All Posts by KATIE O'BYRNE

What is sustainable tourism?

Tourism allows visitors to experience different landscapes, cultures and ways of living. It also brings revenue and employment to countries. However, tourism can be damaging. Littering, construction and increased visitor numbers can harm the environment and local wildlife populations. The recent increase in tourism and its negative effects have highlighted

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Why is Africa’s Largest Peat Bog Under Threat?

The Cuvette Centrale peatlands in the Congo basin form Africa’s largest peat bog and the second largest peat bog in the world. Peat bogs are an important carbon store, preventing carbon dioxide (CO2) being released into the atmosphere. The Cuvette Centrale peatlands are estimated to store the equivalent of three

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Why Lake Victoria Might Dry Up

Lake Victoria in East Africa is the continent’s largest lake and the biggest tropical lake in the world. It spans across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and also supplies water to Rwanda and Burundi. However, Lake Victoria has completely dried up twice in the last 100,000 years. New research published in

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Why is Water Pollution an Important Issue?

Water pollution occurs when harmful substances enter a water supply, making the water toxic to humans or the environment. Sewage and chemical waste from factories is often dumped into water. Fertilisers used in farming, or minerals from mining can also run into streams. Human and animal waste products contain bacteria

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