Research: chimpanzees create traditions

Researchers have found out that chimpanzees are not only capable of learning from one another, but also use this social information to form and maintain local traditions.

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Animals in fundraising not the most threatened

Images of tigers and elephants are among the most common threatened mammals used by conservation organisations as ‘flagships’ to promote fundraising. Because of the campaigns they get the most money, but a new study shows they are not the most threatened.

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Climate research centre for southern Africa

Five countries in southern Africa have joined forces to launch a research centre that will work on combating climate change in the region. South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia signed a declaration on Wednesday to base the initiative in the Namibian capital Windhoek.

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Resistant malaria can result in millions of deaths

Scientists have found new evidence that resistance to the front-line treatments for malaria is increasing. “Spread of drug-resistant malaria parasites and overspill into sub-Saharan Africa, where most malaria deaths occur, would be a public health disaster resulting in millions of deaths,” according to Dr Standwell Nkhoma from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

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“Frightening growth cities in Africa a myth”

Africa’s cities are growing at a frightening rate, as people flood from the countryside to the towns… It is a commonly held view, but a London-based academic, Deborah Potts, has been challenging this received wisdom, asserting that it is based on flawed data, and the rate of urbanization is much lower than people assume.

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