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…

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Water security plan for Bawku and Bongo developed
  Water Aid Ghana has presented  a five year  comprehensive Water Security Plan to the Bawku  West  and Bongo District Assemblies  to help them develop systematic way to secure and  sustain water supply for communities and for multiple use in the coming years. The  plans  are expected to cost... Read more
RIPS and EPA host Post-COP23 colloquium
A post-UN Conference of Parties (COP23) on Climate Change has been organised in Accra to sensitise key stakeholders on emerging issues from the Conference held in Bonn, Germany in November. The event, also attended by policymakers and key public officials, was hosted by the Regional Institute for Population Studies... 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
  GWS  Partners Industries to protect biodiversity and Ecosystem
The Ghana Wildlife Society (GWS) is partnering  some  major companies in Ghana whose operation have direct and indirect impact on the environment to help  protect and conserve biodiversity and the ecosystem in their operational areas. The companies include GHACEM, Goldfields, Eni Ghana Exploration and Production Ltd , China Harbour... Read more
Affordable housing key for development and social equality, UN says on World Habitat Day
Urban October design competition. Photo: UN-HABITAT/Alejandro Montes With 1.6 billion people living in inadequate housing, one billion of whom reside in slums and informal settlements, the United Nations is spotlighting affordable homes on today’s World Habitat Day, which also marks the official start of Urban October – a month... Read more
Gov’t trains 100 observers to check and record illegal fishing activities
A Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Francis Kingsley Ato Cudjoe, says Government is training 100 observers to be put on vessels to check and record illegal fishing activities.They will, particularly, check Saiko, (illegal activities involving conniving foreign and local vessels) to enable them to provide enough evidence... Read more
Water company considers shutting Barekese and Owabi dams
  The Ghana Water Company is considering a shutdown of its operations at the Barekese and Owabi dams in the Ashanti region if pollution of the water bodies serving the plants is not halted. Managers say the cost of water treatment has become expensive as land reserves around the... Read more
Kofi Annan writes: Delivering water, food and energy security for all
Former UN Chief, Kofi Annan This article was given as a speech by Mr Kofi Annan on 7 September 2017 at the ‘Making Waves’ conference in Afsluitdijk, the Netherlands. I can’t think of a more symbolic and inspirational location to promote innovative solutions around water, food and energy than the iconic... Read more
CITES reviews sustainability of wildlife trade and launches new review of captive-bred and ranched species
PRESS RELEASE CITES reviews sustainability of wildlife trade and launches new review of captive-bred and ranched species Largest ever meeting of CITES science committees reviews sustainability of trade in sharks, sturgeons, rosewood, orchids and more Geneva : Close to 500 scientific experts, specialists and other observers, ranging from fisheries agencies and... Read more
Jack and Jill School go solar
Jack and Jill School, located in Accra, will depend solely on solar energy and will no longer rely on power from the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) by the end of July 2017. According to the school, plans are far advanced to install solar panels to ensure regular power... Read more