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  • Mauritius: Govt. to subsidize purchase of solar water heaters in Mauritius
    05 july 2015 16:53:03
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian government will on Monday launch a new programme of subsidy to help Mauritian families acquire solar water heaters during the period 2015/2016. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius rehabilitates caves
    05 july 2015 10:33:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has launched a project to rehabilitate 60 of the 120 caves that exist on the island in a bid to sensitize the population on the need to preserve them for their scientific, utility, educational and cultural values, according to the Environment Ministry in the Mauritian capital, Port Louis. Full text...

  • UN: First-ever heatwave warning guidelines issued by UN as global temperatures soar
    02 july 2015 08:45:30
    New York, US (PANA) - Two UN agencies have unveiled a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heatwaves affecting the planet. Full text...

  • UN: UN says new post-2020 climate change targets represent 60% of global emissions
    30 june 2015 22:23:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Tuesday's formal submission of post-2020 climate change targets or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) by both the China and South Korea, which together represent over 60 per cent of global emissions. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwanda imports 7 lions from South Africa to boost tourism sector
    30 june 2015 14:25:14
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwandan government Tuesday imported seven lions from South Africa to its national Akagera Park, located in the eastern part of the country, as part of the ongoing national tourism campaign dedicated to re-introduce endangered animals, official sources told PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Mali: Elephants in northern Mali face poachers, drought
    29 june 2015 21:58:23
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Forty elephants have been killed by poachers since the political and security crisis began in Mali in 2012 while 28 baby calves died in 2015 in the northern Gourma-region, which is experiencing severe drought, the national Malian daily "L'Essor" reported on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks governments on efforts to reach new climate deal
    29 june 2015 20:35:55
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says governments must accelerate their efforts to reach a universal climate agreement in Paris, France, next December. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Oxfam urges increase of climate financing by rich countries
    29 june 2015 09:12:45
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The chance of a successful Paris climate deal depends on rich countries showing they have kept their past commitments, especially the promise they made in Copenhagen to jointly mobilize US$100 billion of climate financing per year by 2020, global agency Oxfam warned Monday. Full text...

  • Seychelles: Seychelles authorities launch initiative to protect sharks
    26 june 2015 18:12:30
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) - Authorities in Seychelles Friday launched an initiative dubbed 'The Shark Fin Soup Project' to raise public awareness on myths and realities of sharks in view of global concerns in recent years about the sustainability of the current exploitation of the carnivorous fish. Full text...

  • Kenya: Lands minister charged with obstructing probe into land grab
    26 june 2015 14:05:09
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's suspended lands minister, Charity Ngilu, pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of obstructing investigations into a land grabbing case involving top government officials. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius gets key tool to mitigate climate change
    19 june 2015 17:18:13
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has become the first Small Island Developing State (SIDS) to acquire a '2050 Pathways Calculator', a groundbreaking tool that allows policy makers to consider feasible energy demand and supply pathways for reducing emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) by the year 2050. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius obtains French assistance on Climate Change
    19 june 2015 15:32:36
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - France will help Mauritius in the preparation for an Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), measures, both mitigation and adaptation, that countries intend to undertake towards achieving the objective of the United Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), especially in greenhouse gas emissions reduction and limiting global warming to below 2°C, relative to pre-industrial levels. Full text...

  • US: US agency destroys confiscated ivory to save African wildlife
    19 june 2015 08:27:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on Friday in New York City Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes Pope's encyclical on climate change
    19 june 2015 08:22:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed Pope Francis' encyclical on human ecology, which was published Thursday and which highlighted that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Kofi Annan supports Papal stand on human ecology
    18 june 2015 15:47:38
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Former Secretary General of the United Nations and President of the Africa Progress Panel (App), Kofi Annan, has pledged support to Pope Francis, whose encyclical "Laudato si" on human ecology was published Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt to launch schemes promoting sustainable development
    18 june 2015 12:45:51
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Government will plans to launch three schemes under which subsidies will be offered to the population to enable them develop composting, rainwater harvesting and producing hot water with solar panels in a bid to promote sustainable development in the island, PANA learnt Thursday from official sources here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Leading conservationists join Tanzania in anti-poaching campaign
    18 june 2015 09:30:53
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Two leading conservation organizations, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and WildAid, Thursday launched here a new public awareness campaign to educate the public about the severe poaching crisis and build widespread support to protect elephants and other species from the illegal wildlife trade. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials urge action to protect arable land
    17 june 2015 19:32:57
    New York, US (PANA) - Land is a renewable resource, but only if investments are made in land Full text...

  • Nigeria: 14 million face effects of desertification in Nigeria
    17 june 2015 17:46:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – About 14 million Nigerians in the northern part of the country and 43 per cent of Nigeria's land mass are being affected by desertification, the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs Fatima Nana Mede said Wednesday in Abuja. Full text...

  • UN: UN environment agency urges ban of microplastics in cosmetics, personal care products
    16 june 2015 22:43:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Next time you are in the shower using a refreshing exfoliating shower gel, take a moment to check what the scrubbing agents are made of, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) a statement on a report issued on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: US Government moves to crush ivory trade
    15 june 2015 17:59:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced Monday it will destroy more than one ton of illegal ivory in New York City’s Times Square this week. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: BEI grants Malawi 50 million Euros for water
    12 june 2015 14:49:07
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The vice-president of the European Investment Bank (BEI), Pim van Ballekom, and the Malawi minister of Finances, Economic planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe, on Friday signed a loan agreement for an extra 24 million Euros to finance the investment programme in the water sector in the city of Lilongwe. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Govt. to implement 3 clean projects to protect the environment
    12 june 2015 14:37:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) — The Mauritian Environment, Sustainable Development and Disaster and Beach Management Ministry Friday announced that it would implement three clean projects in a bid to further protect the environment of the island. Full text...

  • UN: UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Group to advance sustainable transport systems
    11 june 2015 21:43:40
    New York, US (PANA) - A high-level advisory group, established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, agreed on Thursday to take measures that could accelerate a shift toward safer, healthier, more effective, efficient and sustainable transport systems. Full text...

  • UN: ILO chief says tackling climate change creates opportunity for job creation
    11 june 2015 19:38:08
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Full text...

  • UN: World’s largest forum on nuclear explosion detection to be held 22-26 June
    10 june 2015 20:25:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-BanTreaty Organisation (CTBTO) will on 22-26 June in Vienna, Austria host a Science and Technology 2015 Conference, which will bring together key scientists, verification and nuclear arms control experts from around the world, a UN statement said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN committee on outer space focuses on sustainability, climate change
    10 june 2015 20:20:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNOOSA) opened its annual session in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday with the role of sustainability and climate change in outer space activities taking centre stage. Full text...

  • Zambia: Pace of UN climate talks in Bonn worries African civil society organisations
    10 june 2015 17:00:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – As the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany, draws to a close, African civil society organisations are gravely concerned about the progress of negotiations and the mistrust reigning the corridors of the new World Conference Centre, the venue of the meeting. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief tasks global leaders on environmentally-sustainable cities
    10 june 2015 08:12:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has called on global leaders to adapt to the demographic and cultural shift that is taking place in cities worldwide in order to make them economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially vibrant. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Africa Progress Panel welcomes G7 commitment on reduction of gas emissions
    09 june 2015 20:00:55
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Chair of Africa Progress Panel (APP) Kofi Annan on Tuesday welcomed the commitment made by the G7 to make deep cuts in emissions and to phase out fossil fuels by the end of the century. Full text...

  • Botswana: Minister launches water saving scheme
    09 june 2015 08:42:55
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Minister Kitso Mokaila has launched a save water campaign, tagged 'Somarela Thothi' (Save a Drop). Full text...

  • UN: UN urges global action to protect, restore oceans
    08 june 2015 15:51:59
    New York, US (PAN) - Although the world's oceans are vast, their capacity to withstand damage caused by human activity is limited, compromising their critical contribution to the future of sustainable development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan govt. links poaching to terror financing
    05 june 2015 21:02:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said Friday a series of arrests linked to a recent ivory stockpile recovered in Thailand has confirmed that poachers have been funding the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), an armed vigilante group operating in Kenya’s coastal region. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Kenyan tycoon, sons arrested in connection to ivory seizures in Asia
    05 june 2015 18:21:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police in Kenya have arrested several people in connection with two caches of illegal ivory seized in Thailand and Singapore respectively, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) disclosed Friday. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks World Environment Day, urges people to be agents of change
    05 june 2015 14:50:35
    New York, US (PANA) - With many of the earth's ecosystems nearing "critical tipping points", Full text...

  • Mauritius: Too much water being wasted in Mauritius - Minister
    05 june 2015 10:01:01
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Though Mauritius has no drought problem, it faces a huge challenge as too much water is being wasted in the country, according to Energy and Public Utilities Minister Ivan Collendavalloo. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNESCO chief says mankind needs green societies, green economies
    05 june 2015 07:48:31
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - On a planet facing rising pressure, daily choices of human activity matter, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova said in her message on the occasion of World Environment Day, which is observed 5 June every year. Full text...

  • UN: UN official stresses need for renewed momentum towards achieving climate accord
    05 june 2015 07:24:34
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change, Mr. Janos Pasztor, has stressed the need for renewed momentum to achieving a climate agreement in Paris in December, saying that the clock is ticking faster, but so much has happened over the past few weeks. Full text...

  • Kenya: Three killed as heavy rains pound Nairobi
    03 june 2015 18:04:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -Three people were killed in a downpour that pounded Nairobi late Tuesday, city officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: ILO-led programme creates green jobs, builds green homes in Zambia
    03 june 2015 14:07:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Zambia’s construction sector has not only played a central role in the country’s growth, but also proven it can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to an expert working on the Zambia Green Jobs Programme which is led by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with financial assistance from the Government of Finland. Full text...

  • Zambia: Climate justice groups back African renewables proposal
    03 june 2015 14:01:10
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Climate justice advocates have expressed their support for the African Group proposal to advance energy transformation in developing countries even before the new climate deal is expected to take effect in 2020. Full text...

  • UN: Small Arms Survey 2015 highlights increased firepower to wildlife poaching
    01 june 2015 19:23:30
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN survey launched on Monday in New York said illegal trade Full text...

  • UN: Atomic energy chief wants global response to cyber threats on nuclear facilities
    01 june 2015 19:16:02
    New York, US (PANA) - The international community must intensify efforts to protect the Full text...

  • Tanzania: Classical Chinese pianist joins campaign to save Africa’s elephants
    01 june 2015 12:02:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - World-famous classical pianist Lang Lang on Monday took a stand against ivory consumption, with a new public service announcement in Beijing, China, aiming to educate the public on the toll that both legal and illegal ivory sales are taking on Africa’s elephants. Full text...

  • US: US commends China's efforts to stop ivory trade
    30 may 2015 05:04:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The US has commended the Chinese government for destroying over 600 kilograms of ivory in Beijing on Friday and for its commitment to eventually halt the commercial processing and sale of ivory and its products. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AWF lauds China’s steps to stem illegal African ivory trade
    29 may 2015 15:30:21
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) on Friday applauded the Chinese government for taking steps to ensure its citizens do not contribute to the illegal ivory trade which has encouraged the poaching of elephants in Africa. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN’s CDM to be further simplified, streamlined
    29 may 2015 13:46:57
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) is to be further simplified and streamlined to enhance its cost-effectiveness, a statement released by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: New survey says Hong Kong public supports elephant ivory sales ban
    26 may 2015 16:41:52
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) — As elephant poaching crisis continues, over three quarters of citizens living in key ivory market support a comprehensive ban on elephant ivory sales, according to a new survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme. Full text...

  • UN: UN meteorological forum moves to address global warming
    26 may 2015 07:11:40
    New York, US (PANA) - With a welcoming 'tweet' from the International Space Station and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's renewed appeal for bold climate action, the UN World Meteorological Congress opened its 17th session on Monday seeking to address continuing concerns over global warming. Full text...

  • UN: American-Senegalese musician, Akon, to facilitate 600m Africans with electricity
    25 may 2015 06:57:21
    New York, US (PANA) - American-Senegalese musician Akon, who is also the co-founder, Full text...

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