keratinous material on their heads ... more...

Africa's biggest wind farm opens

Oliver Tickell

26th October 2013

20,000 square kilometres of Ethiopia are suitable for grid-based wind power generation, with a total capacity of 100 GW. more...

Mozambique under threat from resource exploitation

Thembi Mutch

27th September 2013

As investors flock to the resource-rich but still poverty-stricken African nation of Mozambique, Thembi Mutch warns that - as usual - it won't be the Mozambiquans who reap the multi billion dollar rewards of an economic boom in what remains the world's second poorest country...... more...

Pedal Power

April 5th, 2013

by Hazel sillver

Donating unwanted bicycles helps others and the environment. Hazel Sillver reports on a new partner scheme between Re~Cycle and Halfords more...
Gorilla

Congo’s rangers locate first mountain gorilla families in rebel-held territory

The Ecologist

7th August, 2012

Rangers have detected gorilla families in Virunga National Park for the first time since fighting broke out between M23 rebels and government forces earlier this year more...
Acacia tree in the desert

The Great Green Wall

Bobby Bascomb

12th July, 2012

Africa’s answer to climate change is a proposed 4,000-mile long, nine mile wide wall of trees stretching from Senegal to Djibouti. Designed to stop encroaching desertification, some interpret the project (and its benefits) literally whilst others see it as more of a metaphor. Despite this split, the project is now taking root in Senegal where they have already planted 50,000 acres of trees. more...
San vs wild: what the San can teach us about living with climate change

San vs wild: what the San people can teach us about living with climate change

Ruth Styles

23rd May, 2012

Once derided as backwards, the southern African San tribe’s love of nature is now bringing them real rewards, as well as offering an insight into how humans can survive with little or no water. Ruth Styles travelled to meet them in Namibia
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The New Scramble for Africa

The New Scramble for Africa

Mark Newton

9th May, 2012

From slave labour to armed conflict, our thirst for natural resources has created serious problems for Africa. Pádraig Carmody’s latest book attempts to unravel the moral morass, says Mark Newton more...
Pepsi advert

Top global brands accused over controversial 'painted home' adverts in Africa

Sarah Bentley

25th April, 2012

Global brands, including Coca-Cola, Unilever and Vodafone offer African township residents a ‘lick of paint’ in exchange for turning their homes into advertisements more...

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ethical jewellery

Ethical jewellery: what to ask and what to buy

Amy Hall

24th April, 2012

From blood diamonds to mining with cyanide, bling is a big problem for the planet. But as Amy Hall explains, clued-up consumers mean greener gems more...
Are straw bales the future of sustainable building?

Are straw bales the future of sustainable building?

Mark Briggs

20th April, 2012

Straw bale is a low impact, low carbon building material making strides towards mainstream acceptance. So is it about time we took notice? Mark Briggs reports more...
tribal trend

How to… make tribal jewellery

Priyanka Mogul

27th March, 2012

You don’t need to go to Africa to nail this season’s tribal trend. Priyanka Mogul explains how to wear it the eco-friendly way more...
big oil

Oil deal 'threatens Ugandan biodiversity'

Alice Klein

9th March, 2012

The discovery of oil in Uganda was a blessing to the impoverished East African country. But before the oil has even started pumping, disputes over tax, accusations of corruption and fears for the environment plague the sector. Alice Klein reports from Hoima more...
sable antelope

Sable shenanigans: how Zambia’s sable population is falling prey to unscrupulous traders

Ian Michler

15th February, 2012

In Zambia’s newest national park live more than 200 sable antelope. Coralled in conditions that are far from ideal, the animals have languished there for almost three years; the victims of bureaucracy, unscrupulous operators and a disregard for conservation. Ian Michler reports more...
blood diamonds africa

Glencore faces questions over controversial DRC mine sales

Brett Scott

9th February, 2012

Moves by unknown shell companies to control lucrative natural resources may have cost Democratic Republic of Congo $1 billion in lost revenue, as UK-listed mining company Glencore under pressure to explain deals more...
Let Live: A Bike Ride, Climate Change and the CIA

Let Live: A Bike Ride, Climate Change and the CIA

Daniel Copley

5th January, 2012

What could have been a rip-roaring yarn with an important message is spoiled by unlikely dialogue and overly simple characters, says Daniel Copley more...
Land rights report

Biofuels not food the biggest driver of 'land grabbing' deals, says report

Laurie Tuffrey

18th December, 2011

'Land grab' report highlights growing interest from speculators in ‘flex’ crops like soya, palm oil and sugarcane that can be used for biofuels or food more...
Wilderness

The human face of conservation: bringing community and wildlife together

Ruth Styles

1st December, 2011

Across Africa, the traditional idea of safari parks is getting an overhaul - and where once locals were excluded, models with community involvement are finding long-term success more...
KWANDWE

Lions and eco luxury on South Africa’s Eastern Cape

Ruth Styles

1st December, 2011

Pristine wilderness and eco-friendly lodges have made the Kwandwe Reserve a key stop on South Africa's Garden Route. Ruth Styles went to visit more...
Africology

Review: Africology Intonga Amasatchi Experience

Ruth Styles

24th November, 2011

If you’ve got some serious knots that need sorting out, then the Intonga Amasatchi Experience is for you. What’s more, says Ruth Styles, Africology’s wonderfully natural approach to beauty makes it a brand to watch more...
African women sewing

TAKE ACTION: Tools for Self Reliance providing practical help for practical people

Sophie Laggan

25th November, 2011

Charity group Tools for Self Reliance empower the disadvantaged - providing tools and skills so that others can go on to create small businesses in hands-on occupations such as carpentry and tailoring more...
endangered black rhino

The conservation quandary: can wildlife NGOs save Africa's animals?

Ian Michler

21st November, 2011

Conservation is a huge industry in Africa but wildlife populations across the continent are declining. So why isn't it working? more...

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