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16-year-old South African invents wonder material to fight drought

16-year-old South African invents wonder material to fight drought

The drought in South Africa is the worst on record.

The drought in South Africa is the worst on record.

(CNN) — South Africa’s worst drought in recorded history has left eight of the country’s nine provinces in a state of disaster, with thousands of communities and millions of households facing water shortages.  The agricultural union Agri SA has requested over $1 billion in government subsidies to help farmers through the crisis, but a cut-price solution could soon be available — from an unlikely source.  Johannesburg schoolgirl Kiara Nirghin, 16, recently won the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa with her submission “No More Thirsty Crops.”  Using orange peel and avocado skins, the precocious student created a super absorbent…

 

Stop disasters – child’s play

Why consider children in disaster risk reduction?  Recently I happened to hit a wonderful game site called “Stop Disasters” – it’s a simple simulation game by UNISDR for children explaining how important it is for our children to be educated about disasters and their human, social and economic impacts. The game simply tell the children that disasters take life, they destroy economy and livelihoods of rich and poor alike and yet, children can help save lives by acting responsibly towards their environment. Children are asked to play a role to plan a safe environment for their population. Amazing was the part of instructions…

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