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Africa:Concern Over Climate Change Linked to Depression, Anxiety - Study
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -Depression and anxiety afflict Americans who are concerned with the fate of the environment, according to a study of the mental health effects of climate change.
01/20/2018 05:55 PM
South Africa:Cape Town Could Run Out of Water By April
[Deutsche Welle] The South African city of Cape Town could soon dry up after dismal rainfall left city dams almost empty. Residents and visitors are being asked to restrict usage of water even further.
01/20/2018 08:39 AM
East Africa:Prolonged Electoral Period and Drought to Dim East Africa's Growth
[East African] The confidence in the region's three largest economies -- Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda -- will be determined by how they dust off the effects of two years of elections that brought about uncertainties and inflationary pressures.
01/20/2018 08:24 PM
Tanzania:India to Grant U.S. $500 Million for Tanzania Water Projects
[Citizen] At Least $87 -41 million will be dished out to the Mtwara regional authorities for implementation of water projects in the region.
01/19/2018 01:42 PM
Tanzania:Dar to Invest More in Water Basins Management
[Daily News] THE government plans to allocate enough funds during the 2018/19 fiscal year to boost management of water sources in the country's nine water basins, the Minister for Water and Irrigation, Isack Kamwele, has said.
01/19/2018 09:39 AM
Botswana:Police Link Poaching to Elephants Attacking People
[Botswana Daily News] Maun -Elephant attacks on human beings in some villages of the Okavango District are on the rise .
01/19/2018 08:48 AM
South Africa:Cities Insist Drinking Water Is Safe After Listeriosis Scare
[News24Wire] The cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on Thursday insisted that drinking water in the metropolitan areas was safe for consumption, following a surge in Listeriosis outbreaks countrywide.
01/19/2018 06:14 AM
South Africa:City of Cape Town Withdraws Drought Levy Proposal
[News24Wire] The City of Cape Town has scrapped the proposed introduction of a drought levy, after the proposal was withdrawn at a special sitting on Friday.
01/19/2018 02:32 PM
Africa:Near-Record Warm Temperatures Fuel Deadly, Costly Weather Events in 2017 - UN
[UN News] The upward trend in global temperatures marked by record-shattering warmth in 2015 and 2016 kept pace last year, with the United Nations weather agency warning Thursday that the continued pressure on the Arctic in 2017 will have "profound and long-lasting repercussions on sea levels, and on weather patterns in other parts of the world."
01/19/2018 12:59 PM
Kenya:Human Rights Abuses Lead to Suspension of EU Funded Water Project
[Capital FM] Nairobi -The European Union has suspended the Sh3.6 billion Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Programme (WaTER), following the killing of a member of the Sengwer community by officers drawn from the Kenya Wildlife Service.
01/19/2018 10:48 AM
South Africa:Cape Residents Limited to 50 Litres of Water
[SAnews.gov.za] Cape Town residents will from February be limited to using 50 litres of water per person per day for the next 150 days, as "Day Zero" draws closer.
01/19/2018 10:17 AM
Kenya:Mandera Leaders Criticise County's Plan to Manage Boreholes
[Nation] A storm is brewing in Mandera as the county government seeks to take charge of all water sources, such as boreholes, to boost revenue collection.
01/19/2018 09:20 AM
Tanzania:Work Starts On Report About Coast
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -The National Environment Management Council (Nemc) on Thursday set in motion the process of preparing the statutory report on the state of Mainland Tanzania's coast to ensure inshore, onshore and offshore economic and social activities do not damage the coastal and sea environment.
01/19/2018 08:55 AM
South Africa:De Lille Announces New Emergency Water Rations - 'We Have Reached a Point of No Return'
[Daily Maverick] The City of Cape Town on Thursday took a drastic change of direction in its statement to residents of drought-stricken Cape Town. Mayor Patricia de Lille - who despite continued political battles remains in the saddle for now - said day zero was now "likely" and that the city was taking new emergency measures, including implementing Level 6B water restrictions from 1 February. By MARELISE VAN DER MERWE.
01/19/2018 08:47 AM
Kenya:With Solar Water, Trees Grow Into a Sturdy Business in Western Kenya
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Maseno, Kenya -Armed with a solar-powered water pump for irrigation and a quarter-acre piece of borrowed land, widow Hakima Mohammed has become a Western Kenya tree tycoon.
01/18/2018 03:38 PM
Kenya:Are Banned Plastics Back in Kenya?
[East African] Barely five months after Kenya won global acclaim for banning plastic bags, enforcement challenges are rolling back the gains.
01/18/2018 12:18 PM
Kenya:Conservationists Warn Grévy's Zebra Could Become Extinct
[Nation] Conservationists have warned that Grévy's zebra, a rare species, is in danger of becoming extinct if urgent measures are not taken to protect it.
01/18/2018 11:28 AM
South Africa:ANC WC to Request Inquiry Into Whether City 'Deliberately Ignored' Drought Warnings
[News24Wire] The ANC in the Western Cape on Thursday said it would request President Jacob Zuma to institute a Commission of Inquiry to establish whether the Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town "deliberately ignored the warnings of the diminishing water resources".
01/19/2018 08:22 AM
Sierra Leone:World Bank Says Mudslide/Flood Disaster Funds Well Managed
[Concord] Country Manager of the World Bank has stated that funds provided in the aftermath of the August 14, 2017, mudslide and flooding which killed over one thousand, was well managed.
01/18/2018 06:11 PM
Egypt:Shoukry, Ethiopian Counterpart Discuss Faltering Dam Talks
[Egypt Online] Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Ethiopian counterpart Workneh Gebeyehu chaired on Wednesday 17/1/2018 the sixth session of Joint Higher Egyptian-Ethiopian committee at the ministerial level.
01/18/2018 03:52 PM
South Africa:Why the Drought Levy Tabled By Cape Town's Mayor Is Unfair
[The Conversation Africa] Day Zero: the dreaded day when Cape Town's taps are expected to run dry has been moved forward to 22 April. That is, unless residents reduce usage even further and the long awaited alternative sources, like desalination plants, come on stream.
01/18/2018 01:50 PM
South Africa:WWF's Wednesday Water File - It's Time to Prepare for Day Zero
[WWF] For the last few months, Capetonians have been talking about Day Zero, the day when the city's taps are expected to run dry but what does this really mean? In the first of a regular weekly update, WWF South Africa will be publishing a Wednesday Water File to help households and businesses in the Western Cape to prepare for life beyond Day Zero when we will have access to very little water.
01/18/2018 12:18 PM
Tanzania:We Must All Protect the Environment - VP
[Daily News] VICE President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, has reiterated the need for the public to embark on serious management of the environment in order to cope with the rising threats of climate change in the country.
01/18/2018 11:29 AM
Tanzania:'Free Water for Poor' Scheme Being Charted
[Daily News] DAR ES SALAAM Water and Sewerage Corporation (DAWASCO) is charting plans for offering free water connection to residents who are unable to afford bills.
01/18/2018 10:13 AM
Namibia:Neckartal Dam Ready to Collect Water
[Namibian] THE Neckartal Dam is ready to collect water, even though it is only set for completion in mid-July this year.
01/18/2018 09:37 AM
South Africa:Seven Years On, Zuma's Promise of Free Sanitary Pads Has Not Been Kept
[GroundUp] Seven years after President Jacob Zuma promised free sanitary pads for poor women and girls, not much progress has been made.
01/18/2018 08:29 AM
South Africa:Cape Town's Map of Water Usage Has Residents Seeing Red
[The Conversation Africa] The latest weapon in Cape Town's water saving arsenal is a map that exposes private meter readings to public scrutiny. The initiative has been launched as the South African city enters the third year of its worst drought on record. Unless residents can cut their daily water use to 87 litres per person, city authorities estimate that the taps will run dry on 21 April 2018.
01/18/2018 06:57 AM
Somalia:UN, Partners Seek U.S.$1.6 Billion to Protect Millions of Lives From Drought
[UN News] While Somalia, with the international community's help, averted famine last year, long-term solutions for drought, conflict and displacement must still be found, the United Nations office in the country said Wednesday, launching the 2018 humanitarian response plan, which calls for $1.6 billion to protect the lives of 5.4 million people.
01/18/2018 05:23 AM
South Africa:North West Local Government On Water and Sanitation Challenges in Ngaka Modiri Molema
[Govt of SA] In an effort to get to the bottom of the water and sanitation challenges in Ngaka Modiri Molema district in Bokone Bophirima, the MEC for Local Government and Human Settlements, Galaletsang Gaolaolwe recently met with all officials from the water utility, Sedibeng Water, Mayors and Executive Mayors in the district.
01/18/2018 03:54 PM
South Africa:Facts and Myths About Cape Town's Water Crisis
[GroundUp] Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille has announced that Day Zero is now more likely than not. From 1 February, all households have to reduce their municipal water consumption to 50 litres per person per day. The World Wide Fund for Nature has published useful guidelines for preparing for Day Zero.
01/18/2018 02:03 PM