Environment

Tobacco-curing eats up Zimbabwe's forests

HARARE, 31 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - While, smoking tobacco is extremely harmful for human beings growing it has been good for Zimbabwe's economy and its farmers. Now, however, both the government and farmers have become increasingly aware that tobacco farming also comes at a great cost to the environment. full report

Rising Ebola cases strain health workers

KENEMA/KAILAHUN/FREETOWN/MONROVIA, 31 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A shortage of trained health workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea who can treat Ebola victims and prevent further spread of the deadly disease is hampering response efforts, say Health Ministry and NGO staff, who say their efforts are at “breaking point”. full report

Rosewood plunder in Guinea-Bissau

BISSAU, 22 July 2014 (IRIN Africa) - During the March-May cashew nut harvesting season, it is normal to see heavy trucks line Amílcar Cabral Avenue in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau’s capital, waiting to offload their cargo onto ships. But when they line up all year long, suspicion is raised, especially when demand for the country’s cashews has plummeted. full report

Building food security in Ethiopia

AFAR (NORTHEASTERN ETHIOPIA) , 18 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP), set up in 2005, aims to make fully food secure the millions of people still dependent on food aid, provide support to the vulnerable to prevent the depletion of livestock, and create productive assets at community level. But nearly a decade on and over US$3 billion spent, how successful has it been? full report

The race to adapt

AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, 1 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth - Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a day off school to search for water. In future the chances are that Momina’s treks for water could take even longer, depending on how rising temperatures affect the rains around her village and hence its water table. full report

Coral reef restoration can save lives, livelihoods

KISUMU, 24 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A new report suggests that preserving and restoring coral reefs may be one of the cheapest and most effective ways to mitigate coastal erosion and flooding. full report

A fresh start for climate change refugees

BERHALE/JOHANNESBURG, 12 June 2014 (IRIN Global) - Firmly attached to her home region and long used to the harshness of her living conditions, Amina Aliyu would probably not see herself as a potential “climate change refugee”. But there is a strong probability that in 10 or 15 years the place where she lives will no longer be fit for human habitation and migration to another region, or even another country, will be the only option. full report

Sri Lanka offers lessons on how not to manage water

COLOMBO, 4 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Angry paddy farmers blocked major roads in the Minneriya and Girithale areas in Sri Lanka’s North Eastern Polonnaruwa region last month, complaining the government had not released enough water for their rice to grow; they claimed they had lost 50,000 hectares of crops, or 1.75 million kg. full report

Toxic poultry feed threatens Bangladesh's poor

DHAKA, 2 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Bangladesh's leather tanneries are notoriously filthy, exposing workers and neighbours to toxic chemicals. And recent studies show that poultry feed produced from industry scraps may also be putting the health of millions throughout the country at risk. full report

Genome breakthrough could help fight against sleeping sickness

KISUMU/NAIROBI, 28 May 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Scientists have welcomed the development of genome sequence data on the tsetse fly, the vector responsible for the transmission of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness. They say it could be instrumental in devising strategies to eradicate the fly and reduce deaths and the spread of other diseases associated with it. full report

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