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'God commanded' family planning, says this Muslim leader in flood-ravaged Malawi

Into the 1990s, Malawi banned not only birth control, but sex education and even miniskirts. Now, attitudes toward contraception are changing under the pressure of climate change and rapid population growth.

'God commanded' family planning, says this Muslim leader in flood-ravaged Malawi
Some of the nearly 250,000 Malawians displaced by recent flooding in the southern part of the country sit for a photo at a school where they've taken refuge. Far from the epicenter of international flood relief efforts, the 4,220 people in this isolated c

Here's what happens when increasingly severe weather meets deforestation

Here's what happens when increasingly severe weather meets deforestation
At the tip of Sagar Island where it meets the Bay of Bengal battered earthen dikes no longer keep the sea at bay.

Climate change-linked 'everyday disasters' are displacing the world’s poorest people

Climate change-linked 'everyday disasters' are displacing the world’s poorest people
Ninety five percent of urban Tanzanians use charcoal for cooking fuel, and the trade supports more than a million jobs. But charcoal production is taking a massive toll on the country's forests. After a failed attempt to ban the trade the country is now t

Tanzania is trying to turn the charcoal trade from an enemy to a friend of the forest

Tanzania is trying to turn the charcoal trade from an enemy to a friend of the forest
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After the floods come the human traffickers, but these girls are fighting back

After the floods come the human traffickers, but these girls are fighting back
Fourteen year-old Nuru Sheha studies at night in the light of solar-powered LED lights at home in the village of Matemwe, on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. He family's first electrical system was installed by one of Zanzibar's 13 "solar mamas," illiter

Zanzibar's 'Solar Mamas' flip the switch on rural homes, gender roles

On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, hundreds of households too poor and remote to have access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers trained by and Indian NGO. It's the first of several "solar mamas" projects planned for parts of rural Africa, and it's turning some traditional gender roles on their head.

Zanzibar's 'Solar Mamas' flip the switch on rural homes, gender roles
Malawians evacuated after devastating floods in late January wait out another deluge at a makeshift shelter. As many as 200,000 people have been displaced and crops were destroyed by what the country's president says is the worst flooding in its history.

The flood of the half-century — and you probably haven't heard about it

The flooding has displaced nearly 200,000 people in Malawi, destroyed crops and brought fears of disease. In a region already prone to flooding, the future may hold even worse.

The flood of the half-century — and you probably haven't heard about it