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Little bee eaters on the Okovango River,  Botswana. Photo: amattox mattox via Flickr.

Okovango Delta is 1,000th World Heritage Site

The Ecologist

23rd June 2014

Botswana's Okavango Delta, one of the most iconic natural areas on the planet, has been listed as 1,000th World Heritage site today. The decision follows the advice of IUCN, UNESCO's advisory body on nature. more...
Threat on the horizon. The iconic Serengeti - home to one of the world’s greatest wildlife migrations - could be bisected by a mining-boom highway. Photo: William Laurance.

Africa's ecosystems imperilled by mining frenzy

William Laurance

24th June 2014

Africa sustains some of the most spectacular ecosystems on the planet - from the Sergengeti to the Congo Basin to the Eastern Arc forests. But those ecosystems and their iconic wildlife are now facing their greatest peril, writes William Laurance - a mining boom of unprecedented intensity. more...
Fewer than 400 West African giraffes survive. Photo: Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

Only 80,000 giraffes left in Africa

The Ecologist

21st June 2014

On the first-ever World Giraffe Day, the world's tallest land mammal is threatened by conflict with humans, habitat loss, war, and disease. One subspecies, the West African giraffe, is down to 400 individuals. more...
'The Secret World of Oil' by Ken Silverstein - front cover. Image via Gawker.com.

A descent into Big Oil's inferno

Louis Proyect

8th July 2014

In Ken Silverstein's 'The Secret World of Oil', Louis Proyect investigates the uber-wealthy middlemen of oil, inhabiting a pampered universe of moral squalor and depravity - one in which Tony Blair found himself completely at home. more...
Celebrating. Photo: Jason Taylor for Friends of the Earth 2014.

When our land is free, we're all free

Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor & Jacinta Fay

7th May 2014

Across Africa, corporations are grabbing community land and water - and nowhere more than in Liberia, where half the country has already been lost. But one community has shown it's possible to overcome intimidation, organize and resist. more...
Koudioube village women working in the forest. Photo: Jason Florio / Concern Universal.

Community forestry is defusing Africa's longest-running conflict

Louise Hunt

5th May 2014

Civil war in Casamance, a forested area of Senegal, has been fought for 30 years, while an illegal timber trade has boomed amid the insecurity. Louise Hunt reports on how community forestry is bringing peace to the region - and restoring life to the forests. more...
The Gemasolar plant near Seville: Pointing the way ahead? Photo: DESERTEC Foundation.

Round-the-clock solar power comes of age

Paul Brown

1st May 2014

With the help of some clever engineering, writes Paul Brown, the power of the Sun can now produce electricity on demand - day and night, bright or cloudy. The key technology has just won a prestigious DESERTEC Award. more...
A giant tree of the Congo basin rainforest. Photo: Corinne Staley via Flickr.com.

Congo rainforest 'browning' as temperatures rise

Tim Radford

30th April 2014

Scientists have found that the world's second greatest rainforest, the Congo, is losing its green, writes Tim Radford. As temperatures rise and rainfall reduces, the forest canopy is taking on a browner hue, and this could be an early signal of worse damage to come. more...
The 2014 Goldmine Prize winners - official photo.

2014 Goldman winners - fighting coal, dams, palm oil, fracking, toxic waste

Sophie Morlin-Yron

28th April 2014

Six environment heroes, one from each continent, are honoured for their work today - fighting threats from giant coal mines to forest destruction, fracking, high dams, illegal development and toxic waste dumps. Sophie Morlin-Yron reports. more...
Virunga National Park’s Chief Warden, Emmanuel de Merode, was shot last week in an ambush on the road from Goma to Rumangabo. Photo: Brent Stirton / Getty Images.

WWF: UK oil company must quit Virunga Park

The Ecologist

23rd April 2014

Following the shooting of Virunga's chief warden last week, WWF is calling on UK oil company Soco International PLC to pull out of the Park and respond to allegations made in a new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. more...
Eugene Rutagarama tracking gorillas early morning to locate them before tourists visit them in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. This is what is done everyday to check on the health of each individual gorilla, but also to ensure that tourists visitin

Rwanda's 'gorilla guardian' - Eugene Rutagarama

Veronique Mistiaen

7th May 2014

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda could easily have finished off the mountain gorillas of the Virunga mountains. The fact that they survived is in large part thanks to Eugene Rutagarama. He spoke with Veronique Mistiaen about the primates' future prospects ... more...
The teff harvest in the highlands of northern Ethiopia. Photo: Alan Davey via Flickr.com.

Ethiopia's seed banks - under threat from G8 plan to 'develop' Africa

Claire Provost in Addis Ababa

25th April 2014

Ethiopia leads the way in preserving crop seeds by engaging farming communities in the effort, and making the exchange of seeds part of village life and culture, reports Claire Provost. But now it's all at risk from a G8 plan to open Africa to corporate agriculture. more...

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Jumanda Gakelebone outside Clarence House in London today to deliver his letter to Prince Charles. Photo: Survival International.

Bushman to Prince Charles - 'Save our People'

Oliver Tickell

8th April 2014

A Bushman from the Central Kalahari travelled 5,000 miles from his home in Botswana today to tell the Prince of Wales, ‘We're not poachers - we hunt to survive. Persuade Botswana to change its policies, or the Bushmen will soon be finished.' more...
Africa would not be the same without them. Rhinos at Kariega Game Reserve. Photo: Clem Evans via Flickr.com.

Africa without rhinos would be different, and poorer

Rachel Nuwer

6th April 2014

If rhinos are driven to extinction in the wild, Africa's landscapes and ecosystems would be very different, reports Rachel Nuwer. The activities of this mega-herbivore diversify plant life and create prime grazing spots for other animals. more...
Sandstorm at sunset in the Sahara - Ksar Ghilane, Tunisia. Photo: Kirk K via Flickr.com.

England's smog - Saharan sand is the least of our problems

Rob MacKenzie

3rd March 2014

As England chokes in Level 10 smog, Rob MacKenzie says we shouldn't worry too much about headline-grabbing sand from the Sahara. Far more insidious and damaging to health are the fumes from our own cars and lorries. more...
Sadias Adam Imam collects millet, El Fasher, Darfur. Photo: UNAMID via Flickr.com.

UK 'aid' is financing a corporate scramble for Africa

Miriam Ross

3rd April 2014

£600 million of UK aid money is going to help companies like Unilever and Monsanto take over African land and agriculture, writes Miriam Ross. The corporate power-grab will be disastrous for the small-scale farmers who feed at least 70% of Africa's people. more...
Women from the Dassanech Tribe fetching water from the Omo River, 2011. Photo: Rod Waddington via Flickr.com.

20 years after Rwanda - Ethiopia's 'slow genocide' in the Omo Valley

Human Rights Watch

7th April 2014

A 'slow genocide' is unfolding in Ethiopia - one driven by greed rather than hatred. With Chinese and World Bank finance, massive dams and plantations are robbing the Omo Valley's 500,000 indigenous people of their land and water. The UK 'sees no evil'. more...
A Bushman out hunting in the Kalahari. Photo: DragonWoman via Flickr.com.

Botswana hunting ban leaves Bushmen to starve

The Ecologist

2nd April 2014

Botswana's President Khama has banned all hunting - even for Bushmen who hunt to feed their families, who now face acute hunger. But an exception is being made for trophy hunters paying up to $8,000 to hunt giraffes and zebras. more...
Buy clean water! Nassarawa State, Nigeria. Photo: MikeBlyth via Flickr.com.

For Nigeria, tackling climate change is a security imperative

Bukola Saraki

8th March 2014

Nigeria is suffering political instability resulting from desertification and pollution, writes Senator Bukola Saraki. As Africa's most populous country it has no choice but to engage in the fight against climate change, its causes, and its consequences. more...
Ian Redmond. Photo via Ian Redmond.

Joy for the natural world

Sarah Stirk

18th February 2014

Ian Redmond, 'ape man', talked to Sarah Stirk about his joy in the natural world, and especially his passion for Mountain gorillas - the only ape (other than humans) whose population is rising. more...
Small-scale farmers in Mozambique - who collectively grow most of Africa's food. Photo:  União Nacional de Camponeses.

Africa's farm revolution - who will benefit?

Sophie Morlin-Yron & Oliver Tickell

18th February 2014

A farming revolution is under way in Africa, pushed by giant corporations and the UK's aid budget. It will surely be good for the global economy, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron, but will Africa's small farmers see the benefit? more...
Bageni family in the gorilla sector of Virunga National Park, Bukima, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Brent Stirton / WWF.

Virunga - UK Government to investigate oil company

The Ecologist

17th February 2014

The UK Government is to examine the activities of London-based oil company Soco over alleged violations of environmental protections and human rights abuses in Africa's first National Park, home to 200 Mountain gorillas. more...
'No to coal' banner over bridge on the way to the power plant site. Photo: Naresh Roodur.

Fighting King Coal in Indian Ocean paradise

Zaheer Allam in Mauritius

13th February 2014

A $395 million coal fired power station is planned for Mauritius - bulldozed aver the wishes of the population, official advice and the environment ministry. But as Zaheer Allam reports, there's still everything to fight for. more...
Xoroxloo Duxee died of dehydration after the Bushmen's water borehole was disabled. Photo: © Survival

Bushmen are not 'poachers' - wildlife conference protest

The Ecologist

13th February 2014

The anti-poaching conference in London today was disrupted by protests at the Botswana delegation - who call the indigenous Bushmen of the Kalahari 'poachers' and are forcing them into death camps. more...
A boy from the Lower Omo stands on the riverbank. Photo: © Survival

Congress over-rules USAID to protect abused Ethiopian tribes

The Ecologist

12th February 2014

The US Congress has outlawed the use of aid to Ethiopia to evict tribal peoples in the SW of the country - where violent expulsions are under way to clear land for cash-crop farming. more...

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