Oct 21st, 2013
Belayneh Abate I usually feel discomfort when people refer the land robbery in Africa as “Land grab”. Land grab indicates the existence of formality or legality which is not the case in the large scale African land robbery. The online dictionary defines land grabbing as buying or leasing of large pie...
Mar 24th, 2013
ABUJA — Nigeria joined more than 7,000 cities and towns across the world in celebrating “Earth Hour,” a symbolic shutting down of the lights for an hour late Saturday. More than 100 activists also gathered to launch a petition in favor of Nigeria’s Climate Change Bill. These activis...
Aug 15th, 2012
By Ogaga Ifowodo, Vanguard opinion Two weeks ago, a faction of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People led by Goodluck Diigbo proclaimed political autonomy. The action appears to be the outcome of internal wrangling over the implementation of the report of the United Nations Environmental P...
Jun 29th, 2012
South feminists demand responsible action now DAWN Executive Committee While governments were locked in their semantic battles in the Rio+20 process, women’s and other social movements continue to fight on multiple fronts for human rights, justice and sustainability. These struggles take place on div...
Dec 15th, 2011
Biochar is touted as a solution to climate change, soil degradation and low crop yields, despite scientific field trials disproving these claims. With Africa the focus of many biochar ‘demonstration’ and ‘feasibility’ projects, Almuth Ernsting writes about a new report investi...
Mar 16th, 2011
Japan has withdrawn all of its workers from the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant, saying it is too dangerous after a surge in radiation. The decision came after a second fire broke out in Reactor 4, following a prior blaze that had not been properly extinguished. Japan’s chief cabinet secretary ...
Mar 15th, 2011
The death toll in Japan climbed to more than 3,000 Tuesday in the aftermath of a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and a tsunami that have devastated the northern part of the country. In addition to the official toll reported by national broadcaster NHK, more than 15,000 people are reported to be unaccounted ...