EU targets recycling as China bans plastic waste imports

 EU regulators are searching for ways to increase recycling of plastic, as waste piles up in ports after China banned imports of “foreign garbage” from the start of 2018. Announcing a new policy push on Tuesday, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said Brussels is mulling a tax, curbs on…

U.S. rivers getting saltier, drinking water at risk: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. rivers and streams have become saltier and more alkaline over the last 50 years, posing risks to drinking water by damaging pipelines and other infrastructure, according to a study released on Monday.   As municipal workers dump salt on roads to combat ice and farmers put…

KMA exposed ; engages in open disposal of untreated faecal matter

Residents of the Oti New Site in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi are threatening to hit the streets over continuous dumping of untreated faecal matter in streams and drains close to their homes. The residents are living perilously with the risk of contracting cholera and other sanitation related diseases. The…

ROSEWOOD STILL BEING TRANSPORTED FROM SISSALA EAST AFTER 31ST DECEMBER DEADLINE
ROSEWOOD A group in Tumu have intercepted rosewood from an unlicensed Rose wood merchant in Welembelle yesterday at about 11pm-12am at the verge of escape. A suspected escort of the items by some unnamed security agency has been suspected according to a tip off. This got the youth aggressive... Read more
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... Read more
Ivory Coast to expel cocoa farmers from largest forest reserve
 Top cocoa producer Ivory Coast will launch an operation to expel thousands of illegal farmers from the Goin-Debe forest reserve, the West African nation’s largest, a government spokesman said on Thursday. The decision is part of efforts to protect forests in Ivory Coast, which has lost much of its... Read more
From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders
Number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe From the Everglades in the US to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, climate change is destroying the... Read more
Nations better shielded from disasters, Pacific most at risk: study
BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Many nations have become less vulnerable to natural disasters ranging from cyclones to earthquakes because of improved preparedness, but Pacific island states remain most at risk, a study showed on Tuesday. Smoke and ash emanates from the Manaro Voui volcano located on Vanuatu’s northern island... Read more
Ghana to import timber from Liberia as local forests deplete
Ghana will from next month begin importing timber from Liberia to help deal with what woodworkers say is the shortage of logs in the country. The Domestic Lumber Traders Association, the mother union of woodworkers in the country says the move is important to save the domestic wood industry... Read more
Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner
FREETOWN (Reuters) – Rescue workers have unearthed 499 dead bodies since last week’s devastating landslide near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, the city’s chief coroner told Reuters on Sunday. One of Africa’s worst flooding-related disasters in years occurred when the side of Mount Sugar Loaf collapsed on Monday after... Read more
In Kenya, fuel made from human faeces keeps the home fires burning
A Kenyan company has taken the mantra “waste not, want not” to unusual lengths by using human faeces to manufacture briquettes for use for use in cooking and heating. The fuel is made by workers from the Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company, who dry it, treat it in... Read more
We will protect Akosombo dam from Galamseyers
  Mr Richard Oppong Mensah, Director of the Akosombo Hydro Generating Station, has assured that robust measures are in place to bar illegal miners (Galamseyers) from destroying the Akosombo Dam. He indicated that there was adequate surveillance on the river body, which guarded it against the activities of Galamseyers... Read more
CHINA BANS FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FROM GHANA
  Vegetables and fruits from Ghana have been banned from the Chinese market for failing to meet international production standards. The ban which took effect from the beginning of this year would further plunge the industry into crisis. Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Carlos Ahenkorah, in an interview with... Read more