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Tag Archives: Wetlands

Paradox lost: wetlands can form in deserts, but we need to find and protect them

An oasis in the Sahara Desert, Libya. Patrick Poendl/Shutterstock Stephen Tooth, Aberystwyth University; Peyton Lisenby, Midwestern State University, and Timothy J. Ralph, Macquarie University Once dismissed as dank and bug-infested backwaters – good only for draining and destroying to make farmland – the world’s wetlands may finally be having their moment in the sun. In the UK, the government is …

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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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