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Nigerian Growth Lags Africa, Poverty Rising, Says World Bank

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigerian economic growth has resumed after the COVID shock but is lagging the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, with food inflation,...
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Caring Causes: American Tortoise Rescue

American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), Malibu, CA, is calling on the pet industry, reptile wholesalers and private breeders to stop the breeding and sale of giant tortoises commonly called sulcatas. Geochelone sulcata is a hardy and personable species of tortoise. Native to sub-Saharan Africa, it became part of the lucrative pet trade during the 1990s.Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
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The Art Napoleon Stole (And How It Informs Restitution)

“He brought back enough loot from his conquests to fill what would soon become the Louvre Museum. And his ravenous and methodical art seizures — a cultural legacy now being highlighted in 200th-anniversary commemorations of his death — paved the way for similar French excesses in sub-Saharan Africa a century later. Yet many of those works were returned after Napoleon’s defeat, setting precedents that still inform debates about restitution.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Napoleon, Visual, Saharan Africa, 06.09.21

Covid: more than 200 leaders urge G7 to help vaccinate world’s poorest

Former PMs, presidents and ministers sign letter saying richest should pay two-thirds of $66bn neededCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 100 former prime ministers, presidents and foreign ministers are among 230 prominent figures calling on the leaders of the powerful G7 countries to pay two-thirds of the $66bn (£46.6bn) needed to vaccinate low-income countries against Covid.A letter seen by the Guardian ahead of the G7 summit to be hosted by Boris Johnson in Co...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Canada, Tony Blair, Cornwall, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, G7, Saharan Africa, UK US, Coronavirus, COVID

Covid: global leaders urge G7 to help vaccinate world’s poorest

Former PMs, presidents and ministers sign letter saying richest should pay two-thirds of $66bn neededCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 100 former prime ministers, presidents and foreign ministers are among 230 prominent figures calling on the leaders of the powerful G7 countries to pay two-thirds of the $66bn (£46.6bn) needed to vaccinate low-income countries against Covid.A letter seen by the Guardian ahead of the G7 summit to be hosted by Boris Johnson in Co...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, UK News, World news, Canada, Tony Blair, Cornwall, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, G7, Saharan Africa, UK US, Coronavirus, COVID

Education for girls and vaccines can save Africa from disaster | Phillip Inman

Parts of the continent potentially face a decade of crisis. These two measures are more important than any other in avoiding itThere are so many good causes in the world it is often difficult to know where aid money should go. As leaders line up to attend the G7 summit in Cornwall, the most effective destinations for aid money have become clearer – a global vaccination programme and improving girls’ education.This is especially true in sub-Saharan Africa, where so much can go wrong over the next...
Tags: Business, Education, Africa, Environment, Women, Economics, Life and style, World news, Infectious Diseases, Conservation, Cornwall, Biodiversity, Saharan Africa, Phillip Inman, Coronavirus

Water recycling: "Toilet to tap" is future of clean drinking water

Water recycling, or water reclamation, involves cleaning water with filters and chemicals to make it environmentally safe. In Texas, El Paso's water utility is taking this a step further by building a closed-loop system that will directly convert sewage water into drinkable water.Unsurprisingly, surveys show that most people don't like the idea of drinking recycled water, but public outreach programs seem able to change minds.Of the projects aiming to make the world more sustainable, none is le...
Tags: Texas, Climate Change, California, New York City, Environment, Water, Sustainability, Innovation, Southern California, El Paso, U S Forest Service, Saharan Africa, Rio Grande, Trejo, El Paso Texas, Chihuahuan Desert

Newly discovered African 'climate seesaw' drove human evolution

A scientific consortium led by Dr Stefanie Kaboth-Bahr of the University of Potsdam has found that ancient El Niño-like weather patterns were the primary drivers of environmental change in sub-Saharan Africa over the last 620 thousand years - the critical timeframe for the evolution of our species. The group found that these ancient weather patterns had more profound impacts in sub-Saharan Africa than glacial-interglacial cycles more commonly linked to human evolution.
Tags: Science, El Nino, Saharan Africa, University of Potsdam, Stefanie Kaboth Bahr

Researchers examine record-shattering 2020 trans-Atlantic dust storm

Researchers from the University of Kansas published a study in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society parsing the mechanism that in June 2020 transported a massive dust plume from Saharan Africa to the Caribbean and U.S. Gulf Coast.
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Caribbean, University of Kansas, Saharan Africa, American Meteorological Society

Which Values Make You Happy? It Might Depend on Where You Live

When a new psychology study comes out, its findings—gratitude makes people happy! meditating can boost your mood!—are often taken as truth about humanity as a whole. But in recent years, researchers have pointed out that much of psychology research involves participants who are WEIRD: Western, Educated, and from Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic countries. Why is that a problem? Because it could be the case that the insights we’re learning about how to live happy, meaningful lives privilege...
Tags: Asia, Parenting, China, Russia, Berlin, Taiwan, Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Saharan Africa, Headey, West Latin America, DIW, Bruce Headey, United States Britain Australia Spain, Hong Kong Japan South Korea Singapore

Atlantic hurricane season starts early for 7th straight year

2021 already has brought us tornadoes, floods, fires and more. Now the annual Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico hurricane season has arrived early, again, meaning it's time to get ready for that and whatever disaster is common where you live. The Atlantic hurricane season doesn't start until June 1, but we already (again!) have an early forming storm. Subtropical Storm Ana developed today, May 22, near Bermuda. (Screen shot of The Weather Channel video.) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admi...
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The 10 best books to understand the climate crisis, according to experts

Educating yourself about climate change can help you evaluate your relationship with the planet. We talked to climate scientists Elizabeth M. Cook and Logan Brenner for their book recommendations. These books cover climate activism as well as how cities, food, and fashion impact global warming. Reading news about how we have less than a decade to try and prevent irreversible, devastating climate change can be daunting, especially if we want to find ways to limit our carbon footprint or get inv...
Tags: Cook, Indonesia, India, Trends, Middle East, New Orleans, Holland, Taylor, Saharan Africa, Elizabeth Kolbert, Eric Holthaus, Dawson, Brenner, Barnard College, United States Latin America, Jaccard

Few women in sub-Saharan Africa undergo cervical cancer screenings

A team of researchers, including those from Penn State College of Medicine, took a closer look at cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to determine the prevalence and key factors that influence cancer screenings. The group found that despite high mortality rates, cancer screenings are substantially low, and there are multiple reasons why.
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Why SPACs aren’t targeting African startups

One. That’s the number of African tech companies that have gone public on the NYSE in the last 10 years. Two, if you’re counting local exchanges. The former is African-focused e-commerce company Jumia and the latter is Egyptian fintech company Fawry. As a tech company, Fawry’s listing on the Egyptian Stock Exchange is a rarity. Typically, most exchanges in emerging markets like Africa, India, and Latin America are filled with traditional companies in age-old sectors like banking, telecoms, ma...
Tags: Asia, Africa, US, Tech, Bloomberg, Richard Branson, SEC, Nasdaq, Latin America, Chamath Palihapitiya, Nyse, SPAC, Saharan Africa, Jeremy Johnson, Africa India, Andela

South Africa: Renewable Energy Lights The Way For Electrification On The African Continent - Andersen

For decades, Africa was known as the ‘dark' continent with images of the continent at night highlighting that more than 95% of those living without reliable electricity are in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
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Why ISIS operates like a venture capital firm

A mural with the ISIS logo in a tunnel reportedly used as a training centre by the group, on the southern outskirts of Mosul in Iraq, March 1, 2017. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images Even with its physical "caliphate" destroyed in Iraq and Syria, ISIS has an operational presence in at least 20 countries. ISIS is better understood as a group of organizations in which the leaders provide resources to the affiliates with the most potential. See more stories on Insider's business page. ...
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Bill and Melinda Gates said they'll continue their philanthropy work after their divorce. Here are their biggest projects, including spending nearly $2 billion to fight COVID-19.

Bill and Melinda Gates have announced they are to divorce. Ted S. Warren/AP Bill and Melinda Gates said their divorce wouldn't get in the way of their philanthropic work. The couple set up the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, which focuses on health, education, and poverty. Here are the foundation's biggest projects. See more stories on Insider's business page. Bill and Melinda Gates announced Monday that they're getting divorced after 27 years of marriage. They w...
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Evolution has robbed us of horse-sized bunnies

Rabbits, hares, and pikas are not as varied in size as other similar animals such as rodents, which can be both far bigger and far smaller. Scientists at Kyoto University examined the fossil record to figure out why.They found that the smallest hoofed mammals always predict the size of the largest rabbits.Rabbits are, of course, adorable. We kvell over awww-inducing pictures of the little cuties who look like they couldn't hurt a fly. (Fun fact: Male rabbits are incredibly fierce when they figh...
Tags: Resources, Competition, Innovation, Evolution, Rabbits, North America, Saharan Africa, Kyoto University, Biosphere, Kyoto University s Primate Research Institute, Victor Larracuente UnsplashFirst, Susumu Tomiya, Tomiya

United States must ensure peace between Egypt and Ethiopia

Ethiopia and Egypt, both American allies, have over recent years each contributed to stability in dangerous parts of the world. That is now at risk. Ethiopia has been indispensable to Africa’s recent diplomatic and economic development. The largest participant in United Nations peacekeeping around the world, Ethiopian troops were critical to missions in Darfur, Sudan, and Somalia. Ethiopian troops constitute the largest part of the African Standby Force, the military wing of the African Union wh...
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Chad dictator's death spells chaos in Islamist terror’s new ground zero | Simon Tisdall

The west backed military solutions across the Sahel. With the death of President Idriss Déby, that strategy is helping to destabilise the regionThe death in battle last week of Chad’s unloved dictator, Idriss Déby, has pushed the Sahel up the west’s political and media agenda. The sudden burst of interest is unlikely to last. The global attention span for this desperately poor, unstable and ill-governed region is chronically short. And yet the Sahel is, or soon could be, everyone’s problem.A vas...
Tags: Europe, France, Africa, World news, Chad, Burkina Faso, Sahel, Saharan Africa, Simon Tisdall, Idriss Deby, Mali Niger Chad Mauritania

Business continuity planning is a necessity for your fund and portfolio

Will Poole Contributor Share on Twitter Will Poole is co-founder and managing partner of Capria Ventures, a global financial services firm leading, partnering with and funding the largest network of fund managers collaborating to deliver superior returns and scaled impact in emerging markets. Just shy of a year ago, I sent an email to our global fund manager partners and to our direct portfolio CEOs titled “Only the decisive s...
Tags: Asia, China, Africa, Tech, Colombia, Brazil, Pacific, Economist, East Asia, Saharan Africa, Susana, LAC, Will Poole, Capria Ventures

Intestinal worm infections can make African women more vulnerable to sexually-transmitted viral infections

Intestinal worm infections can leave women in sub-Saharan Africa more vulnerable to sexually-transmitted viral infections, a new study reveals.
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Worm infections leave African women more vulnerable to STIs

Intestinal worm infections can leave women in sub-Saharan Africa more vulnerable to sexually-transmitted viral infections, a new study reveals.
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African health workers left without Covid jabs as paltry supplies dwindle

Fear of third wave and new variants as sub-Saharan vaccine distribution is dogged by supply disruptionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMillions of healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa continue to risk their lives to fight Covid-19 as authorities across the continent struggle to obtain and distribute vaccines to frontline medical staff.Though hundreds of millions of people in western nations are now protected from the virus, doctors, nurses and others on the frontli...
Tags: Health, Africa, World news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, African Union, Saharan Africa, Coronavirus, COVID

New study determines how many mothers have lost a child by country

A first-of-its-kind study examines the number of mothers who have lost a child around the world. The number is related to infant mortality rates in a country but is not identical to it.The lack of information on the topic leaves a lot of room for future research. Among the best indicators of societal progress over the last few decades has been the remarkable decline in infant and child mortality rates worldwide. In the early sixties, a staggering 1 in 4 children around the world died . Today, ...
Tags: Health, Hong Kong, Death, Poverty, Mental Health, Sierra Leone, Philippines, Liberia, Innovation, Peru, Saharan Africa, Global Issues, Emily Smith Greenaway, Smith Greenaway, USC Dornsife College of Letters Arts, Middle East Hong Kong

Accel-backed mobile money platform NALA to start offering remittance services to East Africa

According to a McKinsey report, the total number of mobile money services worldwide was 282 in 2017, with more than half of those operating in sub-Saharan Africa.  In 2020, these numbers increased significantly, but the ratio remained similar.  In 96 countries, there are 310 live mobile money services, according to a GSMA report. Out of that number, 171 are from Africa, while 157 are in sub-Saharan Africa. In Tanzania, mobile money services can be relatively difficult to use due to ...
Tags: Google, TC, Y Combinator, Finance, Africa, Tech, Uganda, Egypt, Mobile Payments, Kenya, Tanzania, Payments, Osper, Fernandes, GSMA, Remittance

COVID-19 exposed many weaknesses in food supply chains. Here's how we can build a more resilient system for future generations.

Volunteers give out boxes of food at a California food bank. Brittany Murray/Getty Images The impact of COVID-19 on global food supply has shown that more robust food systems are needed. At the start of the pandemic, grocery store shelves were empty but many farmers had to throw away unsold food. Better farming practices and sustainable, diverse supply chains could prevent this in the future. See more stories on Insider's business page. Most of us won't soon forget that disconcerti...
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Ghana’s Redbird raises $1.5M seed to expand access to rapid medical testing in sub-Saharan Africa

For patients and healthcare professionals to properly track and manage illnesses especially chronic ones, healthcare needs to be decentralized . It also needs to be more convenient, with a patient’s health information able to follow them wherever they go . Redbird, a Ghanaian healthtech startup that allows easy access to convenient testing and ensures that doctors and patients can view the details of those test results at any time, announced today that it has raised a $1.5 million s...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Boston, Funding, Africa, US, Tech, Diabetes, Healthcare, Biotech, Ghana, Cto, Accra, Kumasi, Saharan Africa

Chariots of steel: Barcelona's hidden army of scrap recyclers

Thousands of migrants play a key role in collecting Catalonia’s waste but must live on the marginsThey are everywhere and yet they are almost invisible, living below the social radar as they crisscross the city pushing supermarket trolleys piled with metal tubing, old microwaves and empty beer cans.The chatarreros are Barcelona’s itinerant scrap-metal collectors, and there are thousands of them. Most are undocumented migrants and so there is no official census, but Federico Demaria, a social sci...
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Births of twins reach an all-time high worldwide, and advances in assisted reproduction have the explanation

This is an automated machine translation of an article published by Business Insider in a different language. Machine translations can generate errors or inaccuracies; we will continue the work to improve these translations. You can find the original version here.Today, around 1.6 million twins are born worldwide, i.e. for every 42 children born, one of them will be a twin. This figure has also reached an all-time high, and the explanation lies in medicine, according to a new study published in ...
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