UNECE Launches Environmental Performance Review of Moroccobiodiversity-l.iisd.org | 22 Mar 2012
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has announced it will carry out an Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Morocco, at the request of the Moroccan Government. Issue areas that will be focused on include air pollution, water and waste management, as well as biodiversity and protected areas.
Cairo upgrades battered taxis, cleans up imageReuters | 19 Jan 2011
Grimy old Fiats and Ladas have long been a defining feature of Cairo's creaking taxi fleet, clogging the city's streets and sputtering out fumes. Now the scruffy black-and-white cabs are giving way to metered, air-conditioned cars assembled in Egypt using kits from firms like General Motors, Hyundai of South Korea and China's Chery. Taxis under the French brand Peugeot originate from factories in Iran.
Mozambique: Controversial Bypass Under Way At Mozambique SmelterInter Press Service | 24 Nov 2010
Aluminium giant BHP Billiton's Mozal smelter has begun bypassing its fume treatment centres, emitting potentially dangerous fumes into the air without treating them first - despite a pending court case on the matter. The bypass was initially scheduled to begin on Nov. 1, but was postponed. On Nov. 16, Mozal released a communiqué stating that "after revisiting all data in light of stakeholder concerns Mozal remains confident that the by-pass will not harm the environment or human health."
ZIMBABWE: Not knowing when to plantIRIN News | 15 Nov 2010
HARARE - When light rain fell for two consecutive days in late October 2010, Gabriel Musonza, a 65-year-old farmer in a village about 70km northwest of Harare thought the main farming season had begun.
Toxic Hotspots Require Global SuperfundInter Press Service | 11 Nov 2010
One of the world's biggest health threats is also one of the least recognised - more than 100 million people who literally breathe and eat toxic pollutants like lead, mercury, chromium every day, according to the first-ever detailed assessment.
BHP Billiton plans six month bypass of smelter smokestack scrubbersAfricaFiles | 27 Sep 2010
Civil society groups are challenging a six-month authorisation granted to aluminium giant BHP Billiton to emit potentially dangerous fumes from its Mozal smelter into the air without treating them first. The presence of fluoride in the anode production process means that compounds which pose both...
UNEP joins global initiative for clean energy cook stovesUNEP | 21 Sep 2010
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has joined a new international alliance that aims to cut the estimated 1.6 million premature deaths - and environmental damage - linked to emissions from inefficient cook stoves. The initiative can also make a contribution to reducing deforestation by curbing the large quantities of wood and other biomass used to make charcoal or by households switching to alternative fuels including cookers powered by solar energy.
Ghana: Air Pollution - a Health Hazard to the EnvironmentAllAfrica.com | 17 Jun 2010
The short lifespan of the average Ghanaian citizen has mostly been attributed to various kinds of diseases. Apart from the failure of the people adjusting themselves to good diets, and their involvement in motor accidents, which causes early deaths, the majority of deaths in the country are as a result of many kinds of diseases.
Nigeria: Kaduna Gas Leakage, No Cause for Alarm - NESREAAllAfrica.com | 10 Jun 2010
The National Environment Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in a statement made available to Daily Trust has assured residents of the city of Kaduna and Nigerians that the Gas leakage which occurred in Kaduna recently, in which over 300 people were affected as a result of inhaling poisonous gas is under control.
Niger: Greenpeace slams Areva over radioactive contaminationAfricaFiles | 01 Apr 2010
Greenpeace carried out tests around French nuclear Areva's mines as well as in mining villages that are home to 80,000 people several kilometres away. The research concludes that "Nigeriens are exposed to radiation, illness, and poverty because of poisoned air, contaminated soil, and polluted water - while Areva makes billions from its two uranium mines. JMPA
Nigeria: The Impact of Bush Fire And Tree FellingAllAfrica.com | 09 Mar 2010
Bush fires and felling of trees have been a part of Nigerian history for hundreds of years; People used bush fires to their benefit to manage the land and as a hunting aid and trees are used as or sold for fuel or a commodity to be used by humans. Climate experts and agriculturalists have said these human activities have contributed to global warming and deprived the soil the key nutrients elements needed by plants in large quantities.
Imported used vehicles contribute to pollutionEast African Business Week | 25 Aug 2009
Low financial capability of people in purchasing new and modern vehicles leads to environmental pollution. The Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) has advised that in order to reduce pollution of the environment there should be good coordination among stakeholders dealing with safety and environmental issues.
Cleaning Up Ghana's AirAccra Daily Mail | 13 Aug 2009
As the population of Ghana has grown rapidly over the last decade, the number of vehicles on the road has increased at a similar pace.
SABMiller to reduce beer emissions by halfThe Monitor | 30 Jun 2009
SABMiller, one of the worlds leading brewers, has announced new initiatives that will see emission from beer reduce by a half, per litre produced come 2020.
Environment Minister Faints in NairobiAllAfrica.com | 01 Jun 2009
THE State Minister for Environment, Jessica Eriyo, was hospitalised in Nairobi last week after suffering from the effects of passive smoking.
A Big Step Forward towards a DDT-Free World ...UNEP | 25 May 2009
The United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility, today announced a rejuvenated international effort to combat malaria with an incremental reduction of reliance on the synthetic pesticide DDT.
Phase out vehicles older than 20 yearsThe New Vision | 06 May 2009
IN a developing city like Kampala and other emerging towns, the problem of smoke due to an increase in the number of vehicles concerns us. The emissions that do not meet the air, water and noise pollution standards, have a significant adverse impact on the environment or are likely to be hazardous to public health.
Benin: Cotonou's Overlooked Killer - Air PollutionIRIN News | 01 Oct 2008
Health officials say air pollution in Benin's economic capital, Cotonou, is an often-overlooked, undiagnosed killer that is as much of a health threat as the country's leading cause of death, malaria.