Tag Archives: Sahara

Pobreza, sequía y cambio climático: no olvidemos por qué los menores huyen de África

Shutterstock /amskad Gloria Fernández- Pacheco Alises, Universidad Loyola Andalucía Las imágenes de la pasada semana en Ceuta de menores perseguidos por agentes de la Policía Nacional o por militares nos han sorprendido. Es una clara manifestación de un juego político entre España y Marruecos, en el que se utiliza como peones a menores de edad marroquíes. No obstante, estas acciones …

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Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here’s why

Wadstock/Shutterstock Zhengyao Lu, Lund University and Benjamin Smith, Western Sydney University The world’s most forbidding deserts could be the best places on Earth for harvesting solar power – the most abundant and clean source of energy we have. Deserts are spacious, relatively flat, rich in silicon – the raw material for the semiconductors from which solar cells are made — …

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Niger’s democratic transition is good news, but the threat of insurgency remains high

Following an inconclusive election in December 2020, Niger’s Independent National Electoral Commission is set for a runoff in February. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP via Getty Images Olayinka Ajala, Leeds Beckett University Despite the twin problems – poverty and insecurity – that have faced Niger in the past few decades, President Mahamadou Issoufou successfully completed his two-term tenure. In December 2020, …

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Massive solar and wind farms could bring vegetation back to the Sahara

Juanjo Tugores / shutterstock Alona Armstrong, Lancaster University Switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy is an important and necessary step towards averting climate change. However, in our efforts to go green, we also need to be mindful of other consequences, both intended and unintended – and that includes how a mass deployment of renewable technology might affect its surrounding …

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Why Western Sahara remains one of Africa’s most divisive political issues

A Sahrawi refugee carries a flag of the Democratic Arab Republic of Sahara. MOHAMED MESSARA/EPA

A Sahrawi refugee carries a flag of the Democratic Arab Republic of Sahara. MOHAMED MESSARA/EPA Frank Mattheis, University of Pretoria South Africa and Namibia hosted a “solidarity conference with Western Sahara”, convened by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on 25 and 26 March 2019 in Pretoria. The summit opened with a call for unity in “ensuring the right to …

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