A simple way to prevent African water wars

By Nader Noureddine Ethiopia should lower the height of its Renaissance saddle dam to defuse the water crisis, says Nader Noureddine. The first stage of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam project is fast approaching its end. At 70 metres high, the dam is just 25 metres shy of the target for this stage of the project. …

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Shallow groundwater poses pollution problem for Africa

By Paula Park The groundwater in many of Africa’s most crowded regions lies close to the surface, making it vulnerable to pollution, a study shows. Regions along the Gulf of Guinea are at high risk of groundwater pollution on the continent, according to a map drawn by researchers at the Université Catholique de Louvain’s Earth …

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Africa News Headlines for 24 November 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe over the past 24 hours. Girls’ education in Africa boosted by pioneering alert technology Source: Financial Times iVote Empowers African Education Sector with e-Learning Technologies Source: African Brains Portable solution to a potable issue Source: The Daily Progress Zimbabwe Govt Urged to Review Drugs Penalties …

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African cities aren’t keeping up with demand for basic toilets

Katrina Charles, University of Oxford Over the last 15 years, 68 million people gained access to improved sanitation in urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a big achievement. But in the same period the urban population grew by an estimated 167 million. That leaves an additional 99 million urban dwellers without access to improved …

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Africa’s aquifers aren’t being protected as they should

Gaathier Mahed, Cape Peninsula University of Technology NGOs often punt the digging of wells as the solution to the long distances women in rural areas travel to collect water. These wells do improve the quality of life, but care needs to be taken in digging them as they could lead to the over-exploitation of aquifers. …

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