Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Vehicular emissions are becoming alarming in cities of developing economies like Ghana, where an average of 150,000 vehicles are registered annually, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
Some of these cars are new from the factory, but the majority is marketed fairly used or damaged in their countries of origin, mostly from the European or American economies.
Klimatförändringarna skördar redan offer. Värst drabbas världens fattigaste. Ändå bryter Sverige mot internationella löften och struntar i att skjuta till pengar till klimatarbete i utvecklingsländer.
Temperaturen på jorden har redan stigit med nästan en hel grad. Att det är vi människor som är skyldiga till klimatförändringarna är världens forskare allt säkrare på, det framgår tydligt när FN:s klimatpanel, IPCC, nu samlats i Stockholm.
För människor som lever i fattigdom är konsekvenserna hårdast. När matproduktion och vattentillgång minskar, folkhälsan försvagas och människors vardagsliv dramatiskt påverkas, försvåras inte bara FN:s arbete för fattigdomsbekämpning – de framsteg som hittills gjorts riskerar att utraderas.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
By Kofi Adu Domfeh
ACCRA, Ghana (Luv News) - Cocoa farmers in selected production districts in Ghana are accessing support in natural resource management for efficient and sustainable cocoa production.
The ‘Cocoa Eco Project’ is a pilot intervention aimed at limiting the encroachment of cocoa plantations onto forest lands and conservation of biodiversity.
SNV Ghana is partnering the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers Union to create environmental awareness among cocoa farmers, especially on issues of land degradation and deforestation.
By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame
A team of Researchers working in Cameroon have spotted another rare wildlife species the Preuss's Monkey (Cercopithecus preussi), in the Tofala forest, Lebialem Highlands. This was on August 18, 2013 during bio-montoring of great apes trip with two Volunteers Christopher and Claire from United kingdom and France respectively.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Innovation in new technologies will be essential to reduce the long-term cost of climate change and to support competitiveness in Ghana, according to the World Bank.
The Bank’s infoDev program is considering a climate innovation hub in Ghana to accelerate locally-relevant clean technology innovation and entrepreneurship.
More than 100 stakeholders have met under the auspices of the World Bank in Accra to study the establishment of the Climate Innovation Center (CIC).
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
By Kofi Adu Domfeh
Housing, the single largest subsector of the construction industry, is a major contributor to environmental pollution. With the high levels of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, the sector contributes to climate change.
“Ghana has the potential to build environmentally sound houses”, according to Dr. Eugene Atiamo, Director of the Building and Road Research Institute (BRRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
Direct Economic Costs of $750 billion Annually
Better Policies Required, and “Success Stories” Need to be Scaled Up and Replicated
Rome, 11 September 2013 – The waste of a staggering 1.3 billion tonnes of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking significant harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new FAO report released today.
Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources is the first study to analyze the impacts of global food wastage from an environmental perspective, looking specifically at its consequences for the climate, water and land use, and biodiversity.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Recently, representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) from West African nations such as Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Togo, Mali, Cote D’Ivoire, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mauritania converged on Lome, Togo for the West Africa Regional civil society capacity building workshop on Climate Change and Post 2015 MDGs Sustainable Development Agenda organised by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), in collaboration with the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in West Africa (FECCIWA). The forum had “Climate Change and Post 2015 MDGs Sustainable Development Agenda” as its theme.
The unprecedented flood disaster in the nation's history last year has brought in its wake some good omen. The National Disaster Recovery Strategy/Framework is a policy measure being put together to withstand future emergencies with the support of the UNDP.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
The Official launching ceremony for the establishment of the Togo National Chapter of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) was held on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Catholic Archdiocese of Lome, in the OCDI Conference room, Tokoin Séminaire.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
The unprecedented flood disaster in the nation’s history last year has brought in its wake some good omen. The National Disaster Recovery Strategy/Framework is a policy measure being put together to withstand future emergencies with the support of the UNDP. Godwin Haruna writes
By Kofi Adu Domfeh
Climate justice and sustainable management of the planet’s resources must be at the centre of the Post-2015 sustainable development framework, according to a declaration by the West African civil society organizations on climate change.
Developed countries are also being held to continue to commit and deliver on providing financial and technological resources to address mitigation and adaptation challenges in line with the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.
By Kofi Adu Domfeh
Ghana can preserve its limestone deposits by depending on the abundance of clay to serve the country’s construction needs, says Engineer Mark Bediako.
The research scientist foresees dependence on clay as an industrial mineral resource in the near future.
Limestone is a major ingredient in the production of cement, which is a critical component in Ghana’s building and construction industry.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
By Kizito Makoye
DAR ES SALAAM - In a bid to protect Tanzania’s agricultural sector from the vagaries of extreme weather and climate change, the country’s parliament has passed a new law to help farmers make better use of irrigation, hoping it will improve food security and reduce poverty.
The National Irrigation Act 2013 was approved at the end of August amid strong criticism from a cross-section of legislators who expressed fears that the proposed law might fuel land conflicts because it would allow the state to acquire village land without due process.
The law – which must be signed by the president before it comes into force - gives power to the minister holding the agriculture portfolio to declare any specified piece of land an irrigation area.
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