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A time has come for us to face the truth about this climate crisis

By Mithika Mwenda   Last year, two weeks of incessant negotiations at the UNFCCC’s COP25 that took place in Madrid, Spain at the close of 2019 resulted in several outcomes that are very key to Africa and its people. The conference attended by at least 27,000 delegates aimed to highlight the gap between progress in... (africasciencenews.org)

International biosafety treaty marks its twentieth anniversary

Twenty years ago, on 29 January 2000, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The Cartagena Protocol entered into force on 11 September 2003. The Cartagena Protocol is a milestone achievement under the Convention on Biological Diversity, making a significant contribution to protecting biodiversity by requiring the safe... (africasciencenews.org)

South Africa: Three Entangled Whales Rescued Off Western Cape Coast

[News24Wire] Three whales have been assisted off the coast of Cape Town after they became tangled in separate incidents. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Trouble as Trump Dives in to Help Ally Egypt in Nile Mega-Dam Dispute With Ethiopia

[DW] Ethiopia is adamant it will not be strong-armed by the US in talks to end the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam dispute. As the US swings from observer to power broker, the stalemate is splitting the Arab world and Africa. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Coronavirus - Who Urges Speedy Response

[SAnews.gov.za] The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on Coronavirus affected countries to work with speed in dealing with the virus. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Museveni Asks Communities, Partners to Conserve Wildlife

[Monitor] President Museveni has asked Ugandans and conservation partners to continue supporting government efforts to conserve wildlife heritage for sustainable development of the country. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Rundu Primary School to Receive New Toilets

[Namibian] RUNDU Junior Primary School, which faced possible closure by the Ministry of Health and Social Services, due to health concerns will now receive 44 toilets. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Black Smoke and No Jobs in the Oil-Rich Niger Delta

[DW] Decades of exposure to gas flaring by the foreign oil refineries in Niger Delta has harmed the health of residents. The harmful plumes of smoke are their constant reminder of an industry that gives them nothing more. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Binga Flood Victims Vow to Resist Forced Relocation to Safer Land

[New Zimbabwe] Villagers who were last month affected by flash floods in Luunga area in Binga are resisting moves by government to remove them from flood-prone area and to a safer area. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Council in U.S.$37 Million Morton Jaffray Scam

[The Herald] Harare City Council has come under spotlight over the US$144 million Chinese loan facility following revelations that it gobbled US$37 million on administrative costs and allocated US$55 million for water treatment at Morton Jaffray water works. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Heavy Rains - 53 People Killed Since January

[New Times] Statistics from the Ministry of Emergency Management (MINEMA) have revealed that 53 people died and 84 others were injured since January this year due to heavy rains. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Rains Wreak Havoc as Transport, Businesses Falter

[Daily News] HEAVY rains lashed several parts of the country yesterday, bringing businesses and transport to a standstill as Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) issued the latest weather forecast alert. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Barrow Inaugurates Bansang Hydrological Complex

[The Point] President Adama Barrow on Wednesday inaugurated Bansang hydrology complex at a ceremony held in Central River Region. The hydrology division of the Department of Water Resources will use the new complex to monitor water quality and quantity of the country. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: No, A Trillion More Trees, Baby-Step Oil Company Reforms Won't Fix Global Warming

[The Point] Scientists at an Antarctic research station recently recorded a one-day air temperature of just under 70 degrees, a balmy afternoon in a region of the world unaccustomed to them. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Weaving Insect Wildlife Back Into the Tapestry of Life

[The Conversation Africa] Insects are fundamental to the functioning of land and freshwater ecosystems. They permeate all aspects of these ecosystems, chewing and pooing, pollinating, seed spreading and affecting each other's population levels through predation and parasitism. They also provide ecological processes of vital importance for frogs, lizards, birds and mammals, especially as food items for these vertebrates. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Cape Town Citizens Take Action Against South Africa's Coal-Fired Air Pollution

[allAfrica] Cape Town 's Eleventh World Naked Bike Ride will take place on Saturday 7 March. It is an annual event in over 74 cities around the world - in the Southern Hemisphere in March and in the Northern Hemisphere in June. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Perhaps What We Fear in Solitude Is Merely Solitude Itself

[Daily Maverick] Sitting high above the valley, I'm drawn away from my outer life, loosened from its cultural moorings. Between the silence and the birdsong something else is hovering, needing words, just off the edge of perception. 'Nature's text', the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton called it. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Lamu Residents Hold Demos Over Prolonged Water Shortage

[Nation] Hundreds of residents of Lamu's Mokowe town and its environs have demonstrated over prolonged shortage of water. (AllAfrica)

Africa: There Can Be No Green Peace Without Gender Equality

[IPS] Amsterdam, the Netherlands -Gender inequality - like the climate emergency - is not inevitable, but is kept in place by the poor choices too many cis men make on a daily basis. And it is not just womxn who are hurt and trapped by this patriarchal problem, but girls and non-binary people too, as well as many boys and men. (AllAfrica)

Africa: We Must Not Jeopardize Africa's Future in the Name of Fighting Climate Change

[Namibia Economist] Organisations ranging from the World Bank to the European Investment Bank (EIB) have dropped support for African fossil fuel production in hopes of encouraging a transition from oil, gas and coal to sustainable energy sources like wind and solar power. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: National Assembly Backs NIMASA's Deep Blue Project

[This Day] The bid to make maritime sector the mainstay of the Nigerian economy with the deployment of the Integrated Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, commonly called the Deep Blue Project by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has been endorsed by the National Assembly. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Wildlife Resorts Team Discusses Ways to Implement 2017/22 Strategic Plan

[Namibia Economist] The leadership team of the Namibia Wildlife Resorts underwent an introspection concerning progress on implementing its 2017/2022 Strategic Plan, during the period from 17 to 26 February 2020. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Govt to Tackle Drainage Before Raining Season

[Ghanaian Times] The Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea says the government is working around the clock to complete some ongoing drainage works in the country before heavy rains begin from May. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Ayawaso Central Municipal Schooled On Sanitation

[Ghanaian Times] The Ayawaso Central Municipal Chief Executive, Alhaji Mohammed Quaye has urged residents to change their attitude towards sanitation issues in the municipality. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: ITU Targets 45% Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction By 2030

[This Day] A new ITU standard highlights that compliance with the Paris Agreement will require the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45 per cent from 2020 to 2030. (AllAfrica)

Sudan: Memorandum of Understanding With UN On Waste Treatment

[SNA] Khartoum -The head of the Higher Council for Environment and Urban and Rural Development in Khartoum State, Dr. Bushra Hamid Ahmed, has said that the council intends to sign a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Sudan on cooperation in the field of integrated solid waste management besides extracting power from waste in the state. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Disposal of Unused Medicines Programme - Reflections

[Ghanaian Times] I ran into an official of the Health Ministry recently. Edward, the Disposal of unused/unwanted medicines programnme (DUMP) came up in discussions Safe use Medicines. There were discvussions also on measures to safeguard institutions from counterfeit and fake medicines. I am on way to a meeting with a group, Medisafe, who have been doing some work on counterfeit medicines. It will be useful to share your experiences with participants. I know the notice is short and your schedule tight but it will be worthw (AllAfrica)

Africa: Core Samples From the Depths of the Southern Ocean Will Help Shed Light On Climate Change

[Daily Maverick] The world is often viewed as a large, inanimate sphere. But when French paleoceanographer Natalia Vzquez Riveiros talks about the Earth - and the sea in particular - she conjures up images of a dynamic, living entity with its own bloodstream. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Australia's Bushfires Are a Sign of the Future

[New Frame] The fires that have raged across the globe in the past year, most recently down under, represent the stark reality of capitalism's refusal to deal with the climate crisis. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Hopes U.S. Rectifies 'Statement' On GERD

[Addis Fortune] Ethiopian authorities hope to see the United States will rectify its 'mistaken statement' on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) inferring that Ethiopia should hold back on starting to fill the Dam in July before inking an agreement with Egypt and Sudan. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Balala Leads Action-Packed World Wildlife Day Fete

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Kenya's commemoration of World Wildlife Day (WWD) this year was a three-course event held in Ruma National Park in Homa Bay County. (AllAfrica)