Thursday 19th September 2019
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Agony of plantation workers in war-torn Anglophone Cameroon

Deserted plantation camp

Cameroon’s plantations workers have become targets as the country wages a war on armed separatists in the English-speaking regions of Northwest and Southwest. Investigative journalist, Arison Tamfu, reports Deserted plantation camp It was a luminous afternoon in January, outside a thatched hut. Mako Mokosso, 42, sat cross-legged on a bamboo-made chair explaining how his four fingers were chopped off on ...

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Cocoa: Group urges end to child labour, deforestation

Child labour

The European Union and Germany have come under intense pressure to put an end to child labour and deforestation – offshoots of growing cocoa plantations in the developing world. A child working in a cocoa plantation As Germany is expected to reach a decision on the issue soon, the popular desire is for the country to champion the campaign to ...

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Reactions trail Germany’s 2038 coal phase-out plan

Germany Coal

The Federal Government in Germany has announced plans to phase out coal by 2038. Germany will phase out coal in 2038 The Commission on Growth, Employment and Structural Change released a 20-year report which has agreed to cancel out coal by 2038. With only one vote against, the commission agreed on a total of €40 billion in aid for the states ...

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How illicit Chinese mining destroys livelihoods, fuels conflicts in Cameroon (2)

Chinese mining in Cameroon

Continued from last edition ‘We may be rendered homeless’ Rajahu Alahji Oumarou, a 21-year-old mother of two children, stands at the doorway of her three-room thatched house in the Zirgene neighbourhood of Colomine, lost in thought. Just 10 metres away, bulldozers belonging to Chinese miners are working in a huge hole. While the excavators continue to dig the over 70 ...

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How illicit Chinese mining destroys livelihoods, fuels conflicts in Cameroon

A community in Zirgene

Nagbayanga Valentin, a widow in her late thirties, sits on the earth floor of her thatched two-roomed house she shares with her four young children in Haya Haya, a mining encampment with about 2,000 inhabitants in Longa Mali village of Betare Oya sub division, some 200 kilometres from Bertoua, headquarters of Cameroon’s East region. Locals carrying out artisinal mining in ...

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UNEP endorses 6th environment outlook ahead UNEA-4

GEO-6 authors

The Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) has been endorsed and is set for presentation to the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4). GEO-6 authors This formed a major outcome of the Intergovernmental Meeting on the GEO-6 SPM convened from January 21 to 24, 2019 at the UN Environment (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The ...

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Weak enforcement of laws worsening environmental crisis, says UN

Joyce Msuya

Environmental threats like climate change and pollution are linked to lethargic enforcement of laws governing management of vital ecosystems, says a report released on Thursday, January 24, 2019 by the UN Environment. UN Environment Acting Executive Director, Joyce Msuya According to the first ever global assessment of environmental rule of law, the quest to maintain a healthy and clean planet ...

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UN lauds Kenya for building boat from plastic waste


Acting Executive Director of the UN Environment, Joyce Msuya, on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 commended Kenya for developing a homegrown dhow. from plastic waste. The Flipflopi The dhow is the generic name of a number of traditional sailing vessels with one or more masts with settee or sometimes lateen sails, used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean region. Msuya ...

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Scheme allows poor parents to pay school fees with recyclables

RecyclesPay Educational Programme

Parents finding it challenging to pay their children’s tuition fees may now heave a sigh of relief, thanks to an initiative designed to boost educational development and clean the environment. Officials of the African Clean Up Initiative and partners, Morit International School, and beneficiaries of the scheme Tagged the “RecyclesPay Educational Programme”, the project allows parents that have children in ...

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Leaders urged to use conservation teachings in religions to save the environment

NCF Chief S.L. Edu Lecture

Stakeholders have called on religious leaders to use conservation teachings embedded in the Holy Books for the people to save the environment and the world. Director General of the NCF, Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, delivering introductory remarks during the event The stakeholders made the call at the 17th Chief S.L. Edu Memorial Lecture of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in Lagos ...

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