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Environmental Factors in the Somalia Drought

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 11:49 am (UTC+0)
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Although much of its landscape is arid, Somalia normally has two rainy seasons a year.  So for generations, Somalia’s pastoral community has survived by herding their animals to wherever the rain has collected into puddles and streams. Now, though, John Watkin of the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund says Somalia is suffering its worst drought in […]

One Nation’s E-Waste Can Be Another Nation’s Disaster (update)

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 3:29 pm (UTC+0)
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I’m writing this blog on a computer that, once I hit publish, can make it instantly available to potentially millions of computer screens worldwide.   The trouble is this computer may be considered obsolete in a couple of years.  So, when it needs to be replaced, where will it go?   Possibly to Ghana or China, where […]

Fish Farms

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:54 pm (UTC+0)
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I’ll admit it: farm-raised catfish is one of my favorite foods.  And it turns out U.S. catfish – typically farmed in the southeast – is environmentally friendly as well.  But while U.S. raised catfish rates as an “Eco-Best” on the website of the Environmental Defense Fund, a related fish farmed in Asia – called Tra […]

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Saved From Extinction

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 11:28 am (UTC+0)
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The Scimitar-horned Oryx no longer lives in the African desert.  It is considered extinct in the wild.   But this  lovely-looking Ungulate hasn’t been completely wiped out because they can still be found at zoos around the world.   It’s just one example of a new role that zoos have taken on:  preserving endangered  wildlife. With […]

Amazon Tragedy

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 12:59 pm (UTC+0)
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South America’s Amazon rainforest is massive.  It covers portions of nine nations and five and a half million square kilometers.  It’s crucial not just for the continent, but the rest of the world as well.  Its trees and vegetation absorb carbon, and no place on Earth is as densely forested.  That makes it one heavy-duty […]

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Lake Chad Shrinking

Posted May 27th, 2011 at 5:58 pm (UTC+0)
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Water may be the world’s most precious resource. But in many parts of the world it is a dwindling resource.  One of the most dramatic examples of this is in Africa, where Lake Chad is now a twentieth of what it once was. NASA has a bird’s-eye view – make that a satellite’s eye view […]


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