AFRICA: Wanted: Greener Citiesips.org | 18 Nov 2011
By Kristin Palitza CAPE TOWN, Nov 18 (IPS) – In Africa, where urbanisation will be one of the major developments over the next few decades, it will be key for cities to figure out how to handle rapid urban expansion and much-needed economic growth, while creating more environmentally-friendly cities and reducing their carbon footprint at the same time.
No end to rubbish strikeBuaNews | 12 Apr 2011
Pretoria - The City of Johannesburg says it is disappointed with the outcome of the consultation meeting with unions on Monday aimed at ending the strike by refuse workers. The city's spokesperson Gabu Tugwana said management had hoped the strike would have been resolved so that SA Municipal...
FCT dump sites worrisomeVanguard | 30 Mar 2011
ABUJA-The Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, a few years ago is not a place to easily sight refuse dumps by the road side due to its nature as a preferred destination for meetings, world conferences, business and political events that attract people from within and outside Nigeria, but in the last few years things have changed.
Africa: Fast Pace of African Urbanization Affecting Water Supplies and SanitationAllAfrica.com | 24 Mar 2011
Rapid urbanization over the last five decades is changing Africa's landscape and also generating formidable challenges for supplies of water and sanitation services, says a new UN report. According to the Rapid Response Assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat, urban centers in Africa are growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world.
'Slum Survivors' inspires and upliftsIRIN News | 18 Mar 2011
In September 2007, IRIN released its award-winning film Slum Survivors, a 45-minute documentary about five people living in the Kenyan slum of Kibera. Slum Survivors has since become one of our most acclaimed and widely watched films and provides concrete proof that IRIN films change lives.
Africa warned of 'slum' cities danger as its population passes 1bnGuardian Unlimited | 24 Nov 2010
Lagos to overtake Cairo as largest urban area by 2015. Africa has joined India and China as the third region of the world to reach a population of 1 billion people, and it is expected to double its numbers by 2050, the UN says. By then, there will be three times as many people living in Africa's cities, and the continent that had fewer than 500,000 urban dwellers in 1950 may have 1.3 billion.
Pulling Together To Protect Zambia's Kafue FlatsInter Press Service | 15 Nov 2010
Dams, sugarcane plantations and rapidly growing population threatened the health of the Kafue Flats, a richly diverse wetlands in southern Zambia. But growing recognition of more sustainable use of its water and fertile soil are securing the health of the ecosystem.
Uganda: Environmentalists Warn On Murram ExcavationAllAfrica.com | 22 Oct 2010
Kampala — environmentalists have expressed concern over the rate at which road constructors are degrading the environment in search of murram. They said the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) should ensure that constructors restore the degraded areas, especially those along major highways.
South Africa: Farmers Warn of 'Dirty-Water' Risk for Produce ExportsAllAfrica.com | 20 Oct 2010
Johannesburg — Farmers warned yesterday that SA's deteriorating water quality could put European export markets at risk. The warning throws a harsh light on the state of SA's water quality and the African National Congress's policy of cadre deployment at local government level.
Kampala losing billions in unrecycled wasteThe New Vision | 09 Feb 2009
It is common to see empty mineral water bottles or other litter flying out of a car window in Kampala City. The reckless occupants of the car do not stop to think that what they are doing leaves behind a mess in the city.
Nigeria: 'Lagos May Emerge World's Dirtiest City'AllAfrica.com | 09 Jul 2007
Chairman, Lagos Mega City Authority, Professor Akin Mabogunje, has said Lagos State may remain the dirtiest city in the world, except Lagosians begin to imbibe self-discipline and environmental cleanliness.
Nigeria: Lagos Generates 500,000 Tonnes of Waste DailyAllAfrica.com | 02 May 2007
A study carried out by a group of environmentalists on the refuse situation in Lagos state has revealed that about 500,000 tones of garbage is generated daily in the state. The study indicates that 70 percent of the refuse generated is organic waste while between 30 and 40 percent does do not get to the five major dump sites provided by the state government.