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Geography in the News: Polio Returns with Tenacity

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Polio’s Tenacity a Constant Battle Just as the eradication of the crippling polio disease seemed within reach, it is advancing again and new questions are rising. Ignorance of science and medicine by the general public, migration from war-torn regions and possibly a new strain…

China Ivory Prosecution: A Success Exposes Fundamental Failure

Chinese media reported last week that China has convicted a major ivory seller in Fujian and his accomplices for their role in an international ivory trafficking scheme that smuggled nearly eight tonnes of ivory out of Kenya, Tanzania, and Nigeria. The arrest and conviction of a government-accredited ivory trader by Chinese authorities is a major…

Dreams of the World: Elizabeth Tolulope (Nigeria)

 This post is the latest in the series Dreams of the World, which profiles interesting people we meet during our travels. ¨My dream is … of Africa’s Youth who are motivated, vibrant, thriving and fulfilled as they lead change in every sector. It is of young people re-crafting the views and perceptions of African cities and…

Shine a Light: The Suitcase That’s Saving Women’s Lives

What if your carry-on suitcase could save a woman’s life? In the fight against maternal mortality in the developing world, a rugged, portable “Solar Suitcase” is providing reliable electricity to clinics in 17 countries where healthcare workers previously struggled to provide emergency obstetric care by the light of candles, flashlights and mobile phones. The Solar…

Nigerians Mobilize for Free and Fair Elections

In today’s installment of the special series Mobile Message, Florence Scialom shares news of how Nigerian grassroots organizations and agencies have joined together to encourage citizens from communities all over the country to use mobile technology to amplify the voice of Nigerian citizens, making their opinions impossible to ignore.

Snake populations show worldwide decline

Adding to the crushing evidence of global species decline is a new study by an international group of scientists that snakes may now also be in retreat. The disappearance of such top predators may have serious consequences for the functioning of many ecosystems, scientists warn. Newly published data from the UK, France, Italy and Nigeria provides…

Fried or dried, frogs are popular food in African markets

The demand for frogs for human consumption is rising dramatically in parts of West Africa, according to a paper published in the latest issue of the TRAFFIC Bulletin. African tiger frogs caught with a basket trap in shallow parts of the River Niger, northern Benin. The small fish are used as bait. Photo © Meike…

Africa’s Water News: Green Beer, At-Risk Aquatic Life, Clean Hands

News from Africa for the 5th World Water Forum: Tanzania Brewer Drafted into Water Efficiency Effort To brew just one 250 ml glass of beer it takes 75 liters of water, according to the Water Footprint Network. Water is primarily used for growing barley, but the brewing process itself also uses the resource. Despite re-occurring drought…