Environment

Droughts in East Africa

Who is affected? Across Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Somaliland, there have been unusually long periods of low rainfall for the past 18 months, particularly in March and April. Droughts are not new to these countries, but they are intensifying and extending for longer periods of time. Rural farmers who travel

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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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Coral Reef Restoration

What are coral reefs and why are they important? Coral are a type of marine animal that stay in the same place for their whole lives. They have a hard skeleton surrounding them and can sometimes resemble rocks. Coral reefs are made of massive groups of many types of coral.

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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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Anti-solar panels that work at night

Why are solar panels useful? Greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) are trapping heat within the earth’s atmosphere, causing global warming. This is becoming a climate emergency. People all over the world are recognising that we need to do whatever we can to reduce our emissions of CO2. One way

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Lake Volta: A Story of Cooperation

The History Lake Volta was created very recently in 1965 after the Akosombo dam was built. Dams are like walls. They block and redirect water from rivers. However, they also have a small gap to let water through, like a waterfall. The water goes through very energetically, and this energy

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Can fake rhino horns help prevent poaching?

What is poaching? Poaching is the illegal hunting or capturing of wild animals. This happens for many reasons, e.g. baby animals may be captured to become pets. However, poaching often happens because of demand for specific animal body parts, like elephant tusks or rhino horns.  There is demand for these

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