Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment by United Nations

By United Nations

This wonderful 400-page Atlas is a distinct and strong e-book which brings to mild tales of environmental switch at greater than a hundred destinations unfold throughout each nation in Africa. There are greater than three hundred satellite tv for pc pictures, three hundred flooring photos and one hundred fifty maps, in addition to informative graphs and charts that supply a bright visible portrayal of Africa and its altering setting that offer medical facts of the impression that usual and human actions have had at the continents atmosphere during the last numerous a long time. The observations and measurements of environmental switch aid gauge the level of development made by way of African nations in the direction of attaining the United international locations Millennium improvement objectives. extra importantly, this e-book contributes to the data and knowing which are crucial for edition and remediation, and will be of large worth to all those that need to know extra approximately Africa and who care in regards to the way forward for this continent.

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But much of the Sahara and the dense rain forests of the continent’s interior remain dark. 1 per cent of global population (IEA 2005). 28 NASA 2001a Africa at Night Africa—Lightning Centre of the World NASA 2002a Lightning, a discharge of energy during severe storms, may affect public safety, electrical and transportation systems, and may even trigger wildfires. Detecting lightning helps scientists to understand Earth’s climate system and monitor changes in severe storms and precipitation patterns over time.

This region has the world’s highest tree diversity of any temperate forest. One of the region’s most well-known endemic plants is the Bird of Paradise flower (Strelitzia reginae). This hotspot is also worldrenowned for its conservation efforts to save the southern subspecies of white rhinoceros from extinction. Commercial and local small-scale farming and the expansion of grazing lands are encroaching on the extensive grassland habitats here, threatening many of its large mammals. com Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa This tiny and fragmented hotspot has exceptional levels of biodiversity.

In rural areas, biomass burning releases unhealthy particulates into the air, contributing to air pollution and health problems such as respiratory illnesses and allergies. Traditional African societies are agrarian or pastoral, depending directly on the environment to meet peoples’ daily needs from what they can grow, raise, catch, or gather. Threefifths of African farmers subsist by directly utilising land resources (Dlamini 2005). Two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa lives in rural areas, and therefore depends on the natural resource base more than people in any other part of the world (EIA 2003).

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