AllAfrica News: Environment

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Africa:Decent Toilets for Women and Girls Vital for Gender Equality
[IPS] London -This weekend marks World Toilet Day (November 19) - and the news is disheartening. One in three people are still waiting for a toilet; still having to face the indignity and often fear of relieving themselves in the open or using unsafe or unhygienic toilets.
11/20/2017 10:47 AM
Kenya:Great Northern Kenya Wildlife Aerial Count Begins
[Capital FM] Nairobi -The Kenya Wildlife Service has kicked off this year's aerial survey of elephants, buffaloes, grevy's zebras and giraffe in the greater northern landscape of Kenya.
11/20/2017 10:40 AM
Nigeria:108 Million Nigerians Lack Toilet Facilities - UN
[Vanguard] Despite huge technological, scientific and industrial advances, an estimated 108 million Nigerians still lack access to toilets, the United Nations stated yesterday on this year's World Toilet Day, on the theme Wastewater.
11/20/2017 07:34 AM
Tanzania:UK Company Commits U.S.$4 Million to Fish Protection Project
[Citizen] A United Kingdom-based firm, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), has committed £3 million ( about Sh8.91 billion) to a project, which aims at protecting fish in the Indian Ocean Island of Pemba from environmental impacts.
11/20/2017 06:32 AM
South Africa:Citizen Science - How Ordinary People Can Guard Cape Town's Biodiversity
[The Conversation Africa] Right now, you might be harbouring a killer: one so small it's hidden in the sole of your hiking shoes. These tiny murderers won't harm you in the short term, but they can be deadly for the plants that are crucial to food security and biodiversity conservation.
11/20/2017 02:57 PM
Africa:UN Talks Offer Little Help for Soaring Losses, Climate-Hit States Say
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bonn, Germany -From Fiji to St. Lucia, small island nations have taken every opportunity to flag the growing risks of climate change to their land and people at U.N. talks in Bonn - but their cry for help has fallen on deaf ears, officials and experts said on Friday.
11/20/2017 12:57 PM
Nigeria:Nigeria, 189 Countries Agree to Scaled Up Climate Action
[Guardian] After two weeks of negotiations, Nigeria and other nations have agreed to launch the next steps toward higher climate action ambition before 2020.
11/20/2017 09:47 AM
Africa:Trump Puts on Hold New Policy on Imports of Big Game Trophies
[VOA] U.S. President Donald Trump says he is putting on hold a decision to allow imports of big game trophies until he can "review all conservation facts."
11/20/2017 07:54 AM
South Africa:Department Commits to Supply Water to Emfuleni Residents
[SAnews.gov.za] The Department of Water and Sanitation has committed to continue supplying water to residents of Emfuleni Local Municipality through water tankers, until a permanent solution to the water shortage there is found.
11/20/2017 03:07 PM
Africa:Can a Mobile App Help East African Farmers Adapt to Climate Change?
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] A simple mobile app has been developed to help farmers and local authorities in East Africa choose the right kind of tree to plant - key to helping countries meet curb their emissions and adapt to a changing climate, say the developers.
11/20/2017 03:00 PM
Kenya:Ban On Plastic Bags '100% Successful'
[Capital FM] Nairobi -Two months after the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) rolled out the ban on plastic carrier bags, the authority is reporting a 100 percent compliance in the implementation of the ban.
11/20/2017 01:34 PM
Africa:Financing Will Continue to Be Key Issue in Battling Climate Change
[IPS] Bonn -"The Bonn climate talks were foundational, paving the way to finalize the rules that underpin the Paris Agreement next year and setting the stage for countries to commit to enhance their national climate plans by 2020. On both counts, the climate talks in Bonn were a success. However, negotiators have plenty of homework to do to get there.
11/20/2017 12:34 PM
South Africa:Could 'Good Water Saving' By Capetonians Result in Them Paying More?
[News24Wire] The City of Cape Town is considering introducing a water levy to be paid by consumers because "good water saving by residents" has negatively affected its revenue, Mayor Patricia de Lille has said.
11/20/2017 11:40 AM
Nigeria:Breathing Dirty Air May Raise Miscarriage Risk
[Guardian] Smog might raise a woman's risk of miscarriage early in her pregnancy, a new study suggests.
11/20/2017 11:13 AM
Rwanda:Toilet Hygiene - a Practice That Will Keep Your Household Safe
[New Times] Yesterday (November 19) was World Toilet Day, a day aimed at inspiring action to tackle global sanitation crises. In Rwanda, the Ministry of Health has embarked on different activities to ensure good sanitation within the population.
11/20/2017 11:01 AM
Zimbabwe:Will U.S. Boost Elephant Conservation?
[The Herald] The US has lifted a ban on elephant trophies from here and Zambia, three years after outlawing the practice that allowed American hunters to bring the trophies home.
11/20/2017 11:01 AM
Zimbabwe:China Must Not Ban Ivory Trade
[The Herald] The Secretary-General of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) has warned China not to give in to animal rights groups' pressure to make it completely stop ivory trade because it would result in untold elephant poaching in the near future, for which China itself would ironically be blamed.
11/20/2017 10:52 AM
Africa:Climate Change - the World's Poorest Will Judge Us By Action
[IPS] Bonn -Two years ago, 197 parties came together in Paris and agreed to the historical Paris Framework. Since that December 2015, we all have seen countless pictures of utterly devastating floods, wildfires, hurricanes happening more and more frequently all over our planet mainly affecting the poorest among us.
11/20/2017 10:38 AM
Africa:Global Insurance Partnership Beefed Up to Protect Poor From Climate Risks
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bonn -Germany on Tuesday pledged $125 million to boost the work of an international insurance partnership that aims to cover 400 million more poor and vulnerable people against disaster risks by 2020.
11/20/2017 09:52 AM
Eritrea:Potable Water Supply Project in Mazabat
[Shabait] Keren -Potable water supply project worth of 3 million Nakfa is under implementation in Mazabat administrative area, Geleb sub-zone.
11/20/2017 09:32 AM
Africa:Economic Development Vs. Climate Action - Rebutting Deniers and Wafflers
[IPS] San Francisco -As negotiators meet in Bonn to put together a deal to implement the Paris Agreement, John Holdren, a professor of environmental policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, stressed that economic development and climate change mitigation and adaptation are not 'either-or' but must be pursued together.
11/20/2017 09:03 AM
East Africa:Grassroots and Peasants Movements Deliver Solutions That Cop23 Fails to Provide
[Fahamu] Food sovereignty and peasant agroecology - which should be understood in the context of national sovereignty - are the true solutions to build resilience and resistance.
11/20/2017 08:55 AM
Uganda:We Must Save Uganda's Disappearing Wetlands
[Monitor] In 2014, the Attorney General instructed the National Environment Management Authority and the Ministry of Water and Environment to recall all land titles that were issued on protected areas for cancellation. The move was aimed at controlling the alarming rate of wetland and forest degradation and encroachment. A big part of Kampala was, for instance, once a wetland. Today, the wetlands in Kampala are on the verge of extinction.
11/20/2017 06:43 AM
Kenya:Kitui Tops County Ranking on Sanitation
[Capital FM] Nairobi -Kitui County is leading in sanitary practices in Kenya according to a national sanitation report, this is an improvement from position nine in 2014 to this year's position one with a grand score of 89 per cent.
11/20/2017 05:26 AM
Africa:On Gender Day At Climate Meet, Some Progress, Many Hurdles
[IPS] Bonn -"Five years ago, when we first started talking about including gender in the negotiations, the parties asked us, 'Why gender?' Today, they are asking, 'How do we include gender?' That's the progress we have seen since Doha," said Kalyani Raj.
11/20/2017 10:11 AM
Nigeria:Southern Kaduna Community Petitions El-Rufai Over Illegal Acquisition of Land for Solar Project
[Guardian] Kaduna -The people of Kaura and Zangon-Kataf local councils of Kaduna State have petitioned Governor Nasir el-Rufai over the illegal allocation of their land for the establishment of a solar farm. They say the facility poses great danger to the health and economy of the people in the area.
11/20/2017 09:38 AM
Tanzania:Surgically Operated Lion Remains Caged for Safety
[Daily News] THE young lion that underwent special surgical treatment to cure umbilical hernia will remain under confinement until it gets well enough to hunt for itself.
11/20/2017 08:35 AM
Africa:Trump Reverses Course On Trophy Hunting, Reimposes Obama-Era Ban
[Deutsche Welle] US President Donald Trump has reinstated a ban on trophy hunting amid a public uproar. However, the federal agency responsible for the ban still has on its website that it will issue permits for trophy hunting.
11/19/2017 05:25 PM
Nigeria:Piracy - Police Draft 16 Gunboats, 6,000 Officers to Bayelsa Creeks
[Premium Times] The Police in Bayelsa have deployed 16 patrol gunboats and 6,000 police officers to tackle sea piracy and criminality in Bayelsa waterways to ensure safety of the water channels.
11/19/2017 11:04 AM
Nigeria:The Embarrassment of Snakebite Deaths
[Guardian] The reports by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that 174 snakebites per 100,000 population are reported per year in Nigeria and that the saw-scaled or carpet viper is responsible for 90 per cent of bites and 60 per cent of deaths is an embarrassment. To some extent, the African cobras and puff adders have also proven to be the cause of mortality and morbidity. In the Benue Valley, where most of these tragedies occur, the incidence of snakebite was found to be 497 per 100,000 persons per year with a mort
11/19/2017 10:00 AM