Category Archives: Environment

Prince Charles’ Video Address to Rio+20

Most of the world seems to have low expectations for what will come out of the Rio+20 environmental conference that is happening right now. In this video, Prince Charles highlights how little has been accomplished since the Rio Earth Summit … Continue reading

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Rest of East Africa Leaves Uganda Behind on Environment

Ten African countries – including the East African bloc of Kenya, Tanazania and Rwanda – signed an agreement to take the environment into account when developing national economies and corporate practices. Uganda is conspicuously absent from this agreement, dubbed the … Continue reading

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Uganda’s Disappearing Glaciers – BBC

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When Elephants and Humans Collide

Here is a great article I just came across in the Black Star News that highlights the important and complicated issues around human – elephant conflict in Africa. Elephants traditionally ranged over thousands of miles. As population growth in Uganda … Continue reading

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JGI-Uganda Ecotourism Project Nominated for Conservation Award

I love seeing good news on the conservation and tourism front in Uganda. It’s even better when it is about The Jane Goodall Instutute, which is my favorite conservation group in Uganda. The following information is from the JGI Website: … Continue reading

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“Store Food and Water”

An SMS message is being sent out from the Uganda Prime Minister’s office saying: “A long dry season has been predicted. Expect shortages of food, water and pasture. Store food & water to avoid hunger.” The drought is widespread, and … Continue reading

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Free Conservation Biology Resource

This new Conservation Biology textbook has been made freely available by the authors and Oxford University Press in an effort to get this information to as many people in the world as possible. Click on the image below to download the full text, or to download individual sections and to read reviews on Mongabay.com: Continue reading

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I Love Getting Smacked Down for a Good Cause

I’m a big fan of free software. I don’t do a lot of highly technical stuff on my computer, so I don’t generally need to pay for expensive programs. The down side to this is that I sometimes download programs that I don’t even use, just because they are free and I think someday I might need them. It’s a bit like buying clothes that don’t fit because they are on sale.

Some time ago (apparently more than 30 days ago) I downloaded a computer-based dictionary and thesaurus program called WordWeb. As a writer, it seemed like it might come in handy. Of course, I never actually read the terms of the agreement, because I never do. I just clicked on “Accept.” Then I immediately forgot that I had installed it until yesterday.

I was looking for a word to use for a project I’m working on, and saw the little WordWeb icon on my desktop. Oh yeah – that ol’ thing. Let’s give it a try.

Immediately after I opened the program, a questionnaire popped up asking if I have taken more than 2 commercial flights in the last year. I figured it was some marketing agreement that brings them some income, allowing them to offer free software to schmoes like me. So hey – filling out a survey is the least I can do, right? I clicked “yes.”

Imagine my surprise when this came on the screen: Continue reading

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Uganda’s Wetlands

Video of images from Uganda’s wetlands. Continue reading

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Uganda vs. Oregon: Size Does Matter (when you’re talking about population)

As a reference point for how big Uganda is, one frequent comparison is that it is about the same size as the State of Oregon in the U.S. (not that that means anything to anyone outside the United States). Usually I quote this statistic to talk about how amazing the birding is in this country: “Did you know that Uganda, which is only the size of Oregon, has over 1,000 bird species and all of North America only has 810?) or something like that.

However, it came up in a new context recently in a conversation I was having with someone about the population pressures in Uganda. The current population of Uganda is just over 33 million. I tried to picture 33 million people in Oregon, but I had no idea how many people actually do live there, so I had to look it up. It turns out that there are only 3.8 million people in Oregon. That means that Uganda has nearly 10 times as many people living in slightly less space than Oregon, not even factoring in that Uganda’s surface area is about 20% water, which can’t be lived on or farmed. Combine that with the second largest population growth rate in the world and there is a crisis afoot. Now try to imagine 100 million people living in that same space, which is Uganda’s projected population in 2050. Yikes.

This little bit of research made me curious about how these two entities compare on other measures, and here is what I came up with: Continue reading

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