Groundwater Resources in Africa

June 3, 2012 by

Groundwater is the major source of drinking water in Africa and its use for irrigation is forecast to increase substantially to combat growing food insecurity. As the largest and most widely distributed store of freshwater in Africa, groundwater provides an important buffer to climate change. I ran across a recent technical study in the 2012 issue of Environmental Research Letters titled “Quantitative Maps of Groundwater Resources in Africa” by A.M. MacDonald, H.C. Bonsor, B.E.O. Dochartaigh and R.G. Taylor.

What’s Changed in Egypt?

June 3, 2012 by

The day of judgment for Hosni Mubarak arrived on June 2. The 84-year-old deposed president was given a life sentence with his interior minister Habib al-Adly for the killing of hundreds of protesters during last year’s uprising. Mubarak and his sons, Gamal and Alaa, were acquitted of corruption charges. The court also acquitted a number of key interior ministry officials and security chiefs.