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Africa

Banning plastics? Africa is getting it done.

February 6, 2020

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 31 countries have banned single-use plastic.  Kenya is in the lead with its draconian penalties for infractions — and its promising results.  Flood of plastic Single-use plastics have become a significant part of the world’s plastics crisis.  Their rise to dominance in grocery store sales is familiar across the planet, as individual items […]

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Beware the planet-killing candies of the Anthropocene

December 13, 2019

In 2019, our collective love of Oreos, KitKats, or any of myriad other products made with palm oil, has resulted in the burning of an area the size of Puerto Rico. Global consumption of palm-oil-based food products has also released in that one-year period as much carbon dioxde pollution as the United Kingdom produced during […]

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Here’s how the women of this war-torn country are making peace a real prospect

December 12, 2019

Their homeland has been ripped apart by some of the most brutal sectarian violence in the world. Yet in the unlikeliest of circumstances, Muslim and Christian women of the Central African Republic — one of the least-developed nations on earth — are now coming together to try to repair the damage. It won’t be easy. Coup, then civil […]

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The World Wildlife Fund has a bloody little secret

December 5, 2019

Leaders of one of the world’s biggest environmental organizations were aware of ongoing human-rights abuses committed by their anti-poaching officers in Africa, according to an investigation by Buzzfeed News. Instantly recognizable for its iconic panda-bear logo, the World Wide Fund for Nature — known as the World Wildlife Fund in the United States — has […]

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A young Nigerian woman is saving sea turtles by getting kids involved in beach cleanups

November 19, 2019

Sea turtles are getting sorely needed help in Lagos, an African megacity on the coast of Nigeria. They have Doyinsola Ogunye, a law-school graduate from the University of Lagos and an accomplished community organizer, to thank. Ogunye links her work in the community with ecological activism, organizing beach cleanups that brings dozens of local kids […]

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Coffee bean prices have collapsed, and it’s a humanitarian crisis

November 13, 2019

Small farmers are losing their shirts over the latest coffee-bean bust. Put in hard numbers, that’s about 100 million people — both farmers and their dependents — in 40 countries across the tropics who have seen their incomes cut by two-thirds in this decade. The reduction in coffee-bean prices is due to several factors, including […]

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