Environmental sustainability

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After a plastic bag ban, Kenya takes another shot at its pollution problem
Despite a single-use bag ban in 2017, Nairobi and its waste collectors are still inundated with plastic. Can a new law pin responsibility on the manufacturers?

Caroline Kimeu in Nairobi

30, May, 2023 @5:00 AM

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It’s high time to rethink how the World Bank operates
Many believe there is little future in trying to tackle problems of the 2020s with institutions created in the 1940s

Larry Elliott

19, Feb, 2023 @12:10 PM

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From poaching to production: the fish farm that rehabilitated a Rwanda lake
An initiative to repopulate depleted waters is teaching villagers sustainable agriculture, providing jobs and improving diets

Khursheed Dinshaw in Gishanda

12, Jan, 2023 @7:45 AM

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‘Means of survival’: Tanzania’s booming charcoal trade drives unchecked deforestation
As rising gas prices drive demand for the polluting fuel, illegal loggers depend on the trade to live – even as the forest disappears around them

Caroline Kimeu in Ruhoi forest reserve

13, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Somalia is not just a story of violence and state failure. Focus on our strengths | President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
The country can overcome multiple urgent challenges to achieve sustainable development for and with the people

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

09, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘It all hinges on the herders’: world’s largest soil carbon removal project enlists Kenyan pastoralists
A scheme that sets down strict grazing plans to benefit the environment and generate revenue for local people was highlighted at Cop27 as a future model

Peter Muiruri in Isiolo

22, Nov, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Gold, guns, gangs: on patrol with the elite unit saving Ivory Coast’s forests
After deforestation for cocoa and goldmining reached alarming rates, the African country set up a security team with a mission to stamp out illegal activity

Sarah Johnson in Téné classified forest

21, Nov, 2022 @7:45 AM

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Environmentalist Elizabeth Wathuti: ‘Perhaps I had something President Biden really needed to hear’
Kenya’s rising climate star tells how her speech at Cop26 grabbed a world leader’s attention, and urges policymakers to go beyond mere pledges

Peter Muiruri in Nairobi

30, Aug, 2022 @6:15 AM

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From bricks to bags to eco art: six innovative uses for plastic waste around the world
From upcycled school benches in India to plant pots in Peru, people are finding enterprising and ingenious solutions to a perennial problem

Tom Collins, Kavitha Yarlagadda, Gemma Holliani Cahya, Charles Pensulo, Dan Collyns and Peter Muiruri

03, Jun, 2022 @6:45 AM

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Global disasters are coming harder and faster. Here’s how we can cut the risks | Mami Mizutori
The UN’s annual report on mitigating calamities shows that a radical rethink is needed to protect those who suffer most

Mami Mizutori

26, Apr, 2022 @6:15 AM

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Kenya to use solar panels to boost crops by ‘harvesting the sun twice’
Successful trials found growing crops beneath panels – known as agrivoltaics – reduced water loss and resulted in larger plants

Geoffrey Kamadi in Nairobi

22, Feb, 2022 @9:51 AM

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We know who caused the climate crisis – but they don’t want to pay for it | Vanessa Nakate
My country, Uganda, and much of Africa has been battered by climate-related disasters. Cop26 is a chance for the biggest polluters to set up a compensation fund

Vanessa Nakate

29, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

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