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Hydropower plays a massive role electrifying many countries. Shutterstock

New dams in Africa could add risk to power supplies down the line

Large hydropower dams planned for parts of Africa could double its current capacity. But several factors like climate conditions around the dams could put the security of electricity supply at risk.
Carefully tracking the migration habits of birds like the Barn Swallow can help to conserve these species. Shutterstock

Why a proper record of birds in Africa is so important – for Europe

If Europe is going to reap the benefits of conservation measures at home, its experts need an understanding of where “their” birds migrate to when they head off to Africa.
Kayentapus ambrokholohali footprints belong to an animal of about 26 feet long, dwarfing all the life around it. Theropod image adapted by Lara Sciscio, with permission, from an illustration by Scott Hartman

Meet the giant dinosaur that roamed southern Africa 200 million years ago

Until this discovery, theropod dinosaurs were thought to be considerably smaller, at three to five metres in body length, during the Early Jurassic.
Tapping into ancient DNA can help us understand ancient humans’ movements and lives. Illustration: Marlize Lombard, Maryna Steyn and Anders Högberg

Ancient DNA increases the genetic time depth of modern humans

Archaeology is not only about stones and bones: it is mainly about the people of the past. DNA is one way to get from the stones and the bones to the people and their stories.
Malawi is a country that’s particularly vulnerable to the impact of drought and flood. Shutterstock

Africa needs to manage food, water and energy in a way that connects all three

Understanding the connections between basic food demands and accessibility to water and energy is important when it comes to climate change and its impact on agriculture and livelihoods.
A market in Zambia. The Anthropocene in this case looks at the world positively and how to overcome challenges. Shutterstock

Incubating ideas on how southern Africa can manage the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene is often associated with problems such as climate change and inequality. But there is also hope that it can come with positive change for the benefit of people.

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