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Kenya brings in world’s toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

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Plastic bags stick out of a pile of rubbish in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

Producing, selling and using plastic bags becomes illegal as officials say they want to target manufacturers and sellers first

August 28, 2017 — Kenyans producing, selling or even using plastic bags will risk imprisonment of up to four years or fines of $40,000 (£31,000) from Monday, as the world’s toughest law aimed at reducing plastic pollution came into effect. Continue reading Kenya brings in world’s toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

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MALARIA VACCINE TRIALS. A child suffering from malaria lies on a bed at the hospital of Nyarugusu, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO/STEPHANIE AGLIETTI

The vaccine, also known as Mosquirix, is developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in partnership with the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. The large-scale three-country pilot will test it on children aged 5 to 17 months

NAIROBI, Kenya (Apr. 24, 2017) — A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, April 24, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. Continue reading First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

El Niño shifts cholera burden onto East Africa

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Humanitarian aid in Turkana, Kenya, in response to a lingering cholera outbreak. ©EU/ECHO/Anouk Delafortrie.

In 2015-16, one of the strongest El Niño events in recorded history played havoc with the world’s weather. Among its impacts, heavy rainfall brought flooding to much of East Africa, affecting millions of people

April 10, 2017 — In the wake of the floods came a cholera epidemic, with outbreaks in Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. In Tanzania, for example, more than 24,000 people contracted the bacterial disease and 378 died. Continue reading El Niño shifts cholera burden onto East Africa

Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal

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The Tamera site covers 330 acres in southern Portugal and is home to 200 people. Photograph: Nigel Dickinson

Tamera’s ecology experts transformed an area at risk of desertification – and say they can do the same anywhere in the world

March 7, 2017 — The land undulates upwards into gentle hills, cradling nooks of fertile terraces growing sweetcorn, sunflowers and tomatoes, before rolling down into tranquil lakes. It looks like a natural Edenic paradise on earth. But 20 years ago this land was arid and barren, and farming was a struggle. Continue reading Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal

Want a climate solution? Start talking

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With the Paris Agreement now almost a year old and ratified by half of its signatories, the next big word is implementation. But just how do countries make good on their climate pledges? One option is to start talking

November 3, 2016 — As a name, the Paris Agreement trips so effortlessly off the tongue that it would be easy to convince ourselves it’s a single entity. But little could be further from the truth.  Continue reading Want a climate solution? Start talking

10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan, Turkey, and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

LONDON, United Kingdom (Oct. 4, 2016) —  Ten countries accounting for 2.5% of world GDP are hosting more than half the world’s refugees, Amnesty International said Tuesday, October 4, as it slammed what it called the selfishness of wealthy nations.  Continue reading 10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

The Africans buying sunshine with their phones

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US president Barack Obama talks with an M-Kopa representative during the Power Africa Innovation Fair in Nairobi last year. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Solar-powered electricity units are removing the need for dangerous kerosene lamps and allowing Africans to stay connected

July 30, 2016 — Julie Njeri did not believe her son when he declared he no longer needed spectacles to read his books and complete his homework.  Continue reading The Africans buying sunshine with their phones

Kenya earmarks $10M to close world’s largest refugee camp

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SET FOR CLOSURE. A file photograph dated August 1, 2011 shows newly arrived refugees at the sprawling Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya. File photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

The Kenyan government decides to shut down the Dadaab refugee camp over security concerns

NAIROBI, Kenya (May 12, 2016) — Kenya said Wednesday, May 11, it had set aside $10 million to help fund the closing of the world’s largest refugee camp, home to around 350,000 mostly Somali refugees, citing security fears. Continue reading Kenya earmarks $10M to close world’s largest refugee camp

14 killed in Nairobi floods and building collapse

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Emergency personnel look for survivors trapped under the rubble of a building that collapsed in Nairobi late on April 29, 2016. Photo from AFP

One survivor was pulled from the huge pile of rubble shortly after dawn, Kenya Red Cross said, some 10 hours after the building

NAIROBI, Kenya (Apr. 31, 2016) — Torrential rainstorms in the Kenyan capital have left at least 14 people dead, police said Saturday, April 30, including at least seven crushed when a six-storey building collapsed, as rescue teams shifted rubble in a desperate search for survivors. Continue reading 14 killed in Nairobi floods and building collapse