RedskyNews Category: Af – Environment

Toxic Timebomb In South Africa

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We meet Mariette Lieferink in a McDonalds near Gauteng, on the edge of Johannesburg, buying a dozen sickly sweet drinks. She’s no one’s idea of a leading environmental activist. She wears a tight-fitting, scarlet, embroidered Chinese dress, high heels, and

Extreme Weather To Get Worse

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KAMPALA (Reuters) – An increase in heat waves is almost certain, while heavier rainfall, more floods, stronger cyclones, landslides and more intense droughts are likely across the globe this century as the Earth’s climate warms, U.N. scientists said on Friday.

Volcano To Create New Island

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Over the past week or so, the geological upheaval in the Canary Islands has caused jets of water to rise more than 20 metres into the air and locals claim to have even seen rocks thrown out of the sea.

Climate Change Threatens Nile

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JOHANNESBURG — Rising global temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns could affect water flows on Africa’s mighty Nile and Limpopo rivers, an agricultural research group said Monday. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, a global think-tank, warned the changes could

Famine Crisis In Africa

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Humanitarian officials say the scale of the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa is still huge three months after famine was declared in the region. They say the response from the international community has been strong, but local factors

Climate Talks On Global Aid

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Climate negotiators said they made progress on laying out ways to help poor countries but deep differences remained on core issues ahead of a make-or-break talks in South Africa. With scientists warning that the planet is far behind on meeting

Earthquakes Hit Off La Palma

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The Instituto Geografico Nacional (IGN) has reported surface deformations exceeding 35mm on the Spanish island of El Hierro, where residents have been alert for a possible volcanic eruption. The number of earthquakes recorded since July 17 on the smallest of

Climate Threatens Cocoa Industry

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Climate scientists say that the booming cocoa industry in Ivory Coast and Ghana will be threatened by climate change. A report released by Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture says the expected annual temperature rise of more than two degrees

Kenya Famine Refugees Under Attack

In this photograph taken Sunday Aug. 7, 2011,  A Somali refugee whose identity is being withheld to protect her as a rape victim, lays in her hut with her children at the Ifo refugee camp outside  Dadaab, Eastern Kenya, 100 kms (60 miles) from the Somali border. speaking to AP, she said she was gang-raped by five men after a group of families traveling together were ambushed. Sexual attacks against famine refugees from Somalis fleeing to Kenya are rising dramatically, but Kenyan police say they don't have enough manpower to stop the attacks. That lack of manpower underscores a larger problem for Kenya: Officials here say they are being overwhelmed by the influx of tens of thousands of Somali refugees, and they're letting U.S., U.N. and other world leaders know about it.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

DADAAB, Kenya – Marauding gangs and criminals are attacking Somali famine refugees more frequently as they flee across the border to Kenyan camps, but Kenyan police say they don’t have enough manpower to stop them. The lack of manpower underscores

Landslides Kill 15 In Uganda

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Landslides triggered by torrential rains have killed at least 23 people in eastern Uganda, as mud engulfed homes and buried entire families. Local residents and Red Cross workers pulled 15 bodies from the rubble of Mabono village in Bulambuli district,