Meet the Raptors That Eat Avocados (and Other Fruit)

Meet the Raptors That Eat Avocados (and Other Fruit)

Fitzsimons found that frugivory had been observed in black kites only in the savannas of central Ivory Coast in Africa, where the birds were observed eating oil palm fruits.

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Satellites Can Spy a Menace in West Africa: Invasive Flowers

Today Wood is the director of the Space Enabled research group at MIT’s Media Lab, and she was part of a team that just published their findings in the journal Frontiers in Climate, showing how Earth observation technologies can map and monitor hard-to-reach areas to inform local decisionmaking—specifically on how Beninese groups are tackling the hyacinth problem with data from satellites, drones, and sensors in the lake.

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

Another Global Pandemic Is Spreading—Among Pigs

This outbreak isn’t Covid; it is a parallel, hidden pandemic, a deadly animal disease called African swine fever that was detected in the Dominican Republic in July.

50 Fish, 50 States: Freaks in the Hot Springs

50 Fish, 50 States: Freaks in the Hot Springs

© Matt Miller4 of 9Tilapia can now be caught in many warm springs, urban rivers and canals across the United States.Miller9 of 9African jewel cichlid, an exotic species common in Florida waters as well as in warm springs in the western United States.

Tracking Variants, New Hot Spots, and More Coronavirus News

Tracking Variants, New Hot Spots, and More Coronavirus News

Researchers trace new variants in Africa, cases surge in India, and US vaccine rollout progresses even with snags.Scientists in Africa race to find new variants in areas where testing lags.

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Variant Hunters Race to Find New Strains Where Testing Lags

Even during the pandemic, the country, a hub for the oil industry, had seen plenty of passengers from Europe and South Africa, where two concerning variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 hold sway.

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

NIWA seabird ecologist Dr David Thompson says while seabird tracking research has not been carried out for all albatrosses and large petrels in New Zealand, we know that several species also spend time in Chile and Peru, in Japan and the USA in the north Pacific Ocean, while others visit Namibia and South Africa.

Digitized Data Conserves Africa’s Great Lake Fisheries

Digitized Data Conserves Africa’s Great Lake Fisheries

“If you inadequately monitor these fisheries resources, successful and sustainable management cannot take place in a timely manner,” says Dr. Richard Ogutu-Ohwayo, who has studied and worked on Africa’s Great Lakes for over 40 years and is currently the Executive Director of AFLANET, the African Lakes Network.

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General calls for urgent scale-up of Africa’s Great Green Wall

FAO - News Article: FAO Director-General calls for urgent scale-up of Africa’s Great Green Wall

11 January 2021, Paris/Rome - The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, QU Dongyu, today appealed for an urgent scale-up of Africa's Great Green Wall initiative to restore degraded land, create jobs and address climate change.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves new projects

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves new projects

21 August 2020, Rome - The Board of the Green Climate Fund today approved several new projects, including one for Côte d'Ivoire that marks the first time the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has helped an African country obtain a grant from the international entity.

How Will Covid Be Remembered?

How Will Covid Be Remembered?

Ruminating on why the 1918 flu pandemic wasn’t better remembered, the African historian Terence Ranger concluded in the early 2000s that the story wasn’t being told right.

Drones Take Flight to Carry Covid-19 Tests to Labs in Africa

Drones Take Flight to Carry Covid-19 Tests to Labs in Africa

These small drones, operated by US startup Zipline, are transporting coronavirus test samples from more than 1,000 health facilities to laboratories in the cities of Accra and Kumasi.

FAO - News Article: “COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for vulnerable communities across West Africa”

FAO - News Article: “COVID-19 could not have come at a worse time for vulnerable communities across West Africa”

In response to COVID-19, FAO has been collecting information and carrying out analysis, at regional and country level, on the pandemic's likely consequences on agriculture and food security, which will feed into a global data facility.

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Space Photos of the Week: Polychromatic Views of the Earth

Photograph: NASA/JPL-CaltechThis tutti-frutti image shows an 80 million-year-old collision of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates—modern-day Morocco.The combination shows how the city grew from 900,000 people in 1990 to 5.3 million in 2017.Photograph: NASA/METI/AISTThis is Cape Horn, the southernmost part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in Chile.

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’

One Woman's Instagram-Fueled Ascent to ‘Boss Lady Status’

Jesseca Dupart started as a simple hair salon in this northeastern section of New Orleans, called Little Woods, back in 2012, when she was 30 years old, and by the time I visited her six years later, Kaleidoscope was a rapidly growing brand in the African American beauty market.

Africa's Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Africa's Huge Locust Swarms Are Growing at the Worst Time

Back in January, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) predicted the worst was still to come, and that by June, the size of the swarms could grow by a factor of 500.And now, at the worst time, a second wave of locusts 20 times bigger than the first has descended on the region, thanks to heavy rains late last month, according to the FAO.

Obama’s Ebola Czar on What Strong Federal Response Looks Like

Obama’s Ebola Czar on What Strong Federal Response Looks Like

After an initial response that critics said was too slow, Obama took aggressive action, including deploying thousands of troops to West Africa and bringing on Klain as the Ebola czar.

Hackable Cisco Phones, a Locust Invasion, and More News

Hackable Cisco Phones, a Locust Invasion, and More News

New estimates show that the locust population in East Africa—already numbered in the hundreds of billions—could increase 500-fold by June, causing massive food shortages across the continent.WIRED Recommends: Best Sunrise Alarms.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

The Terrifying Science Behind the Locust Plagues of Africa

The Terrifying Science Behind the Locust Plagues of Africa

Around 20 species of the 7,000 known grasshopper varieties transform into what’s known as a gregarious phenotype, which means their bodies actually change as they socialize into swarms.But why does the desert locust go gregarious, when the vast majority of grasshopper species remain solitarious?

The 10 Tech Products That Defined This Decade

The 10 Tech Products That Defined This Decade

In the early years co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton charged a $1 annual fee to use the service, but that didn’t stop WhatsApp from spreading, particularly in developing nations like Brazil, Indonesia, and South Africa.

The Largest Scientific Structure Ever Powers Up in Africa

The Largest Scientific Structure Ever Powers Up in Africa

This dish antenna rises seven stories above an ancient seabed in the Karoo, a remote semidesert in South Africa.Combined, they'll form a single observatory called the Square Kilometre Array, the largest scientific structure on the planet, to gather 10.8 million square feet of radio waves.

The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA

The Massive, Overlooked Potential of African DNA

The genomic revolution has left Africa behind.“Currently, there’s this huge gap in genetic information,” says Abasi Ene-Obong, who studied cancer biology at the University of London before founding 54gene in January.

Breaking down barriers to private sector investment to build resilience for West Africa’s coasts

Breaking down barriers to private sector investment to build resilience for West Africa’s coasts

Which is why we recently brought the public and private sectors together through the World Bank’s West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) to discuss how they can collaborate to fight coastal degradation, increase coastal resilience to climate change, and improve the livelihoods of coastal communities.

Investing in modern hydromet services for a climate-resilient Africa

Investing in modern hydromet services for a climate-resilient Africa

To help reduce these impacts, modernized weather – or “hydromet” – services bring together meteorological and hydrological agencies, disaster risk managers, and end-users across all sectors to deliver actionable, timely, and usable climate and weather information to support decision making.

How can we use analytical approaches to generate urban climate investments in Africa?

How can we use analytical approaches to generate urban climate investments in Africa?

Figure 2: Community Emissions Profile for Cotonou, Benin (Source: EDGE Cities) Some recommendations include the promotion of solar rooftops, public transportation, green building standards for new construction, energy performance labels for existing buildings, improved solid waste and waste water treatment, and vehicle electrification.

7 Wildlife Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

7 Wildlife Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

Caused by psittacine circovirus — also called beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) — this disease is most common in parrot and cockatoo species from both the Old World (Australia, Africa) but can affect parrots from the Americas.

'Black Panther' Won Three Oscars—and Made History

'Black Panther' Won Three Oscars—and Made History

Ruth Carter won for Best Costume Design, becoming the first African-American woman to win in the category. Carrie Fisher Probably Didn't Want That Dedication The biggest shock of last night's Oscars telecast came at the end, when Green Book overcame many controversies to win Best Picture.

Bridging Boundaries for Climate Adaptation Financing with River Basin Organizations

Bridging Boundaries for Climate Adaptation Financing with River Basin Organizations

Supporting transboundary action to address Climate Change 07/12/2018, AfDB Pavillion A new report Financing climate change adaptation in transboundary basins: Preparing bankable projects prepared jointly by the World Bank with other development partners, including the African Water Facility, International Network of Basin Organizations, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, highlights some good practices for countries seeking to access financial resources for climate adaptation in a transboundary river, lake, or aquifer basin context.

Most Users Still Don't Know How Facebook Advertising Works

Most Users Still Don't Know How Facebook Advertising Works

(Eleven percent of respondents reported that they weren’t assigned any categories and told instead “You have no behaviors.”) Pew also asked participants about whether Facebook assigned them a political category, such as “liberal” or “conservative,” and any “multicultural affinity”—which Facebook says are groups of people “whose likes and other activity on Facebook suggest they’re interested in content relating to particular ethnic communities — African American, Hispanic American and Asian American.” There is no affinity classification for whites.

A Worldwide Hacking Spree Uses DNS Trickery to Nab Data

A Worldwide Hacking Spree Uses DNS Trickery to Nab Data

Using a classic tactic to undermine data security as it moves across the web, hackers have grabbed sensitive data like login credentials and business details from telecoms, internet service providers, government organizations, and other institutions in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and North America.

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