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No pot of gold for locals as China mines Sierra Leone

Today 12:00pm - Like many African countries, Sierra Leone has courted foreign companies which pay governments big fees for mining rights, while locals often feel they have no say nor benefit.

China Oil threatens major African nature reserve

7 Aug 19 - One of the largest nature reserves on continental Africa might soon be destroyed by the China National Petroleum Corporation in the name of oil exploration.

Ethiopia gets busy and plants 350 million trees in one day

2 Aug 19 - Ethiopia has set a new world mark by planting more than 350 million trees in just one day.

Cattle out, camels in as farms forced to fight climate change

15 Jul 19 - Farmers are switching from cattle to camels as some parts of Africa are getting hotter and drier.

Drought forces Namibia to sell wild animals to highest bidder

18 Jun 19 - Drought-hit Namibia has authorised the sale of at least 1000 wild animals – including elephants and giraffes – to limit loss of life and to raise money for conservation.

African city heat set to grow intolerably

13 Jun 19 - The entire African continent faces lethal weather conditions for many of its people.

South Africa signs carbon tax into law

29 May 19 - In a first for a developing country, South Africa will put a price on pollution, but campaigners say it is not high enough.


How the lion lost its mojo

2 Apr 19 - The legacy of colonial hunting has made the king of beasts genetically feebler and more vulnerable.

Energy and oil majors turn to rural Africa

19 Mar 19 - Armed with solar panels, lanterns and mini-grids, European energy giants hope to capture the data of hundreds of millions of new, increasingly wealthy customers in rural Africa.

South Africa set to introduce carbon tax

22 Feb 19 - South Africa is on course to put a price on carbon pollution, after the National Assembly this week passed a long-awaited Carbon Tax Bill.

E-car demand fuels rise in Congo child labour

7 Nov 18 - Demand for electric vehicles is fuelling a rise in child labour in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, experts said this week, urging companies to take action as the industry expands.

Dreaded tsetse flies wilt in Africa’s growing heat

5 Nov 18 - Global warming might have done one good thing for the Zambezi Valley: it may have done for the tsetse flies, with conditions soon too hot for them to breed there any longer.

New tree named ... in time for its headstone

18 Sep 18 - A tree species discovered in Cameroon nearly 70 years ago has been named -just in time to etch that name on its headstone.

Rich countries pushing dirty energy in Africa

25 Jul 18 - WEALTHY governments have been accused of promoting fossil fuel development in Africa at the expense of clean energy.

South Africa sets draft climate laws

19 Jun 18 - South Africa will set carbon targets for each sector of the economy every five years, under a draft climate law out for public consultation.

Giant baobabs die suddenly after thousands of years

14 Jun 18 - Climate change is the suspect in the abrupt deaths in the past decade of some of Africa’s 2500-year-old baobab trees.

DRASTIC PLASTIC: Kenya grounds the flying toilet

27 Apr 18 - KENYA'S tough plastics laws appear to be working. Waterways are clearer, the food chain is less contaminated – and there are fewer “flying toilets”.

Six rangers die in gorilla sanctuary ambush

12 Apr 18 - Six rangers have been ambushed and killed in a Democratic Republic of the Congo park that is home to silverback gorillas.

How Cape Town did what California couldn't do

4 Apr 18 - A six-car police convoy skidded to a halt outside a Cape Town house where a trickle of hose water splashed on to a flower.


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