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Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

young teenage brides in the village of nataka on the east coast of mozambique
Young teenage brides in the village of Nataka on the east coast of Mozambique, left to right: Carlina Nortino, 15, Muacheia Amade, 14, Lucia Eusebio, 15, and Fatima Amisse, 14.
Photograph: Gethin Chamberlain/Gethin Chamberlain.

As global warming exacerbates drought and floods, farmers’ incomes plunge – and girls as young as 13 are given away to stave off poverty

November 26, 2017 — It was the flood that ensured that Ntonya Sande’s first year as a teenager would also be the first year of her married life. Up to the moment the water swept away her parents’ Continue reading Why climate change is creating a new generation of child brides

For Africans, America’s pledge is about more than pollution

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“We can’t get [climate finance],” says Célestine Ketcha Courtès, mayor of Bangangté in Cameroon (Photo: UN Climate Change)
US mayors and governors want to show the world they stand by US commitments, but to their African counterparts solidarity means cash

November 13, 2017 — The presence of US cities and states at UN climate talks in Bonn has been big, brash and supercharged with billionaire cash. Continue reading For Africans, America’s pledge is about more than pollution

Thousands march in Somalia after attack that killed more than 300

protesters near the scene of the massive truck bomb attack in mogadishu
Protesters near the scene of the massive truck bomb attack in Mogadishu. Photograph: Farah Abdi Warsameh/AP

Demonstrators defy police to protest against people responsible for devastating truck bomb in Mogadishu

October 18, 2017 — Thousands of Somalis have demonstrated against those behind the bombing that killed more than 300 people at the weekend, defying police who opened fire to keep them away from the site of the attack. Continue reading Thousands march in Somalia after attack that killed more than 300

Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

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Destroyed vehicles in the centre of Mogadishu. Officials fear the death toll will continue to rise. Photograph: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images

At least 276 people killed and hundreds seriously injured in attack blamed on militant group al-Shabaab

October 15, 2017 — At least 500 people are believed to have been killed or seriously injured in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in one of the most lethal terrorist acts anywhere in the world for many years. Continue reading Mogadishu truck bomb: 500 casualties in Somalia’s worst terrorist attack

Somaliland’s women show kindness and leadership in the face of a humanitarian crisis

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‘If we are to respond effectively to these impending crises—if we are, like the women of Gorgeysa and Saylabari, to ensure that nobody goes without, especially those most vulnerable—we must take action now to ensure that women are equally represented in leadership positions’ Photograph: Holly Miller, ActionAid Australia

As in any emergency, women are most affected by the drought in Somaliland. There is much that Australia could learn from how they respond to the disaster

September 7, 2017 — For three years now, Somaliland, like much of East Africa, has experienced extreme drought. Drought that has become more and more severe, until earlier this year, with Continue reading Somaliland’s women show kindness and leadership in the face of a humanitarian crisis

Kenya brings in world’s toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

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Plastic bags stick out of a pile of rubbish in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

Producing, selling and using plastic bags becomes illegal as officials say they want to target manufacturers and sellers first

August 28, 2017 — Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000) from Monday, as the world’s toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect. Continue reading Kenya brings in world’s toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

Satellite eye on Earth: July 2017 – in pictures

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At 77,220 sq miles, the Pantanal in western Brazil is the world’s largest wetland. Seasonal lakes and rivers meander through the vast interior marshland, tracing patterns on to the landscape. Photograph: Planet Labs

Wildfires in the US and Africa, tropical storms, and Bolivian salt flats are among the images captured by NASA and the ESA last month

August 24, 2017 — Pakistan’s Makran coast meets the Arabian Sea where the dry terrain contrasts sharply with the water. Sometimes coast and water overlap and sediment pours into the sea. Once river Continue reading Satellite eye on Earth: July 2017 – in pictures

I’ve seen how perilous life in Sierra Leone can be. We cannot ignore this disaster

people wait in a line to identify their relatives’ bodies at after the mudslides
‘Whole families have been destroyed in this disaster.’ People wait in a line to identify their relatives’ bodies at after the mudslides. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

As the weather gets more extreme, the poorest suffer the most. As well as helping the mudslide’s survivors, we must face up to the effects of climate change

August 17, 2017 — “We have lost everything,” my friend cried as we talked on the phone. I had last seen her the week before, after returning home after a year working as a doctor in Sierra Leone. She Continue reading I’ve seen how perilous life in Sierra Leone can be. We cannot ignore this disaster

Armyworms: The hungry caterpillar threatening a global food crisis

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Armyword. theguardian.com

A plague of armyworms is marching across Africa, devastating crops, and claiming new territory at an alarming rate

May 18, 2017 — Speaking Darwinistically, the planet should have no truck with the spodoptera genus, commonly known as armyworms. Fat, slow over the ground and unspeakably terrible looking, they Continue reading Armyworms: The hungry caterpillar threatening a global food crisis

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

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MALARIA VACCINE TRIALS. A child suffering from malaria lies on a bed at the hospital of Nyarugusu, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO/STEPHANIE AGLIETTI

The vaccine, also known as Mosquirix, is developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. The large-scale three-country pilot will test it on children aged 5 to 17 months

NAIROBI, Kenya (Apr. 24, 2017) — A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, April 24, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. Continue reading First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa