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Catching Giant Rats Can Earn South Africans Free Cell Phones

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November 1, 2012
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There's a giant rat problem in South Africa. It's so bad that the city of Alexandra is offering a bounty to anyone who brings in 60 or more of the varmints. The prize? A free cell phone. Even though some oppose the offer, as Patrick Jones explains, business is brisk.


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Concrete to Combat Illegal Fishing: Protecting the Sea, Italian Style

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EnerKey: Clean Energy for the Slums of Johannesburg

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Deutsche Welle (Sep. 2, 2013) South Africa's most populous city is attracting more and more people on the search for work and a better life. Most of the migrants find housing in derelict buildings and slum-like settlements without electricity. How to provide these people with clean and affordable energy is the aim of the German-South African "EnerKey" research project. Sometimes simple solutions can be found, like improved cooking stoves. Conventional stoves fired with wood or waste can emit lung-damaging smoke indoors. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 1.5 million people have their lifespans shortened by emissions from their wood or coal-burning stoves.
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Environmental Research Sustainability in the Rainforest

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