Rwanda plans park expansion to protect mountain gorillas

Rwanda plans park expansion to protect mountain gorillas

Rwandan authorities say they’re committing USD$180 million to an expansion of the Volcanoes National Park, a habitat for critically endangered mountain gorillas originally established in 1925. The government will add another 3,000 hectares (7,413 acres) to the parkland, Kigali Today reports. The funding will help to compensate residents who live…

U.S. must step up and own appalling disregard for African partners

U.S. must step up and own appalling disregard for African partners

One can’t help but wonder what was going through the minds of Botswana’s Ministry of International Affairs staff this week, as they prepared the official response to United States President Donald Trump’s reported remarks about African nations. It’s hard to imagine, without wincing, any real-life scenario in which thoughtful diplomats…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Report on climate resilience urges help for sub-Saharan Africa

There’s troubling news for sub-Saharan Africa on climate change, as a new report from a British green-tech company looks at preparedness and resilience levels in nations across the world. It again highlights the urgent need for global commitments to assist the developing world on climate. Each year, the London-based Eco…

Wildlife groups say West African dolphins now critically endangered

Scientists say they now consider the Atlantic humpback dolphin, a little-known mammal that lives only on the ocean coasts of Western Africa, to be among the continent’s most endangered alongside gorillas, African wild dogs and black rhinos. An assessment released this week by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the International Union…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Nigerians say it’s heat instead of harmattan for the holidays

The temperature in Abuja shortly after 1 a.m. Friday was 26 degrees, with Nigeria’s NiMet forecasting a high of 35° (95° Fahrenheit) by late afternoon – and that’s kept Nigerians talking about the unseasonably warm weather for this year’s Christmas season. This week, Zenith Bank ran a #ChristmasinNigeria campaign to…

Kenyatta talks pollution in UN Environment Assembly address

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed more than 4,000 participants on Tuesday at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, highlighting his country’s success with a nationwide plastic bag ban and tying the program and his remarks to this year’s theme of tackling pollution. “The world gathers here today because we have learnt an…