Environment - Pollution
  • UNEP concerned by deteriorating air quality in African cities
    29 july 2006 11:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) – A new study by the Nairobi--based UN Environment Programme (UNEP) shows a rapid deterioration of air quality in African cities, with air pollution constituting a major threat to the environment, the economy and the populations' quality of life. Full text...

  • Hundreds of flamingos die in Kenya
    22 july 2006 11:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Hundreds of flamingos have been reported dead in Kenya's Lake Nakuru wildlife sanctuary in the past week, raising fear and anxiety among wildlife conservation and management personnel and other stakeholders at the national park. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to save water catchment areas
    31 march 2006 19:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Water Resources Management Authority on Friday unveiled measures tailored to rehabilitate polluted water sources in the Tana river water catchment area. Full text...

  • Oil slick hits Abidjan coast
    31 march 2006 15:50:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - – The spill into the sea of significant quantities of crude oil following an accident Tuesday by a drilling boat near the oil rig of Al Baraka, off Jacqueville (some 100 km from Abidjan), has caused an oil slick on the Abidjan coast. Full text...

  • Kenyan activist, fishermen protest environmental degradation
    09 january 2006 16:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan environmentalist and fishermen in the country's coastal town of Malindi, have condemned over-fishing and dumping of waste products in the area. Full text...

  • Namibian rights body deplores water pollution
    27 september 2005 10:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Namibia's National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) has disagreed with NamWater for alleging that "category C" water supply at Opuwo town in the northern Kunene Region was 'still' fit for human consumption despite large quantity of magnesium and sulphate. Full text...

  • Marine pollution discussed at Douala meeting
    19 september 2005 12:50:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- A five-day international seminar in the fight against marine pollution by oil products opened Monday in Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon. Full text...

  • Dutch govt signs first gas emission reduction accord
    30 july 2005 11:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- IFC-Netherlands Carbon Facility (INCaF), a joint initiative of the International Finance Corporation and the Dutch government, recently signed an emissions reductions purchase agreement worth approximately $10 million to purchase greenhouse gas emission reductions from renewable energy projects in India. Full text...

  • Morocco gets ADB funding to reduce air pollution
    22 june 2005 16:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) will grant Morocco a loan of $85 million in support of the environmental upgrading programme of the main supplier of refined petroleum on the market of the North African country. Full text...

  • US takes 'clean indoor air' campaign to Uganda
    14 june 2005 18:49:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The US government has announced a grant of $150,000 towards the promotion of efficient cookstoves in Uganda as part of its worldwide support to the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, the American embassy said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mozambican residents accuse cement company of environmental pollution
    13 may 2005 20:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Residents of Mozambique's southern city of Matola, which hosts the largest concentration of industries in the country, have accused the national cement company "Cimentos de Mocambique" of polluting the environment. Full text...

  • Kenya probes Mombasa port oil spill
    12 april 2005 09:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is investigating last week's oil spill at the Kenyan Indian Ocean port of Mombasa to advise government on appropriate measures to address adverse after-effects of the spill, environmental authorities confirmed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • British official wants Africa prioritise environment
    24 february 2005 15:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- British environment minister Elliot Morley has warned African countries against the grave consequences of neglecting the pollution of rivers and depletion of forested lands. Full text...

  • UNEP Ministerial Council to attack pollution
    18 february 2005 16:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) will convene its General Council meeting here Monday to discuss the progress achieved in implementing a set of goals for eradicating global pollution levels, an official source announced Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe moves to save town threatened by acid spillage
    31 january 2005 18:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwean government Monday dispatched water and health scientists to Gwanda, a small farming town in the south of the country where a derailed train spilled over 40,000 litres of harmful acids into a water supply dam. Full text...

  • Kenya govt moves to check hazardous chemicals
    24 january 2005 11:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Environment minister Kalonzo Musyoka directed importers Monday to consult with his ministry before bringing any type of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) into Kenya. Full text...

  • Kenyan fishermen threatened by polluted Lake Victoria
    31 december 2004 17:43:00
    Asembo Bay- Kenya (PANA) -- As the boat with the inscription, "Jamadar," and five fishermen on board approaches the shores of Ka Mito beach on the Kenyan end of Lake Victoria, several fish buyers converge, curiosity written all over their faces. Full text...

  • South Africans campaign to remove cigarette butts from beaches
    29 december 2004 11:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A group of South Africans have embarked on a major campaign to rid the country's beaches of unsightly cigarette butts ahead of the Christmas holidays. Full text...

  • Environmentalist warns pollution may destroy Lake Victoria -
    22 december 2004 13:01:00
    Kisumu- Kenya (PANA) -- Industries discharging raw wastes into Lake Victoria constitute a real threat to the livelihood of over 30 million people living within its basin due to rising pollution of the fresh water mass, an environmentalist warned here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Algeria installs 1,000 environmental delegates in firms
    06 december 2004 14:45:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's environment minister Cherif Rahmani on Monday launched the "polluter pays" Principle adopted as a law last year by installing the first group of 1,000 in the country's enterprises. Full text...

  • Benin bans imports of unleaded fuel
    29 november 2004 17:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has banned the importing and distribution of unleaded gasoline in the country starting from 1 January 2005, official sources have said According to the sources, licence holders for importing, storing and distribution of petrol products and by-products are required to abide by the ban against unleaded fuel by the announced date. Full text...

  • Sweden helps Cape Verde to combat sea pollution
    20 november 2004 10:31:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Sweden will provide 219,000 Euro to finance a project aimed at safeguarding human lives at sea and marine environment in Cape Verde, informed sources told PANA in Praia. Full text...

  • Mauritius moves against non-biodegradable wastes
    19 november 2004 18:54:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian environment minister Rajesh Bhagwan has decided to take action against factories that ignore regulations on the production of plastic sacs, saying that environmental police will pay regular visits to such firms. Full text...

  • WHO calls indoor air pollution "killer in the kitchen"
    15 october 2004 19:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) marked the World Rural Women's Day Friday by drawing attention to indoor air pollution as one of the major causes of death and disease in the world's poorest countries. Full text...

  • Mauritius authorities move in against polluting cars
    12 september 2004 14:24:00
    Port Louis- Maurice (PANA) -- The environmental police in Mauritius have launched a campaign against polluting vehicles, mounting checkpoints along the country's roads. Full text...

  • Pollution causes Algeria annual losses of 3.5 billion dollars
    16 august 2004 21:52:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria losses on average 3. Full text...

  • WHO says pollution kills 3 million under-five children yearly
    23 june 2004 21:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Around the world, polluted air and water and other environment-related hazards kill more than three million children under the age of five every year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a new report. Full text...

  • Kenya moves to pre-empt oil spills in waters
    07 june 2004 19:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) director general Ratemo Michieka hinted Monday that a law was in the pipeline to guard against oil spillage in Kenya's water bodies. Full text...

  • Kenya gets touch on marine polluters
    04 june 2004 21:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Ahead of World Environment Day, environmental law enforcers in Kenya on Friday demanded operators of beach tourists resorts in Mombasa to submit their affluent waste disposal methods and environmental risk assessment reports in three months or face court prosecution. Full text...

  • Algeria earmarks 58 million dollars to clean up Annaba
    23 may 2004 14:59:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian government has approved a 58-million dollar clean up project for the city of Annaba, 500 km east of Algiers. Full text...

  • US activists tour South Africa's pollution hotspots
    29 march 2004 12:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Five environmental justice activists from the Unites States are on a tour of pollution hotspots in South Africa, media reports said Monday. Full text...

  • Uganda to ban hazardous automobiles, leaded fuel
    18 march 2004 21:02:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The authorities in Kampala have indicated an imminent ban on the importation of vehicles that pose a threat to the environment. Full text...

  • Experts warn massive pollution on water masses in Kenya
    13 march 2004 14:18:00
    Nakuru- Kenya (PANA) -- Environmental and provincial authorities in Kenya's Rift-Valley region warned Saturday that several water masses in the region, including Lake Nakuru, were threatened with extinction due to industrial pollution and massive deforestation in water catchment areas. Full text...

  • Researchers discuss alternative organic pollutants
    09 february 2004 19:46:00
    Abomey-Calavi- Benin (PANA) -- About 50 African and European researchers and industrialists started a meeting aimed at finding alternative solutions to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) whose utilisation is banned or restricted by the Stockholm Convention on biological diversity. Full text...

  • South Africa effects first ever pollution arrest
    13 january 2004 13:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police have arrested a real estate owner for illegally dumping hazardous waste on his property, the first ever pollution-related arrest in South Africa. Full text...

  • Benin adopts plan to effect convention on pollutants
    05 december 2003 11:46:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has adopted a national plan to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), official sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • Environmental changes worry sports men and women
    13 november 2003 08:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Environmental changes, including smog, intense sunlight and declining ski conditions are causing grave concern among sports men and women, indicates an international survey. Full text...

  • Extraordinary session of IOC ministers ends in Moroni
    01 november 2003 19:12:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) ministers, who held a two-day meeting here to discuss oil pollution problems around their territorial waters, have decided to set up a regional centre for the co-ordination of the IOC Plan against the problem in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Kenyan study reveals high level of lead in soil, vegetables
    21 october 2003 15:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A joint research conducted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya reveals high lead levels in urban areas in both soil and in vegetables, with the higher concentrations linked to lead contamination from motor vehicle fumes. Full text...

  • Moroccan, Britain organise seminar on marine pollution
    16 october 2003 21:25:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco and Britain would on 20 October jointly organise a seminar in Casablanca on problems encountered in the collection of waste in urban areas, and on marine pollution, the British embassy in Rabat indicated in a statement Thursday. Full text...

  • Pollution of Nairobi River riles environmentalist
    16 october 2003 20:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Clean Up the World (CUW) Campaign and Events manager Hannah Arbeid has denounced the scale of pollution in Nairobi River, insisting on the need to scale up clean-up exercises countrywide. Full text...

  • Riparian communities suffer pollution in Swaziland
    06 october 2003 17:06:00
    Nhlambeni- Swaziland (PANA) -- As the Swazi government continues to relent on enforcing environmental laws, pollution in Swaziland's Lusushwana River have begun to severely affect riparian communities and aquatic plants and animals living in the river. Full text...

  • SADC's response to air pollution inadequate
    22 september 2003 21:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries have been responding quite inadequately to the growing problems of air pollution, Mozambique's environment minister John Kachamila warned in Maputo on Monday. Full text...

  • Chad draws anti-oil production pollution plan
    07 september 2003 10:48:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chadian authorities have drawn a national plan to deal with the accidental spillage of hydrocarbons during oil exploitation, which started 15 July 2003. Full text...

  • Major project to study brown haze over Cape Town
    29 july 2003 08:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The unsightly brown haze hovering over Cape Town predominantly during winter is the focus of the Brown Haze project launched in the city on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya goes tough on industrial pollution
    28 july 2003 14:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government has introduced tough new laws to curb industrial pollution in the country, Environment Minister Newton Kulundu said Monday. Full text...

  • Netherlands gives Mali 7 billion CFA to fight pollution
    12 june 2003 10:52:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Dutch government has given Mali 7 billion francs CFA to help clean areas of Bamako badly polluted by industrial waste, the ministry of environment said in a statement. Full text...

  • World Bank studies marine pollution in Indian Ocean
    19 may 2003 18:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Bank on Monday said it was engaged in feasibility studies for a $30-billion so-called Marine Electronic Highway to monitor the elimination of oceanic oil spills and marine pollution across the lower parts of the Indian ocean. Full text...

  • S. Africa has new laws to reduce plastic bag pollution
    09 may 2003 14:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Legislation aimed at reducing pollution caused by plastic bags in South Africa went into effect on Friday. Full text...

  • Researchers find Nairobi too noisy
    02 may 2003 19:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Researchers have found that noise pollution in several parts of downturn Nairobi were in excess of the desirable levels conducive for business, the well being and good health of its residents. Full text...

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