DRC: Six rangers ambushed at Virunga National Park

DRC: Six rangers ambushed at Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Monday the deaths of five park rangers and a staff driver killed during an ambush in the park’s central sector. “A sixth ranger was also wounded,” the park said in its statement, adding that additional information will be released as…

UN launches initiative to better protect environmental defenders

UN launches initiative to better protect environmental defenders

An initiative designed to protect environmental defenders around the world from threats, intimidation, harassment and murder was launched Tuesday by the United Nations Environment Program. The UN Environmental Rights Initiative was introduced in Geneva with guests on hand including John Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment;…

Kenyatta talks pollution in UN Environment Assembly address

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…

Cycling, walking move a greener Africa forward

Four African countries are among the world’s five most dangerous for walking and cycling, a new UN Environment Programme report on transportation finds, but positive change is making big strides. From Uganda’s student bike-sharing programs, to Zambia’s village bicycle ambulances and Namibia’s bicycle-based recycling pickup service, Africans are taking an…