Environment - Pollution
  • Careless disposal of antibiotics could produce ‘ferocious superbugs’ - UNEP
    05 december 2017 21:21:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Growing antimicrobial resistance linked to the discharge of drugs and some chemicals into the environment is one of the most worrying health threats today, according to new research from the United Nations that highlights emerging challenges and solutions in environment. Full text...

  • 'No one safe from global pollution without concerted action' - warns UNEP
    17 november 2017 10:24:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Everyone on earth is affected by pollution, according to a new report issued by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • US: Major new UN report sets course towards ‘pollution-free planet’
    28 september 2017 22:28:17
    New York, US (PANA) – While pollution has considerably negative impacts on human health and ecosystems, it is controllable and avoidable through political leadership, high-level champions and commitments, as well with local level action, says a new report launched on Thursday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Full text...

  • US: 300 million children breathing toxic air - UNICEF report
    31 october 2016 08:56:34
    New York, US (PANA) – A new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution – six or more times higher than international guidelines. Full text...

  • UN: WHO report millions of people living with excessive air pollution
    27 september 2016 17:44:14
    New York, US (PANA) - With some 6.5 million people dying annually from air pollution and 92 per cent of the world’s population living in places where levels exceed recommended limits, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday rolled out its most detailed profile of the scourge, in a bid to slash the deadly toll. Full text...

  • Switzerland: 'Pollution kills as many people as cancer'
    31 august 2016 08:17:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The new head of the United Nations environment agency on Wednesday laid out key issues facing the international community on environmental issues, including pollution as well as the linkages among the environment, wars and conflicts, and migration. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNEP to launch green reclamation project in Niger Delta
    28 may 2016 14:13:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said it will launch a major Full text...

  • UN: UN report stresses need for global responses to air pollution
    24 may 2016 18:04:08
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Full text...

  • UK: 'Shell faces further lawsuits for Nigeria oil spills'
    02 march 2016 07:50:51
    London, UK (PANA) - Shell’s failure to maintain and protect pipelines may leave it liable to a raft of compensation claims from dozens of Niger Delta communities, said Amnesty International on Tuesday as London law firm Leigh Day announced two more lawsuits against Royal Dutch Shell. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNEP warns environmental filth heightens lung cancer deaths
    17 february 2016 18:24:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner warned Wednesday that the destruction of the ozone layer by chemical pollutants and changing lifestyles is likely to worsen the disease burden around the world, including states recovering from a recent Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • UN: ICAO sets carbon standards for commercial airplanes to reduce pollution
    09 february 2016 15:05:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Tuesday in Montreal, Canada, reached an agreement on the first-ever global carbon standards for commercial airplanes, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • Kenya: Environment watchdog takes action against car pollutants in Kenya
    05 february 2016 18:26:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) will begin a crackdown on smoke emitting car pollutants and factories emitting industrial effluent as part of its efforts to restore air quality and prevent the adverse effects of climate change, a top official said. Full text...

  • UN: UN unveils move to make cooking safe for 10m people by 2020
    22 november 2014 07:39:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Every year, household air pollution from cooking kills over four million Full text...

  • South Africa: Greenpeace calls Eskom’s pollution reduction measures 'window dressing'
    21 august 2014 12:20:19
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace has described as a mere window dressing the pollution reducing measures so far taken by the South African power utility Eskom. Full text...

  • Libya: International meeting on environment and oil industry opens
    17 june 2014 20:55:37
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The second international conference on the oil industry devoted to the assessment of the environmental impact of the oil industry opened on Tuesday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Congo: Oil firms urged to further reduce gas flaring
    18 february 2014 12:43:17
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese environmentalists Tuesday urged the heads of oil companies operating in the country to further reduce gas flaring to deal with pollution-related risks facing people living in oil production areas, PANA learnt from here. Full text...

  • East African Environment Ministers discuss anti-pollution taxation
    21 october 2012 18:41:47
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - East African Environment Ministers have ended a meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to discuss a set of radical policy proposals to deal with environmental pollution, including the introduction of a pay-as-you-pollute taxes, according to a statement from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Saturday. Full text...

  • UNEP welcomes Nigeria's move to clean-up oil contamination in Ogoniland
    01 august 2012 17:23:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Progarmme (UNEP) on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the Nigerian government to clean up a major oil contamination in Ogoniland region, in the south eastern part the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria's main opposition party wants oil firms punished for pollution
    18 march 2012 14:32:56
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has sharply criticized the federal government for allegedly treating oil companies operating in the country with 'kid gloves', even when their oil exploration activities pollute the communities in the country's Niger Delta oil region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UN to monitor Ogoni oil spill clean-up
    09 august 2011 08:49:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN is said to be planning a close monitoring of the clean-up of the Ogoni oil spill in Nigeria as recommended by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in its report last week, the Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday, quoting Martin Nesirky, the spokesperson to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Shell MD calls oil spills in Niger Delta 'tragedy'
    04 august 2011 17:53:33
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC), Mutiu Sunmonu, has described oil spills in the country's Niger Delta region as a tragedy, which the company takes very seriously. Full text...

  • Nigeria: UNEP releases report on oil pollution in Niger Delta
    04 august 2011 17:21:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which carried out a 14-month assessment of pollution from over 50 years of oil operations in Ogoniland in Nigeria's oil produce Niger Delta region, has found widespread oil pollution that could take 20-30 years to clean up. Full text...

  • Congo bans production, importation of plastic bags
    02 june 2011 14:20:12
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) –The Congolese government has banned the production and importation of plastic bags, the country’s Minister of Communication, Bienvenu Okiémy, announced in Brazzaville, the capital, Thursday. Full text...

  • Investigation reveals high level of lead pollution, mercury levels in Nigerian state
    07 january 2011 16:17:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A UN report released Friday said high levels of lead pollution were found in the soil in Full text...

  • Nigeria moves to curtail oil spills, records over 3,000 spills
    24 august 2010 08:02:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has warned oil companies operating in the countr y that it will strictly enforce anti-spillage rules to make the country safe, following reports that 3,203 oil spills were rec orded between 2006 and 2010. Full text...

  • Kenyaâ?s noise polluters gang up against â~offensiveâ? law
    25 january 2010 11:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya n Association of Manufacturers (KAM) announced here Monday that it was in the process of collecting views on challenges faced b y industries in the enforcement of the Noise and Excessive Vibration Control law being enforced by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). Full text...

  • Tunisia-EC sign 43 million-euro credit line to clean-up pollution
    16 november 2009 22:24:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisia on Monday signed a 43 million-euro credit line w ith the European Commission and the French Development Agency, Alliance Francais e de Developpement (AFD), to finance projects implemented by companies to clean-u p industrial pollution, official sources said in Tunis. Full text...

  • Fines for Mauritian polluters up by more than 100%
    08 august 2009 11:33:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) - â" Fines to be paid by polluters in Mauritius have jumped up by more than 100 per cent as the government finds ways to curb pollut i on, according to new measures agreed by the council of ministers. Full text...

  • Kinshasa fingers 3 companies over Congo River pollution
    06 july 2009 17:00:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The Congo Green Party (PECO) accused three companies in Kinshasa, the capital, of polluting Congo River and demanded “immediate comp e nsation,” according to a statement made available to PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt has failed people of Niger Delta, says AI
    30 june 2009 17:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI), which works to protect huma n rights worldwide, has slammed the Nigerian government, saying “The government i s failing in its obligation to respect and protect the rights of people in the N i ger Delta to food, water, health and livelihood. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt has failed people of Niger Delta, says AI
    30 june 2009 17:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI), which works to protect human rights worldwide, has slammed the Nigerian government, saying “The government i s failing in its obligation to respect and protect the rights of people in the Ni g er Delta to food, water, health and livelihood. Full text...

  • Mauritius to punish environmental offenders
    10 june 2009 12:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian Ministry of Tourism and Leisure ann ounced Wednesday that environmental offenders would henceforth be subjected to v a rious fines as a deterrent. Full text...

  • Officials to discuss Indian Ocean pollution control measures Monday
    07 june 2009 13:18:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A four-day meeting on the development of sea tran sportation and prevention of coastal pollution in the western part of the Indian Ocean is due to start here on Monday, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Ministry to monitor air quality in Mauritius
    06 april 2009 18:09:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Environment Ministry is seeking partner ship with international organisations to help the National Environmental Laborat o ry (NEL) acquire expertise in the field of ambient air quality monitoring, Envir o nment Minister, Lormus Bundhoo, said Monday at a workshop in the capital. Full text...

  • Ministry to monitor air quality in Mauritius
    06 april 2009 18:06:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Environment Ministry is seeking partner ship with international organisations to help the National Environmental Laborat o ry (NEL) acquire expertise in the field of ambient air quality monitoring, Envir o nment Minister, Lormus Bundhoo, said Monday at a workshop in the capital. Full text...

  • Shell cleans up oil spill site in Nigeria
    24 march 2009 08:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell has commenced the cleaning o f an oil spill site at the Ikarama Community in Yenagoa, capital city of Bayelsa state in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region. Full text...

  • Environment ministers agree to limit mercury pollution
    20 february 2009 17:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Environment ministers from 140 countries across the world ended their week-long meeting here Friday with the adoption of a landmark pact to speedily negotiate a new treaty to curb global mercury pollution, PANA reports from the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • Environment ministers agree to limit mercury pollution
    20 february 2009 14:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Environment ministers from 140 countries across the world ended their week-long meeting here Friday with the adoption of a landmark pact to speedily negotiate a new treaty to curb global mercury pollution, PANA reports from the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • Fund supports Senegal in lead decontamination project
    20 january 2009 22:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Global Environment Fund (GEF) has granted US$ 1 mill ion to Senegal to bolster the country's project for soil decontamination and det o xification of lead-poisoned people in one of the suburbs of Dakar. Full text...

  • Groups canvass end to gas flaring in Nigeria
    13 january 2009 12:37:00
    Lagos- Nigeria(PANA) -- Two environmental bodies - Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) and Environmental Rights Action (ERA) - have asked the Nigerian government to ensure that oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region put an end to gas flaring as a way of promoting the environment, ending massive poverty and ensuring healthy living of the people of the area. Full text...

  • Researcher deplores Niger river pollution
    12 september 2008 18:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A research worker at the Niamey-based Abdou Moumouni University, Laouali Mahaman Sani, Thursday deplored the serious pollution of the Niger river and the absence of a waste water treatment and evacuation system in the country's capital city, Niamey. Full text...

  • Kenyan Police commanders to combat environmental pollution
    24 april 2008 13:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has trained 120 Police prosecutors to tackle environmental pollution cases and plans are underway to train Police c ommanders to detect and bolster the battle against pollution, officials said Thu r sday. Full text...

  • Greenpeace hails Libya's action to protect the Mediterranean
    18 december 2007 22:03:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Juan Lopez De Uralde, executive director and member of the board of Greenpeace, the environmental non-governmental organisation, has hailed Libya's efforts to protect the Mediterranean Sea from pollution. Full text...

  • UNEP to assess 300 oil-polluted sites in Nigeria
    06 november 2007 10:28:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is to team up with the UNDP to conduct a comprehensive environmental assessment of oil-polluted sites in Ogoniland in Nigeria's oil producing Niger Delta region, a UN statement said here Monday. Full text...

  • 20 African countries victims of air pollution
    01 may 2007 11:45:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- New estimates published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that in the 21 most affected countries in Africa, air pollution inside houses is the main cause of nearly 5 percent of mortality and morbidity. Full text...

  • Meeting on maritime pollution control opens in Tripoli
    06 december 2006 11:16:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A three-day training on the control of maritime environment pollution, organised by the Libyan Maritime Biology Centre in conjunction with the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development, AOAD, is underway in Tajoura, some 20-km east of Tripoli. Full text...

  • 20 injured in anti-toxic waste protest in Abidjan
    10 october 2006 20:15:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – At least 20 person-s were seriously injured Monday when police violently dispersed a demonstration against the dumping of toxic waste 19 August 2008 in the Vridi suburb of Abidjan, reliable sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Abidjan residents protest new toxic waste dump site
    10 october 2006 11:27:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Residents of Vridi, in the Abidjan port area, have opposed plans by authorities to store the toxic waste dumped last 19 August in the Ivorian metropolis in the commune pending processing and transfer to another destination. Full text...

  • Ivorian investigators for Estonia over toxic waste dump
    02 october 2006 13:49:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) – A multidisciplinar-y team comprising seven investigators from Cote d'Ivoire was expected to leave Abidjan Monday for Estonia to conduct investigations at the port of Paldiski, where the oil tanker, Probo Koala, which recently dumped toxic waste in Abidjan, is grounded. Full text...

  • Abidjan cleans up toxic waste
    18 september 2006 10:46:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny Sunday led an exercise to remove toxic wastes dumped recently in the capital, Abidjan, by a Russian vessel. Full text...

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