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Niger creates Africa’s largest protected reserve

This inhospitable-looking landscape is home to some critically endangered species. The Niger government, this month, formally decreed this whole area - the Termit Massif and Tin Toumma desert - to be a national nature and cultural reserve. At almost 100,000 square kilometres it is the largest single protected area in Africa.

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Story contains video Source: BBC, Wed March 14, 2012
This inhospitable-looking landscape is home to some critically endangered species. The Niger government, this month, formally decreed this whole area - the Termit Massif and Tin Toumma desert - to be a national nature and cultural reserve. At almost 100,000 square kilometres it is the largest single protected area in Africa.

Niger rare giraffe population makes a comeback

Story contains video Source: Physorg, Thu March 08, 2012
The last West African giraffes, now living in the wild only in southwestern Niger, are making a comeback with numbers standing at 310 last year, the environment ministry said here Wednesday. Only 50 of them, their lowest number, was recorded in 1996.

Unique Acacia Tree Could Nourish Soils And Life In Africa

Source: TerraDaily, Fri September 04, 2009
Scientists have said at the 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry that a type of acacia tree with an unusual growth habit -- unlike virtually all other trees -- holds particular promise for farmers in Africa as a free source of nitrogen for their soils that could last generations.

Worm’s demise near

Source: Windsor Star, Tue December 09, 2008
Atlanta, Georgia, USA - Health workers are on the verge of eradicating Guinea worm disease in what would be just the second time in history that a disease has been wiped from the planet, the Carter Center said Friday.

Sahara Solar Scheme Could Power Poor West Africa

Source: Planet Ark, Sun September 28, 2008
Accra, Ghana - West African legislators worried by climate change and soaring energy costs want regional leaders to back plans to harness sun and wind energy that experts say could bring electricity to some of the poorest people on earth.

Niger scrub becomes last sanctuary for giraffe herds

Source: Terra Daily, Sun December 30, 2007
Koure, Niger - The last West African giraffes have found a refuge in the acacia scrub just one hour's drive outside Niger's capital Niamey.

Skies to be swept for alien life

Source: BBC News, Sat October 13, 2007
Hat Creek, California - The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Al Gore & IPCC Share Nobel Peace Prize For 2007

Source: Scoop, Sat October 13, 2007
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

How Tuaregs, Hausas Are Avoiding Another Darfur

Source: Christian Science Monitor, Wed October 03, 2007
Kup-Kup, Niger - On the southern fringe of the Sahara Desert herders and farmers with a bitter history of fighting over dwindling resources are now working together to stop a common enemy: the desert's increasingly rapid advance.

More crops for Africa as trees reclaim the desert

Source: New Scientist, Sat October 14, 2006
Sahel Region - For once there is some good news from Africa. Farmers are reclaiming the desert, turning the barren wastelands of the Sahel region on the Sahara's southern edge into green, productive farmland.

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