Kenya Opens World's Largest Geothermal Plant

The cost of electricity in the country is expected to go down by 30 percent by the end of this month and 50 percent by early next year following the launch of the world's largest geothermal power plant. more»

Greenfuel Poisoning Environment - EMA, Zimbabwe

Greenfuel is fighting off allegations that its Chisumbanje ethanol plant is threatening human, animal and aquatic life due to heavy pollution of water sources. more»

Ebola and Climate Change Highly Impact Women in the Food Production Frontlines

Why do you have to know about the impacts of Ebola virus infection on agriculture production, especially in The Gambia? You have to know because the virus could kill any person engaged in the agriculture industry. more»

S.Africa: Water Problems a 'Technical Glitch'

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has said that the water supply difficulties in Gauteng were the result of a technical glitch. more»

New Report Claims Economic Growth, Action On Climate Change Can Be Achieved Together

A major new report released by a commission of global leaders finds that governments and businesses can now improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions together. Rapid technological innovation and new investment in infrastructure are making it possible today to tackle climate change at the same time as improving economic performance. more»

Lack of Proper Toilet Facilities in Nigeria

For many Nigerians, there are no good toilet facilities or conveniences within their reach, the Head of Department of Microbiology, Kaduna State University, Dr. Bimbo Orukotan, has said. more»

Johannesburg's Appalling Air Quality

The air in the interior of South Africa is amongst some of the most polluted in the world.This is no longer an option in 2014.

African Leaders, U.S. Officials Counter Wildlife Trafficking

An international panel of officials agreed at a meeting held as part of the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to tackle the illegal wildlife trade. more»

Cameroon's Rising Sea Drowns Tourism

Located in the gulf of Guinea, Kribi is a town with an estimated population of about 50,000. Rising sea levels and increased tides have eroded most of the once-sandy beach. Local hotels, bars and restaurants are feeling the impact more»

'Only 100 Gorillas Left in Nigeria'

The Country Director of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Mr. Andrew Dunn, has made a shocking revelation that there are only 100 gorillas left in the whole of Nigeria. more»

Tanzania Aims to Build Sustainable Megacity

The Tanzanian government has redrawn the Dar es Slaam master plan to mainstream climate change adaptaion into existing urban development policies and transform the city of over 4.5 million people. more»

Some Cities Are Already Realizing the Resilience Dividend

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, the Washington Post's Philip Kennicott sat down with Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin about the resilience dividend more»

USAID Withdraws Support From Hydro Power Project

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has found that the City of Cape Town's roll out of chemical toilets unfairly discriminates against "black African" people. more»

UN Applauds Kenya's Role in Joint Anti-Ivory Smuggling Operation


Kenya's law enforcement against wildlife crime won recognition at a United Nations meeting, much to the delighted surprise of conservationists. (file photo) more»

Africa At the Crucial Nexus of Water and Energy

Environmentalists are formally urging U.S. President Barack Obama to enact trade sanctions on Mozambique over the country's alleged chronic facilitation of elephant and rhinoceros poaching. (file photo) more»

What a Bigger UNEP Means to the World

The President of the UN General Assembly John W. Ashe explains why the world should expect a bigger conservation and anti-poaching drive. (file photo) more»

Is There a Better Path to a Green Economy?

Decades have gone by since the world recognised the worsening effects of climate change. The poor and women are particularly vulnerable and disproportionately affected by this global threat. more»

Africa Closer to Green Economy

The African continent is nearer to achieving a green economy status because of its proximity to nature, according to the UNEP. (file photo) more»

Improved Access to Water May Hold the Solution to Ending FGM in Africa

Could it be possible that if women in Africa had access to water, it could save them from undergoing the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM)? (file photo) more»

Shale Gas Fracking in South Africa, Socialized Costs With Private Benifits?

The local hype over shale-gas continues, this has fueled propaganda from both sides.The economics of shale-gas will undoubtedly fall prey to the same resource nationalism dynamics as other natural resources. (file photo) more»

Mozambique's Farmers Cling to Traditional Maize

Smallholder farmers in Mozambique are resisting experts' efforts to get them to adopt hybrid varieties of maize, the main staple food, mainly because if the rains fail, hybrid maize crops are wiped out, they say. (file photo) more»

What Future for West African Fisheries?

Every year, World Oceans Day is an important opportunity for us to reflect on our campaign to protect West Africa's ocean ecosystems. This year Greenpeace Africa and Senegalese fishing associations are marking the day with a public statement to fishing authorities in Senegal. (file photo) more»

South African Utility Uses Sewer Water to Provide Water for All

South Africa's eThekwini municipality may have come under fire from residents from proposing to purify wastewater for drinking, but this municipality's pragmatic approach to water management has made it one of the most progressive in Africa more»

Reimagining Africa in a Warming World

The future of Africa and the world will be defined by our response to the ongoing climate crisis. In order to effectively confront this era-defining challenge, we need to rethink our development paradigm. (file photo) more»

Time Up for Poachers

Recent news from Asia -- the lucrative market place for poached ivory -- must have sent waves of joy across the African continent so rich in wildlife but dogged by poachers threatening to wipe out game. more»

UN Adopts New Global Platform to Tackle Wildlife, Forest Crime

A project aimed at protecting forests in Senegal's Casamance region has helped locals lay aside their political differences. (file photo) more»

Solving the Poor's 'Poo' Problem in South Africa

Access to toilets for Cape Town's growing urban poor is a regular flash-point, featuring angry demonstrations and hurled allegations by competing political factions. (file photo) more»

Growing Role of Fish in Feeding the World

More people than ever before rely on fisheries and aquaculture for food and as a source of income, but harmful practices and poor management threaten the sector's sustainability. (file photo) more»

Environmentalists Decry Guinea-Bissau's Dwindling Forests

Illegal logging in Guinea-Bissau is a business that brings in millions of dollars for those involved in the vice, and has led to a decline of the country's forests. (file photo) more»

Illegal Logging Persists in Liberia

Samling Global and Atlantic Resources Limited ignore Presidential decree, continue illegal logging, and fail to pay fees owed to forest communities. (file photo) more»

Focus on Building Resilient Cities to Improve Lives

Women sort organic vegetables grown in an urban garden: Developing viable, livable and resilient cities is increasingly seen as being of critical importance to giving opportunities to Africans to improve their lives. more»

UN Climate Chief Urges Greater Support for Developing Countries

Ogiek man: The top United Nations climate official has called for greater international support to help communities in developing countries harness local knowledge and ingenuity. more»

Forcible Evictions of the Sengwer in Kenya

Allegedly in contravention of Kenyan law, thousands of Sengwer have been forcibly removed from their ancestral homeland in the Embobut forest. (file photo) more»

Militias Linked to Poaching - Report

Organized crime, government corruption and militias are linked to elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Sudan and Kenya, a U.S. NGO reports. (file photo) more»

Construction of Controversial Floating Bridge Continuing

The construction of the controversial floating bridge by the Angolan government over the shared Okavango River will go ahead as planned. more»

Fears for Elephants As Park Is Swallowed in Oil Block

Experts have now raised fears oil exploration in northern Kenya may displace elephants and destroy breeding places for other wildlife.Of concern is the Rimoi National Reserve in Kerio Valley, Elgeyo Marakwet County, which hosts large population of elephants. more»

Rwandan Conservationist Wins Rwf35 Million Rolex Award

A young Rwandan wildlife veterinarian's project that seeks to save the endangered grey-crowned crane has scooped this year's Rolex Award about Rwf35.4 million (50,000 Swiss francs). more»

Resilience Planning - Do's and Don'ts

IRIN looks at some of the successes, failures and pitfalls in resilience planning. more»

New Report Tracks Illegal Ivory, Rhino Horn Trade

Illegal rhino horn trade has reached the highest levels since the early 1990s, and illegal trade in ivory increased by nearly 300 percent from 1998 to 2011, according to a new report by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partner TRAFFIC. more»

Dar es Salaam to Compete With 'Giants' On Renewable Energy

Muhammad Mahdi Karim

Three major Tanzanian urban centres namely Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Moshi have been nominated to represent Tanzania in a global competition whereby countries are required to reveal initiatives in sustainable renewable energy. more»

Groundbreaking Report Uncovers Africa-Asia Poaching Supply Chain

"Chinese traffickers are present in virtually every African range state, and operate at nearly every point along the ivory supply chain," according to new report. more»

Swimming the Seven Seas to Save the World's Oceans

Lewis Pugh, ocean advocate and endurance swimmer, set out on Thursday to become the first person to undertake a long-distance swim in each of the Seven Seas, in a bid to highlight the need for protected areas in oceans. more»

Khartoum Declares High State of Alert, Due to Heavy Rains

Khartoum state has declared high state of alert following heavy rains which hit the Sudanese capital on Wednesday. more»

Who's Killing Kenya's Elephants and Rhinos?

About the identity of those sneeking into ranches and killing wild animals in Kenya, Fidel Wangai says, "We all know the answer, but pretend we dont." more»

Tanzania Turns to More Gas and Coal to Meet Its Energy Needs

Despite facing a direct threat from climate change, Tanzania plans to rely heavily on coal and natural gas for its future energy needs as the country strives to develop its economy. more»

Growth, Global Warming Threaten African Species

Researchers meeting in Cameroon say Africa may lose up to 30 percent of its animal and plant species by the end of the century due to global warming, population growth and unregulated development. more»

Cape Town's Chemical Toilets Violate Human Rights

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has found that the City of Cape Town's roll out of chemical toilets unfairly discriminates against "black African" people. (file photo) more»

Collective African Effort Needed to Address Climate Change

Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete recently reiterated on the need for African countries to work together and speak with a common voice on how to adapt and mitigate effects of climate change. (file photo) more»

Calls for Sanctions Against Mozambique Over Poaching

Environmentalists are formally urging U.S. President Barack Obama to enact trade sanctions on Mozambique over the country's alleged chronic facilitation of elephant and rhinoceros poaching. (file photo) more»

Africa Racing to Adapt to Climate Change

African governments and partners are positioning themselves to deal with issues of climate change affecting the continent in years to come. (file photo) more»

Trekking With Ethiopia's Nomads

The pastoralists of Somali region make their living raising cattle, camels and goats. In the arid and drought-prone region, they move from place to place in search of pasture and watering holes for their animals. (file photo) more»

President Kenyatta Affirms Kenya's Stand Against Poaching

President Kenyatta. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta today affirmed Kenya's stand against poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife products as part of environmental conservation efforts. more»

Liberia's Poor and the Rising Sea

Erosion is Causing the shoreline to recede in some Liberian cities. The situation is dire for the poor who cannot afford to move. (file photo) more»

The Historic Turnaround of the Gumuz

In the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia, where the land used to be cleared, trees have returned to quell the effects of relentless deforestation. (file photo) more»

Countries Recognize Vital Role of Small-Scale Fishers

Small-scale fisheries often underpin local economies in coastal and lake- and river-side communities, but despite their importance, many small-scale fishing communities continue to be marginalized. (file photo) more»

Nature Is Talking and Africa's Legislators Are Listening

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an emerging global actor in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. (file photo) more»

UN On World Environment Day - 'Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level.'

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. "On World Environment Day, millions of individuals, community groups and businesses from around the world take part in local projects " Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, marked every year on 05 June. more»

New Climate Change Report Outlines Africa's Hotspots

A group of scientists in Germany now say that, for the first time, they have identified the "hotspots of climate change in Africa," which cover three regions where people should prepare for multiple climatic problems over the next 20 years. (file photo) more»

First UN Envir. Assem. in Nairobi Heralds New Era in Global Environmental Sustainability

The First UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 to 27 June 2014. This marks a historic milestone in UNEP's 43-year history and is expected to be attended by high-level delegations from over 160 UN Member and Observer States. (file photo) more»

Online Map Shows Africans Will Access Clean Water By 2030

A new interactive map, published by Water Aid, has been launched showing that 14 African governments are on course or within touching distance of reaching the mark of everyone in their countries having access to clean drinking water by 2030. more»

Africa: UN Decries Water As Weapon of War in Military Conflicts

The United Nations, which is trying to help resolve the widespread shortage of water in the developing world, is faced with a growing new problem: the use of water as a weapon of war in ongoing conflicts. (file photo) more»

Warring Senegalese Unite Over Forest Conservation

A project aimed at protecting forests in Senegal's Casamance region has helped locals lay aside their political differences. (file photo) more»

Bee Booby-Traps Defend African Farms From Elephants

Wire fences booby-trapped with beehives are being built in five African countries to prevent elephants from raiding farms, while also providing local people with honey. (file photo) more»

Mombasa At Risk of Sinking Under Water

Part of Mombasa is at risk of sinking if Kenya does not act fast to mitigate the effects of climate change, Environment PS Richard Lesiyampe has said. (file photo) more»

Zimbabwe's Tobacco Industry Seeks to Cure Addiction to Fuel Wood

Zimbabwe's tobacco industry is encouraging farmers to use more fuel-efficient methods of curing their crops, worried that deforestation could be bad for business and the environment. more»

Film Exposes Shady Oil Deals in Congo's Virunga National Park

Little did filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel know that his feel-good film about a protected Congo park would become an exposé of the corrupt ways of an international oil company. (file photo) more»

Nigerian Community Fights Shell in UK Court Hearing

The hearing on the compensation claim brought by the Bodo community against the oil giant, Shell has begun in the UK. The community is seeking damages caused by two 2008 spills. (file photo) more»

Liberia: Sand Mining Fear Grips Twe Farm Residents

Grass Field Sand Mining Company, a company that is reportedly mining sand in the Stockton Greek in Tweh Farm, and St. Paul Bridge is causing serious erosion in those communities. (file photo) more»

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