​What natural disasters should teach us

Hurricanes, landslides and other disasters show Africans why we need fossil fuels Steven Lyazi I express my deepest sympathies to the people in the Caribbean and United States who have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The loss of life was tragic but has thankfully been much lower than in many previous storms.…

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Screenshot of a burning mosquito, from a TED talk about how to shoot mosquitoes out of the air with a laser.

Enemies of humanity

Mosquitoes and uncaring environmental activists perpetuate poverty, disease and death Steven Lyazi After being infected again with malaria last July, I spent almost a month in a Kampala hospital. Paying for my treatment was extremely difficult, as it is for most Ugandan and African families. I was lucky I could scrape the money together. Many…

Is Fighting Global Warming the Solution to Water Shortages in Malawi (or Elsewhere)?

Guest essay by E. Calvin Beisner In late May two evangelical environmentalists, recently returned from visiting Malawi, published articles in which they said poor Malawians are suffering from reduced rainfall caused by manmade global warming. Jonathan Merritt wrote for Religion News Service, “In America, climate change is a matter of debate, but in places like…

Pollution in Northern Hemisphere helped cause 1980s African drought

From the University of Washington: Decades of drought in central Africa reached their worst point in the 1980s, causing Lake Chad, a shallow lake used to water crops in neighboring countries, to almost dry out completely. The shrinking lake and prolonged drought were initially blamed on overgrazing and bad agricultural practices. More recently, Lake Chad…

Apocalypse maybe

Guest post by Matt Ridley My article in Wired in August called “Apocalypse Not” (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/ff_apocalypsenot/) attracted a huge number of comments, many of which were constructive and interesting. It also led to critical responses at other sites. Here is my response to some of those responses. Wired asked me to respond, but then concluded that…

CO2 Is Greening The Planet: African Savannahs Getting a Makeover to Forests

I’ve covered this before, such as when NASA posted satellite data showing that the biosphere is booming thanks to CO2 fertilization. This new study from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany suggests that the Umbrella Thorn Acacia trees will make a comeback. Tree trumps grass to rule the savannas A new study published today in “Nature”…

After Rio – what next?

It’s time to give all mankind a real chance to enjoy genuine development Guest post by Dr. Kelvin Kemm The Rio+20 World Environmental Conference has come and gone. The “Plus 20” comes from the fact that it took place twenty years after the first such conference, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. Between…