Tag Archives: Tanzania

Heat and health: Dar es Salaam’s informal settlements need help

Tanzania, Dar es Salaam: increasing temperatures under climate change are likely to be a significant risk to human health in informal settlements. Flickr/Slum Dwellers International Lorena Pasquini, University of Cape Town In the coming decades, heat will become one of the most significant and visible impacts of climate change, particularly in Africa, where temperatures are expected to increase faster than …

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Abdulrazak Gurnah: what you need to know about the Nobel prize-winning author

Alamy/Bloomsbury Melanie Otto, Trinity College Dublin Abdulrazak Gurnah has been awarded the 2021 Nobel prize for literature. The Tanzanian novelist, who is based in the UK, was awarded the prize for his “uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents”. Migration and cultural uprooting along with …

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Tanzania’s Samia Hassan has the chance to heal a polarised nation

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan inspects a military parade following her swearing-in as the country’s first female president on March 19, 2021 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. AFP via Getty Images Nicodemus Minde, United States International University Samia Suluhu Hassan becomes the first female president in Tanzania taking over from President John Magufuli who died on 17 March 2021. Born …

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Increasing land use could turn Mount Kilimanjaro into an ecological island

A herd of elephants walk in front of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park. Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images Andreas Hemp, Bayreuth University and Claudia Hemp, Bayreuth University Located in Tanzania, with a height of almost 6,000 metres, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain. Over the years, there’s been extensive urbanisation and development at the base of …

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Africa indigenous fruit trees offer major benefits. But they’re being ignored

The doum palm is an indigenous tree in Kenya which produces edible fruit. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images Abiodun Olusola Omotayo, North-West University and Adeyemi Oladapo Aremu, North-West University Indigenous fruits have been collected from the wild for centuries for human consumption and other purposes. Across the African continent, indigenous fruit trees are valuable assets for local communities. But the …

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COVID-19: what happens if some countries don’t vaccinate?

A nurse holds a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Jorge Guerrero/AFP via Getty Images Ahmed Kalebi, University of Nairobi Some countries, such as Tanzania and Madagascar, have issued statements saying they do not have plans to vaccinate their populations against COVID-19. Moina Spooner, an editor with The Conversation Africa, asked pathology expert Dr Ahmed Kalebi to unpack what this …

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Finds in Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge reveal how ancient humans adapted to change

The research site at the Olduvai Gorge. Author supplied Julio Mercader Florin, University of Calgary The ability to adapt to changing environments has deep roots. In a technology-driven world, people tend to conflate adaptability with technological change, especially when it comes to navigating adverse climates and places. But not every technological revolution is a result of environmental change. Sometimes existing …

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Fires shaped Mount Kilimanjaro’s unique environment. Now they threaten it

Fires on Kilimanjaro, October 2020. Thomas Becker/picture alliance via Getty Images Andreas Hemp, Bayreuth University In October, firefighters in Tanzania had to tackle a number of fires on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain and the largest free-standing mountain in the world. The mountain and surrounding forests fall into Kilimanjaro National Park, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Andreas …

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