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16 10 2021 | 12:32

Rikers Island could become renewable energy hub

New York’s notorious jail on Rikers Island is expected to close by 2027. And the site could next be used to produce clean energy. New York’s city council has passed legislation calling for research…

16 10 2021 | 12:23

Africa is not a monoculture, we reject the plan to make it one

Efforts to impose industrial agriculture on African countries threaten the sustainability of African food production. Organisers of this year’s African Green Revolution Forum claim the annual…

08 10 2021 | 09:40

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2022 to Launch in March

UN Climate Change News, 7 October 2021 – The dates have been announced for the launch of the first-ever Middle East and North Africa Climate Week (MENACW) in 2022. The event, designed to kick off a…

08 10 2021 | 09:23

Scientists sound the alarm over drought in East Africa: what must happen next

Every few years, it is devastating to watch the same tragedy: a weather cycle that brings debilitating drought and hunger to East Africa, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people…

01 10 2021 | 13:47

Africa Climate Week 2021 Sets Scene for Regional Ambition ahead of COP26

UN Climate Change News, 30 September 2021 – Africa Climate Week 2021 wrapped up this week with Virtual Thematic Sessions helping to set the scene for more ambitious regional action to tackle climate…

01 10 2021 | 12:44

On expert advice, South Africa cuts its 2030 emissions cap by a third

Africa’s biggest polluter has significantly strengthened its climate targets, in light of the latest science and falling renewable energy costs. Coal-reliant South Africa’s has cut its emission cap…

01 10 2021 | 12:30

Bushmeat poaching is on the rise in Kenya as Covid hunger drives hunt for antelopes and giraffes

(CNN)Kenya's wide-open, postcard-perfect savannah is dotted with acacia trees in every direction as the early morning fog still clouds the air. Donart Mwakio is doing his rounds in a white pickup…

01 10 2021 | 12:15

Green energy plan could save South Africa R100 billion - report

SA could save around R100 billion by speeding up the closure of coal-fired power plants in return for cheap loans to fund a transition to cleaner energy, according to a study by consultancy Meridian…

24 09 2021 | 14:14

Chinese firms in Nigeria face widespread labour abuse allegations, tainting bilateral relationship

The Nigerian government rarely takes action against these allegations.  Nigeria is a key destination for numerous Chinese manufacturing firms, with clusters located in the southwestern cities of…

24 09 2021 | 14:08

South Africa plan for 1.5 gigawatts of coal faces legal challenge

South Africa’s energy regulator and energy department have are facing a demand from some of the country’s leading environmental groups to halt plans to allow the construction of new coal-fired power…

19 09 2021 | 10:12

Cameroon: Exposure to mercury in mining town damaging health of women

Sieves in hand, soaked for hours in water, in the hope of finding some gold nuggets. In this open-pit mine, the gesture has become commonplace for gold miners in the village of Kambélé 3, located…

19 09 2021 | 10:08

Africa’s green revolution initiative has faltered: why other ways must be found

In July, the United Nations sounded alarms with its 2020 hunger report, which documented a 25% increase from 2019 to 2020 in the number of severely undernourished people in the world. Sub-Saharan…

19 09 2021 | 10:01

Renewable energy projects in rural Ghana have some built-in limitations

Renewable energy technologies like solar lanterns, solar panels and biogas digesters offer the prospect of affordable power in remote communities. For the last 30 years, international organisations…

19 09 2021 | 09:33

Ghana's children scavenging on rubbish dumps

The numbers of children in Accra picking through rubbish for scrap metal and plastic to sell to recycling dealers has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

19 09 2021 | 09:28

Droughts or storms? The dire dilemma of Zimbabwe climate migrants

For many farmers who migrated to the country’s Eastern Highlands, hopes for a better life are turning into a nightmare amid tropical storms and cyclones. Mutara, Zimbabwe – A decade ago, Lloyd…

19 09 2021 | 09:20

Tunisian wildfires scorch poor region's cork industry

JENDOUBA, Tunisia, Sept 14 (Reuters) - For cork collector Khaled Warhani, the wildfires that devastated part of northern Tunisia's lush woodland this summer were a warning of how the changing climate…

17 09 2021 | 13:04

UNICEF: 1 Million Children in Nigeria Could Miss School

  ABUJA, NIGERIA — The U.N. Children's Fund in Nigeria said at least 1 million Nigerian children could miss school this year because of insecurity, as schools in the north of the country have been…

09 09 2021 | 14:19

American hunter kills lion with bow and arrow in Zimbabwe

Humane Society CEO says ‘perverse pleasure some people derive from killing iconic animals brought this noble lion’s life to a tragic end’. A lion has reportedly been killed by an American hunter …

03 09 2021 | 12:42

People in Accra’s slums know green spaces are important: planners should take heed

Urban green spaces like parks with lawns and trees have well-known benefits for people who live in cities. They help improve air quality, manage floods, reduce noise and keep temperatures down. The …

03 09 2021 | 12:36

All-Female Vegan Rangers Leading Anti-Poaching in Zimbabwe

HURUNGWE, ZIMBABWE - The impact of the pandemic has increased wildlife poaching around Zimbabwe’s national parks, as people who lost their jobs hunt the animals for food.  To help protect the animals…