Tag Archives: Botswana

How fracking plans could affect shared water resources in southern Africa

Fracking in the headwaters of the Okavango delta may negatively affect the water quality in this water source area. GettyImages

Fracking in the headwaters of the Okavango delta may negatively affect the water quality in this water source area. GettyImages Surina Esterhuyse, University of the Free State Recently, news reports revealed plans by a Canadian oil and gas company, ReconAfrica, to explore for oil and gas in some of Africa’s most sensitive protected areas. These areas include the Namibian headwaters …

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Explainer: what’s behind the locust swarms damaging crops in southern Africa

The most effective means of controlling locusts is to prevent the swarms from forming. shutterstock

The most effective means of controlling locusts is to prevent the swarms from forming. shutterstock Frances Duncan, University of the Witwatersrand Seven million people in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe have been affected by a migratory locust outbreak currently ravaging crops and pastures across southern Africa. Professor Frances Duncan, whose research work involves investigating the survival strategies of brown locusts, …

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