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Tens of millions at risk over ‘strongest El Niño’ in 2016

| blog, L&B World, World | December 30, 2015

These false-color images provided by NASA satellites compare warm Pacific Ocean water temperatures from the strong El Nino that brought North America large amounts of rainfall in 1997, right, and the current El Nino as of Dec. 27, 2015, left. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the strong El Nino in the Pacific Ocean shows no sign of weakening. The Pasadena lab said Tuesday that the Dec. 27 image of ocean warming produced by data from its Jason-2 satellite is strikingly similar to one from December 1997 during a previous large El Nino event. (NASA via AP)
(Picture: Nasa)

The risk of hunger and disease for tens of millions of people around the world… Read the full story

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Coalition of African countries to rebuild 100 million hectares of lost jungle

| blog, climate change, L&B World, World | December 7, 2015

Arial view, Tropical Rainforest, Republic of Congo.
Tropical Rainforest, Republic of Congo. (Picture: Getty Images)

Over a dozen African countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda have pledged to restore jungle forest twice the size of Europe.

At the climate change talks in Paris – a coalition of African nations have promised to restore 100 million hectares of tropical forest.

Andrew Steer, president and CEO of the World Resources Institute was reported by news10 saying: ‘As the world forges a climate agreement in Paris, African countries — which bear the least historic responsibility for climate change — are showing leadership with ambitious pledges to restore land.’

The AFR100 initiative, as it’s called, plans to achieve… Read the full story

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The Gambia has banned female genital mutilation

| blog, Gambia, L&B World, World | November 24, 2015

President of The Gambia Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh and First Lady Zineb Jammeh greet the press as they arrive at the White House for a State Dinner on behalf of the US-Africa Leaders Summit, August 5, 2014, in Washington, DC. Nearly 50 heads of state and government from Africa are attending the summit to advance business, agriculture, development and infrastructure interests on the continent. UPI/Mike Theiler /LANDOV
Yahya Jammeh said the practice will be banned with immediate effect (Picture: UPI)

The Gambian president has announced that the country will ban female genital mutilation with immediate effect.

Female genital mutilation, or FGM, involves the removal of the labia and clitoris usually from young girls, a procedure which… Read the full story

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Google Street View now lets you walk alongside elephants

| blog, East Africa, Kenya, L&B World, Lions, Tech | September 16, 2015

A young elephant in Samburu
Close enough? A young elephant in Samburu (Photo: Google Street View)

Not everyone can afford the opportunity to get up close to African elephants – but thanks to Google now you can.

And you can stay in the comfort of your own home while doing it.

The technology giant has released new Street View imagery from Kenya that includes the Samburu National Reserve, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

It means that you can feel like you are standing metres away from African wildlife including elephants without leaving your bed.

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Google Street View now lets you walk alongside elephants

| blog, East Africa, Kenya, L&B World, Lions, Tech | September 16, 2015

A young elephant in Samburu
Close enough? A young elephant in Samburu (Photo: Google Street View)

Not everyone can afford the opportunity to get up close to African elephants – but thanks to Google now you can.

And you can stay in the comfort of your own home while doing it.

The technology giant has released new Street View imagery from Kenya that includes the Samburu National Reserve, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

It means that you can feel like you are standing metres away from African wildlife including elephants without leaving your bed.

Read the full story

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‘Drinkable’ book can kill bacteria in unclean water

| Bangladesh, blog, L&B World, Science, World | August 17, 2015

Water is life Drinkable book Link - http://waterislife.com/media/in-the-news
(Picture: Water Is Life/Facebook)

A ‘drinkable book’ capable of filtering drinking water could provide a lifeline to impoverished families in third-world countries.

The book contains pages that can be torn out to filter drinking water – and has proved a success in early trials.

Alongside printed information on how to filter water, the book also contains pages treated with nanoparticles of silver and copper – which have previously proved effective in killing water-borne bacteria.

And after the book was trialled in 25 different sources across South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh, scientists discovered that the paper had removed an impressive 99 percent of bacteria.

Dr Teri Dankovich, who developed and tested the book in Canada and America over several years, explained: ‘It’s directed… Read the full story

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Scientists are hooking rhinos up with spy cameras to catch poachers

| blog, L&B World, World | July 23, 2015

Rhino numbers are dwindling (Picture: Getty/ Metro
Rhino numbers are dwindling (Picture: Getty/ Metro

There are just 25,000 rhinos left in the wild, and in Africa, one is killed for its horn every six hours.

Clearly the species is in danger, but their population doesn’t continue to fall because of any absence of care or attention.

On the contrary, conservationists have employed everything from drones to armed guards in a bid to deter hunters, but success has been limited.

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#TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou shows another side to a beautiful continent

| blog, L&B World, Twitter, World | July 6, 2015

Ghana
Ghana

There’s a stereotype of Africa in the West.

War. Disease. Famine.

It’s poverty porn. Emaciated, crying children with distended bellies surrounded by flies. Parents wading through massive piles of rubbish looking for things to sell.

We stamp an entire continent – millions and millions and millions of people – with pity. Africa has become nothing to us but a byword for misery and hardship.

But it shouldn’t be.

That’s why a group of young Africans on Twitter have created the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou – a friendly reminder that yes, there is suffering in Africa, but there is also plenty of happiness, thriving, vibrant culture and natural beauty.

We’ve selected some of our the images that people have been posting across Africa.

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NOT a Photoshop: This wonky giraffe has a broken neck

| blog, L&B World, News | May 30, 2015

PIC BY MARK DRYSDALE/ CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: The Masai Giraffe grazing) - A giraffe with a broken neck has proved its survival instinct after surviving for FIVE YEARS with a zig zag spine. The Masai giraffe was discovered by South African photographer Mark Drysdale whilst in the Serengeti on safari. A guide explained that the giraffe had survived the horrific accident without any medical attention  only to be left with the wonky neck. SEE CATERS COPY.
The wonky giraffe (Pic: Mark Drysdale/Caters News)

This isn’t a Photoshop, or an optical illusion – this giraffe really has a zig-zag neck.

South African photographer spotted the wonky animal while on a safari in the Serengeti national park in Tanzania.