Tuesday, 16 June 2009 06:50

East African cities at risk of disasters

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Most African cities, including Cairo and Dar es Salaam, as well as Kenyan towns such as Naivasha and Nakuru are on fault lines.Most African cities face being hit by earthquakes as they lie on fault lines, a university don warns.

Sunday, 09 August 2009 18:00

Government set to regulate charcoal production

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Traders currently transport lorry-loads of charcoal into Nairobi and other major urban centreâ??s selling a sackful for Sh600 despite buying them from illegal burners at Ksh 200.Having failed to completely eradicate charcoal burning in the past two decades, the government is taking steps to legalise charcoal production and trade.

The trade has remained invisible despite earning the dealers Sh32 billion annually in the past two decades as the government continues to lose over Sh5 billion annually at road-blocks manned by police and county council officials.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 18:00

Kenya to embrace agroforestry

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Agriculture, particularly in developing countries is often associated with massive deforestation. Kenyan farmers will soon be required to plant trees on at least 10 per cent of their agricultural land.

According to the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, this will be the only way to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 11:45

Kenya short-changed during Climate Change Talks

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The three to four negotiators dispatched for such talks are overwhelmed and out- manoeuvred by their counterparts from countries such as United States of America (USA) or Europe who number between 50 and 100.The three to four negotiators dispatched for such talks are overwhelmed and out- manoeuvred by their counterparts from countries such as United States of America (USA) or Europe who number between 50 and 100.

Poisonous Snakes on the prowl as thousands of vaccines dock inHundreds of Kenyans are dying or getting their limbs amputated after snakebites even as dozens of doses of anti-venom vaccines lie un-utilized in government hospitals, some within a kilometre from their homes.

School Children testing the quality of water at Nairobi RiverRecent reports of cholera outbreaks in Turkana and parts of Nyanza are clear indicators that our water quality is compromised and a source of killer diseases.

The Water Action Groups (WAG) will also monitor and report to the water service providers on the quality of water, its availability, and any other consumer concerns.Stunned by the over two billion shillings lost by water companies through illegal connections, leakages and unbilled customers, the water regulatory authority has set up a team of citizens who will monitor and file reports on such connections and other problems facing the water sector.

Thursday, 21 July 2011 09:37

Life beyond Mau evictions

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Different sections of the depleted Mau forest. Pictures: Godfrey MachukaTrue story of depletion as exhausted forest leaves communities bare

There was a time when Mau Forest was revered and it was a taboo to cut down some trees from within it. This is when the forest formed an impenetrable canopy. The forest was respected because it protected generations. It was the source of medicine, food and fuel.

A village in Singila Majengo where residents have been denied ownership of land.Even as Kenyans get ready for the General Elections, many questions remain answered that make a majority feel that they should not be taking part in the polls.

Many people living at the Coast feel that they have not had their independence as they are still under colonial laws. The laws in which they are operating and living has left them in a desperate position.

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