WHO sets new standards on air pollution levels

WHO sets new standards on air pollution levels

The World Health Organization issued new guidelines on air pollution Wednesday that dramatically reduce the levels of particulate matter (PM) and other pollutants linked to a range of diseases. These illnesses include heart disease, lung cancer, stroke, and respiratory diseases including asthma. “Since WHO’s last 2005 global update, there has…

Rwandan forces recapture Mozambique’s Mocímboa da Praia

Rwandan forces recapture Mozambique’s Mocímboa da Praia

The Rwandan military says it captured the Mozambican port of Mocímboa da Praia on Sunday, while also taking the airport and the regional headquarters. The city has been an insurgent stronghold for more than two years, with catastrophic results for civilians living in this part of Cabo Delgado province and…

G20 environment ministers fail to agree on coal phaseout

South Africa and the other members of the G20 Environment Ministers issued a final communiqué following their meeting in Italy, but they’ve failed to come to terms on a global coal phaseout. The meeting, which in some respects signals what to expect ahead of the COP26 climate meeting in Scotland…

Total declares force majeure on Mozambique LNG project

French oil major Total says it has backed out of its US$20 billion LNG project in Mozambique, just days ahead of an expected decision on military intervention in the southern African nation. “Considering the evolution of the security situation in the north of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, Total…

UK court to review Mozambique fossil fuel investment

The British government’s investment in developing liquified natural gas (LNG) projects in Mozambique – projects contributing to the conflict and instability in the country’s north – is headed for judicial review following a successful legal filing from the Friends of the Earth. The London-based NGO says the decision to approve…

SADC puts Mozambique security assistance plan in motion

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe signaled that regional military support for Mozambique may be on the way in its fight against Islamic State-aligned extremists in the Cabo Delgado region. Mnangagwa made the comment while talking with reporters following Thursday’s Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting, called to elevate the urgency…

High tide helps to free Ever Given, Suez Canal reopens

The massive container ship that blocked the Suez Canal to shipping traffic for nearly a week is free and the first southbound convoy of ships began moving on Monday. Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), said  the MV Ever Given was refloated by using tugboats to strategically…

Slow progress on Suez Canal as 327 ships now wait

There are now at least 327 vessels waiting to transit through the Suez Canal in Egypt, as Saturday’s efforts to move the grounded MV Ever Given proved unsuccessful in an operation experts say now may take days if not weeks. “Unfortunately, the tidal conditions didn’t help re-floating Ever Given tonight,”…

Update: 237 ships waiting amid Suez Canal complications

There are now at least 237 vessels waiting to transit through the Suez Canal in Egypt, as Thursday’s efforts to move the grounded MV Ever Given proved unsuccessful in an operation experts say now may take days if not weeks. “Despite continuous and tireless efforts from the Suez Canal authority…

Signs of progress at Suez Canal shipping mishap

Authorities in Egypt say they’ve been able to partially remove the container ship that’s blocked the Suez Canal for a second day, creating a bottleneck for dozens of other vessels and upsetting maritime traffic. An update from port manager GAC, issued at noon local time, said the grounded MV Ever…

Stuck container ship blocks Suez Canal

A container ship traveling through the Suez Canal got stuck on Tuesday, blocking traffic through the critical route and creating a bottleneck for dozens of other vessels. The Panamanian-flagged ship, operated by the Evergreen Line, appeared to be heading from the Chinese port of Ningbo to Rotterdam, with other stops…