Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:50 - - Southern Africa is in for a bumpy, dry ride. There is a 50% chance of a drought occurring this summer that could have an impact on the whole region which still bears the effect of last year’s drought. Any new drought will have a compounding effect. During the 2014-15 southern hemisphere summer southern Africa suffered one of the worst-ever droughts. This severely affected the agricultural sector as well as the economies of the countries in the region. In addition, the drought seriously depleted water reserves. The current drought in the region is as a... Read More
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:46 - - A five-year-old in Uganda carries her baby cousin. The country is one of 10 in the ‘meningitis belt’ in sub-Saharan Africa that still need to fully implement the vaccination campaign against meningitis A. Photograph: Alamy Success of campaign that has almost rid 26 African countries of the disease could be at risk if vaccine not given routinely, says World Health Organisation The “dramatic gains” made by a vaccination campaign that has almost rid 26 African countries of meningitis A could be undermined if the pioneering vaccine used is not included in routine... Read More
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:35 - - Bushenyi — Shock and grief engulfed residents of Nyakabingo cell in Kakanju Sub-county in Igara West in Bushenyi District on Wednesday afternoon when lightning killed five pupils of Nyakabingo Primary School and left four others injured. The lightning struck during a downpour at around 1pm while pupils were having lunch. The dead have been identified as Benson Ahimbisibwe, Vitas Asasira, Anxious Tusiimirwe, Bentina Owomugisha, all in Primary One and Orphorus Mutahunga who was in Primary Six. Those that were injured are Queen Mashal (Baby Class), Osbert Ainebyona (Primary One), Abel... Read More
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:32 - - South Africa is facing its worst drought since 1982, with more than 2.7 million households facing water shortages across the country, the government has said. Lennox Mabaso, spokesperson for the Department of local government in KwaZulu-Natal, told Al Jazeera that the drought, concentrated in provinces of Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, was beginning to impact on livelihoods and draining the economy. "The dams are at an all-time low. This is an epic drought and government is doing the best it can do. As you can imagine, it requires a lot of resources and its impacting everyone, rich and... Read More
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:30 - - Maryland County's Superintendent Betsy Kuoh has been giving reason that may have resulted to elephants running through the Barobo Town of Jageloken in Maryland, southeast Liberia recently. According to Superintendent Kuoh, the invasion of Jageloken Town by the elephants was the third of such incident. The animals reportedly ransacked the town and destroyed life-crops, while fleeing from heavy sounds of probable tree-felling in the forest by jobless residents. She told UNMIL Radio's Coffee Break show on Tuesday, 10 November that about two weeks ago, that another assumption Could be that... Read More

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03/18/2018 - BUNIA, CONGO —  The assailants attacked under cover of darkness, slaughtering Nguli Nzafi 's wife and three children with machetes and arrows.The 71-year-old, who also lost all 40 of his cattle in the violence, was forced to flee on foot some 90 kilometers (56 miles) to safety in the town of Bunia."I have lost everything because I no longer have my wife nor my children," he says. "I cannot eat...Read More
03/16/2018 - So, Dr. Ripple and Christopher Wolf, a postdoctoral researcher in his lab, analyzed hundreds of potential rewilding sites from a database of protected areas around the planet where large carnivores have disappeared. They focused on big places with small human footprints, available prey and buffer zones where animals may traverse safely. Their analysis revealed 130 potential sites suitable for...Read More
03/16/2018 - March 16, 2018 —Here are the 10 new March releases that most impressed the Monitor's book critics: 1  Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World, by Miles J. UngerThis excellent narrative by art historian and journalist Miles Unger culminates in Pablo Picasso’s creation of “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” in 1907. In exploring the groundbreaking work, Unger combines the personal story of...Read More
03/16/2018 - ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Two weeks ago, the bodies of 11 critically endangered lemurs were discovered in Iaroka forest inside the Zahamena Ankeniheny Corridor protected area in eastern Madagascar. The lemurs were allegedly killed by one of the local officials charged with protecting them, to the dismay of conservation leaders. The protected forest is managed jointly by the NGO Conservation...Read More
03/16/2018 - Tropical forests Cash convinces forest dwellers to cut down fewer trees, a new study in five developing countries finds (University of Colorado at Boulder/EurekAlert). The loss of Central Africa’s elephants could fundamentally alter the makeup of the region’s forests (Duke University/EurekAlert). “Major” biodiversity reports will headline Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity...Read More