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  • Cities to face rising costs for garbage treatment -- says World Bank report
    06 june 2012 16:04:02
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – A new, far-reaching report on the state of municipal solid waste around the world has predicted a sharp rise in the amount of garbage generated by urban residents between now and 2025. Full text...

  • President Nguesso lists challenges blocking Africa's sustainable development
    06 june 2012 14:23:58
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Africa is confronted by six challenges in its bid to promote sustainable development, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, said here Tuesday in his capacity as the spokesman for Africa at the upcoming Rio 20 conference. Full text...

  • Experts highlight role of technology in future African cities
    01 june 2012 19:51:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African mayors and leaders Thursday rose from their two-day meeting on urbanization in Africa, unanimously agreeing that innovative technologies can transform the way African cities manage critical functions like traffic, water, taxes, electricity, waste, security and social services, among others. Full text...

  • AfDB, WWF launch Africa Ecological Footprint Report
    01 june 2012 13:58:34
    Arusha, Tanzania (PANA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) and global conservation group, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), on Friday launched a joint report on the state of Africa’s environment. Full text...

  • East Africa-based solar power pioneer wins global green energy award
    30 may 2012 22:58:01
    London, UK (PANA) - A company specialising in providing affordable solar power products to remote rural communities has won a coveted Ashden Award for its work in Africa. Full text...

  • Activists protesting nuclear power in Africa beaten, detained
    30 may 2012 08:19:28
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Some Greenpeace activists were beaten and detained on Tuesday after demanding a halt to discussions aimed at expanding nuclear activity around the African continent. Full text...

  • Greenpeace campaigns against expansion of nuclear power in Africa
    29 may 2012 10:36:33
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Greenpeace Africa has demanded a halt to discussions aimed at expanding nuclear power not only in South Africa but also the rest of Africa. Full text...

  • UN Climate Talks: Rich countries accused of backtracking on commitments
    24 may 2012 14:52:04
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – As the current UN climate talks are abut to conclude after two bitter weeks of negotiations, global civil society said Thursday that some rich countries were pulling international climate regulation apart at the seams. Full text...

  • UN Climate Talks: Youth urge developed countries not to abandon Kyoto Protocol
    23 may 2012 18:00:32
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Young people from the youth constituency, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), on Wednesday asked developed countries not to 'jump ship' from the Kyoto Protocol (KP) and Long-term Co-operative Action (LCA) negotiating tracks at the ongoing climate talks in Bonn, Germany. Full text...

  • UN Climate Talks: African farmers need to prepare for climate change impact
    23 may 2012 08:47:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As negotiations continue at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) has emphasised that there must be a greater focus and support for farmers in poor countries to adapt to the impact of an already changing climate. Full text...

  • 'Civil society critical to climate change tackling process'
    21 may 2012 08:03:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Civil society is critical to policy processes that aim to tackle climate change and protect the poorest and most vulnerable communities from its impacts, according to a new report released Monday by a coalition of non-governmental organisations at the UN Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany. Full text...

  • UN Climate Talks: Experts highlight risks of expensive carbon market mechanisms
    18 may 2012 19:11:30
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - As the UN talks on climate change continued Friday, experts have warned of the risk of extending expensive 'market mechanisms' that have not produced significant emission reductions to date. Full text...

  • IGAD countries seek UN agencies support for drought resilience initiatives
    17 may 2012 19:04:20
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Ministers responsible for agriculture, livestock and arid lands in member nations of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Thursday called on UN agencies to support the bloc to establish a regional early warning system linked to mechanisms for early response to drought emergencies afflicting the region. Full text...

  • Africa stresses ‘fair emission cuts’ as key to moving climate talks forward
    17 may 2012 15:45:23
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - African countries attending the opening of the 'Durban Platform' climate talks in Bonn, Germany, on Thursday expressed worry that there had been no change in proposed emission cuts, even though the current inadequate pledges risk 2.5-5C of warming. Full text...

  • FAO helps Tanzania monitor carbon stocks
    17 may 2012 15:19:40
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - FAO is helping scientists and policymakers in Tanzania to evaluate how much carbon is stored in forests and forests soils, which will enable them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Full text...

  • Gambian government challenged on alleged land deal
    15 may 2012 18:16:19
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Mai Ahmed Fatty, the leader of opposition Gambia Moral Party (GMC), has challenged the government to clarify an alleged land deal between the latter and some Bangladeshi mercantilists, PANA reports Tuesday. Full text...

  • Govts meet in Bonn for climate change talks
    14 may 2012 18:36:00
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Government representatives started meeting Monday in the German city of Bonn to embark on the next essential steps required to curb global greenhouse gas emissions and help developing countries adapt to the inevitable effects of climate change. Full text...

  • Least Developed Countries issue bold plan to energize UN climate change talks
    14 may 2012 07:43:56
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The world’s poorest countries have issued a bold plan to make the UN climate change talks resuming Monday in Bonn, Germany, more likely to reach their goal of having an effective and legally-binding agreement ready for governments to adopt by 2015. Full text...

  • IPCC promotes dialogue in Africa to share implications of its scientific findings
    10 may 2012 20:16:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – A meeting of experts and stakeholders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to deliberate on the latest scientific findings of a Special Report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ended on Thursday with the recognition to get the key decision makers in Africa to take on board some of the key findings from an African perspective. Full text...

  • Nigerian states get windstorm alert
    10 may 2012 09:14:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The advent of the 2012 rainy season in Nigeria has brought severe windstorm warnings from the country's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to states in the South-South geopolitical zones. Full text...

  • Report lists factors hampering climate change adaptation planning in Africa
    10 may 2012 08:25:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A new report says a number of Africa countries lack institutional mechanisms and legal frameworks important for coordination at national level in achieving local Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and climate adaptation planning. Full text...

  • Ban urges progress in Rio+20 negotiations
    10 may 2012 07:40:01
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged countries to make progress in their negotiations of the outcome document for the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) next month. Full text...

  • Africa's inability to predict natural disasters worries AU official
    09 may 2012 19:11:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – As climate change impacts become more extreme, the international community is being urged to support African countries strengthen their capacities to reduce, prepare and manage disaster impacts in a continent where many countries are not prepared to manage climate change disaster. Full text...

  • 'Severe weather will make African coastal cities difficult to live in'
    09 may 2012 13:42:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - A report launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Wednesday has warned that high levels of vulnerability, combined with more severe and frequent weather and climate extremes, may make some places such as African coastal cities increasingly difficult places in which to live and work. Full text...

  • UN member states agree to extend negotiations on Rio 20 outcome document
    06 may 2012 08:15:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Representatives of governments negotiating the outcome document for the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio 20) have agreed to add five more days of deliberations to bridge differences that have kept them from making further progress in negotiations, PANA learnt. Full text...

  • UN survey says better water use leads to sustainable development
    05 may 2012 10:51:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN survey has said sustainable water reforms are having a positive impact on countries’ development, Full text...

  • Mild earth tremor hits eastern Malawi
    03 may 2012 14:49:17
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - A mild earth tremor, measuring 2.6 on the Richter Scale, hit Malawi's eastern district of Zomba on Thursday, causing anxiety among the people. Full text...

  • SA's Kruger Parks bears the brunt of rhino poaching
    02 may 2012 08:46:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African government Tuesday revealed that the country has lost 199 rhinos to poaching this year alone, and warned that the game parks are now facing a crisis. Full text...

  • UN report seeks reduction of environmental impact of peacekeeping operations
    02 may 2012 07:57:27
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN report said reducing the environmental impact of UN peacekeeping operations could lead to increased financial savings for the missions as well as improved safety and security for local communities and UN personnel. Full text...

  • World's slum dwellers vow to make selves heard, respected
    01 may 2012 14:15:17
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Organisations of the ‘illegal’ urban poor in Africa, Asia and Latin America have made themselves matter to city governments by mapping and documenting their informal settlements and the people and businesses in them, according to the new issue of the journal, Environment and Urbanization, published Tuesday by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Full text...

  • EU supports fight against climate change in Africa
    30 april 2012 10:28:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has granted ClimDev Africa Initiative 8 million euros to support Africa’s response to the challenges posed by climate change and the development of African policy capacity, Full text...

  • UN officials call for more attention to global environment issues
    22 april 2012 07:51:59
    New York, US (PANA) - As the world marks International Mother Earth Day on Sunday, senior UN officials have called for greater attention to global issues affecting the planet to ensure sustainable growth and development. Full text...

  • Water, sanitation pledges to deliver life-saving services to 85 millions in Africa
    21 april 2012 13:02:47
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) -- International development agency, WaterAid, on Saturday welcomed pledges from African ministers that if delivered would provide 85.4 million Africans with access to essential life-saving services across the continent. Full text...

  • UN disaster reduction office launches initiative to help cities
    19 april 2012 10:22:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Office for International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has launched a new initiative to help cities across the world manage risks, following the worst year on record for economic losses caused by disasters. Full text...

  • Namibia, 5 other countries bidding to host Green Climate Fund
    17 april 2012 10:02:47
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Namibia is among the six countries that have expressed interest in hosting the Green Climate Fund, according to a statement issued by the Bonn-Based UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat. Full text...

  • 4,000 CDM projects registered to reduce greenhouse gas emission
    13 april 2012 19:59:17
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the international market-based tool that gives incentives to projects in developing countries that lead of reduction in greenhouse gas emission, has registered its 4,000th project. Full text...

  • Lake Victoria Basin Commission plans 'more tangible' investments
    13 april 2012 16:25:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Lake Victoria Basin Commission Executive Secretary Canisius Kanangire has said plans are underway to implement more projects to improve lake transportation, which has been affected by a dangerous weed, the hyacinth. Full text...

  • Kenyan evacuates beaches after tsunami warning
    11 april 2012 17:29:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have ordered the evacuation of all beaches and urged fishermen to keep off the shores of the Indian Ocean, after a fresh earthquake hit Indonesia, causing authorities to anticipate a three-metre sea rise along the Kenyan coast. Full text...

  • 'Africa, Asia to lead urban population growth in next 40 years'
    06 april 2012 08:03:15
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN report on Thursday said Africa and Asia together would account for 86 per cent of all growth in the world’s urban population over the next four decades. Full text...

  • UN climate chief urges negotiations on future climate treaty
    02 april 2012 16:55:03
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN’s top climate change official on Monday called on African environment ministers to engage in negotiating the final texts to form the basis of the upcoming climate talks in Doha, the United Arab Emirates. Full text...

  • UN observes 2012 ''Earth Hour''
    01 april 2012 07:21:50
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Saturday night turned off the lights for one hour at its headquarters in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of ''Earth Hour'', an annual global event that seeks to raise awareness on the need to take action on climate change. Full text...

  • UN to mark "Earth Hour" to support sustainability
    30 march 2012 19:52:02
    New York, US (PANA) – The UN will observe “Earth Hour” on Saturday by turning off the lights for one hour at its headquarters in New York and other facilities around the world. Full text...

  • Tunisia to build 2,000 megawatts solar power station
    28 march 2012 21:12:19
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - British investors have proposed the construction of a 2,000- megawatt solar power station in Rjim Maaatoug in sSouthwest Tunisia which will be directly connected to the European electric grid. Full text...

  • Lagosians warned against prolonged rainy season
    28 march 2012 11:13:53
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In a declaration that will surely send cold shivers down the spine of residents of Nigeria's most-populous city of Lagos, the state government has asked them to expect 236 days of rainfall during this year's rainy reason. Full text...

  • Central African regional workshop on Wildlife holds April
    28 march 2012 09:52:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The U.S. Embassies of Gabon and the Central African Republic (CAR) will hold a workshop 3-5 April in Libreville, Gabon, in response to the growing threat of poaching and trafficking of protected and endangered species, the US State Department said in a statement made available to PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rio+20: UN forum tasks nations on sustainable development
    24 march 2012 11:14:10
    New York, US (PANA) - A UN-backed conference in Istanbul, Turkey, has said that the international community must ``reset the global development agenda and strengthen its commitment to sustainable development''. Full text...

  • Africa urged to play critical role in climate change negotiations
    24 march 2012 11:08:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Africa has been urged to play an enhanced role in further negotiations on climate change to aid quick consensus building on a number of issues that still needs to be resolved following the Durban Climate Conference last December. Full text...

  • EU to finance Mauritania's water project with 11.5 million euros
    22 march 2012 18:51:49
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The European Union (EU) is to finance Mauritania's water project with 11.1 million euros, a communiqué of the European diplomatic representation here indicated Thursday on the occasion of the celebration of the World Water Day (WWD). Full text...

  • Sudan celebrates World Water Day
    22 march 2012 14:13:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A recent survey in Sudan has revealed that six million people in that country still have no access to "improved sources of drinking water" while 23 million others do not have access to "improved sanitation", according to a press release issued here on the occasion of the World Water Day. Full text...

  • Environment ministers of Portuguese-speaking countries meet in Angola
    21 march 2012 12:44:47
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The meeting of the Environment Ministers of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) opened in Angola's capital, Luanda, Wednesday. Full text...

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