Environment

Using Sustainable Energy

From switching on a light to charging our phones to catching a bus, energy is central to our lives. Safe, affordable and sustainable energy needs to be provided to everyone on the planet. African organisations have gained grants to develop the wide-spread use of sustainable energy. WHERE DOES OUR ENERGY

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Pangolin poaching and the issues surrounding it

What is the most commonly hunted animal in the world? Surprisingly, it’s not the rhino or the elephant but the pangolin. According to a report by the non-governmental organisation WildAid in November 2019, 100,000 pangolins are being removed from the wild every year across Africa and Asia. But why should

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Climate change and coffee-growing in Ethiopia

Coffee is native to Ethiopia and is the country’s most important agricultural product, supporting 15 million farmers (1/7th of the entire country’s population). In 2015, 180,000 tonnes of coffee were exported from Ethiopia. It is Africa’s largest coffee producer and the world’s 5th largest exporter. CLIMATE CHANGE AND COFFEE Coffee

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Ammonia’s potential as a zero-carbon fuel

WHAT IS AMMONIA AND WHAT ARE THE ISSUES WITH IT? Ammonia is a chemical we have used to improve the yields of our crops for over 100 years. The main method of ammonia production involves releasing hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) from natural gas (a fossil fuel). The hydrogen is

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The Sail Gedaim Weir 

WHAT IS A WEIR? A weir is a barrier built across a stream or river. It can be made out of wood, concrete, or a mixture of rocks, gravel, boulders and soil. Water pools behind a weir, spreading the water from the river or stream. This means that the water

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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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How do we get oil?

Oil is an incredibly valuable resource. We use it to make plastic, power vehicles and produce the chemicals we need, like lubricants and pesticides. Several Sub-Saharan countries are heavily involved in oil production, such as Nigeria and Angola. WHAT IS OIL? Oil is formed from tiny animals and plankton which

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