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Green route to developing Africa

Many assume that multinationals investing in developing countries abandon their environmental principals in the quest for a fast buck. But, on a recent trip to East Africa, Tom Idle was surprised to find cement giant Lafarge is going to extraordinary lengths to apply green principals in this dynamic emerging market

Halfords launches recycling initiative to help charity

Unwanted bicycles will be donated to several countries in Africa under a new initiative launched by Halfords.

Nespress sustainability board: L-r: Bruce McNamer, President & CEO, TechnoServe; Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO, Nespresso; Tensie Whelan, President, Rainforest Alliance; Harriet Lamb, CEO, Fairtrade International and George Clooney, actor and Nespresso brand ambassador

George Clooney completes Nespresso sustainability board

George Clooney, the face and ambassador of coffee brand Nespresso, has joined the company's sustainability advisory board to mark the tenth anniversary of its AAA Sustainable Quality Program.

Raymond Blanc launches global rankings system for sustainable restaurants

The first international restaurant rating system which enables diners to choose a restaurant by its sustainability standards, was launched today by the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

British scientists get to the heart of sustainability with Kenyan roses

Valentine's romancers across the country could benefit from trials taking place in Kent to improve the sustainable production of Kenyan roses.

Nike and Abel Kiriu go distance for green Olympics

Marathon world champion Abel Kirui will take his place at the starting line at the London Olympics this Sunday kitted out head to toe in sustainable performance footwear and clothing.

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Carbon finance bankrolls water programme in Kenya

A pioneering sustainable water programme which aims to tackle global water, climate and health challenges has successful used carbon finance to fund a water treatment project in western Kenya.

Average Brit has already caused a Kenyan's annual carbon emissions

The average Briton has so far in 2012 been responsible for the same amount of emissions as a typical Kenyan will be over the whole year.

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Eco Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai dies from cancer

Sustainability guru and Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Wangari Maathai has died from cancer aged 71.

Carbon for water deal begins in Kenya

A carbon offsetting deal whereby a firm earns carbon credits in exchange for providing water filters to Kenyan households has begun its rollout.

Irish energy consultants bring free solar to Africa

Irish charity Solar Without Frontiers has installed a solar power system to supply free electricity to a school in Tanzania.

Biofuels a carbon con says study

A study by environmental charities and groups says that African biofuels will result in up to six times more carbon emissions than fossil fuels.

IMF Green Fund will raise $100bn a year

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund has announced that his staff are working on a 'Green Fund' that has the potential to raise $100bn per year by 2020.

Kenyan floods leave people and thousands of livestock dead

Floods have torn through Kenya killing around 30 people and more than 6000 animals, according to the country's Red Cross.

Greenpeace brings solar power to Obama's Kenyan grandma

Greenpeace activists have been round to Barack Obama's Kenyan grandma's house to install solar panels in the run up to the COP15 Copenhagen climate summit.

Unlicensed water sellers blamed as cholera claims lives in Kenyan capital

At least 11 people have died following a cholera outbreak in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, with the authorities blaming the spread of the disease on unlicensed water sellers.

Intensive farming of roses, as with any crop, can have dire envrionmental consequences

Flower farming wrecking environment

Forgot to buy a loved one flowers this Valentine's Day? Well it seems there's a perfect excuse - growing roses is often bad for the environment and exploits workers in developing countries.

The ever-growing solar industry has seen a number of major projects open across the globe over the past year

Interactive Map: The world's most remarkable solar farms

In light of the growing number new solar projects across the world, edie has mapped out 14 of the largest and most interesting installations from every continent in the world.

Toxic tip typical of African waste crisis

UN-sponsored research has shown that a vast unregulated dump on the outskirts of Nairobi is a breeding ground for disease and is contaminating the surrounding area with toxic chemicals.

Kenyan judges must study enviro-law

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Climate shelter - how householders worldwide are adapting to climate change

Green building technology is key to cutting carbon emissions, but its role in adaptation is just as important, especially in developing countries where closeness to nature leaves people more exposed to climate change - writes Christian Aid's John McKie.

Textiles suffer shortfall

Uncertainty surrounds the UK textile recycling and reuse industry as reclamation merchants are struggling with a shortfall in supplies, reports Alan Wheeler

Kenya's plastic bag 'menace' causes livestock deaths and blocked sewers

Kenya steps up efforts to stamp out 'plastic menace'

Plastic bags less than 30 microns thick could be phased out as part of plans to improve waste management in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Receding water levels and declining oxygen levels in Lake Victoria could destroy its ability to sustain biological life

According to Prof Shem Wandiga, chairman of the Pan African Start Committee (Pacom), the death of the world's second largest lake is being caused by poor planning, increased population and lack of sewer maintenance. He warned in October that the continued presence of water hyacinth and the growth of algae pose a further threat, as does toxic pollution from Tanzanian mining activities.

Kenya proposes plastic bag ban in new waste strategy

Kenya should ban the use of flimsy plastic bags and impose a hefty levy on thicker ones to rid the country of an increasing environmental and health menace, a report by the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) has found.

Dr Wangari Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 to combat deforestation and offset carbon emissions

Environmentalist becomes first African woman to win Nobel Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize 2004 has been awarded to Kenyan environmentalist Dr Wangari Maathai for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.

Splash for cash

Martin Gibson, director of Envirowise, is concerned that UK businesses waste too much water... and money

A Luo sailing canoe en route to its traditional fishing grounds on the lake

Baltic expertise - shared with Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria, is the second largest freshwater lake in the world - around 70,000m2. However, the lake and its natural resources are environmentally threatened, together with the livelihoods of 40 million people living in its environs. Recent reports indicate that the lake is shrinking, by about 10cms every ten years.

Friends of the Nairobi Dam has launched a trust to restore the water supply for residents

New project launched to restore Kenyan water supply

A new initiative to clean up the Nairobi Dam, in an attempt to restore water supplies to the 'chronically water scarce' Kenya, was launched this week by the United Nations.

European Business Briefs: wind energy, bank loans, water mapping, dam protest

In this week’s European Business Briefs, a Danish wind firm switches from kW to MW turbine production, bank loans for Hungary, protests against a proposed dam in Iceland, a Swedish assignment in Kenya, and a Swedish hybrid wind system in Estonia.

A panda in the Wolong Nature Reserve (courtesy Sue Nichols, MSU)

Increasing numbers of households putting pressure on environment

Despite decreasing populations in some areas, the number of households are increasing, putting pressure on the environment, according to a new study by researchers from two US universities.

Kenyan government orders 10% of nation’s diminishing forests to be cut down

The Kenyan government has announced that it is to clear more than 170,000 acres (70,000 hectares) of its remaining 3% of territory covered by forests, for what it calls resettling of squatters and harvesting of mature trees, the Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation has reported.

Programme to end environmental degradation in Nile Basin receives first funds

The first meeting of The International Consortium for Cooperation on the Nile (ICCON) has ended with initial donations of $140 million to kickstart the fight against environmental degradation in the river basin and boost both farm output and power generation.

Events around the globe celebrate 2001 World Environment Day

The launch of a global ecological assessment, a prestigious environmental awards ceremony, tree planting, water hyacinth harvesting, and environmental art exhibitions are among the events around the globe to celebrate the 2001 World Environment Day on 5 June.

Events around the globe celebrate 2001 World Environment Day

The launch of a global ecological assessment, a prestigious environmental awards ceremony, tree planting, water hyacinth harvesting, and environmental art exhibitions are among the events around the globe to celebrate the 2001 World Environment Day on 5 June.

Kenyan wins prize for project to save Lake Victoria

A Kenyan has won a prestigious environmental prize for his project to protect the world’s second largest freshwater lake and the people that live around it.

UnitedNations launches pioneering website on global state of the environment

The launch of a new website by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was a highlight of its Governing Council meeting, where the possible future power and insufficient funding of the body were also up for debate.

Himalayan glaciers are the melting faster than ever

The 15,000 glaciers in the Himalayas are the world's largest body of ice apart from the polar ice caps, and measurements suggest they are melting faster than any other glacier group.

KENYA: Disease kills cattle as drought continues

At least 1,000 head of cattle have died in Kenya, near the Tanzanian border. Although the area is stricken with drought, the deaths are being blamed on disease.

AFRICA: acute water scarcity predicted in five countries

Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda, Somalia and South Africa will face water scarcity within the next 10 years, according to the "State of World Population 1999" report issued by the UN Population Fund last week.

UK Government bows to pressure and will add to list of wildlife reserves

An Atlantic Biogeographic Meeting has concluded with a commitment from the UK Government to increase the number of wildlife habitat sites it will recommend for EU protection.

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