Pacific air pollution traced to Africa and Asia

By Vijay Shankar Burning down forests in Africa and South-East Asia causes ozone pollution in the air as far as the western Pacific Ocean, researchers say, calling for revision of global climate models to reflect their findings. In a paper published in Nature Communications last week (13 January), the scientists say their data contradicts earlier …

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Doubts over African trade corridor plans

By Edd Gent Huge trade corridors crisscrossing Africa could cause “irrevocable” environmental damage without realising many of their supposed development benefits, say researchers. Centred on the construction of major roads or railways, these ‘development corridors’ have been touted primarily as a way to boost agricultural markets, mineral exports and economic integration. But an analysis of …

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Why smart agricultural development is needed in Africa’s savannas

Lyndon Estes, Princeton University and Tim Searchinger, Princeton University Sub-Saharan Africa is the world’s most rapidly growing region. By 2050, the continent’s population will double and per capita GDP income will triple. This combination of people and prosperity means that Africa’s food needs will quadruple. We estimate that satisfying this increased demand will require at …

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Africa News Headlines for 18 March 2015

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Invests $10M In E.Africa’s Low Cost Private Schools Firm Source: AFK Insider South African townships’ addictive drug cocktail Source: BBC News Gabon at the Crossroad? Source: PressTV South Africa’s President Zuma Stonewalls Source: Africa in Transition AFRICOM hosting African Military Law Forum Source: United States Africa Command US No Longer Buys Nigerian …

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Capsule Review: ‘A Dictionary of Environmental Quotations’

A Dictionary of Environmental Quotations, compiled by Barbara K. Rodes and Rice Odell. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1992), 335 pp., $35.00 cloth. One expects that a book from Simon and Schuster’s prestigious Academic Reference Division would make some pretense to comprehensiveness and balance. Not so with this “dictionary,” really a book of quotations that …

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