Millions of babies, mostly in South Asia, risk brain damage from breathing toxic air, UNICEF warns

Mother and baby next to a traditional cook stove in Bangladesh. World Bank/Prabir Mallik   Almost 17 million babies live in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits, causing them to breathe toxic air and potentially risking their brain development, according to a new…

Ocean plastic a ‘planetary crisis’ – UN

Image copyrightAFP Image captionPlastic waste has a variety of detrimental effects on the environment Life in the seas risks irreparable damage from a rising tide of plastic waste, the UN oceans chief has warned. Lisa Svensson said governments, firms and individual people must act far more quickly to halt plastic…

Jospong, Hungarian company sign partnership to construct sewage, waste water treatment plants

Mr Agyapong exchanging the agreement with Mr Horvath, CEO of Pureco,while other officials look on  Jospong Group of Companies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pureco, a Hungarian company, for the construction and installation of sewage and waste water treatment plants in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region. The…

Press Release :World commits to pollution-free planet at environment summit
Press release :  World commits to pollution-free planet at environment summit Almost 2.5 million pledges from governments, civil society, businesses, and individuals were logged If all commitments are met, 1.49 billion people will breathe clean air, one-third of the world’s coastlines will be clean, and USD 18.6 billion of... Read more
Orangutans process plants into medicine, study finds
  Scientists have observed Bornean orangutans chewing on the leaves of the Dracaena cantleyi plant, producing a soapy lather they then spread onto their skin. A new study finds D. cantleyi has anti-inflammatory properties, suggesting the orangutans are using it to self-medicate. Indigenous communities also use D. cantleyi as... Read more
Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 strikes off northeast Papua New Guinea
 A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck the northeast coast of the Pacific Ocean nation of Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the United States Geographical Survey (USGS) said. The quake hit at 0250 GMT at a depth of around 53 km (37 miles), according to USGS. No tsunami warning... Read more
Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing more than 400
 More than 400 people were killed in Iran when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the country, state media said on Monday, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area. At least six have died in Iraq as well. State television said more than 407... Read more
Biodiversity is a catalyst for poverty alleviation – Frimpong-Boateng
  Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), says biodiversity is the country’s heritage and valuable assets for ecological integrity and economic reformation. He noted that, if biodiversity resources were managed intelligently and properly, they would serve as catalyst for national development and a... Read more
Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises as rescue effort begins
Media captionThis is what the southern region of Mexico woke up to after an 8.1 magnitude quake The number of people killed by a powerful earthquake off the southern coast of Mexico has risen to at least 61, officials say. A huge rescue operation is under way in the... Read more
Abolish import levy on timber – Traders to Gov’t   
The Domestic Lumber Traders Association of Ghana is demanding the abolishment of duties and levies on importation of wood into the country. According to the group,  the move will encourage traders to resort to importations for domestic consumption to satisfy the increasing demand for wood in the country. Statistics... Read more
Gov’t to exploit iron ore, manganese deposits in Western, Northern regions
Government has indicated plans to strengthen the local steel industry to help create employment for the youth and grow the economy. This is to be achieved through exploitation of Iron Ore and Manganese deposits in the Northern and Western regions of the country. President Akufo-Addo announced this during a keynote address... Read more
Special security agency needed to protect natural resources
  Mr Walanyo Kwadjo Siabi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, says the Government should establish a special security agency to protect natural resources. He made this known in a lecture he delivered on: “WASH in Ghana-Best Practices and Lessons Learned,” organised at... Read more
Hundreds of residents at Twifo Praso in the Central region have been rendered homeless following a spill-over of the Pra River. More than a dozen communities have been submerged. The National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) has been visiting some of the affected areas to distribute relief items. However, many... Read more