Last month ten African nations, led by Botswana, pledged to incorporate “natural capital” into their economies. Natural capital, which seeks to measure the economic worth of the services provided by ecosystems and biodiversity—for example pollination, clean water, and carbon—is a nascent, but growing, method to curtail environmental damage and ensure more sustainable development. Dubbed the..
In Africa, women and children spend roughly 40 million hours each year walking to collect water. The average round-trip is between three and four miles every day. That is quite a sacrifice, especially with carrying the weight of the water on the return trip. These daily trips for water prevent children from attending school or..