Oh No! Climate Change Threatens Global Tea Production

Oh No! Climate Change Threatens Global Tea Production

According to a new report from Christian Aid, Kenya, which produces half of all black tea consumed by the UK, may lose a quarter of its growing capacity by 2050, and the tea that makes it into drinkers’ cups may taste a lot different than before.  The decline of tea farming has implications for economies worldwide, including Kenya, India, China, and Sri Lanka.

Why This Matters: Tea is the most popular drink other than water globally and the tea industry employs more than 3 million people in Africa alone.

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Kenya Begins First Ever Wildlife Census

Kenya Begins First Ever Wildlife Census

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Kenya’s first national wildlife census kicked off last week, counting animals on land and in the country’s waters. While some of Kenya’s more vulnerable animals like rhinos and elephants are counted periodically, this census is the first time the country will have data on all of its wildlife. Rangers, […]

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Is America Foisting Its Plastic Problem On Africa?

Is America Foisting Its Plastic Problem On Africa?

By Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer The New York Times reported this week that an industry group “representing the world’s largest chemical makers and fossil fuel companies” is attempting, as part of a trade deal being negotiated now, to get Kenya to “reverse its strict limits on plastics,” as well as to get the country […]

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Proposed Fencing in Nairobi National Park Draws Anger from Maasai

Proposed Fencing in Nairobi National Park Draws Anger from Maasai

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer The oldest national park in Kenya is “under immense pressure,” Dr. Patrick Omondi, the director of biodiversity, research, and planning at the Kenya Wildlife Service, told The Guardian. As Peter Muiruri reported, because of “dwindling wildlife and visitor numbers, and increasing industry and human settlements on all sides,” the […]

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One Cool Thing: Kenya’s Rangers Keep Watch 

One Cool Thing: Kenya’s Rangers Keep Watch 

Across Africa, rangers remain at work to protect wildlife and conserve protected areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes ‘Team Lioness’, eight women aged from 19 to 26 years working as Community Wildlife Rangers (CWR) in the Amboseli Ecosystem in Kenya. The first ever cadre of female rangers in the highly patriarchal Maasai community, they […]

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