Environment

Virunga: Another Birth among Mountain Gorillas

7 March 2020

Nothing can stop the Virunga National Park since the beginning of 2020. Another new birth among the gorillas observed by the eco-guards on the night of March 3 in Gasenyi, in Rutshuru territory in the southern sector of the park, near Jomba, is reported by a press release from the Virunga national park communication service. Lire [+]

Virunga: How a Park on the Verge of Collapse Became Hope for People and Nature

28 February 2020

The birth of a small mountain gorilla again on January 8, the very first for 2020, was celebrated as a big event. This is proof of the restoration of ecosystems and the sustainable development of natural resources in this protected area declared “world heritage of humanity” and which covers 8,000 km². Virunga National Park (ViNP) Lire [+]

Are forests the answer to an uncertain future for coffee?

27 February 2020

Our morning cup of coffee is under threat from climate change, scientists have warned. Although projections vary on the crop’s capacity to adapt to rising global temperatures, it is certain that the areas with a suitable climate for coffee cultivation will significantly shrink in the upcoming decades, challenging global production capacity. Moreover, heatwaves and unreliable Lire [+]

Digital tools help Africa mitigate climate disasters

26 February 2020

[NAIROBI] Satellite imagery is helping African countries predict and mitigate extreme weather events and natural disasters such as floods, storms and famine, a conference has heard. Extreme weather events are increasing on the continent, with droughts proving the deadliest, followed by floods, according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. From 2000-2019, Lire [+]

The real costs of illegal logging, fishing and wildlife trade: $1 trillion–$2 trillion per year

22 February 2020

The statistics are grim: an elephant is poached for its tusks about every 30 minutes, an African rhino for its horn every 8 hours, one in five fish is caught illegally, and in certain countries, particularly in Africa and South America, 50% to 90% of timber is harvested and traded illegally.  As much as 35% Lire [+]