La station de transport "Tahtouh", à Médéa, fermée par les riverainsAlgérie Presse Service | 05 Dec 2011
La fermeture de cette station de transport intervient après un mouvement de protestation, enclenché vendredi par les riverains, appuyés par des habitants des cités Baba Ali et Ouchène qui se plaignent, depuis plusieurs années, des désagréments engendrés par les dizaines de bus qui transitent...
Hold Shell accountable for Niger Delta pollution and human rights abusesAfricaFiles | 07 Nov 2011
A recent UNEP study reported on the degree of contamination in communities of Ogoniland after 50 years of oil operations. When not obvious above ground, underground reservoirs of water were severely contaminated; drinking water in one community faced 900 times the levels of benezene permitted by the World Health Organization. Clean-up could take 30 years. Let's hold those that put these commnunities and the environment at risk accountable for their actions. CJW
GHANA: Toxic Electronic Waste Contaminates Surrounding Areaips.org | 01 Nov 2011
Mountains of hazardous waste grow by about 40 million tons every year. This waste, mostly from Europe and North America, is burned in developing countries like Ghana in a hazardous effort to recover valuable metals.A children's school in Accra, Ghana's capital, was recently found to be contaminated by lead, cadmium and other health-threatening pollutants at levels over 50 times higher than risk-free levels. The school is located directly beside an informal electronic waste salvage site.
A Fatal Addiction to PlasticInter Press Service | 01 Apr 2011
"Be fantastic, don't use plastic!" chanted a troop of 10-year- olds from President Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Honolulu at the conclusion of an international conference on the millions of tonnes of trash that enter the oceans every year, with serious consequences for marine life and habitats as well as to human health and the global economy.
WORLD SOCIAL FORUM: Fisheries Need Transparent RegulationInter Press Service | 11 Feb 2011
Senegalese fishers participating in the 2011 World Social Forum (WSF) warned governments to "wake up to the ethical and transparent regulation of access to fisheries" to halt the overexploitation of this increasingly scarce resource.
Nigeria: E-Waste and Environmental ProtectionAllAfrica.com | 11 Jan 2011
Adopting information Technology may be desirable, but there is an ugly side to it, which has to do with hazards arising in e-waste. The Nigerian government has made concerted efforts over the years to embrace Information Technology by setting up various agencies that would facilitate the domestication of the technology. Such agencies include the Information Technology Agency (NITDA), the Digital Bridge Institute. and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), among others.
KENYA: Mapping Kibera to improve living conditionsIRIN News | 07 Jan 2011
It is one of the most densely populated districts of Kenyas capital and one of the most researched urban areas in Africa. Hundreds, if not thousands, of NGOs work there, serving a community estimated to number anywhere between 100,000 and a million. Yet, until recently, the sprawling slum of Kibera barely featured on any detailed maps.
Uganda: Slippery politics of Uganda's oilThe Monitor | 23 Nov 2010
Long lines of fuel hungry cars and angry motorists are becoming to Uganda what workers strikes are to South Africa, the continents biggest economy. But where South Africas song and dance trade unionists picket the government for better wages- and have been a part of the countrys transition to democracy in the 90s, in Uganda, organised protests rarely occur.
Mozambique: Mozal 'By-Pass' BeginsAllAfrica.com | 22 Nov 2010
Maputo — The Mozal aluminium smelter on the outskirts of Maputo on Wednesday began its controversial "by-pass" operation, whereby pollutants will be emitted from the two fume treatment centres (FTCs) without passing through filters, while the FTCs are rebuilt. A Mozal spokesperson confirmed to AIM that the "filter by-pass" did indeed begin on Wednesday morning and will last for 137 days.
UNEP fieldwork in Ogoniland, Nigeria, still ongoingUNEP | 22 Nov 2010
The fieldwork by UNEP's scientific teams on oil pollution in Ogoniland, Nigeria is firmly focused on collecting samples of water, soil, sediment, air and plant and animal tissue, with the on-the-ground activities due to be completed in December 2010 after which there will be further laboratory analysis.
Why the salt miners of Uganda's lakes are dying for a deal on climate changeGuardian Unlimited | 21 Nov 2010
Millions of workers in dangerous industries worldwide are hoping UN talks this month will raise $100bn in vital funding. Didas Yuryahewa, bent double and waist-deep in water, holds his breath as he struggles to gouge out another shovel of stinking black mud. The air is thick with the bad-egg stench...
Coal of Africa shares jump after environment dealReuters | 12 Nov 2010
JOHANNESBURG- Shares in Coal of Africa (CoAL) jumped on Friday after the company reached an agreement with a provincial government over environmental issues which had threatened its Mooiplaats mine with closure.
GUINEA: Plan to remove toxic chemicals on holdIRIN News | 08 Nov 2010
More than a year after their discovery, toxic and flammable chemicals stored throughout the Guinea capital Conakry remain in place - a UN plan to remove them repeatedly held up by political instability. A UN official said the substances (see box) - many of which can be used to make or refine...
EGYPT: Black cloud season sees rise in health problemsIRIN News | 08 Nov 2010
CAIRO - Every year a noxious black smog hangs over Egypt as the seasonal burning of rice straw by farmers begins, and with it comes a surge in allergic reactions and lung infections. The inky haze lasts from October to November; it is a time when hospitals see a rise in patient numbers, and parents consider keeping their children out of school to avoid the worst of the throat-burning smog.
Eritrea: Southern Region - Concerned Bodies Called Upon to Control Traditional MiningAllAfrica.com | 26 Oct 2010
Mendefera — The head of the branch office of Mining and Energy in the Southern region, Mr. Abraham Tewolde, stressed the need for taking immediate measures to control traditional mining which is causing water pollution in the area. Explaining that there exist a number of mining sites such as sand, mineral water and gold...