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Wakkerstroom, South Africa: It’s a Lark

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I’ve not made spectacular progress writing up my trip to Africa earlier this year, so perhaps I should get on that. I do have more to say on last week’s piece, but I need time to think about what people have been saying. Birding South AfricaWhite-throated Swallows. terrible shot of Barrow’s Korhaan. Pied Starling.

Yellow-billed Kites in South Africa

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Birds kites South Africa Last weekend I finally caved and bought a new laptop to replace the one that swan-dived off my bed last November. My desktop simply can’t cope with the number and size of images that modern digital cameras produce, and this meant that I was finally able to start sorting through my many photos I took on my trip.

Getting the Best Value for Conservation in Africa

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2014)  A return-on-investment framework to identify conservation priorities in Africa. Science Africa research spatial data

I Remember Elephants

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In Africa, one elephant is being killed every 15 minutes. Conservation Africa CITES elephants Mammals poachingShrunk? Declined? Or – not?

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Sunny Solar Outlook For Middle East and North Africa

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The report was authored GTM Research analyst Scott Burger  in collaboration with the  Emirates Solar Industry Association. The full report is?

Flight Over the Bas-Ogooué: Using Drones to Map Gabon’s Wetlands

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This is one of the last intact great rivers of Africa and a tremendous conservation opportunity,” says Schill. Enter the drones. By Matt Miller.

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Yale Researcher: “Desalination Should Be A Last Resort”

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One of humankind’s worst tragedies is currently unfolding in the Horn of Africa , and it is caused by the absence of water.

North Africa Coast Will Rise 60 Percent More than Previous Projection: New Study

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For North Africa, this is a major worry, where much of the countries’ agricultural land is harnessed. Egypt sets the stage.

Camel domestication research challenges Bible’s origins

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By the seventh century BCE, trade routes like the Incense Road stretched all the way from Africa through Israel to India. Humping it to India.

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Africa's worst drought tied to industrial pollution by the West

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The biggest drought to hit the planet in the 20th century, the Sahel drought, sucked Central Africa dry from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Pollution From North Africa Shuts Down Israeli Airports

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Hazy conditions stemming from dust particles that traveled from North Africa to Israel shut down two Israeli airports last week.

15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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live in the southeast of Europe, for a while lived in the south of Africa and also have extensively birded western and central India. And I remembered that, back when I was a boy, I wanted to live in eastern Africa. Which leaves only East Africa. Some regions are politically unstable, e.g. most of Central and Western Africa.

Israeli Teens Bottle Algae in “Algeed” Superfood Project for a Hungry Africa

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The pupils are working on a system so that it can be done in areas in Africa where food is scarce.

Fungi Could Clean Pollution, Give Fuel and Food: Egypt Research

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Ahmed Abdel Azim and his team at Suez Canal University advance research in mycology (fungi). Fungi for waste and soil pollution. While Hekmat M.

Waterways helps water tech make “soft” landing in Africa

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Around six years ago, Avidar started researching clean-tech and water, and saw that water solutions for rural areas have gone missing.

They’re Electric: Two New Fish Species Discovered in Gabon

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Photograph of live Cryptomyrus ogoouensis holotype specimen from the Ogooué River in Gabon, Africa above its electric organ discharge waveform.

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This Fur Seal is 4,000 Miles From Home. Here’s Why.

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For answers, I turned to Greg Hofmeyr , seal researcher with the Port Elizabeth Museum in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. By Matt Miller.

Pink in Africa

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Of course Africa could not to be left out of the pink weekend so I have researched all African species whose official or alternative names include the word “pink”. Definitely my personal favorite of Africa’s pink birds is the delicate Pink-throated Twinspot. There are certainly some stunners involved. Pink-throated Twinspot.

How fast can Africa’s Ebola outbreak move to the Middle East?

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It is not known if some of the passengers on Mr. Sawyer’s flight were from North Africa or the Middle East.

3 Tips for Well-Intentioned Readers about Cecil the Lion & Wildlife in Africa.

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A Wildlife Researcher Yogi’s Take on Cecil the Lion. Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) african safari animal safety cecil the lion hunting regulations Lion wildlife

Suntech Launches New Research Centre In Arava – INTERVIEW

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As such, the company’s decision to open a new research centre in the Arava region didn’t come as a huge surprise.

Camera Traps, Reef Restoration & Satellite Imagery: Meet the 2015 Science Impact Project Class

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Anne Trainor (Spatial Scientist, Africa). Ideas Research Science Impact ProjectElizabeth Kalies (Director of Science, North Carolina).

The Forgotten Climate Solution

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Let’s face it: technological innovation is attractive. Nature has solutions that can sustainably balance environmental health and human priorities.

Quick Study: Do Elephants Get Stressed Out When Living Alongside People?

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Savannah elephant from dung research project in Kenya. Photo by Marissa Ahlering. The Study: Ahlering, M.A., Maldonado, L.S. Eggert, R.C. Brown.

MENA Will Need 120 Gigawatts of Energy by 2017, Masdar Expert Warns

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Researchers Say H20-Intensive Technology is Impossible for Desert Solar!

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“That is simply not possible,” he said. Exploring sustainability in a quiet corner. Water uptake is maxed out.

Green safari company launches carbon research project

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Research findings suggest that up to 4 tons of carbon can be captured by each hectare of spekboom a year—a total of 18,600 tons.

Dialogues on the Environment: Q&A with Jason Clay

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In this ongoing series , I talk with thought leaders about ideas in my book Nature’s Fortune and trends in the environmental movement.

Can there be more Masdar eco-cities in the Middle East?

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Masdar City is an experimental clean tech and research hub located 17 kilometers outside of Abu Dhabi. Can there be more Masdars?

Why You Should Keep Young Children Out of the Middle East Sun (New Research)

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Middle East sun exposure in the young leads to higher rates of skin cancer later in life. . What about in Israel? Dr. Hagai Levine and Prof.

Flying Snakes, White Green Roofs, Why Agoutis Should Sleep in & More

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The early bird becomes cat food : New research finds Central American agoutis that get up earlier are far more likely to be eaten by ocelots.

Citizen Science Tuesday: Snapshot Serengeti

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Have you always wanted to get away to Africa for a photo safari? Camera trap photo of a cheetah. What is Snapshot Serengeti?

Swallows. Swallowed

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You probably have to go to a resturant in Botswana or South Africa to find Tigerfish on the menu. They are the piranha of Africa, except probably less speciose and, generally, bigger. The researchers noticed the fish taking swallows at a rate of up to 20 a day. One is on the plate, as dinner. Which I did. Swallowed. Brien, G. C.,

San Francisco's “green aquarium” boosts shark research

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The 9-1/2 ft. long, 319 lb. female notorhychus cepedianus is one of the largest sharks ever exhibited. You might also like.

I Am Dolphin, Vulture Restaurants and Climate-Smart Military

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Fine dining for vultures:  ‘Vulture restaurants’ could boost populations in Africa. New Research. Conservation Magazine).

New Survey Methods Bring Greater Speed and New Issues

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This basic result was not a huge surprise; health researchers using tablets have achieved similar savings. More Expensive Technology.

The plovers of Estero Lagoon, Florida

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Growing up within an hour of one of the world’s premier shorebird destinations -- West Coast National Park in South Africa -- helped for sure. But research has shown that some plovers even use the super-sensitive soles of their feet to detect movement beneath the substrate. Firstly, shorebirds present a significant ID challenge.

Tunisian Desert Dunes Threaten Darth Vader’s Tatooine Home

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The front edge of the dune reached Mos Espa earlier this year, the researchers report, and are beginning to inch  towards Qui-Gon alley.

Putting Conservation on the Map: A Blueprint for a Healthy Planet

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Africa and South America are currently among the least converted regions, but they have the highest amount of potential development risk.

Plastic from Methane, Toxic Toads & Robo-Crocodiles

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Though the newcomers are not yet widespread, researchers urge quick action to prevent an ecological crisis. New Research. The Guardian).