Gabon logging study suggests higher, more accurate carbon measure

Gabon logging study suggests higher, more accurate carbon measure

Central African forests with logging industry exposure may contain more than three times the carbon-emitting deadwood that’s left behind than previous estimates have suggested. That’s according to a recent study published in Global Change Biology that details the work of a Duke University-led team trying to better understand how to…

Seychelles makes history with first female Designated Minister

The Republic of Seychelles has welcomed the first woman to ever hold the Designated Minister post in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation. Macsuzy Mondon, a former teacher and a champion on education and gender equality issues, was sworn into office Friday during a ceremony at the statehouse in Victoria. Mondon,…

Cycling, walking move a greener Africa forward

Four African countries are among the world’s five most dangerous for walking and cycling, a new UN Environment Programme report on transportation finds, but positive change is making big strides. From Uganda’s student bike-sharing programs, to Zambia’s village bicycle ambulances and Namibia’s bicycle-based recycling pickup service, Africans are taking an…

Green Party’s Baraka: Change must come to US, Africa relations

The dearth of discussion on African nations and issues during the U.S. presidential debates was an absence that did not go unnoticed – but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t candidates who understand that Africa’s young populations, growing economies and climate challenges are a diplomatic priority. They aren’t always being heard,…

Zambia, Malawi farmers develop resilience to climate impacts

Climate action on agricultural sustainability is a priority for reducing carbon emissions, and much of that work is being done among Africa’s smallholders. The support for local food systems and related anti-poverty efforts in rural regions of the continent is among the priorities laid out in the UN State of…

Russia is calling, but how should Africans answer Putin?

Russian and Egyptian forces begin joint military exercises this weekend at Al-Alamein, a city on the Mediterranean coast to the west of Alexandria. The nine-day exercise runs through October 26 and will focus on strategies for removing armed terrorists in a desert environment. It is one of 30 such exercises Egypt…

Tunisia, the EU-Turkey migrant deal and Merkel’s Africa travels

German Chancellor Angela Merkel begins a trip to Africa Sunday, visiting the nations of Mali and Niger to discuss their security and counterterrorism strategies before heading to Ethiopia. She’ll arrive in Addis Ababa amid the nation’s escalating unrest and the international attention to its alleged human rights violations, issues that…

Botswana holds firm on ivory trade ban at CITES

Bostwana held firmly Monday to its decision to support an ivory trade ban, a move that stood in sharp contrast to that taken by the European Union and those of surprised neighboring African countries gathered at the CITES meeting in Johannesburg. “Although Botswana has previously supported limited trade, we recognize…