• Human health in dire straits if urgent actions are not made to protect the environment, warns landmark UN report

    March 14, 2019

    Agonza Innocent March 14, 2019 The most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the environment completed by the UN in the last five years was published this week, warning that damage to the planet is so dire that people’s health will be increasingly threatened unless urgent action is taken. The report, which was […]

  • UN report calls for urgent action to tackle chemical pollution as global production is set to double by 2030

    March 11, 2019

    Water Journalists Africa/ UN Environment-News Desk March 11, 2019 Countries will not meet the internationally agreed goal to minimize the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste by 2020, meaning that urgent action is required to reduce further damage to human health and economies, according to a UN report released today. The second Global Chemicals Outlook, presented during the […]

  • Fourth UN Environment Assembly kicks off in Kenya

    March 11, 2019

    March 11, 2019 Annita Matsika/ UN Environment-News Desk Over 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives are gathering in Nairobi for a meeting of the world’s top body on the environment, where they will take decisions that move global societies to a more sustainable path. The fourth UN […]

  • African Development Bank calls for scale up in implementation of sanitation targets

    March 2, 2019

    Innocent Agonza/APO Group March 2, 2019 The African Development Bank has called on development partners to scale up support for implementation of sanitation programs to fast track Africa’s progress and deliver on its promise to the continent. “Achieving the Ngor Commitments and the ambitious targets for sanitation and hygiene within the Global Development Agenda can […]

  • Treating water with sunlight to make it safe and hot saves people and trees in West Africa

    February 27, 2019

    Jordi Albacete – Environmental Journalist February 27, 2019 What’s the point of planting a tree if it never reaches adulthood? This is what Kemo Fatty wonders in the little Sahelian country of The Gambia. He is a local farmer who leads Green Up Gambia, a community-led reforestation group. Kemo dreams of the day he will […]

  • Researchers Petition African Union to Focus on Climate Risks and Migration; Appoint Special Envoy for Climate Change and Security

    February 7, 2019

    APO Group February 07, 2019 Ahead of the upcoming African Union (AU) Summit on 10–11 February, researchers at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) (www.SIPRI.org) released a new essay that gives impetus for the AU to refocus on climate-related security risks and build a broad support to appoint a dedicated AU Special Envoy for […]

  • AfDB’s desert solar initiative to make Africa a renewable power-house

    January 3, 2019

    Nantale Abbey/ AfDB January 03, 2019 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said a lack of energy remains as a significant impediment to Africa’s economic and social development. As a result the AfDB has embarked on a huge desert solar initiative to make Africa a renewable power-house titled “Desert to Power Initiative”. This solar project […]

  • Bridge on Zambezi River to link, open up markets in eight African countries

    January 3, 2019

    Agonza Innocent/AfDB January 03, 2019 Scenes of traders, travelers, fishermen and women crossing the Zambezi river on floating planks, ferries, rickshaw boats, and canoes will soon come to an end. In just 24 months, travelling between the water-rich but land-locked Zambia and Botswana will get easier, smoother and faster, when the new road and rail […]

  • ‘We see its value’: Ugandan communities benefiting from agroforestry

    January 2, 2019

    Deusdedit Ruhangariyo/ Mongabay January 2, 2019  Farming communities in the western Ugandan highlands of Butanda have for generations practiced agroforestry, intercropping fruit, grains and vegetables with medicinal plants, trees and grasses on their land. The practice allows them to harvest food throughout the year, both for sustenance and to sell, provides them with timber and […]

  • Ugandan eco-product designer welcomes new charter linking fashion with climate change

    December 31, 2018

    Fredrick Mugira December 31, 2018 Uganda’s renowned eco-product designer Sarah Nakisanze has welcomed the new fashion industry charter for climate action launched this month during this year’s UN climate change summit describing it as “healthy.” The fashion industry charter for climate action, aligned with the goals of Paris agreement including limiting global warming to 1.5 […]