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Dangerous Meal: Reflections of a Nature Photographer

By Kioko Kivandi I was photographing a wounded Marabou Stork on the shores of Lake Naivasha on Saturday March 25 when a Hammerkop appeared from nowhere and rested on the shallow end of the lake.   Nearer to thee: This stork had a difficulty in walking and it seemed as if it was nearing its death bed. At first the ...

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PACJA launches the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) launched the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards (ACCER) 2016. The competition that aims to recognise and reward excellence in environmental journalism at all levels of society welcomes entries from passionate citizen journalists as well as professional journalists. ACCER Awards highlight exceptional journalistic work and encourages high quality and impactful coverage of environmental issues in Africa. ...

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Personifying the environmental tragedy of Nairobi’s garbage

By Alex Njeru I met the young man at Kenyatta National Hospital ward, where my dad was convalescing from an operation. Years and years of smoking tobacco cigarettes had done things to my dad’s body and this time round arteries in his lower limbs had constricted and reneged on their function to supply enough blood to his right leg muscles. ...

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Small scale farming earns Bungoma farmer financial independence

Michael Musombi, has a big reason to smile owing to the financial benefits he has accrued from his 50 x 100ft sukumawiki farm his family owns. The resident of Kanduyi Constituency in Bungoma County ventured into farming after completing his degree course in Environmental Horticulture and Landscaping Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. The 25-year-old decided to ...

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Wangari Maathai’s legacy lives on through Bungoma environmentalist

His passion for environmental conservation led him to delve into a tree nursery project, which five years later has attracted several organizations. This is to further sensitize other youths to engage in activities that safeguard the environment. Peter Wafula Weboya from Sikata, Bungoma County narrates how he started engaging the youth at Mechimeru sub location on several ways on how ...

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Is bamboo the answer to polluted rivers in Kenya?

When the late John Michuki said he wanted to drink water from Nairobi River, most people never thought it could be possible. Unfortunately, the environment minister died before he could see his dream come true. And Nairobi River is still filthy. But there could be an answer to cleaning the messy river and many others in the country using bamboo. ...

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As the world dithers on climate change, hotter weather could extinct Africa

As the Climate Change Summit concluded in Paris, the resolution was a pleasing one if it is carried through and implemented. For the first time, the world gathered to agree on cutting carbon emissions and to discuss cutting-edge production technologies to keep average global temperatures below two degrees. Africa, a continent which is among the poorest of continents, has its ...

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Climate change: Is Your New Year Resolution Green?

By Boaz Opio A survey by Google published by Climate Analytics indicates that the word “Climate Change” and “Go Green” was mentioned over 800,000 times within a time span of one month in social media. As if that’s not enough, this year, climate change has been the biggest topic in the news. It’s the only cause that brought together nearly ...

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WTO Nairobi conference ends with UNEP launching Trade Hub but who wins?

As the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 10th Ministerial Conference concluded in Nairobi, many felt that it failed to earn the poorest countries any advantage. Activists at the meet felt that the poorest nations were short-changed and that the rich nations came out the winner – again. Several organizations, especially Non-Governmental entities protested but it remains to be seen what will ...

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Paris climate pact puts death knell on fossil fuels

By Boaz Opio The campaign to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by the end of this century finally reached a point of no return when the world came together to sign climate agreement that spells the need for urgent action on global climate change. The deal means global energies will from now on be directed to transforming national energy trajectories ...

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Of Pope Francis, the ecological sin and why we need to confess

As we mark the international human rights day this year, Kenya and the rest of the world is mourning the death of the ‘Marsh Pride’ who were poisoned in the Mara. The death calls to mind the many deaths of wild animals that have died out of human-wildlife conflict the world over. But they also bring to mind the many ...

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