Beads show European trade in African interior used Indigenous routes

Two of 29 glass beads discovered at archaeological sites in Malawi. An analysis showed that all but one were made in Europe. Many of the beads, like the tiny one on the right, were less than 2 millimeters in diameter. Credit: Dan Renzetti Tiny glass beads discovered in mountain caves about 25 miles from the … Read more

South African colonial diaries are helping climate scientists reconstruct weather patterns of the past

A copy of the VOC’s registers for April 1789. These daily registers contained rich detail—including about the weather. Credit: Tracing History Trust The current climate crisis raises many questions. Some are forward-looking: how can this be fixed? Some look to the recent past: how did we get here? And some reach further back into history: … Read more

African migratory birds threaten by hot, dry weather

Flamingoes feed in the popular Berg River estuary in Veldrif, South Africa, Monday Sept. 14, 2020. The alteration of weather patterns like the ongoing drought in east and central Africa chiefly driven by climate change is severely undermining natural water systems devastating livelihoods and now threatening the survival of most of the world’s famed migratory … Read more

Study finds evidence of bovine TB in 15% of rhinos at South African national park

Credit: Y tambe/Wikipedia The largest study ever conducted on a free-ranging population of rhinoceroses reveals that about one in every seven rhinos in a key South African national park has been infected with Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis), the pathogen that causes bovine tuberculosis (bTB). The finding shines new light on the potential for diseases to … Read more

Sea turtle success stories along African east coast—but thousands still dying

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Conservation of sea turtles along much of Africa’s east coast has made good progress in recent decades—but tens of thousands of turtles still die each year due to human activity, researchers say. Experts reviewed evidence from 1965 to the present about sea turtles along the coast of Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique … Read more

African cities can do more to protect children from climate change

Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Six in 10 people will be living in cities by 2030. This is concerning. Cities are responsible for over 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Yet cities can also do a lot to mitigate climate change and help people adapt to its impacts. Cities can use renewable … Read more