Brazil Leader’s Chosen Successor Is Elected

New York Times

Dilma Rousseff after voting on Sunday in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Neco Varella/EFE, via European Pressphoto Agency

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Former guerrilla leader Dilma Rousseff won Brazil’s presidential election in resounding fashion on Sunday after promising to stick to policies that have lifted millions from poverty and made Brazil one of the world’s hottest economies.  The ruling party’s candidate won 55.96 percent of valid votes compared to 44.04 percent for the opposition’s Jose Serra, with 99 percent of ballots counted. Continue reading Brazil Leader’s Chosen Successor Is Elected

Vegetation loss threatens to push wildlife species into extinction

Daily Nation

By JEFF OTIENO

Part of the Mau Forest in Kiptunga, Molo, where Prime Minister Raila Odinga led a tree planting exercise on January 16. Destruction of vegetation cover for settlement has led to declining numbers of wildlife in the country. Photo/STEPHEN MUDIARI

Before the Mau forestland rush, the dark- green rain forest was a showcase for the diversity of life. There was hardly a break in the canopy of giant trees, and virtually every acre was alive with all kinds of flora and fauna.   Then, in the mid-1980s came a horde of settlers, both legal and illegal, slashing and burning huge swathes of the forest to create land for farms and infrastructure. They came to enjoy a promised land, full of milk and honey, but in essence produced a trail of devastation. Continue reading Vegetation loss threatens to push wildlife species into extinction