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Baobab: Tree of Life at Risk

By Sandra Nomoto Baobab trees or adansonia, native to Madagascar, mainland Africa, the Middle East, and Australia, have over 300 potential uses and can live up to 3,000 years old. Unfortunately, it is facing the threat of extinction primarily due to climate change, but also disease and insect infestation. In 2018, researchers reported that nine …

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Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Plant Advocate and International Leader

By Sandra Nomoto Politician, scientist, author, lecturer, and entrepreneur Ameenah Gurib-Fakim served as the sixth and first female and Muslim President of Mauritius from 2015 to 2018, without a political background. Born in Surinam, Mauritius in 1959, Gurib-Fakim grew up in the small village of Plaine Magnien, a place of ethnic, social, and cultural diversity, …

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