Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping Ministry would promulgate the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Harmful Substances Carried by Sea in Packaged Form) Regulations 2020 to prevent sea pollution from harmful chemical substances, the Government announced on Saturday morning, following its weekly Cabinet [...]
©- - 31 october 2020 - 08:36:11 - thread Environment (378 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -  More than 400 young Africans were on Friday honoured for their leadership in addressing plastic pollution in their communities as part of the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge. At a high-level event, political leaders, senior UN officials and Grammy-nominated Ghanaian musician Rocky Dawuni lauded the leadership shown by [...]
©- - 16 october 2020 - 12:41:03 - thread Environment (789 words)


Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change minister, Kavydass Ramano, on Tuesday, told Parliament that the government will construct five Civic Amenity Centres where households can dispose of specific waste that is not collected by local authorities and can resolve the issue of illegal dumping [...]
©- - 08 july 2020 - 11:47:31 - thread Environment (338 words)


Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International and NGOs are stepping up pressure on oil companies to clean up the pollution of the Niger Delta in Nigeria. It said a new investigation by four NGOs has found that nearly 10 years after a clean-up was urged for areas polluted [...]
©- - 18 june 2020 - 06:05:18 - thread Environment (748 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Air pollution dropped significantly in Tunisia during the general COVID-19 health containment, which lasted about six weeks, the Tunisian National Institute of Meteorology (INM) has said in a report. The general health containment was introduced on 22 March, as part of preventive measures against the spread of [...]
©- - 27 may 2020 - 09:11:49 - thread Environment (187 words)


Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) -Wilderness Safaris, Africa’s leading ecotourism company based in Botswana, has reduced bottled water usage by 86% on its operations with the aim of eliminating the use of plastic water bottles in its camps. Warren Ozorio, Wilderness Safaris Group environmental coordinator,  said on Monday that an innovative waste reduction [...]
©- - 20 april 2020 - 14:32:03 - thread Environment (250 words)


Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan has commenced a process to inspect the environmental impact of oil production with an announcement to foreign firms capable of undertaking the audit to show interest. Petroleum minister Daniel Awow Chuang said on Friday, the civil war in the world’s youngest state prevented the [...]
©- - 10 january 2020 - 16:54:17 - thread Environment (410 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) -  Rwanda is looking to phase phase out approximately 2.6 tonnes of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) scheduled in the Montreal Protocol, according to an official report obtained on Wednesday by PANA in Kigali. As part of these efforts, Rwanda recently introduced a new type electric vehicles  as a move [...]
©- - 13 november 2019 - 11:29:33 - thread Environment (310 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – The rapidly growing car population in East African cities is driving fears of increased rise in lung diseases linked to pollutants from car fumes, cooking stoves and the soot from industries found mostly near low income settlements in urban centres, state officials have warned. Experts drawn from [...]
©- - 05 november 2019 - 20:52:53 - thread Environment (415 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese Tourism and Environment Minister Arlette Soudan-Nonault has asked four companies to comply with environmental standards, or face sanctions. These are the Research and Mining Corporation (SOREMI), the New Cement Corporation of Congo (SONOCC), the Dangote Cement Congo plant and the Congo Industrial Sugar Refining Agricultural Corporation [...]
©- - 08 july 2019 - 10:01:14 - thread Environment (328 words)


Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The celebration of the 2019 edition of World Ocean Day took place Saturday in the historic city of Grand-Bassam, UNESCO World Heritage, under a sex-specific tone with the theme "Ocean and gender" in order to explore the gender dimension in the human relationship, and to seek [...]
©- - 08 june 2019 - 16:23:11 - thread Environment (326 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA)   -   Officials from departments under the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs said here Wednesday there was no evidence of poisoning of dead fish found outside the Niger River, following heavy rains of May 15, 2019  in the Malian capital, sources told PANA. "We didn't say that the [...]
©- - 23 may 2019 - 23:42:10 - thread Environment (403 words)


Bamako, Mali (PANA)   -   The Malian Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries said here Monday significant amounts of runoff water from the Niger River had drained and caused high fish mortality in the village of Baguineda in the commune of Baguineda, Kati circle, Koulikoro region, about 40 km from Bamako. A statement [...]
©- - 20 may 2019 - 23:30:58 - thread Environment (289 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda will soon adopt a law regulating the use of non-biodegradable plastics and the distribution of these products, PANA reported on Wednesday from the Rwandan Environment Management Agency (REMA).   Though people in some places use banned plastic packaging, ignoring their negative impacts on the environment and health, [...]
©- - 27 march 2019 - 15:25:01 - thread Environment (344 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Scientists have called for the deepening of research on harmful and hazardous chemicals used in the manufacture of paint, ceramic products and home lighting through enhanced scientific research and innovation.   Scientists at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, March 4-15, discussing eliminating chemical pollutants want a globally [...]
©- - 13 march 2019 - 21:19:25 - thread Environment (687 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The world's Ministers of Environment and global leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, are due to meet in Nairobi to lay grounds for reducing the impact of pollution.  The UN Environment Assembly, gathering over 4,700 delegates, including the French President, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and [...]
©- - 11 march 2019 - 08:50:35 - thread Environment (684 words)


Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunis Ecology Association has warned against "visual and non-visual industrial pollution" which has reached 40% in some parts of Tunisia.   In a press statement on Friday, the president of the association, Abdelmadjid Dabar, said that the level of pollution in the country varies between 9 percent and [...]
©- - 09 march 2019 - 15:50:56 - thread Environment (204 words)


Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has built nine new classrooms with recycled plastic for 450 primary and preschool students in three Ivorian cities. The transformation of plastic into building materials, developed by the Colombian social enterprise, Conceptos Plasticos, was deployed in Gonzagueville, in the commune [...]
©- - 20 february 2019 - 21:58:26 - thread Environment (358 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan authorities say they will formally implement the ban on the use of straws and plastic cups throughout the country to protect the environment, PANA reported Wednesday, quoting official sources in Kigali. The ban was approved 15 year ago but has never been implemented. Most straws and [...]
©- - 30 january 2019 - 20:45:56 - thread Environment (315 words)


Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Merchant Shipping Regulations, designed to prevent oil pollution by Oil and Noxious Liquid Substances, comes into force on 1 February, 2019. Coming under the Merchant Shipping Act of 2007, the measure will be promulgated by the Mauritian Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping Minister, Prem [...]
©- - 15 january 2019 - 19:18:52 - thread Environment (218 words)


Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Africa is the continent with the most rapidly-growing urban population, at an estimated annual rate of 3%. The surge in population is paired with rapid urbanisation and increased transportation for which emissions from transportation are growing significantly all across Africa, further driven by urban sprawl, [...]
©- - 13 december 2018 - 06:15:47 - thread Environment (542 words)


Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Environment minister Vincent Biruta said here Tuesday that he will propose a legislation to enforce the country's ban on plastic shopping bags in order to save the environment. Rwanda banned plastic bags in 2008 but Biruta sementaid that the existing law should be strengthened in order [...]
©- - 05 june 2018 - 16:31:30 - thread Environment (159 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Two United Nations agencies are combining their expertise to counter the growing threat of extreme weather, climate change and air pollution, which cause more than 12.6 million deaths a year, it was announced on Thursday. The legal agreement, signed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the [...]
©- - 31 may 2018 - 19:45:16 - thread Environment (423 words)


Gambia, Gambia (PANA) - Hundreds of youths from a Gambian coastal fishing town, Gunjur, about 25 kilometres from Banjul, on Thursday protested against a Chinese company that they allege is polluting their environment and the sea. [...]
©- - 23 march 2018 - 09:14:28 - thread Environment (418 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Growing antimicrobial resistance linked to the discharge of drugs and some chemicals into the environment is one of the most worrying health threats today, according to new research from the United Nations that highlights emerging challenges and solutions in environment. “The warning here is truly frightening: we [...]
©- - 05 december 2017 - 21:21:54 - thread Environment (620 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Everyone on earth is affected by pollution, according to a new report issued by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday in Nairobi. The Report, "Towards a Pollution-Free Planet," draws on the latest data from every continent to examine what the world knows about pollution and lays out [...]
©- - 17 november 2017 - 10:24:04 - thread Environment (726 words)


New York, US (PANA) – While pollution has considerably negative impacts on human health and ecosystems, it is controllable and avoidable through political leadership, high-level champions and commitments, as well with local level action, says a new report launched on Thursday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, "Towards [...]
©- - 28 september 2017 - 22:28:17 - thread Environment (410 words)


New York, US (PANA) – A new report by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) says almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution – six or more times higher than international guidelines. "Clear the Air for Children" [...]
©- - 31 october 2016 - 08:56:34 - thread Environment (759 words)


New York, US (PANA) - With some 6.5 million people dying annually from air pollution and 92 per cent of the world’s population living in places where levels exceed recommended limits, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday rolled out its most detailed profile of the scourge, in a bid [...]
©- - 27 september 2016 - 17:44:14 - thread Environment (579 words)


Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The new head of the United Nations environment agency on Wednesday laid out key issues facing the international community on environmental issues, including pollution as well as the linkages among the environment, wars and conflicts, and migration. “The World Health Organisation has estimated that seven million people [...]
©- - 31 august 2016 - 08:17:35 - thread Environment (359 words)


Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said it will launch a major green reclamation project in Nigeria's Niger Delta region to address the environmental pollution affecting the region, agricultural production and other livelihood and the people. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, made this known on Friday at the end of the [...]
©- - 28 may 2016 - 14:13:13 - thread Environment (464 words)


New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said from 2008 to 2013, air pollution levels in urban areas increased by eight per cent, stressing the need to support introduction of more renewable energies and clean cook stoves to combat this public health emergency. According [...]
©- - 24 may 2016 - 18:04:08 - thread Environment (431 words)


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. The latest cases were filed [...]
©- - 02 march 2016 - 07:50:51 - thread Environment (529 words)


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. “The revenge of nature is becoming [...]
©- - 17 february 2016 - 18:24:19 - thread Environment (548 words)


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. The statement, obtained by PANA in New York, stated: "When fully implemented, the standards are expected to [...]
©- - 09 february 2016 - 15:05:50 - thread Environment (718 words)


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. NEMA Director-General Geoffrey Wakhungu told PANA [...]
©- - 05 february 2016 - 18:26:42 - thread Environment (348 words)


New York, US (PANA) - Every year, household air pollution from cooking kills over four million people and sickens millions more, the UN said at a New York conference Friday on cookstoves, urging governments to take action to accelerate the adoption of clean cooking solutions. A UN statement issued on Saturday [...]
©- - 22 november 2014 - 07:39:22 - thread Environment (396 words)


Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace has described as a mere window dressing the pollution reducing measures so far taken by the South African power utility Eskom. PANA Thursday quoted the organization as saying that following the launch of its campaign to highlight the impacts of burning [...]
©- - 21 august 2014 - 12:20:19 - thread Environment (375 words)


Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The second international conference on the oil industry devoted to the assessment of the environmental impact of the oil industry opened on Tuesday in Tripoli. Held under the theme "Oil environment between current challenges and ambitions of the future", the meeting, which is being attended by the [...]
©- - 17 june 2014 - 20:55:37 - thread Environment (242 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese environmentalists Tuesday urged the heads of oil companies operating in the country to further reduce gas flaring to deal with pollution-related risks facing people living in oil production areas, PANA learnt from here. Though the oil companies were asked in 2012 to reduce flaring in Congo [...]
©- - 18 february 2014 - 12:43:17 - thread Environment (199 words)


Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - East African Environment Ministers have ended a meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, to discuss a set of radical policy proposals to deal with environmental pollution, including the introduction of a pay-as-you-pollute taxes, according to a statement from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Saturday. The [...]
©- - 21 october 2012 - 18:41:47 - thread Environment (382 words)


New York, US (PANA) - The UN Environment Progarmme (UNEP) on Wednesday welcomed the decision by the Nigerian government to clean up a major oil contamination in Ogoniland region, in the south eastern part the country. PANA learnt that the decision comes 12 months after the UNEP presented a scientific assessment [...]
©- - 01 august 2012 - 17:23:02 - thread Environment (444 words)


Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has sharply criticized the federal government for allegedly treating oil companies operating in the country with 'kid gloves', even when their oil exploration activities pollute the communities in the country's Niger Delta oil region. The party's reaction was contained [...]
©- - 18 march 2012 - 14:32:56 - thread Environment (750 words)


Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The UN is said to be planning a close monitoring of the clean-up of the Ogoni oil spill in Nigeria as recommended by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in its report last week, the Guardian newspaper reported Tuesday, quoting Martin Nesirky, the spokesperson to the [...]
©- - 09 august 2011 - 08:49:02 - thread Environment (789 words)


Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Managing Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd. (SPDC), Mutiu Sunmonu, has described oil spills in the country's Niger Delta region as a tragedy, which the company takes very seriously. In an open letter on the oil spill, made available to PANA here [...]
©- - 04 august 2011 - 17:53:33 - thread Environment (310 words)


Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which carried out a 14-month assessment of pollution from over 50 years of oil operations in Ogoniland in Nigeria's oil produce Niger Delta region, has found widespread oil pollution that could take 20-30 years to clean up. The independent [...]
©- - 04 august 2011 - 17:21:37 - thread Environment (520 words)


Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) –The Congolese government has banned the production and importation of plastic bags, the country’s Minister of Communication, Bienvenu Okiémy, announced in Brazzaville, the capital, Thursday. "For a few years now, Congo has been experiencing, especially in the urban areas, a major environmental pollution due to waste plastic [...]
©- - 02 june 2011 - 14:20:12 - thread Environment (105 words)


Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A UN report released Friday said high levels of lead pollution were found in the soil in some villages in Nigeria's northern Zamfara, where lead poisoning killed 200 children and affected 18,000 people last year. The report, released by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian [...]
©- - 07 january 2011 - 16:17:45 - thread Environment (370 words)


Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has warned oil companies operating in the countr y that it will strictly enforce anti-spillage rules to make the country safe, following reports that 3,203 oil spills were rec orded between 2006 and 2010. A representative of the Ministry of Environment, Biodun Olurunfemi, said [...]
©- - 24 august 2010 - 08:02:00 - thread Environment (229 words)


Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya n Association of Manufacturers (KAM) announced here Monday that it was in the process of collecting views on challenges faced b y industries in the enforcement of the Noise and Excessive Vibration Control law being enforced by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). [...]
©- - 25 january 2010 - 11:13:00 - thread Environment (255 words)