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18th CITES conference: Africa governments spar over elephants’ future

The fate of African wildlife hangs in balance as the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) begins tomorrow (Saturday) in Geneva.  Government representatives of most of the 183 member parties attending the 18th CoP will take key decisions that might affect

New UN report spotlights trends in Climate Action

By Henry Opondo While countries are stepping up institutional arrangements for planning, funding, implementing, monitoring and evaluating climate action, they however still need to make full use of key opportunities this year to shift gears. According to a report published by UN Climate Change, prepared as UN Climate Change input to the UN Climate Action

Climate Change: African must build resilience

By Habimana Brian Participants at the high-level Africa Food Security Leadership Dialogue hosted by the Government of Rwanda in Kigali urged Africa to build resilience to respond to climate change. Africa’s food and agriculture sectors are among the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change. Small-holder farmers, small entrepreneurs, and their families, whose livelihoods depend

Forests could stem Climate chaos

By Henry Opondo Continued forest destruction is a sure path to crippling weather events, water and air pollution and economic woes, Global climate experts have warned. The latest climate science offers compelling proof that shifting away from unsustainable food production and consumption approaches built on forest destruction—from knocking down trees to grow palm oil to

Climate Change: Greenpeace claims IPCC to expose reality of deforestation

The state of the climate crisis on land and the urgent need to protect forests and shift our global food system to sustainability is expected to be laid bare in an upcoming authoritative UN report on Climate Change and Land. Ahead of the IPCC session in Geneva, Greenpeace Africa Senior Forest Campaign Manager Irene Wabiwa

CSOs oppose Kenya’s nuclear energy future

The Nuclear Power and Energy Agency (NuPEA) has contracted China National Nuclear Corporation to determine the most suitable location to construct a nuclear power plant in the next 8-10 years.  The Indian Ocean, Lake Victoria, and Lake Turkana have been identified as top contenders for hosting Kenya’s first nuclear power plant. This week, President Uhuru

Climate Change: Kenya promises to work with CSOs

The Ministry of Environment has promised support for all the work by CSOs and indigenous people geared towards enriching the environment. Speaking today when he opened the Regional Dialogue for Indigenous Peoples and Southern CSOs, Kenyan Forestry and Environment Minister Keriako Tobiko praised the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance Executive Director Mithika Mwenda and encouraged

What room for ruminants in a sustainable food future? 

Leading scientists meet to assess the climate impact of the agri-food sector in a review of sustainable eating habits… In the climate change debate, the environmental footprint of agriculture is often under discussion, with much of the recent discourse around food focusing on the potential impact of cattle. However, not all information in circulation stands

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