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Tropical forests remove 15% of the carbon dioxide emissions that humans produce, and Africa’s tropical forests play a big part in this. These forests are under threat as commercial interests and communities cut down trees for timber or to clear land for agriculture. John Poulsen explains
In a complementary article, Tom Pugh argues
Alex Chepstow-Lusty, on the other hand, shows
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John Poulsen, Duke University
In general, the larger the tree, the more carbon it stores.
Tom Pugh, University of Birmingham
The age of a forest can influence how effectively it offsets our emissions.
Alex Chepstow-Lusty, University of Cambridge
But with chimps now endangered, we risk losing their forest-rebuilding abilities. Business + Economy
Mills Soko, University of the Witwatersrand
With the right leadership, mindset and policies African countries can achieve, even exceed, the growth and development successes of Asian counterparts.
Danny Bradlow, University of Pretoria
The IMF loan does not impose any conditions over and above what is in South African law on how the funds can be used; it only seems to expect the country to implement policies already announced.
Misheck Mutize, University of Cape Town
African countries should tread carefully over the debt relief offered by multilateral institutions and other lenders. It could prove very costly in the medium to long term.
Nana Kofi Quakyi, New York University
The government touted a response based on science and data but a surge is showing otherwise
Tom Goodfellow, University of Sheffield; Olly Owen, University of Oxford
In Lagos, many people pay property tax not because they receive public services but to feel more secure and create a record of their presence.
Astrid R.N. Haas, International Growth Centre; Victoria Delbridge, International Growth Centre
The demon is not density but rather that African countries have not planned and made the investments necessary to manage the downsides of the type of density found in informal settlements. Health + Medicine
Abdu Mohiddin, The Aga Khan University ; Marleen Temmerman, The Aga Khan University
Most Kenyans are able to access basic care but face the barrier of potentially catastrophic fees.
Kolawole Oluseyi Akande, University of Ibadan
About 19 million Nigerians have hepatitis but most of them don’t know it.
Pui-Ying Iroh Tam, University of Malawi
As antimicrobial resistance increases, the options for treating serious infections dwindle. Doctors need reliable information about which treatments to try out.
Linda-Gail Bekker, University of Cape Town
Staging this conference in all time zones with fair distribution of prime-time events was no small feat. But the exchange of ideas, experiences and solutions remained a strong priority. Arts, Culture + Society
Gibson Ncube, University of Zimbabwe
Sexist slandering has been used not just to describe Grace Mugabe, but to denigrate any women who aspire to political positions.
Lindsey Blumell, City, University of London; Dinfin Mulupi, University of Maryland
Eradicating sexism in newsrooms will benefit both men and women.
Ozayr Patel, The Conversation
Psychological services for girls who have been abused and traumatised in their marriages would help alleviate and reduce distress.
Aikande Clement Kwayu, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mkapa, who penned an autobiography, had an impressive record in building state institutions. But his reign was marked by killings and political suppression. Politics
Tomiwa Ilori, University of Pretoria; Magnus Killander, University of Pretoria
Research shows that governments, more often than not, shut down the internet to hide gross violations of human rights.
Sarah Vancluysen, University of Antwerp; Bert Ingelaere, University of Antwerp
Refugees invest a great amount of effort in solving disputes among themselves, and with surrounding host community members.
Kjell Johannes Havnevik, University of Agder
Mkapa’s presidency is particularly significant since it represents the first phase of Tanzanian multi-party democracy.
Ashok Swain, Uppsala University
Despite previous threats by Egypt of military action, a war of over the Nile waters is not a serious possibility. Education
Ishmael Munene, Northern Arizona University
The government should stop trying to tinker at the edges. Instead it should strengthen internal university administration through shared governance.
Nompumelelo Mohohlwane, Stellenbosch University
Researchers have been calling for the extension of mother-tongue instruction beyond the current status quo in South African schools, but parents seem to prefer an even earlier transition to English.
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