A vast plume of Saharan dust blankets Havana, Cuba, June 24, 2020.
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From June through October, it's not unusual for huge Saharan dust plumes to blow across the Atlantic. They can darken skies but also bring calmer weather and electric sunsets. Here's how they form.
Artist’s rendition of NASA’s 2020 Mars rover collecting rocks with its robotic arm.
Martian meteorites allow scientists here on Earth to decode that planet's geology, more than a decade before the first missions are scheduled to bring rocks back home from Mars.
Could a small and sunny patch of the Earth's surface power the rest of the world? Here's what the experts say.
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A legacy in fossil fuels is likely to help even in the era of renewable energy.
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The vast desert could potentially produce more than seven times the electricity requirements of Europe, with almost no carbon emissions.
A Sahrawi refugee carries a flag of the Democratic Arab Republic of Sahara.
The solidarity conference by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) can be seen as a reaction to the gradual shift of power towards Morocco.
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Scientists have modelled the effects of huge hypothetical energy projects in the desert.
Trucks returning from Libya to Niger.
As in the Mediterranean, travel through the Sahara is difficult and unnecessarily dangerous by increased checks and control.
Pastoralists on a dry plain in central Mali, one of the seven Sahel countries hit by a wave of deadly attacks.
A big rise in armed attacks in the Sahel - and the intensity of the attacks in recent years - is now seen as a major source of concern.
Could a North-African migrant become the Prime minister of a European country in the 21st century? In the 19th century, a Greek slave rose to the highest ranks in Tunis. The Bey of Tunis, Muhammad Sādiq Bāšā-Bey, greets Napoleon III in Algiers, on 20 September 1860.
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When we think of migrants, we think of them crossing the Mediterranean to come to Europe. Yet 200 years ago, many did it the other way.
A US army team carry the remains of Sgt. Dustin Wright, one of the soldiers killed in Niger.
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If the US, simply focuses on trying to hunt down jihadist leaders in Niger it will be missing an opportunity to address the underlying causes of violence in the region.
By the end of the 1990s, the idea of encroaching deserts had become difficult to defend.
Africa's great green wall suffers from a major mismatch between ambition and effort. But that's not to say it should be ditched altogether.
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Poverty and conflict mean the nation is struggling to deal with rising temperatures.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco (right) arrives at the 28th African Union session.
By admitting South Sudan and Morocco to the African Union, the continental organisation has proven yet again that its commitment to upholding its own democratic ideals is lacking.
The world's biggest desert used to be green, lush and full of hippos. A new theory suggests humans could have tipped the environment over the edge.
Morocco’s return to the African Union raises questions about the body’s continued commitment to anti-colonialism and its pan-Africanism.
The African Union sees Africa as a sealed off geographic entity. Yet it remains remarkably quiet about the many bits of Africa that are geographically part of it but do not consider it their home.
Cooking veg for 10,000 years.
The proof is in the pottery.
How the dustiest place on Earth fuels the biodiversity of the Amazon and causes mud rain in Europe.
Welcome to your summer holidays, 750m years ago.
More evidence that planet Earth has gone through various frozen phases.
Sahara on the move.
Being perched off the northwest edge of Europe means that people in the UK are not often reminded of the vast Sahara desert situated only a few thousand miles to the south. This great desert is located…