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In Kenya’s poor, dry Turkana region, recent discoveries of water and oil could change the lives of residents who depend on food aid for survival.

In March 2012, the country’s President Mwai Kibaki announced that oil had been discovered in Turkana after exploratory drilling by an Anglo-Irish oil firm. And last year, UNESCO announced that large reserves of groundwater had been discovered in the drought-ridden area.

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This year’s death toll of rhinos killed in South Africa by poachers – 635 animals so far – is on track to match the number killed in 2012, and to double the number killed three years ago. Most of this illegal hunting happens inside the country’s most famous national park, Kruger.

These striking statistics appear in a new interactive map built with a breakthrough set of tools that make it easier to track and display geographic data visually.

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Journalists worldwide who want to improve their data-wrangling skills to better cover the environment have a new resource. The Geojournalism Handbook is a free, online guide to mapping and visualization technologies. It explains environmental data such as satellite imagery and even shows you how to build your own balloon to take aerial pictures.

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The prediction of two icons of the communications field—that journalists would become data wranglers—is rapidly becoming a reality.

Reporter and professor Philip Meyer stated in his classic 1970 book Precision Journalism that “the world has become so complicated, the growth of information so explosive, that journalists need to be a filter as well as a transmitter; an organizer as well as an interpreter.”

Forty years later, Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, predicted that journalists in the future would be “data analysts.”

The Lekki Conservation Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, holds the last patch of the city’s original flooded forest. The reserve, which represents the unique habitat between the lagoon and the sea, is squeezed in amid reclaimed land and urban settlements. If you look at a satellite image of the area, you see that most of the green space has given way to the grey of buildings and asphalt.

The European Youth Press is currently looking for 9 young environmental journalists to take part in the training session of the “Flag it!” project to be held in Bucharest – Romania, from the 7th to the 13th of October 2013.

The project “Flag it!” aims at equipping young reporters from all over the world with innovative reporting tools in order to raise awareness of global environmental challenges. To this end 48 young journalists from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, will be involved in a seven day training course which aims to bridge social media, technology and scientific information.

One year of InfoAmazonia

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The geojournalism plataform InfoAmazonia is completing one year of life today. It was launched last year on June 17 in Brazil, during the Rio+20 negotiations. At that occasion we had a wonderful opportunity to get together with journalists, developers and other professionals involved with the environmental issue and discuss the best ways of telling the story behind data