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  • At least 8 Ebola aid workers reportedly killed 'in cold blood' by villagers in Guinea

    09/19/2014 9:54:07 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/19/2014 | Fox News
    At least eight Ebola aid workers and journalists were reportedly murdered and dumped in a latrine in a remote village in Guinea in a frightening example of the growing distrust locals have of foreigners coming to help stem the mushrooming health crisis. These deaths are believed to be the first resulting from resistance to international efforts to curb the Ebola outbreak in the region, Reuters reported. Other aid teams have been forced to turn back by crowds in several locations, and a treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia was attacked and looted.
  • Scouter's Updated Ebola Model (Vanity)

    09/19/2014 8:46:26 AM PDT · by scouter · 50 replies
    Self | September 19, 2014 | Scouter
    NOTES Before starting, let me say that I do NOT believe the Ebola epidemic will get as bad as these projections indicate. I believe it will get pretty bad, especially for those in Africa, but not as bad as the current numbers say. I think there will be a number of factors that will significantly mitigate these numbers. How much? I don't know. But no one else does, either. I am not predicting the end of humanity. I'm simply showing where the current numbers lead, should nothing change. But of course, things will change. In any case, I do believe...
  • World population may hit 11 billion by 2100

    09/19/2014 5:52:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    AFP ^ | September 18, 2014 | Staff
    The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century's end, according to a UN-led analysis published Thursday. That would mean two billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, largely due to high birth rates in Africa, said the report in the US journal Science. "The consensus over the past 20 years or so was that world population, which is currently around seven billion, would go up to nine billion and level off or probably decline," said co-author Adrian Raftery, professor of statistics and of sociology at the University of Washington.
  • Eight bodies found after attack on Guinea Ebola education team

    09/18/2014 3:27:26 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 40 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 18 2014 | By Reuters
    Eight bodies, including those of three journalists, were found after an attack on a team trying to educate locals on the risks of the Ebola virus in a remote area of southeastern Guinea, a government spokesman said on Thursday.
  • Ebola just become ‘Obola’ with boots on the ground in West Africa

    09/17/2014 8:14:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/17/14 | Judi McLeod
    Meanwhile, Ebola is far more frightening and deadly than ISIS decapitation. Just ask Barack Obama. While he patently ignores dread diseases being brought into America over an unprotected southern border, waiting it out until midterm elections are over before delivery of government-stamped amnesty, who can really believe that President Barack Obama will deliver the world from Ebola? So immersed is Obama in reinventing himself as ‘World Savior from Ebola’, he came up with first-time-in-six-years kudos for America yesterday: In thanking “everybody here at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for welcoming him, Obama said:
  • Ebola Cases & Deaths UPDATED - 5006 CASES - 2469 DEATHS

    09/17/2014 3:52:35 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 88 replies
    That is based on "official" data as of Sept 13 for all countries except Liberia which is for Sept 9.
  • 200,000 from Ebola countries have visas to enter US (Obama visa rubber-stamper)

    09/16/2014 5:42:30 AM PDT · by Liz · 23 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 9/15/14 | Paul Bedard, "Washington Secrets" columnist
    There are about 200,000 Africans from countries hosting the deadly Ebola virus who hold temporary visas to visit the United States, greatly raising the stakes it could spread to America, according to a group following the immigration issue. “Based on State Department nonimmigrant visa issuance statistics, I estimate that there are about 5,000 people in Guinea, 5,000 people in Sierra Leone, and 3,500 people in Liberia who possess visas to come to the United States today,” said Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. Add to that “more than 195,000 Nigerians” with visas to...
  • US to send 3,000 troops to Ebola danger zone as Obama admin shuffles military's mission in Africa

    09/15/2014 10:23:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 15, 2014 | David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor
    The United States government is sending thousands of military troops to the west African nation of Liberia as part of the Obama administration's Ebola virus-response strategy, the White House said late Monday night. 'U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts,' a statement from the White House press office said. 'A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated...
  • While World Watches ISIS, Boko Haram Declares Its Own Caliphate In Nigeria

    09/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 57 replies
    NBC News ^ | 9/15/2014 | Robert Windrem
    the leader of the Nigerian terror group Boko Haram has established the world's second Islamic "caliphate" this summer and is seeking to cement his bloody rule on a territory that is now roughly the size of west Virginia. While much of the world has been focused on the brutal reign of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the forces of Boko haram have been racking up victories in northern Nigeria and have been violently imposing an equally harsh version of Islamic law on approximately 3 million civilians - including beheadings, forced marriages and the forced induction of children into its military...
  • Liberian President Appeals to Obama for US Help to Beat Ebola

    09/14/2014 8:17:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | Thomson/Reuters
    Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appealed to U.S. President Barack Obama for urgent aid in tackling the worst recorded outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, saying that without it her country would lose the fight against the disease. The outbreak, which was first discovered in March, has now killed more than 2,400 people mostly in Liberia, neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, as understaffed and poorly resourced West African healthcare systems have been overrun. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the epidemic is spreading exponentially in Liberia, where more than half of the deaths have been recorded. It...
  • Boko Haram Militants Have Surrounded a Major Nigerian City

    09/13/2014 12:34:12 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 36 replies
    VICE News ^ | 9/13/2014 (10:40 AM) | Samuel Oakford
    A month after declaring an Islamic state-like caliphate in Northeastern Nigeria, Boko Haram militants have reportedly surrounded the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where residents expect an attack on what could be the group's largest and most symbolic seizure yet. ...
  • ‘It doesn’t make sense’: Concerns over enlisting DOD in Ebola response

    09/12/2014 4:54:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Lucas Tomlinson
    ·“We don’t need to be taking planners away from the CT [counterterrorism] mission, and that is what is going on,” a Defense Department source told Fox News. USAID and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are already involved, but President Obama said in an interview last weekend that the U.S. military is being brought in to help stanch the deadly epidemic. Obama said the military could help set up isolation units and provide security for health workers, among other tasks. But the decision comes as the military is already engaged in counterterrorism operations in Africa, and as the president...
  • Liberia: Somebody Had to Do It: Turning People Away [Ebola]

    09/12/2014 9:59:31 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 8 replies
    MSF.ORG ^ | 9/12/14 | msf
    Liberia: 'Somebody had to do it' - Turning people away from an overwhelmed Ebola treatment centre 12 September 2014 Pierre Trbovic, an anthropologist from Belgium, arrived in the Liberian capital, Monrovia in late August to help with MSF’s response to the Ebola epidemic. Finding the treatment centre full, health staff overwhelmed, and sick people queuing in the street, Pierre volunteered for the heartwrenching job of turning people away. Soon after arriving in Monrovia, I realised that my colleagues were overwhelmed by the scale of the Ebola outbreak. Our treatment centre – the biggest MSF has ever run – was full,...
  • The Ebola Outbreak Has Reached A New Level Of Severity

    09/12/2014 4:44:21 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 9-12-2014 | Tom Miles and Kate Kelland, Reuters
    Tom Miles and Kate Kelland, ReutersSeptember 12,2014 West Africa's Ebola outbreak is running ahead of health authorities' ability to contain it, particularly in the three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. "The Ebola outbreak that is ravaging parts of West Africa is the largest and most complex and most severe in the almost four-decade history of this disease," the WHO's director general Margaret Chan told a news conference in Geneva. "The number of new patients is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them." (snip)
  • 'His Father Had Lied to Us': German Doctor Shares Harrowing Ebola Encounter

    09/10/2014 2:13:43 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    Spiegal ^ | 9-9-14 | Katrin Elger
    On the Monday morning in question in mid-August, we were sitting together when one of the doctors told us that the child's stepmother had come during the night to take over for the father of the sick boy. A Father's Lies The doctor started growing nervous because what the woman shared with him didn't sound good. Melvin-Vincent's grandmother had just died of Ebola. The boy had been living with the elderly lady and his fever broke out after her burial. His father had lied to us. At that moment, it became clear to all of us that it wasn't just...
  • ISIS Giving Nigeria's Boko Haram Advice on Establishing African Caliphate

    09/10/2014 8:14:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/10/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Terror group ISIS, which is active in Iraq and Syria, is reportedly strengthening its ties with Boko Haram in Nigeria, offering the militants advice on how to build an African caliphate. "Unless swift action is taken, Nigeria could be facing a rapid takeover of a large area of its territory reminiscent of ISIS's lightning advances in Iraq," The Nigeria Security Network warned. The Independent noted that intelligence agencies have been raising concern that what initially looked like symbolic links between ISIS and Boko Haram have now developed "into a practical relationship" with the former offering advice on strategy and tactics....
  • Another problem for Hillary [A Benghazi-like incident in Nigeria...Boko Haram]

    09/06/2014 6:27:43 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    World Magazine ^ | September 5, 2014 | J.C. DERRICK
    Who is Vernice Guthrie, and where was she at 11 a.m. West Africa Time on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011? On that day, terrorist group Boko Haram carried out a suicide bombing at the main UN building in Abuja, Nigeria, killing 24 persons and injuring more than 100. Since then Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and other lawmakers have three times during hearings asked State Department officials whether Americans were in that building. Three times those officials have hedged. Now, Boko Haram’s rise has led to the deaths of thousands of Nigerians, the destruction of hundreds of churches, and the kidnapping this...
  • IHS pays $2bn to buy MTN telecoms towers

    09/04/2014 3:19:00 PM PDT · by mgist · 7 replies
    FT ^ | 9/41/14 | Thompson
    IHS, the African mobile infrastructure group, will double the size of its business following a $2bn deal to acquire more than 9,000 telecoms towers from MTN, the South African-based telecoms group. The deal with IHS, which is raising equity from investors to help fund the transaction, will be the largest transaction for towers in Africa. Issam Darwish, IHS chief executive, declined to comment on the value of the deal but added that it would double the size of the group’s asset value. He said Nigeria was of particular importance in the regional telecoms industry. “Nigeria is at the heart of...
  • MSF call for military medical help shows Ebola outbreak’s severity (medicin sans frontiers)

    09/04/2014 2:10:35 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 34 replies
    o.canada.com ^ | 9-3-14 | Helen Branswell
    Liu called on governments to deploy this type of expertise Tuesday when she addressed a special Ebola briefing for the United Nations. Without this help, Liu said, this outbreak will not stop. “To curb the epidemic, it is imperative that states immediately deploy civilian and military assets with expertise in biohazard containment,” she told the UN. “I call upon you to dispatch your disaster response teams, backed by the full weight of your logistical capabilities…. Without this deployment, we will never get the epidemic under control.” Desperate times call for desperate measures. “This just tells you the extraordinary scale of...
  • U.S. Military Conducts Operation In Somalia

    09/01/2014 5:18:56 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Barbara Starr
    Breaking News U.S. Military Conducts Operation In Somalia By Barbara Starr September 1, 2014 (CNN) -- U.S. military forces conducted an operation Monday against the Al-Shabaab network in Somalia, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. "We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," he said.
  • Worldwide Rhino Horn Trade Continues Unabated

    09/03/2014 6:00:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    More rhinos were killed by poachers last year in Africa than ever before. In 2014 the dubious record looks set to be broken again. The black market price for rhino horn is now considerably higher than cocaine. Poachers from Mozambique's poorest villages sneak into South Africa, heavily armed under the cover of darkness. They are here to hunt rhinos. The money they make from just one rhino horn is enough to feed their families for months. It’s a payoff worth risking their lives for. Between 1990 and 2007 poachers killed on average 14 rhinos a year in South Africa. Last...
  • Modern Day Slavery Still Rampant in Niger

    09/03/2014 12:54:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    For 20 years, Tamazrat Ousame had to clean, cook and even bear children for her masters. One day she managed to escape, but hundreds of others are still enslaved in Niger.Maradi, southern Niger. Soldiers supposed to protect foreign journalists are dozing on plastic chairs in the shade in front of the hotel. Besides the hotel entrance, an old man on a woobly wooden table is arranging his souvenirs for sale: Colorful pearl necklaces, bronze giraffes and knitted handbags. An old rusty metal necklace is lying nearby. It was used as a necklace to hold slaves, the old man says with...
  • Swaziland: King, 46, Takes Virgin, 19, As 14th Wife

    09/03/2014 12:49:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    Swaziland's King Mswati III has finally married the 19-year-old former beauty pageant contestant dubbed by foreign media as 'Naughty Sindi'The King, aged 46, chose the teenager as his wife from among thousands of young virgin girls who danced semi-naked in front of him at the kingdom's annual Umhlanga or Reed Dance in 2013. The Observer on Sunday (31 August 2014), a newspaper in effect owned by the King, reported that Sindiswa Dlamini had been seen in public at the opening of a trade fair and this indicated that she was now officially the King's wife. It had been announced in...
  • Bama Under Boko Haram Control, Borno Senator Insists, Challenges Military

    09/03/2014 12:41:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    AllAfrica ^ | Michael Olugbode
    Accuses Borno govt, military of lying to the public The Senator representing Borno Central at the National Assembly, Ahmed Zannah, has challenged both the Borno state government and military authority to take the media to Bama to cross check their claims that the town has not be captured by the Boko Haram insurgents. The senator in a telephone chat on Wednesday afternoon with our correspondent said: "As I am speaking to you Bama has been captured and the insurgents on the prowling for any male, killing at will." He added , "Everyone is a target as long as you are...
  • Obama to Africans: Don’t touch Ebola corpses

    09/03/2014 6:13:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 70 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama urged West Africans in areas affected by the Ebola virus not to touch the corpses of loved ones who had succumbed to the deadly disease in a public service announcement released by the State Department on Tuesday. "When burying someone who has died from this terrible disease, it's important to not directly touch their body," Obama says. "You can respect your traditions and honor your loved ones without risking the lives of the living." [Snip] "If you feel sick with a high fever, you should get help right away," Obama said.
  • Calais mayor warns UK, 'help with migrants or I shut port'

    09/03/2014 4:15:36 AM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies
    France24 ^ | 2014-09-03 | News wire
    Calais mayor Natacha Bouchart on Tuesday threatened to shut down the port unless Britain helps solve the problem of the hundreds of immigrants turning up there in a bid to sneak across the Channel. "I could take the decision to block the port... I could bring pressure to bear," Bouchart told reporters in Paris after meeting Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. "It would be illegal," she recognised, "but today I want to make a strong gesture towards the British." The mayor took issue with British immigration policy which, she complained, "is "considered as an Eldorado" by immigrants. She also reproached London...
  • Ebola patient escapes medical centre in Liberia, spreads panic in Monrovia

    09/02/2014 7:16:32 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 15 replies
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  • Scores killed as Boko Haram insurgents overrun Nigerian town: sources

    09/02/2014 4:34:50 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/2/14 | Lanre Ola
    Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said on Tuesday.
  • Boko Haram beheaded six-year-old Christian boy, group reports

    08/31/2014 5:11:36 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    Christiantoday.com ^ | 8/28/2014 | Christiantoday.com
    It was revealed this week that Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram beheaded a six-year-old boy on June 1 because he was a Christian. The attack occurred in Attagara, Gwoza district, Borno State – a predominately Christian community, according to Voice of the Martyrs. Over 100 militants descended upon the village, slaughtering men, women, and children. Boko Haram has kidnapped and killed Christians and Shiite Muslims across Borno and Yobe States in an increasingly deadly campaign to establish an extremist, Sunni Muslim reign.
  • It was already the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Now it’s moving into Africa’s cities

    08/30/2014 9:41:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | August 30 at 7:57 PM | Todd C. Frankel
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — The dreaded Ebola virus came to the children’s hospital in the form of a 4-year-old boy. ... The boy died. The 30 doctors and nurses who had contact with him were placed in quarantine, forced to nervously wait out the 21 days it can take for the virus to emerge. And remaining staff so far have refused to return to work. ... Ebola is now spreading from the remote provinces and into the teeming cities such as Freetown, where 1.2 million people jostle for space. Previous outbreaks had been limited to remote vil­lages, where containment was...
  • African demand for ZMapp Ebola drug grows as it completely heals monkeys in lab test

    08/30/2014 6:42:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Monkeys infected with the Ebola virus survived after being treated with an experimental drug in a study that suggests the drug may be effective even after severe symptoms are present. Monkeys were given three doses of the antibody-based treatment ZMapp starting three to five days after being infected with a lethal dose of Ebola. All 18 monkeys treated with ZMapp survived, while three that were not given the medicine died, according to the results published in the journal Nature. "It is a really, really important study" as it is the longest researchers have waited after infecting monkeys with Ebola to...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • Constitutional Court hears 'down syndrome' case (Failure to have abortion)

    08/28/2014 2:15:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    SABC ^ | SABC
    A disabled boy wants to be able to sue the Cape Town based Foetal Assessment Centre over its failure to inform his mother that he had down syndrome before he was born. The child's mother said that had the Foetal Assessment Centre properly informed her of the risks of down syndrome, she would have terminated the pregnancy. The mother missed the window period to file a claim on her own behalf.
  • Obama’s Family Are Involved In Purchasing Slave Girls In Africa

    08/27/2014 2:26:17 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 34 replies
    No your eyes are not playing games, its President Obama’s brother, indeed saying that “the brother and mother signed off on the deal” to sell him the underaged girl. Malik Obama proudly talking about how he purchased an African girl as his slave “wife”. Of course, he erupted once he found out he was being recorded.
  • WHO Worker Ebola Infections Mount: Sierra Leone Lab Shut, Senegal Doctor Flown To Hamburg

    08/27/2014 7:35:39 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 8-27-2014 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 08/27/2014 There is reason to be concerned "about whether the proposed resources would be adequate," warns a Harvard professor as the World Health Organization 'battle strategy' draft calls for more than $430 million to bring the worst Ebola outbreak on record under control. This morning we hear of yet another health worker infected - and being flown home to Hamburg for treatment from Sengal and the WHO has shut a lab in Sierra Leone after health workers became infected. A glimpse at the following 3 charts should have the entire world throwing money at them... More than $430...
  • WHO Worker contracts Ebola. Doctor who received ZMAPP Dies. Fatality Rate Increases to 70%.

    08/25/2014 6:54:15 PM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 20 replies
    For first time, a World Health Organization worker has fallen ill with Ebola http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/24/world/africa/ebola-outbreak/index.html An African doctor who received the experimental anti-Ebola drug ZMapp has died http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/25/6065417/african-doctor-who-was-treated-experimental-anti-ebola-drug-dead Doctor: Ebola Fatality Rate Running At 70 Percent -- Seven out of 10 patients admitted for Ebola die http://www.npr.org/2014/08/23/342652020/doctor-ebola-fatality-rate-running-at-70-percent?utm_content=buffer165fb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Exposed: Ebola Outbreak In Africa And The ‘Illuminati’ Connection http://www.osundefender.org/?p=183624 New hotbed of Ebola found in Congo as serum-treated doctor dies: http://rt.com/news/182708-ebola-mzapp-dies-congo/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
  • Zimbabwe: Street Vending - the Only Option for Zimbabwe's Graduates

    08/25/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    allAfrica ^ | August 24, 2014 | Clayton Masekesa
    Tarisai Mukahanana (26) says if she could, she would tell all those who are graduating these days that they have set themselves on a rough and tough road -- tougher than any university assignment. Perhaps like Mukahanana who graduated with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Nursing Science in 2010 from a local university and many other graduates that are being churned out each year, today's university graduates already know that they are graduating into obvious unemployment. Considering the high levels of unemployment in Zimbabwe, Mukahanana believes the future of Zimbabwe's youth is hopelessly bleak. Mukahanana now survives on...
  • Panic, hunger spread among quarantined West Africans in Ebola areas

    08/25/2014 1:06:58 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 106 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/25/14 | Bronwen Dachs
    Hunger and panic are spreading among people unable to work because of restrictions aimed at containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, say church workers in West Africa. In Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, church groups “are trying to get food and distribute it to families who have asked us to help, but movement is heavily restricted and there is little we can do,” Salesian Father Jorge Crisafulli, provincial superior in West Africa, said in an Aug. 22 telephone interview from Accra, Ghana. Neighborhoods in Monrovia have been sealed off under terms of the government-imposed state of emergency. The...
  • Sahara dried out slowly, not abruptly: study

    05/08/2008 2:12:41 PM PDT · by suthener · 22 replies · 104+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 8, 2008 2:10pm EDT | Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent
    OSLO (Reuters) - The once-green Sahara turned to desert over thousands of years rather than in an abrupt shift as previously believed, according to a study on Thursday that may help understanding of future climate changes. And there are now signs of a tiny shift back towards greener conditions in parts of the Sahara, apparently because of OSLO (Reuters) - The once-green Sahara turned to desert over thousands of years rather than in an abrupt shift as previously believed, according to a study on Thursday that may help understanding of future climate changes. And there are now signs of a...
  • EARTH was a BAKING LIFELESS DESERT for 5 MILLION years

    10/19/2012 9:11:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Register ^ | 10/19/2012 | By Brid-Aine Parnell
    Boffins have discovered that "lethally hot" ocean temperatures kept the Earth devoid of life for millions of years after the mass extinction that occurred 250 million years ago. The global wipeout that ended the Permian era, before dinosaurs, wiped out nearly all of the world's species. Mass extinctions like these in Earth's history are usually followed by a "dead zone", a period of tens of thousands of years before new species crop up. But the early Triassic dead zone lasted millions of years, not thousands. Boffins now reckon that the extra-long five million year dead zone was caused by screaming...
  • The Green Sahara, A Desert In Bloom

    10/03/2008 11:55:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies · 837+ views
    Science News, ScienceDaily ^ | September 30, 2008 | Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet zu Kiel
    Reconstructing the climate of the past is an important tool for scientists to better understand and predict future climate changes that are the result of the present-day global warming. Although there is still little known about the Earth's tropical and subtropical regions, these regions are thought to play an important role in both the evolution of prehistoric man and global climate changes. New North African climate reconstructions reveal three 'green Sahara' episodes during which the present-day Sahara Desert was almost completely covered with extensive grasslands, lakes and ponds over the course of the last 120.000 years. The findings of Dr....
  • Sahara Desert Was Once Lush and Populated

    07/20/2006 3:55:53 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 61 replies · 1,744+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 20 July 2006 | Bjorn Carey
    At the end of the last Ice Age, the Sahara Desert was just as dry and uninviting as it is today. But sandwiched between two periods of extreme dryness were a few millennia of plentiful rainfall and lush vegetation. During these few thousand years, prehistoric humans left the congested Nile Valley and established settlements around rain pools, green valleys, and rivers. The ancient climate shift and its effects are detailed in the July 21 issue of the journal Science. When the rains came Some 12,000 years ago, the only place to live along the eastern Sahara Desert was the Nile...
  • Before they left Africa, early modern humans were 'culturally diverse'

    08/21/2014 9:55:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | August 18th, 2014 | Oxford University
    Researchers have carried out the biggest ever comparative study of stone tools dating to between 130,000 and 75,000 years ago found in the region between sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia. They have discovered there are marked differences in the way stone tools were made, reflecting a diversity of cultural traditions. The study has also identified at least four distinct populations, each relatively isolated from each other with their own different cultural characteristics. The research paper also suggests that early populations took advantage of rivers and lakes that criss-crossed the Saharan desert. A climate model coupled with data about these ancient water...
  • Violence and climate change in prehistoric Egypt and Sudan

    07/21/2014 10:50:52 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    British Museum ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Renée Friedman, curator
    Among the most exciting of the new acquisitions are the materials from the site of Jebel Sahaba, now in northern Sudan, which were donated to the Museum by Dr Fred Wendorf in 2002. Excavating here in 1965–66, as part of the UNESCO-funded campaign to salvage sites destined to be flooded by the construction of the Aswan High Dam, Dr Wendorf found a cemetery (site 117) containing at least 61 individuals dating back to about 13,000 years ago. This discovery was of great significance for two reasons. First, as a designated graveyard, evidently used over several generations, it is one of...
  • Mysterious Earthen Rings Predate Amazon Rainforest

    07/10/2014 12:35:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 43 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 07, 2014 03:37pm ET | Stephanie Pappas
    Carson and his colleagues wanted to explore the question of whether early Amazonians had a major impact on the forest. They focused on the Amazon of northeastern Bolivia, where they had sediment cores from two lakes nearby major earthworks sites. These sediment cores hold ancient pollen grains and charcoal from long-ago fires, and can hint at the climate and ecosystem that existed when the sediment was laid down as far back as 6,000 years ago. An examination of the two cores — one from the large lake, Laguna Oricore, and one from the smaller lake, Laguna Granja — revealed a...
  • Giant stone-age axes found in African lake basin

    09/12/2009 5:44:18 PM PDT · by decimon · 55 replies · 1,886+ views
    PhysOrg.com ^ | September 10, 2009 | Unknown
    Four giant stone hand axes were recovered from the the dry basin of Lake Makgadikgadi in the Kalahari Desert. Oxford University researchers have unearthed new evidence from the lake basin in Botswana that suggests that the region was once much drier and wetter than it is today. They have documented thousands of stone tools on the lake bed, which sheds new light on how humans in Africa adapted to several substantial climate change events during the period that coincided with the last Ice Age in Europe. Researchers from the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford...
  • The African Source Of The Amazon's Fertilizer

    11/18/2006 4:22:58 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,078+ views
    Science News Magazine ^ | 11-18-2006 | Sid Perkins
    The African source of the Amazon's fertilizer Sid Perkins In the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere, massive dust storms from the African Sahara waft southwest across the Atlantic to drop tons of vital minerals on the Amazon basin in South America. Now, scientists have pinpointed the source of many of those dust storms and estimated their dust content. ON THE WAY. Satellite photo shows dust (arrow), bound for the Amazon, blowing away from the Sahara's Bodélé depression. NASA The Amazonian rainforest depends on Saharan dust for many of its nutrients, including iron and phosphorus (SN: 9/29/01, p. 200: http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20010929/bob9.asp)....
  • Amazon rainforest ‘could become a desert’

    07/24/2006 4:44:22 AM PDT · by voletti · 49 replies · 1,004+ views
    daily times pakistan ^ | 7/24/06 | daily times monitor
    LAHORE: The vast Amazon rainforest is on the verge of being turned into desert, with catastrophic consequences for the world’s climate, alarming research suggests. And the process, which would be irreversible, could begin as early as next year. Geoffrey Lean and Fred Pearce, writing for The Independent on Sunday, quote studies conducted by the blue-chip Woods Hole Research Centre in Amazonia as concluding that the forest cannot withstand more than two consecutive years of drought without breaking down. “Scientists say that this would spread drought into the northern hemisphere, including Britain, and could massively accelerate global warming with incalculable consequences,...
  • Scientists Explore Lakefront Property, in the Sahara

    02/01/2004 1:36:28 PM PST · by sarcasm · 25 replies · 217+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 27, 2004 | BRENDA FOWLER
    he paleontologists were driving across the scorched and trackless Ténéré Desert of Niger, following a low ridge of rock bearing dinosaur fossils. Suddenly, someone on the team, led by Dr. Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago, spotted something dark against the tawny dunes.Getting out of their vehicles, they stepped into sand littered with the fossilized bones of modern crocodiles, hippos, camels and birds — interesting creatures, to be sure, but not exactly the quarry of these paleontologists. "But then things got really strange," recalls Gabrielle Lyon, a member of the expedition who is Dr. Sereno's wife and the director...
  • Lost Cities of the Sahara

    12/26/2010 9:06:39 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies
    University of Leicester ^ | July 26, 2000 | Barbara Whiteman
    ...the Garamantes - a mysterious desert people of Greco-Roman date (broadly 500 BC AD 500)... Inhabiting a region that had already been for several thousand years a hyper-arid desert environment, with negligible rainfall, elevated summer temperatures and blistering expanses of barren sand and rock... have long been an enigma. They were depicted by Roman sources as ungovernable nomadic barbarians, who raided the settled agricultural zone and cities of the Mediterranean littoral. Following up earlier work by Daniels, the current project allows a different picture of the Garamantes to be drawn. Archaeological evidence shows them to have been a complex and...