Sahara

UK Smog Cloud Is the Same Old Pollution With a Saharan Twist

The Conversation UK | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

It might seem strange to some that dust from the Sahara is falling on their cars in England. Stranger still, that Saharan sand is mixing with general air pollution from both Europe and the UK to bring about the maximum possible health warning for air quality to parts of the country. But air pollution is hardly a new phenomenon...

Incredible But True: Sahara Dust Can Bring Not Just Haze But Also Disease

Terry Ally | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Terry Ally

Huge clouds of Saharan dust arriving in the UK may not only make the place hazy or smoggy but it could also bring upper respiratory tract infections such as asthma, runny noses, itchy eyes, and breathing difficulties. It is not the actual dust that impacts the health of humans but the bacterial and fungal spores which travel with dust clouds...

The Marathon des Sables - The Ten Secrets You Need to Know Before Running the World's Toughest Foot-Race

Bill Coles | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Sport
Bill Coles

In five weeks' time, at the beginning of April, there will take place in the Sahara this absolutely insane mid-life Rite of Passage when over 800 men and women will beast themselves to breaking point...

Running the Marathon Des Sables - The Ten Do's and Don'ts of The World's Toughest Footrace

Bill Coles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Sport
Bill Coles

The Marathon des Sables, or MdS as it is known, is a week-long 150-mile trek through the heat of the Sahara. The French Commissaires provide you with water and flapping leaky tents, but as for the rest, you're on your own...

87 Niger Migrants Die Of Thirst, Bodies Eaten By Jackals

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK

The bodies of 87 people, severely decomposed and partly eaten by jackals, have been found by rescue workers in the Sahara, after their vehicles broke ...

Timbuktu and Bamiyan: A Tale of Two Cities

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Llewelyn Morgan

I swore blind to myself a couple of weeks ago that I'd never publish another word on Bamiyan. I fear deeply for the future of that beautiful valley and its long-suffering people, but I felt I'd reached a point of just repeating myself. One thing Bamiyan should never be is boring.

Planet Appetite: Sahara International Festival in Douz, Tunisia

Rupert Parker | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The oasis of Douz in Tunisia stages its 45th International Festival on the edge of the Sahara and, after the austerity imposed by the velvet revolution, it's even better than ever.

Could You Live Below the Line?

Annemarie Meyer | Posted 01.06.2012 | UK
Annemarie Meyer

Most people think of malaria as a health issue, which it is, but it is also a key contributor to poverty in many areas, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.