RedskyNews Category: Af – Politics & Science

UNICEF: Cholera Kills 279


KINSHASA, Congo (AP) – A UNICEF official says a cholera outbreak in Congo has killed at 279 people and infected more than 4,000 others in the last four months. Dr. Ibrahim Cisse said Wednesday that northeastern Orientale province is worst

Children Abandoned On Roadsides


Desperate Somali mothers are abandoning their dying children by the roadside as they travel to overwhelmed emergency food centres in drought-hit eastern Africa, United Nations officials say. The UN has urged “massive” action for the drought-stricken Horn of Africa region,

Earth Hour Circles The Globe

Hundreds of landmark buildings and millions of ordinary homes have switched off their lights as the annual Earth Hour moved around the globe. Australia’s Opera House was the first of many global landmarks to go dark as the event got

Kenya Biofuel Project Opposed

Environmental goups Wednesday protested an expansive project to grow jatropha in Kenya for biofuels, arguing that such production would emit more carbon than fossil fuels. The Kenyan franchise of Italy’s Nuove Iniziative Industriali is planning to farm 50,000 hectares of

Kenya Scientist Gets Top Global Job

A Kenyan scientist has been named to a new global commission to address the threat climate change poses to food security. Prof Judi Wakhungu is among the 13 experts whose recommendations in the next 10 months will be directed to

Disease Threatens Food Security

Scientists believe stem rust, which looks like red dust on wheat, could threaten global food security. A new strain of the disease is spreading throughout eastern and southern Africa and researchers say it could arrive in Australia on high winds.

Togo Bans Plastic Bags

Togo on Wednesday said it will outlaw the import and sale of plastic bags from July in order to protect the environment, picking up on a growing global trend. “These bags have become truly disastrous for the environment…The public must

Kenya Bans Plastic Bags

Kenya on Thursday outlawed the manufacture and import of plastic bags from March for damaging the environment, the environmental agency said. “We are telling Kenyans that we need these changes,” acting NEMA agency chief Ayub Macharia said. Please follow and

2011 Climate Talks to be in S. Africa


The world’s governments face a new battle in South Africa in 2011 between rich and poor about slowing climate change, buoyed by some progress in Mexico but with faded hopes for a new treaty in coming years. In 2011, governments

Algeria Fights Desertification

Rapid action is required to stem desertification in north Africa, a major environmental and economic threat in the region, an Algerian minister said on Wednesday. “The fight against desertification must take a greater place on the international community’s agendas and

Zanzibar’s Forests Endangered


Zanzibar is among developing countries in Africa that have not been spared from environmental degradation, particularly the cutting down of trees for firewood and charcoal production, which is among the worst forms of nature abuse in many parts of the

Rich Nations Break Aid Promises

Poor nations accused donors on Thursday of failing to keep a promise of extra climate aid, which the U.N. says will be the “golden key” to successful global warming talks in Mexico this month. “The promises (of aid) are there,