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Zimbabwe’s Typhoid Outbreak Worsened by Water Scarcity and Poor Sewage Infrastructure – February 16, 2017

Outbreak underscores gap between a wealthy elite and those who have fewer choices about where the can source their water from

A typhoid outbreak in Zimbabwe has been claiming lives and infecting dozens over the past few months. The outbreak, which is likely due to an over-stressed sewage system and lack of clean water, is widening the gap between a wealthy elite who can afford to import bottled water to escape disease and those who have fewer choices about where they bathe or how they quench their thirst.

photo of water faucetPhoto by Robert AllenLack of clean water and an overstressed sewage system are likely causes of Zimbabwe's ongoing typhoid oubreak, which as so far infected an estimated 600 people.

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by: Ray Mwareya

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The Plight of Swaziland’s Pangolins – April 21, 2016

Poachers target little-known mammal to satisfy growing demand in Asia

Pangolins are the most trafficked animals in Southern Africa. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) calls them “the most traded wild animal” in the world, yet many people have never seen or heard about them.

photo of pangolin in AfricaPhoto by David Brossard A ground pangolin at Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa. Pangolin’s are Southern Africa’s most trafficked animal.

These scaly ant eaters, whose tongues can be long as their body, can be found throughout much of southern Africa, including in the mountain wilds of Swaziland. All eight of the world’s pangolin… more

by: Ray Mwareya

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Vulture Populations Are Crashing in Africa – July 8, 2015

Scavengers are under threat from farmers, poachers, and illegal trade in body parts

Vulture populations are facing steep declines across Africa due to poisoning and the illegal trade in vulture body parts fueled by traditional medicine. According to the first comprehensive analysis of African vultures, published in June in Conservation Letters, populations of seven African vulture species have declined by 80 percent or more over the last 30 years.

Photo of Vulture in AfricaPhoto by R∂lf Κλενγελ A vulture in Massai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. African vultures populations are facing steep declines.

The biggest threat to vulture populations is poison left out by farmers. Farmers often use poisons to kill jackals, rabbits, lions, and wild pigs… more

by: Ray Mwareya

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Up in Smoke – May 4, 2015

In Zimbabwe, a booming tobacco-growing sector threatens the country’s forests

This year alone, Zimbabwe is expected to earn a record $777 million dollars from tobacco sales, mainly to China. The country’s tobacco farmers and tobacco traders be may thrilled, but their joy is an environmental catastrophe for the African country.

photo of tobaccoPhoto by Sean Jackson A tobacco farm in Zimbabwe.

Flu-cured tobacco (also called Virginia tobacco) is Zimbabwe's most lucrative cash crop, dwarfing maize, cotton or cut flowers destined for Europe. The country produces some of the world's finest Virginia tobacco, and today tobacco sales account for 26 percent of the country's foreign currency earnings. The country is among the top producers… more

by: Ray Mwareya

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