South Africa: Leaders called to action on climate changeBuaNews | 04 May 2011
Pretoria - Governments must find a way to get multilateral institutions, global tourism industry bodies and private corporations to respond positively to the risks of climate change, says Tourism Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk. "If we fail in this task over the next few years, we will fail in giving the aviation and tourism sector an opportunity to speak and act with the political weight it deserves as the creator of one in every 10 jobs globally," said the minister on Tuesday.
Farmer who took Mugabe to court diesThe Independent | 11 Apr 2011
MIKE Campbell (78), the commercial farmer who made legal history when he took President Robert Mugabe to the Sadc Tribunal in 2007, challenging the chaotic land reform and won the case a year later, passed away at his temporary home in Harare yesterday.Campbell reportedly never recovered from the abduction and the brutal beatings meted out to him, his wife Angela and son-in-law Ben Freeth by Zanu PF supporters on June 29 2008, two days after the Presidential run-off election.
Shale gas stirs ecology fears in South Africa's KarooReuters | 08 Apr 2011
South Africa's Karoo, a vast arid wilderness, may contain gas reserves that could solve the country's energy problems -- but only through an extraction process called fracking that has greens seeing red.
CARE to Aid in Cote d'Ivoirefeedproxy.google.com | 07 Apr 2011
CARE is scaling up our response to help people affected by the post-election violence in Côte d'Ivoire that has besieged the country for months. Côte d'Ivoire has been in the grip of a political crisis since a disputed election between Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara last year. Despite reports that the crisis might be coming to an end, fighting continues.
East African network to boost bioscience innovations - SciDev.NetSCIDEV.NET | 07 Apr 2011
A hub to connect and fund East African agricultural researchers, and assist them in reaching out to the private sector, may yield products to aid the region's development. The Bioresources Innovation Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) was officially launched in Nairobi last month...
Time to make agricultural research a top prioritySCIDEV.NET | 07 Apr 2011
Recent protests over food prices underline a key message from a new report about the potential dangers of neglecting agricultural research. The ousting of Tunisia's president last week, and unrest in other nations such as Algeria and Sudan, has many causes — but rising food prices have been one of the underlying themes.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Developing Countries Step In Where Richer Nations Fear to TreadInter Press Service | 07 Apr 2011
Led by countries like Indonesia, 48 developing nations are rolling out a range of pledges to voluntarily cut their respective emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by 2020, the year climate scientists say the earth's rising temperature should peak by if an environmental catastrophe is to be avoided.
Dar doctors worry over rise in lifestyle diseasesthecitizen.co.tz | 04 Apr 2011
Two leading physicians have expressed concern over the countrys health system, which is failing to adequately address the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as lifestyle diseases. The NCDs, they note, are dangerously on the rise.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Uncertain Future of Kyoto Protocol Alarms Green GroupsInter Press Service | 04 Apr 2011
With just seven months to go before a pivotal U.N. climate change summit in South Africa, green groups are raising the alarm here about the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the world's only international treaty that mandates most industrialised nations to cut their environment polluting greenhouse gases (GHG) to save the planet from overheating.
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.
Sahel pipeline hits cash crunchafricareview.com | 28 Mar 2011
A pipeline designed to deliver Nigerian oil to Europe, through Niger and Algeria, has hit a cash crunch. This means that the countries it pass through will have to wait longer to enjoy the benefits of the project. Initially, the project dubbed Nigal project was scheduled to be operational in 2012....
Hundreds of lives lost in Ivory Coast amidst slow international responsefeedproxy.google.com | 25 Mar 2011
Greater measures to protect civilians and meet fundamental humanitarian needs in Ivory Coast are urgently needed, a coalition of 32 international and African civil society organizations including Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights, and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa have warned today.
KENYA-SOMALIA: Aid critical as calm returns to border regionIRIN News | 24 Mar 2011
Thousands of Somalis displaced by fighting along the Kenya-Ethiopia-Somalia border urgently need water and food, local officials say, as humanitarian workers in Kenya's northeastern town of Mandera continue to register refugees. "The people are weak, not only [due to] the recent fighting but also...
SWAZILAND: Government suspends pensionsIRIN News | 23 Mar 2011
Swaziland's government, feeling the pinch of a growing financial crisis, has suspended this quarters pensions for the elderly and redirected the money to pay the school fees of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). "[Government] will utilize the funds allocated for the elderly grants, since they...
Africa: U.N. Water Conference Focuses on CitiesAllAfrica.com | 22 Mar 2011
Cape Town — As a U.N. conference on water opens in South Africa today, the country's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has repeated warnings that the country faces a water supply crisis. Experts attending the three-day conference will consider the challenges posed by growing demands, migration and water resources potentially limited by careless use and climate change.
World Bank proposes road to save Serengeti migrationReuters | 01 Mar 2011
The World Bank has offered Tanzania an alternative to stop a major road project across the Serengeti national park that conservationists say threatens one of Africa's biggest wildlife spectacles.