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Drought Adds Fuel to Fire as Zambia Loses Battle to Save Forests

Bare-chested, Alan Siyampondo shovels soil onto a smoking kiln stuffed with burning teak wood to produce a batch of charcoal in the heart of Dambwa Forest Reserve outside Livingstone. Nearby in the savanah woodland close to Zambia's southern border, another man prepares to turn his chopped logs into charcoal. Despite concerted efforts to reduce deforestation, this season's poor rainfall - influenced by the El Nino weather phenomenon - is causing food and power shortages that...

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