SA musicians welcome U.S. orchestra on 5-city Mandela tour

SA musicians welcome U.S. orchestra on 5-city Mandela tour

Traveling from the United States to South Africa this week is the Minnesota Orchestra, with its members completing a five-city performance tour – the first such visit by a professional U.S. orchestra. The American guests, led by music director Osmo Vänskä, are performing alongside their South African counterparts in a…

Project moves elephants from South Africa to Mozambique

Project moves elephants from South Africa to Mozambique

There are some major moves afoot in South Africa and Mozambique, as conservationists and researchers try moving elephants to help protect them from ivory poaching and habitat loss. So far this summer, the “Moving Giants” project has relocated four dozen elephants from the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR), a conservation…

Ethiopia’s Abiy courts diaspora on U.S. tour

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed continues his outreach tour in the United States on Saturday with a gathering for the diaspora in Washington D.C., part of a concerted effort to encourage Ethiopians who have left the country to return home and build its future. Abiy’s meeting at the Walter E….

U.S. legislators advance Okavango River Basin wildlife protection

Legislation to protect wildlife from poaching in the Okavango River Basin of southern Africa was passed this week by the United States House of Representatives, where members who sponsored the bill raised the alarm over ties between wildlife trafficking and terrorist organization finance. “This ecosystem spans three countries,” said bill…

Nigeria’s Buhari says world needs ICC now more than ever

President Muhammadu Buhari praised the role of the International Criminal Court as a catalyst for a culture of justice around the world, while recommitting Nigeria to the court’s goals during a keynote speech delivered Tuesday at the ICC 20th anniversary commemoration in The Hague. “As we know, the International Criminal…

UN Security Council focuses on climate-conflict connection

Climate change is “inextricably linked to some of the most pressing security challenges of our time,” said Nigerian Amina Mohammed, the United Nations deputy secretary-general, during remarks made to the UN Security Council on Wednesday. During the last 18 months, the Security Council has recognized the adverse effects of climate…

Study: Radiocarbon dating finds illegal ivory in EU markets

A scientific study of ivory traded by dealers across Europe proves that the sales are illegal, according to the activist groups that released the study Tuesday. Avaaz, working with the Elephant Action League, purchased 109 pieces of ivory in 10 countries across Europe in an attempt to demonstrate to European…

Namibians told to stop using Zambezi River as a car wash

Officials in Namibia say they’re cracking down on a pollution problem in the country’s Zambezi region, where it’s people who are washing their cars in the river who are causing environmental damage. The country’s Environmental Management Act establishes fines for pollution, but residents either don’t know or care when they…

Report focuses on preventing North African drought

Nations in North Africa need to become more proactive in preventing drought before it happens in what is one of the world’s most water-scarce regions. That’s according to a report released Friday by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), released in conjunction with World Day to Combat Desertification and…

From coast to coast, Africans are inspired to #beatplasticpollution

As the world marks United Nations World Environment Day, there are more than 1,000 events planned across the African continent as countries and their citizens embrace the #beatplasticpollution theme. “Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste,” said UN Secretary General António Guterres in a video marking the June 5 event….