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  • Embattled Malawi VP barred from visiting flood victims
    11 february 2012 14:58:57
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Embattled Vice-President Joyce Banda has been prevented from visiting and donating relief items to flood victims in the southernmost Lower Shire Valley district of Nsanje, district administration officials and the Vice-President have confirmed. Full text...

  • Mauritian weather services issue cyclone alert
    11 february 2012 12:27:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Meteorological Services on Saturday issued a cyclone (class II) alert following the movement of intense tropical cyclone "Giovanna" on the outskirts of the island. Full text...

  • World bank, Niger sign FCFA 30b deal to fight climate change
    10 february 2012 14:22:31
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger and the World Bank on Friday in Niamey signed a FCFA 30-billion deal aimed at funding the African nation's Community Action Project for climate resilience (PACRC/ PPCR), PANA learned from official sources. Full text...

  • UN official outlines priorities for Rio+20 summit
    10 february 2012 13:16:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Mr. Sha Zukang, on Friday outlined the priorities that member states should tackle ahead of the summit, due to hold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June, in order to set a clear framework of action during the event. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches international campaign to save monkeys
    09 february 2012 22:40:30
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A British NGO, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV), on Thursday launched an international campaign aimed at saving Mauritian monkeys ftom being exported for medical research. Full text...

  • UNESCO, UN University review policy perspectives one year after Japan Tsunami
    07 february 2012 19:29:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - One year after the devastating tsunami hit the east coast of Japan, UNESCO and the United Nations University (UNU) are organizing a symposium in Tokyo 16-17 February, to examine the lessons learnt from the disaster; consider its policy implications, and the importance of preparedness and discuss tsunami warning systems, UNESCO indicated in a press statement, received here Tuesday by PANA. Full text...

  • EAC moves to control use of polythene materials
    03 february 2012 18:09:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – In a move aimed at protecting the environment, the East African Legislative Assembly on Friday passed a bill seeking to prohibit the manufacture, sale, importation and use of polythene materials in member countries of the East African Community (EAC). Full text...

  • East African states move to ban plastics
    03 february 2012 13:09:53
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Five East African countries - Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania - have moved closer to a total ban on the use of plastics, after a regional legislative body passed a new law banning their use. Full text...

  • E/African Legislative Assembly passes draft law on trans-boundary ecosystems (re-issued)
    01 february 2012 19:25:48
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Aiming to enhance the quality of the environment and ensure sustainable utilisation of shared natural resources in the five-nation East African Community (EAC), the East African Legislative Assembly has moved a step closer to enacting a regional law on the management of trans-boundary ecosystems. Full text...

  • E/African Legislarive Assembly passes draft law on trans-boundary ecosystems
    01 february 2012 19:17:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Aiming to enhance the quality of the environment and ensure sustainable utilisation of shared natural resources in the five-nation East African Community (EAC), the East African Legislative Assembly has moved a step closer to enacting a regional law on the management of trans-boundary ecosystems. Full text...

  • Angola, Guinea Bissau sign MOU on conservation, ecosystems management
    01 february 2012 12:50:50
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angola and Guinea Bissau have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the management and conservation of ecosystems, protected areas as well as coastal and marine zones. Full text...

  • UN says 117,000 people affected by tropical storm in Mozambique
    01 february 2012 10:29:26
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN humanitarian agency said an estimated 117,000 people were affected by two tropical storms in Mozambique last week, and that it was closely monitoring the Full text...

  • AU Summit names Day for late Kenyan Environmentalist
    31 january 2012 09:18:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 18th African Union (AU) Summit has renamed the African Environment Day as Wangari Maathai Day, in honour of the late Kenyan Environmentalist, in addition to creating a continental prize in her honour. Full text...

  • 65 nations adopt UN-backed declaration on marine protection
    29 january 2012 08:34:29
    New York, US (PANA) - Sixty-five countries have agreed to step up efforts to protect the world's oceans from land-based activities, stressing "the marine environment is central role in the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient green economy". Full text...

  • First round of talks on Rio+20 draft document ends (Re-issued)
    29 january 2012 08:30:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Delegates from UN agencies, member states and various civil society groups on Saturday concluded three days of deliberations on the draft outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June. Full text...

  • Talks on Rio+20 draft document open in New York
    26 january 2012 07:39:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The first round of informal discussions on the proposed outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, scheduled to hold in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June, got under way in New York on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNFCCC secretariat calls for proposals for host of Climate Technology Centre
    20 january 2012 07:58:38
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Bonn-based UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) secretariat has called for proposals for the host of the Climate Technology Centre (CTC), as requested by governments at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, last December. Full text...

  • Mauritius to march for water this weekend
    16 january 2012 20:53:47
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian pressure group under the umbrella organisation Common Front of Social Workers announced on Monday that it would organise a march this weekend in Port-Louis to denounce the waste of water on the island. Full text...

  • UN releases first draft on Rio+20 conference
    16 january 2012 19:24:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Sha Zukang, on Monday welcomed the release of the first draft of recommendations on the conference holding in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-22 June. Full text...

  • Ban urges private sector to invest in sustainable development initiatives
    13 january 2012 10:14:21
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged investors to lend their support to sustainable development initiatives to deal with climate change and provide efficient energy solutions around the world. Full text...

  • Heavy rains render 1,000 people homeless in Angola
    30 december 2011 10:36:08
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - At least 1,491 people are homeless in Negage City, in Angola's northern Uige Province, following heavy rains in the area. Full text...

  • Oil spillage in Nigeria: Senate wants monitoring agencies better funded
    29 december 2011 17:28:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Chairman of the Nigerian Senate Committee on Ecology and Environment, Senator Bukola Saraki, has expressed disgust over the poor funding of agencies responsible for monitoring the activities of multi-national companies in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt to investigate latest oil spill from Shell field
    25 december 2011 09:26:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has said it will probe Tuesday's oil spill from Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company’s (SNEPCo's) offshore Bonga deep water field. Full text...

  • Shell Oil Spill in Nigeria: 'Spill remains offshore'
    23 december 2011 11:55:32
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - Shell announced on Friday that the oil spill from its 200,000 barrels-a-day offshore Bonga Field has remained offshore and has thinned, and that the source of the leak has been found. Full text...

  • Shell oil spill in Nigeria: Environmentalists urge independent verification
    23 december 2011 09:49:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid growing concern about the massive oil spillage from Shell's offshore Bonga Field in Nigeria on Wednesday, some environmental rights campaigners have urged the Nigerian government to order an independent verification of the scope of the spillage. Full text...

  • Nigerian Senate says Shell should pay compensation after latest spill
    22 december 2011 16:02:11
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Senate said on Thursday that the Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch oil giant Shell should be ready to pay compensation to Nigerians affected by its latest oil spill. Full text...

  • Death toll from Dar es Salaam floods hits 13
    21 december 2011 18:08:38
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – The death toll from the floods following a downpour that pounded Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, for two consecutive days has risen to 13, the state-run TBC television announced late Wednesday quoting local authorities. Full text...

  • Floods claim two more lives in Dar es Salaam
    21 december 2011 12:29:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Two more persons drowned in floods here Wednesday, as heavy rain pounded Tanzania’s commercial capital for the second day, bringing the death toll to six, government officials confirmed. Full text...

  • Downpour floods Dar es Salaam, claims four lives
    21 december 2011 09:50:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - With at least four people reported killed in flash floods, Tanzania's meteorological agency is asking resident's of the country's Indian Ocean coastal areas to brace up for more downpours and flooding. Full text...

  • Ban tasks youth on planet's sustainable future
    12 december 2011 17:15:14
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Monday called on the youth to help combat the multiple threats faced by the planet, such as climate change and environmental destruction, to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. Full text...

  • UN hails new climate change deal
    12 december 2011 15:50:53
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the set of decisions reached by countries at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, saying "they represent a significant agreement that will define how the international community will address climate change in the coming years". Full text...

  • Climate talks end with landmark deal
    11 december 2011 07:28:13
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - The two-week UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, rounded off two days behind schedule on Sunday, but the delay proved worthwhile as the parties agreed a groundbreaking establishment of the Durban Platform, a universal legal agreement to negotiate a new global agreement by 2015. Full text...

  • UN negotiators seek breakthrough in Durban climate talks
    10 december 2011 17:48:51
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  • Mountain forests under threat, warns FAO
    10 december 2011 14:12:08
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The integrity and resilience of mountain forests is under threat from increasing temperatures and wildfires, population growth and food and fuel insecurity, warns a new FAO publication released on Friday. Full text...

  • UN climate talks yet to come up with final outcome
    10 december 2011 10:15:57
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – The United Nations Climate Change Conference, which was scheduled to end on Friday continued on Saturday with the final outcome of negotiations yet to be decided. Full text...

  • Hundreds protest at UN Climate Talks in solidarity with Africa, Small Islands
    09 december 2011 16:17:30
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Hundreds of people protested Friday in the halls of the UN Climate Change Conference here to demand that nations do not sign a “death sentence” in Durban, in solidarity with the millions of people already feeling the impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • EU says Durban climate deal is within reach, but warns time is running out
    09 december 2011 12:28:14
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - As the UN Climate Change Conference holding in Durban, South Africa, enters its final day on Friday, European Union (EU) Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard has said the success or failure of Durban hangs on a small number of few big countries which, she said, are not yet committed to the road map. Full text...

  • Climate Change: Zambia expects Durban to deliver legally-binding agreement
    08 december 2011 17:29:14
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Zambia on Thursday joined other countries calling for a legal agreement on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, which is one of the crucial issues being negotiated at the current UN Climate Change Conference ending here Friday. Full text...

  • Demonstrators at UN climate change assaulted as they try to engage Zuma
    08 december 2011 17:11:37
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - As tension rose with a day to go before negotiators at the Durban Climate Change Conference reach agreement on critical issues, violence broke out here Thursday when peaceful civil society demonstrators were attacked during a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma. Full text...

  • UNEP praises efforts to shift to green economies
    08 december 2011 16:59:23
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Poor countries across the world are engaging with the rich countries to reduce emissions from forests and fast track transitions to a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy, the UN Environmental Programme (UNEPP) said Thursday. Full text...

  • African Group at Climate talks insists on new legally-binding agreement
    08 december 2011 16:53:02
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) – Closed-door ministerial consultations were taking place Thursday as ministers gathered here for the UN Climate Change Conference tried to reach compromise on critical issues, particularly that relating to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol and the Green Climate Fund before the conference ends Friday. Full text...

  • UN official says Africa able to spend climate funds
    08 december 2011 16:38:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Under-Secretary Abdoulie Janneh has dismissed as a 'false debate', the assertions that African nations did not have the capacity to handle funds available to deal with climate change, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) said Thursday. Full text...

  • African super trade bloc unveils new climate change strategy
    08 december 2011 16:27:51
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have launched a joint five-year Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Canada says Kyoto Protocol not solution to climate change
    07 december 2011 18:57:10
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Canada, which has indicated that it will not commit to a second period of the Kyoto Protocol, on Wednesday suggested at the current UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, that, “the Kyoto Protocol is not where the solution lies – it is an agreement that covers fewer than 30 per cent of global emissions. Full text...

  • African Group sets out key demands at Durban Climate talks
    07 december 2011 17:33:50
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - As the United Nations Climate Change Conference draws to an end, the African Group of negotiators here have set out five key demands that include an agreeing to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Full text...

  • Annan tasks industrialized countries on climate fund
    07 december 2011 17:05:02
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, has said it is crucial that developed countries deliver on their commitment to mobilise US$ 100 billion by 2020 for the Green Climate Fund. Full text...

  • Germany grants Mali 6.5b FCFA to fight climate change
    07 december 2011 10:27:13
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Germany has granted Mali a financial support of 6.5 billion FCFA, or 10 million euro, to fight climate change, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Women most at risk from climate disasters - UN report
    07 december 2011 07:54:18
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - Women, particularly those living in mountain regions in developing countries, are facing disproportionately high risks to their livelihoods and health from climate change, as well as associated risks like human trafficking, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has said. Full text...

  • UN General Assembly adopts resolution to protect deep sea life
    06 december 2011 20:50:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN General Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution on Oceans and Sustainable Fisheries which calls on high seas fishing nations to take stronger actions to protect deep sea life. Full text...

  • South African photograph, Kenyan rap video win Connect4Climate competition
    06 december 2011 19:35:32
    Durban, South Africa (PANA) - A riveting photo -- Solar Panels: The Sunny Energy -- by a young South African, Dina Osman, and a catchy rap video -- Me and My Bike, celebrating bicycle transport, by Dickson Oyuki of Kenya -- won the top honors in the Africa-wide Connect4Climate (C4C) competition which was announced in Durban, South Africa, Monday. Full text...

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