Hans's blog

Hans's picture

Rhino poaching on the rise in Kenya

Wed, 2010-12-22 14:00 by Hans

News - Mail & Guardian Online

Melita's bloody, stripped carcass still lies in a dip between two hillocks, a once stately black rhino slain by poachers in early December in Kenya's Lewa private wildlife reserve.

Read the complete article

Hans's picture

The valley of taboos

Tue, 2010-10-26 17:40 by Hans
The Masque of Africa Spellbound

V.S. Naipaul dares to discuss Africa's indigenous beliefs. Karen Palmer finds out about a witch camp in West Africa.

A review of the book:

Hans's picture

Gates Foundation shakes up science with goal to end malaria

Fri, 2010-09-10 08:38 by Hans

The Seattle Times
Originally published September 9, 2010 at 8:28 PM | Page modified September 9, 2010 at 10:07 PM

After revitalizing research into the long-neglected disease malaria, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now revamping the scientific agenda to focus on the controversial goal it set three years ago: driving malaria to extinction.

By Sandi Doughton
Seattle Times science reporter

Hans's picture

From savage to savvy: a new understanding of chimps

Sun, 2010-07-25 06:14 by Hans
Using a tool to fish for termites. – Science Museum of Minnesota

JULY 24, 2010

Hans's picture

Africa's parks bleed large mammals

Sun, 2010-07-18 18:31 by Hans
Urgent efforts are needed to better protect animals such as wildebeest and secure the future of game parks in Africa, say scientists. (Radhu Sigheti, Reuters)
Mail&Guardian online
THE SMART NEWS SOURCE | Jul 18 2010 20:29 | LAST UPDATED Jul 18 2010 20:29
News | National | Environment
DAVID ADAM - Jul 16 2010 13:23

Only Southern Africa's reserves are bucking the trend

Read the complete article

Africa's extensive network of national parks is failing to stem the decline of large mammals, according to a new study that highlights biodiversity loss across the continent.

Hans's picture

Africa needs a brown (not green) food revolution

Tue, 2010-07-06 21:00 by Hans

Africa needs a brown (not green) food revolution - Christian Science Monitor

First, scientists are focusing on how to grow bigger, more, and disease- and pest-resistant plants. Their approach views the soil surrounding plants as a ...

Hans's picture

95 million-year-old insects found in African amber

Tue, 2010-04-06 07:29 by Hans

95 Million-Year-Old Insects Found in African Amber Surprise Scientists
Wired News
Before the Cretaceous, flowering plants — which are now the most diverse type of terrestrial plant — didn't exist. By the mid-Cretaceous, they dominated the ...

Hans's picture

Kenya: Nema denies licence for road-through-park

Wed, 2009-12-02 09:38 by Hans

James Kariuki – 9 November 2009

Read the complete article

Nairobi — The national environment agency on Monday declined to issue a licence allowing construction of a Sh2.3 billion road passing through the Aberdare National Park.

The 52-kilometre road would have linked Ihithe Town in Othaya constituency, represented by President Kibaki, and Ndunyu Njeru in Kinangop constituency, represented by Sisi kwa Sisi's David Ngugi.

Hans's picture

Whitehouse.gov finds familiar power

Mon, 2009-10-26 21:25 by Hans
The new White House web site

By Jamie Monday Oct 26, 2009 12:00pm

Read the complete article

If you have gone to whitehouse.gov since Saturday you may not have noticed any real changes. On the outside this is true, but underneath the hood they just replaced the entire engine and drive train.

Hans's picture

Masai Mara wildlife in sharp decline

Mon, 2009-08-10 20:32 by Hans

Masai Mara wildlife in sharp decline due to increase in human population

23/04/2009 00:10:46

Monthly surveys over 15 years link surge in human settlements near Mara reserve with large losses of wildlife that have made Kenya popular safari destination

Read the complete article