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African Mayors Agree to Combat Climate Change

Article: African Mayors Agree to Combat Climate Change

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 2, 2009 (ENS) – Mayors from 33 capital and major cities across Africa pledged Friday to quicken climate change adaptation and mitigation plans for their cities. Concluding a two-day meeting in Nairobi, the mayors issued the Nairobi Declaration, in which they resolved to integrate these plans into city development strategies. Despite their…

Governments Unanimous on 2009 Start to Mercury Treaty Talks

Article: Governments Unanimous on 2009 Start to Mercury Treaty Talks

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 20, 2009 (ENS) – Environment officials from more than 140 countries today agreed to craft the world’s first treaty to control emissions of mercury, a toxic heavy metal that poses serious risks to human health and the environment. They agreed to voluntarily limit mercury at once, even before a treaty is finalized.…

The Environmental Food Crisis: A Crisis of Waste

Article: The Environmental Food Crisis: A Crisis of Waste

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 17, 2009 (ENS) – Over half of the food produced globally is lost, wasted or discarded as a result of inefficiency in the human-managed food chain, finds a new study by the United Nations Environment Programme released today. This staggering amount of waste plus environmental degradation is putting an end to a…

Obama Shifts U.S. Policy to Back Global Mercury Control Treaty

Article: Obama Shifts U.S. Policy to Back Global Mercury Control Treaty

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 16, 2009 (ENS) – The Obama administration has reversed the former U.S. position on limiting mercury pollution worldwide. Before astonished environment ministers attending the United Nations Environment Programme Governing Council opening session in Nairobi today, the U.S. delegation endorsed negotiations for a new global treaty to control mercury pollution, to begin this…

Ugandan Rebels Kill Rangers in Garamba National Park

Article: Ugandan Rebels Kill Rangers in Garamba National Park

NAIROBI, Kenya, January 7, 2009 (ENS) – The headquarters of Garamba National Park in the village of Nagero, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, was attacked Friday by the Ugandan rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Despite resistance by park rangers together with elements from the Congolese Armed Forces, numerous casualties and material damages occurred. A…

57 Wildlife Criminal Suspects Grabbed in African Crackdown

Article: 57 Wildlife Criminal Suspects Grabbed in African Crackdown

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 17, 2008 (ENS) – Africa’s largest international operation against wildlife crime has netted 57 suspected illegal wildlife product dealers and 1,000 kilograms of powdered, carved and raw items of ivory in coordinated raids across five African countries. On the weekend, Kenya Wildlife Service, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force and INTERPOL personnel raided…

Sugar for Biofuel to Displace Kenya's Tana Delta Wildlife

Article: Sugar for Biofuel to Displace Kenya's Tana Delta Wildlife

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 26, 2008 (ENS) – Kenya’s Tana River Delta, inhabited by 350 species of birds, lions, elephants, rare sharks and reptiles, is about to be converted to sugar cane production over the objections of conservationists and local communities. Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority, NEMA, has approved a proposal by the Mumias Sugar Company,…

New Atlas Captures Changing Face of Africa's Environment

Article: New Atlas Captures Changing Face of Africa's Environment

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 10, 2008 (ENS) – Environment ministers from across Africa gathered in Johannesburg today were presented with a new atlas that uses hundreds of satellite images and maps to show how the continent has changed over the past 35 years. Some changes are viewed as negative – glaciers melting, cities and suburbs…

Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

Article: Billion Tree Campaign Flowers Into Seven Billion Tree Campaign

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The UN’s campaign to plant one billion trees has been so successful that it was expanded Tuesday to become a Seven Billion Tree Campaign. In just 18 months, the original Billion Tree Campaign has inspired the planting of two billion trees, double its original target. The effort is…

Green Financial Revolution Arrives for Kenya's Farmers

Article: Green Financial Revolution Arrives for Kenya's Farmers

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 7, 2008 (ENS) – A new US$50 million partnership to finance Kenyan farmers was launched Tuesday to address both local and global food crises. The funding will allow smallholders and small agricultural enterprises to break out of poverty and build viable businesses. The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, or AGRA,…

Kenya Wildlife Service Suspends Fees to Heal Post-Election Crisis

Article: Kenya Wildlife Service Suspends Fees to Heal Post-Election Crisis

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 16, 2008 (ENS) – To thank Kenyans for leaving wildlife safe through recent post-election violence that resulted in the death of more than 1,000 people and the displacement of 600,000 others, the Kenya Wildlife Service is allowing children under 18 free entry into Kenya’s national parks and reserves during the Easter holidays…

Climate Change Links 2008 Champions of the Earth

Article: Climate Change Links 2008 Champions of the Earth

NAIROBI, Kenya, January 29, 2008 (ENS) – A prime minister, a former prime minister, and a prince are among seven Champions of the Earth selected for recognition as outstanding environmental achievers by the UN Environment Programme. The work of this year’s champions – one from each region of the world – is all related to…