Kenya Tv journalists emerge winners of 2022 ACCER Awards

At an event celebrating excellency of media coverage of climate change and environmental stories in Africa, Kenya’s Raquel Muigai and Agnes Oloo were announced as joint winners of the 2022 African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Award. The two reporters from Royal Media Services, were announced winners from their TV production entry, “Dry death” which looked into the impact of climate change on riverine ecosystems. Winning in the Radio, Print and Online categories were Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman (Ghana),Temwa Mhone (Malawi) and Cece Siago (Kenya) respectively. As expected, the quality…

PACJA urges Government to tackle climate change in health, curb Climate-related deaths

MaryAnne Musilo There is benefit of tackling climate-related health problems, experts attending a meeting organized by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda have said. The meeting looked into the nexus between health and climate change, with a view to accelerating action on the issue that have largely been pushed back in climate conversations and negotiations. Dr Philip Osano, Centre Director, Stockholm Environment Institute, Africa Center, said tackling short-lived pollutants such as methane on farms and fumes…

PACJA denounces plot to slice loss, damage from Egypt COP27 climate change agenda

MaryAnne Musilo  African Civil Society groups in Bonn, Germany have denounced a decision at the ongoing 56th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) terming the decision as risking climate change discussions into mere rhetoric. The SBI is the body that considers the biennial work programmes for the secretariat, which provide the strategic direction on how the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat can best serve the Parties and the UNFCCC process towards greater ambition of climate change…

Panel of eminent jurists name African climate change, environment reporting Award finalists

MaryAnne Musilo After a rigorous process of judging entries in the seventh African Climate Change and Environment Reporting Awards (ACCER) 2022, a panel of jurists selected to conduct the exercise have pleasure of declaring the finalists to receive prizes today. This ACCER Award is an initiative of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Africas largest coalition of civil society groups, faiths and community based organisations, academia, researchers and individuals who advocate for fair and just climate regimes for African people. According to the ACCER Award judges, Charles Ayitey (Ghana);…

Unlocking Green Financing for sustainable development in Africa

MaryAnne Musilo, The Chatham House Africa Programme and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) yesterday convened stakeholders from government, business, civil society, and the international community for a discussion on how to unlock green financing for sustainable development in Africa, and in urban centres in particular. Despite wealthy nations’ commitment to delivering $100 billion towards green financing, this money has not been delivered. Global climate policies towards a ‘just transition’ under the Paris Agreement need to align with and support African states’ national sustainable development priorities – in particular,…

Cold comfort awaits a springtime Davos

By Richard Quest, Anchor & Business Editor-at-Large, CNN   CREDITS CNN   Is Davos without the cold and snow still Davos?  We are about to find out.  For those accustomed to coming together in January to “improve the state of the world”, the World Economic Forum’s decision to hold its annual jamboree in springtime will give us the chance to work out exactly how much the cold icy environment helped stimulate debate and discussion.   I’ve always thought there was a camaraderie that comes from schlepping up the mountain in…

We need our Flora

  MaryAnne Musilo, Everyday is a struggle for survival. Harsh climate changes are hitting us hard. In 2019, Kenya nearly lost half of its  forests. Deforestation has continued to be a major issue. Though the government is working on subsidising the cutting off of trees, we all have experienced the harsh changes of the climate. Deforestation in Kenya is as a result of charcoal and timber production, agriculture expansion bringing in soil degradation, soil erosion, increased flooding and  drought. This are all things that we can relate to. We still…

Environmentalist bringing grassroots organisation to the Great Green Wall.

Credits CNN In a report for Call to Earth, CNN speaks to Sarah Toumi, an environmentalist who achieved success in combatting desertification in Tunisia and who now finds herself at the heart of one of Africa’s most ambitious initiatives. Within the next decade, the Great Green Wall project hopes to restore 100 million hectares of land between Senegal in the west and Djibouti in the east, creating a 15-kilometer-wide (9 miles) and 8,000-kilometer-long (5,000 miles) mosaic of trees, vegetation, grasslands and plants. If completed in full, the wall will be…

How NASA Technology Can Help Save The World’s Largest Shark

Credits CNN In a report for Call to Earth, CNN hears how thousands of people around the world are lending a hand to help save the world’s largest fish – the whale shark. Co-founded by Australian marine biologist Brad Norman, The Wildbook for Whale Sharks is an online photo-identification library that uses NASA technology to identify individual sharks by the patterns on their skin. Thousands of ‘citizen scientists’ around the world submit photos that provide critical information about the endangered species’ population hotspots and migration routes. Today, the database holds…

More than 15 countries in Africa report COVID-19 cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially designated COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. There are now 147 confirmed cases in Africa in 15 countries, and there have been four COVID-19-related deaths. “With COVID-19 officially declared a pandemic, all countries in Africa must act,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, “Every country can still change the course of this pandemic by  scaling up their emergency preparedness or response. Cases may still be low in Africa and we can keep it that way with robust all-of-government actions to fight…