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Namibia builds resilience to climate change

13. mars 2020, inke - Economics, Environment

Developing countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change as heavy rainfalls and floods in Mozambique and Zimbabwe during 2019 among others have shown, affecting thousands of people, who lost their homes, crops and livestock. Other countries in southern Africa, including Namibia endured the other extreme, namely drought over the past years. Climate change adaptation and mitigation is very costly and requires mobilisation of funds and a good oversight during implementation.

Namibia builds resilience to climate change

Not a scorpion and no real spider

25. février 2020, koney - Environment

This animal is a combination of two species, spider and scorpion, and therefore looks scary and disgusting at the same time for many. These crawling animals are also called " tailless whip scorpions". However, it is a completely harmless whip spider, of which there are more than 200 species worldwide. The front legs look like antennae or whips and give the animal the name whip spider.

Not a scorpion and no real spider

Rain makes Etosha come alive and bloom

13. février 2020, koney - Environment

Like everywhere in Namibia, nature comes to life when it finally rains again after a long dry period. The Etosha National Park also blossoms and not only plants let new leaves sprout and flowers bloom in all colours and shapes. Countless insects, which have been waiting for this moment of abundance in the dried-out earth, hatch and fly around. Several bird species fly back from their European or Central and East African winter quarters to raise their offspring in the rainy green.

Rain makes Etosha come alive and bloom

Crustose, foliose and fruticose lichens of the Namib Desert

11. février 2020, koney - Environment

A rock the size of a head, covered with lichens, is like a little colourful garden. North of Wlotzkasbaken, a field of an orange shimmer can be seen. A closer look reveals thousands of fruticose Cape Hair lichen (Teloschistis capensis), which cover many square kilometres in the Namib Desert. Lichens are not said to be plants but rather a symbiosis of tubular mushrooms and blue-green algae.

Crustose, foliose and fruticose lichens of the Namib Desert

The Western Marbled Emperor

04. février 2020, koney - Environment

After the first good rains between December and February, large white-grey moths with a wing length of 6.5 to 9.5 cm appear. They are easy to recognize by the grey-brown pattern and the jagged brownish-yellow lines on the front and rear wings. A special feature is the so-called eye on the front wings, a circular mark to scare off predators. 

The Western Marbled Emperor

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