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A call to action from journalists of the Nile

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is set to become Africa’s biggest hydroelectric power plant, but questions around the filling process and operation of the dam have caused tension amongst riparian neighbours. In a unique statement, journalists from the region now...

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Investing in Soil and Water Management

Despite the devastating impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, investing in African soil and water management is more important than ever. This was the key message from a SIWI-hosted webinar on Tuesday 5 May to launch the report, Virtual jobs: African Smallholder Farmers...

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Invest now in a blue-green future

The ocean deserves much better from humanity and the post-pandemic recovery must be about creating a better, blue-green future. Before the Covid-19 crisis, in what some refer to as normality, we were on a clear trajectory towards environmental crisis. Progress towards...

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No, drinking water doesn’t kill coronavirus

A rumour about Covid-19 has been spreading – that drinking water regularly and keeping your mouth moist can protect you. Here BBC Future examines the evidence. F First there was the bizarre suggestion that it can be cured with cocaine. After the erroneous idea...

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Transparency, information and behavioural change saved Cape Town from Day Zero – the day the city was destined to run dry – in 2018.  "The drought has taught us the importance of taking the residents along with us,” says Xanthea Limberg, Mayoral Committee Member for...

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Do you get water? Join our MOOC to find out!

On 22 April 1970, some 20 million Americans participated in the world’s first Earth Day, a gigantic teach-in to raise awareness of the many threats to the environment that were becoming increasingly apparent. The idea spread to many other countries and led to a flurry...

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