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Tributes from heads of state, philanthropists and academics have abounded in social media and newspapers in recent days following the death one of Africa’s greatest innovators and thinkers, Calestous Juma, who died in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 64 on 15 December, after a long illness. New African magazine hailed Juma, a former jury… Read more

By shedding light on the little known marvels of Patagonia’s fjords, marine explorer Vreni Häussermann is revealing crucial scientific data that will establish a case for setting up Marine Protected Areas. The remote, starkly beautiful glacial fjords of Patagonia, in southernmost South America, are emerging as a symbol of the struggle to save the natural… Read more

Andrew Bastawrous, an ophthalmologist in Britain, won a Rolex Award in 2016 for his project to prevent millions of people in low-income countries from going blind from diseases that are entirely treatable in the developed world. Nominated by Google as the best social impact app in 2017, his Peek system uses a device attached to… Read more

People often say they’d go to the ends of the Earth to realize their dreams, but in the case of Chilean explorer Cristian Donoso this is no metaphor but reality. Donoso has devoted the past dozen years to exploring the wilds of Patagonia and Antarctica, usually in a kayak and often alone, alerting the world… Read more

A Rolex Award has given a Bolivian biologist opportunities to spread her conservation philosophy – one that focuses on inspiring local people to save their own environment – to other countries. When Bolivian biologist Erika Cuéllar won a Rolex Award in 2012 for her conservation work in the Gran Chaco, she never imagined the publicity… Read more