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Indian Ocean Dipole spells flood danger for East Africa

Hundreds of thousands of people in East Africa are affected by heavy rains and floods linked to record-breaking temperature changes in the Indian Ocean. As a result, higher evaporation off the African coastline is being dumped inland as rainfall: a simplified description of 2019’s positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) episode.

The IPCC’s Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere – What it means for Africa’s coastal cities

For African coastal cities, sea level rise and increasing storm frequency and intensity pose serious threat. West, Central, East and Mediterranean coastal zones in Africa are very low-lying. Within these low-lying coastal zones are many of Africa’s largest cities: Dakar, Abidjan, Accra, Lagos, Dar es Salaam, Alexandria, Tripoli, and Cape Town.

Turning plastic trash into high-quality liquid products

News, Pollution
Oct
23

Researchers have developed a new catalyst that can cleave plastic’s strong carbon-carbon, converting it into higher value products.

Brazilians rally to clean beaches amid outrage at Bolsonaro’s oil spill inaction

News, Pollution
Oct
22

Nobody knows where the oil is from or why it keeps washing up on Brazilian beaches. “People in the north-east are cleaning the oil from the coast with their own hands while the federal government is immobile…”

A rare Caribbean island where beaches aren’t the draw

Inform
Oct
22

Saba, a speck of a five-square-mile Caribbean island — a special municipality of the Netherlands — is left off many maps.

Our Unequal Earth: how environmental injustice divides the world

Five luminaries explain the concept of ‘environmental justice’ and reveal why, alongside the climate crisis, it is one of the most pressing issues of our time…

Paradise Beach, Eastern Cape, Southe Africa

Celebrate, Inform
Oct
20

Surfers all over the world know Jeffreys Bay, home to a legendary wave and a major international competition. A bit outside of town, across a causeway, is a quieter coast called Paradise Beach.

Sri Lanka wields mangroves, its tsunami shield, against climate change

Fifteen years after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Sri Lanka’s government intends to keep expanding the island’s coastal green belt — the chain of mangrove swamps credited with limiting the damage and destruction of the deadly waves.

Shocked scientists find 400km of dead and damaged mangroves in Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia

A cascade of impacts including rising sea levels, heatwaves and back-to-back tropical cyclones has created 400km of dead and badly damaged mangroves in the Gulf of Carpentaria, a scientific monitoring trip has discovered.

Wahala: trouble in the Niger delta – photo essay

Inform, Pollution
Oct
18

Covering 70,000 sq km (27,000 sq miles) of wetlands, the Niger delta used to be an incredibly rich ecosystem that contained one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity on the planet before the oil industry moved to the area.

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