More 'In-House Solutions' for Africa's Woes
On the heels of the latest European Union offer of food aid for sub-Saharan Africa to get through the food crisis, a resounding "not so fast" came from recent Nobel laureate Wangari Maathi.
Ms. Maathi's contributions to Kenyan environmentalism have been significant with her Green Belt Movement planting over 40 million tress across the country--a feat for which she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
She said Africans needed to articulate their own development models and disabuse themselves of asking for aid handouts from external governmental or non-governmental donors. Maathi's work, which relies on grants, has brought tree-planting jobs and effective solutions to soil loss and degradation from erosion in the agricultural sector.
Resource dilemmas in Africa are of course not part of closed-loop cycles. Less talked about is the impact resource constraints are having on civil conflicts in Africa. A growing number of analysts say natural resources are at the heart of conflicts like the one in Darfur and peacemaking should only be undertaken if items like water are part of mediations.
Researchers discover a link between nonverbal synchronization and relationship success.
- Scientists say coordinating movements leads to increased intimacy and sexual desire in a couple.
- The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
- Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.
- According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
- Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
- Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
The comics titan worked for more than half a century to revolutionize and add nuance to the comics industry, and he built a vast community of fans along the way.
- Lee died shortly after being rushed to an L.A. hospital. He had been struggling with multiple illnesses over the past year, reports indicate.
- Since the 1950s, Lee has been one of the most influential figures in comics, helping to popularize heroes that expressed a level of nuance and self-doubt previously unseen in the industry.
- Lee, who's later years were marked by some financial and legal tumult, is survived by his daughter, Joan Celia "J.C." Lee.
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