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New study identifies microplastics in textiles and tyres as major source of ocean pollution

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A new IUCN report has identified tiny plastic particles called microplastics that are washed off products such as synthetic clothes and car tyres as being capable of contributing up to 30% of the ‘plastic soup’ polluting the world’s oceans. In more industrialised countries, this type of microplastics could be a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic […]




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Kenya commits to ban plastic bags

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The Government of Kenya has announced a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. This commitment to reduce plastic waste through banning plastic bags, sets Kenya apart for their environmental leadership among African countries. This announcement comes just three weeks after the UN declared a […]




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UN launches global #CleanSeas campaign to end marine litter

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The UN has launched a major global #CleanSeas campaign to eliminate sources of marine litter including microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, the #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting industry to minimize plastic packaging […]




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New Climate Reality to Guide Ocean & Reef Conservation

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The new climate reality and predictions of the world’s coral reefs will need to guide and inform ocean and reef conservation, and innovative urgent action is needed to avoid the destruction and breakdown of marine ecosystems that are vital to our daily lives and sustained future. New climate model projections of the world’s coral reefs reveal […]




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Global Festival of Ideas launches SDG Action Campaign

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The inaugural Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development has convened thought leaders, policy-makers, business leaders and civil society activists in Germany this month to chart new thinking and action on the world’s biggest development challenges. The Global Festival of Ideas officially launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) action campaign at the event – showcasing the latest innovations, tools […]




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Two African leaders named 2016 Champions of the Earth

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Two inspirational African environmental leaders are among the six recipients of the 2016 Champions of the Earth award. H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, received this top environmental accolade for his outstanding policy leadership outstanding in fighting climate change and in national environmental action. Masen – the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, received its award for its entrepreneurial vision […]




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Dr Richard Munang named African Environmental Hero

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Dr Richard Munang has been recognised for his environmental and sustainability leadership – receiving the prestigious African Environmental Hero Award, conferred by the International Environmental Roundtable for Africa. The IERA Awards aimed at celebrating outstanding individuals, organisations and corporate bodies whose actions, policies or projects have helped enhance the environment or motivated others to become conscious of their environment. Dr […]




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Innovative African ecopreneurs honoured by SEED Awards

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Every year, innovative African ecopreneurs from across the continent compete for the prestigious SEED Awards which honour starts ups that offer solutions to sustainable development challenges. This year, the award winners include roads made from recycled plastic, natural fertilizers made from water hyacinth plants, and shoes made from discarded and upcycled rubber tyres. About the SEED Awards The SEED Awards aim […]




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Made in Uganda: Africa’s first solar bus

Africa's first solar bus

To meet growing energy and sustainable development needs, the future of transport in Africa has to go green. Leading the way is Uganda’s Kiira Motors Corporation which has developed the Kayoola Solar Bus: a 35-seater electric solar bus with zero tailpipe emissions. This innovative and future-oriented initiative is being led by the Government of the […]




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Cape Town Water Fund – First for South Africa

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South Africa’s first water fund is being established to help secure water for the city of Cape Town. The global conservation organisation, The Nature Conservancy, and the City of Cape Town have formally agreed to a water fund for Cape Town which aims to safeguard water supplies and biodiversity while supporting local livelihoods.  Water Funds have […]




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