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Zimbabwe builds stronger homes

Zimbabwe builds stronger homes

TONDERAYI MUKEREDZI FOR Florence Panda, the best thing about her new house in eastern Zimbabwe is not the modern design or the size, big enough for her family of nine. It's the fact that the house is built with cement bricks and mortar, so it should stay standing through a major storm - unlike her last home. Panda, 34, lost her previous house in Ndiadzo village, in Manicaland province, when Cyclone Idai tore through Zimbabwe in 2019, destroying an estimated 50,000 homes. Built from farm bricks - made locally from anthill soil - and pit sand mixed with water, the house…
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Deforestation is causing more storms in west Africa, finds 30-year satellite study

Deforestation is causing more storms in west Africa, finds 30-year satellite study

Authors CHRISTOPHER TAYLOR, Meteorologist, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology DOUGLAS PARKER, Professor of Meteorology, University of Leeds WE know that forests are crucial to fighting global climate change, but another important and perhaps less appreciated aspect is the way they affect the climate on a much more local scale. Our research shows that deforestation in west Africa has made storms more frequent and thus increased the risk of disastrous flash flooding in the region’s coastal cities. Much of west Africa was deforested throughout the 20th century, a process driven by agriculture, international trade in goods like cocoa, and the…
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