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  • UN: Ban welcomes joint China-US pledge to sign Paris climate accord in April
    03 april 2016 06:36:05
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the joint presidential statement on climate change by China and the United States announcing that both countries will sign the Paris Agreement at a special ceremony at UN Headquarters on 22 April, the first day the accord is open for signature. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes joint China-US pledge to sign Paris climate accord in April
    01 april 2016 18:07:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday commended the Full text...

  • Botswana: Nation challenged to conserve forest
    01 april 2016 14:33:43
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Forest Conservation Botswana (FCB) has identified the country’s major causes of forest loss, quoting a report released on Friday by its independent researchers. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to safeguard its remaining biodiversity
    31 march 2016 11:45:06
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has set up a Protected Area Network (PAN) Expansion Strategy to safeguard the island's remaining biodiversity through conservation projects that will address the key drivers of terrestrial biodiversity loss and focus on the highest leveraging opportunities to achieve sustainable biodiversity conservation. Full text...

  • UN: Countries begin negotiations on conserving marine biodiversity
    29 march 2016 15:30:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The first negotiating session of a Preparatory Committee established Full text...

  • Mauritius: IOC develops regional climate plan for 2016-2020
    29 march 2016 09:27:38
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) will soon adopt an action plan to implement its regional climate change adaptation strategy. This will be a working tool to contribute, at a regional level, in the struggle against the negative impacts of climate change in the island States of the south-west Indian Ocean. Full text...

  • US: Obama to host world leaders for nuclear security summit
    28 march 2016 13:50:09
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama will host world leaders for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit from 31 March to 1 April in Washington DC, the US Department of States said in a statement on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks World Meteorological Day, urges bold climate action
    23 march 2016 13:44:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday stressed the need for countries to take bold Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for better water, better jobs on World Water Day
    22 march 2016 14:15:17
    New York, US (PANA) - With nearly half of the world’s workers employed in water-related Full text...

  • US: UN to launch campaign illustrating water-environment-climate change link
    22 march 2016 08:14:09
    New York, US (PANA) – As the global community marked World Water Day during a special event at United Nations Headquarters, the UN Children's Fund reported that rapidly changing weather conditions are limiting access to safe drinking water for millions, and announced the launch of a new campaign on the link between water, the environment and climate change. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UN calls for urgent measures to cut carbon emissions
    22 march 2016 07:48:15
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The Earth is already one degree Celsius hotter than at the start of the 20th century, halfway to the critical two-degree threshold, and national climate change plans adopted so far may not be enough to avoid a three-degree temperature rise, the UN weather agency warned on Monday upon the release of its 2015 annual report on the status of the climate. Full text...

  • Senegal: Sierra Leone receives US$300,000 grant for renewable energy sector
    21 march 2016 16:49:22
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Sierra Leone has received a US$300,000 grant from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to prepare a far-reaching national Investment Plan (IP) to transform its renewable energy sector. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for more investment on forests
    21 march 2016 15:59:29
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on governments, businesses, civil society and other partners to adopt holistic policies and practices to protect, restore and sustain healthy forests. Full text...

  • Kenya: FAO launches new forest, water programme in West Africa
    21 march 2016 12:58:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday launched a new programme aimed at enhancing the critical role of forests in improving water quality and supplies, on the occasion of the UN's International Day of Forests. Full text...

  • UN: World celebrates Earth Hour, puts spotlight on issues facing the planet
    20 march 2016 08:28:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations (UN) on Saturday evening dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of "Earth Hour", an annual global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Tanzania jails two Chinese for illegal possession of ivory, bribery
    19 march 2016 11:07:35
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Two Chinese have begun a 35-year jail term in Tanzania after failing to pay a fine of 108 billion Tanzanian Shillings (US$ 49,376,520) imposed by the resident magistrate's court in Dar es Salaam on Friday when the two were convicted of being in illegal possession of elephant tusks and attempted bribery. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief encourages young people to take action on climate change
    18 march 2016 15:52:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Friday announced a campaign to encourage young people Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan vows to purse new environment roadmap
    16 march 2016 05:53:07
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese authorities have agreed to pursue a new environment roadmap, focusing on reducing the use of oil-powered electricity generation, building of new environmentally-friendly dumpsites and a new set of laws to combat desertification across the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Born Free Foundation supports crackdown on international wildlife trafficking
    15 march 2016 19:08:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Born Free Foundation has announced its support for Tuesday's declaration, signed by approximately 40 corporations and agencies representing the global transport industry, aimed at cracking down on wildlife trafficking routes. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan shops for waste water recycling plants to irrigate green belt
    15 march 2016 13:43:59
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese environmentalists have proposed investments into waste water recycling plants to irrigate the Khartoum Green Belt, aiming to surround the capital with a wall of trees. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese medical waste recycling gains momentum (Feature by Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent, Khartoum)
    15 march 2016 07:28:22
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Salim Khal Aleyal taps the screen of his phone. It immediately indicates the location of each of his delivery trucks. Nothing out of the ordinary to be precise but as a precaution, Aleyal ensures his trucks stick to high environmental and health standards of waste management. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum Green Belt allows Sudan access to UN Climate finance (By Kennedy Abwao, PANA correspondent)
    14 march 2016 06:24:05
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Local communities around Khartoum stand to benefit from international trade in carbon once the government completes a four-year plan to surround the Sudanese capital with natural trees to curb green house gases from cars and power plants, scientists said in Khartoum on Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Top environmentalists in Sudan launch Greenbelt Initiative
    13 march 2016 09:04:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Top environmentalists have gathered in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, to attend the landmark launch of an initiative to stop further desertification in The Sudan. Full text...

  • Sudan: Intl conference assesses Khartoum's green belt project
    12 march 2016 20:03:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An international conference seeking to rally support for developing a green belt around Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, kicked off here on Saturday with representatives of at least 40 countries taking part. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Elephant poaching, illegal ivory trade remain high in Africa, Asia
    03 march 2016 18:15:15
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - An estimated 141,712 elephants have been tragically killed for their ivory since 2012, as the illegal and systemic trade swept through the savannas, forests, and plains of Africa and Asia, according to monitoring reports revealed Thursday by Born Free Foundation. Full text...

  • UN: UN calls for global actions to end wildlife poaching
    03 march 2016 14:58:25
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on Thursday said time is running out to end wildlife poaching that threatens some of the world’s most iconic species, such as elephants. 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...

  • Botswana: Buffaloes roam Botswana's resort town
    01 march 2016 17:33:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s wildlife and national parks department has cautioned residents in the resort town of Maun on animals wandering into residential areas following torrential rains. Full text...

  • Tanzania: SADC urgently needs regional response to El Niño effects (Feature by Anaclet Rwegayura, PANA Editor)
    29 february 2016 06:57:41
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Southern African region is reeling under the El Niño-related impact of below normal rains and drought which has led to health threatening heat waves. Full text...

  • Senegal: Greenpeace says Africa’s forests under threat
    25 february 2016 15:15:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Greenpeace International Thursday said Africa’s forests are under threat as Socfin Company’s expansion plans in a dozen countries are threatening forests that are essential for the preservation of climate balances, biodiversity and communities livelihood. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Customs Officers trained to track down illegal trade of Substances in Mauritius
    22 february 2016 13:24:54
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Customs Officers in Mauritius on Monday started a training programme on tracking down illegal trade of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and facilitating the networking and synergizing efforts among countries in the region in the fight against the illegal trade of ODS. Full text...

  • UN: El Niño passes 'peak' but impact to continue - WMO
    18 february 2016 20:47:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The 2015-2016 El Niño, one of the strongest on record, has passed its peak, but its humanitarian and economic impacts will continue for many months to come, the United Nations weather agency has announced. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Climate experts to assess impacts of El nino in the Great Horn of Africa
    18 february 2016 18:48:51
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Representatives of meteorological services from 11 countries from Eastern and Horn of Africa will gather in Kigali next week to assess the impact of El nino, after this weather phenomenon has caused long drought and heavy storms in different areas across the region, an official source revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges action on Paris climate pledges ahead of signing ceremony
    18 february 2016 08:12:01
    New York US (PANA) - While the international community has provided a solid foundation for the world’s response to climate change by adopting the Paris Agreement this past December, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that it is now necessary to build on that momentum in order to secure a safer and healthier future for all. 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...

  • Rwanda: Lightning leaves several fatalities in South Western Rwanda
    16 february 2016 14:24:51
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 10 people, including eight school-going children, were admitted in critical conditions to the hospital of Kibogora (South West) after being struck by lightning in the south Western Rwandan district of Nyamasheke, several local newspapers in the region reported Tuesday, quoting hospital sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: Mauritius holds workshop on disaster preparedness programme
    15 february 2016 13:20:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Mauritius is holding a workshop on disaster preparedness programme, ''Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD)'', running from 15-18 February at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, organisers revealed Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UN report reveals devastating human toll in 2015 due to climate-related disasters
    11 february 2016 18:10:44
    New York, US (PANA) - A new analysis issued on Thursday by the UN Office for Disaster Full text...

  • UN: UN chief welcomes new standards on airlines' carbon emissions
    10 february 2016 17:54:38
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday welcomed Full text...

  • UN: El Nino causes lowest rainfall in Southern Africa - WFP
    10 february 2016 15:37:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday in its latest report said El Nino conditions have caused the lowest recorded rainfall between October and December 2015 across many regions of southern Africa in at least 35 years. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana challenged to preserve national biodiversity
    09 february 2016 19:34:00
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana has announced intentions to encourage dialogue on the its biodiversity maintaining that conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity is indispensable. 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...

  • Botswana: Annual rainfall records plummet in Botswana
    08 february 2016 17:24:29
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI) on Monday said that rainfall in Botswana has been decreasing annually in the past 31 years. Full text...

  • Botswana: Environment minister rejects fracking claims in Botswana national parks
    08 february 2016 17:13:49
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s environment, Wildlife and Tourism minister, Tshekedi Khama, has rejected allegations of fracking in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP) saying his ministry has no intention to issue any Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for fracking in any national park or game reserve in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNEP urges renewable energy-focused investments
    05 february 2016 20:10:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - African countries should continue to focus on enhancing renewable energy to improve electricity supply to millions of people who still lack access to clean energy sources, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said here Friday. 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...

  • Botswana: US, China join hands to fight poaching in Botswana
    01 february 2016 16:28:59
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - United States and Chinese ambassadors to Botswana have embarked on a three-day tour to the resort town of Kasane in the country’s northern district, as they seek to learn more about wildlife issues in Botswana. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Ban visits Ethiopia's drought-stricken Oromia Region
    01 february 2016 05:51:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Sunday visited Ethiopia's drought-stricken region of Oromia where he witnessed first-hand efforts under way to battle the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history. Full text...

  • UN: Paris Agreement ‘decisive turning point’ on climate change - UN senior adviser
    30 january 2016 07:29:22
    New York, US (PANA) - Less than two months after 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement, the global community is already seeing signs of it being a decisive turning point, according to a senior UN official dealing with climate issues. Full text...

  • Senegal: African Wildlife Foundation elects new president
    28 january 2016 16:46:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Thursday elected Ugandan national, Kaddu Kiwe Sebunya to serve as its new president. Full text...

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