Kenyatta, Kiir join forces on the future of African cities

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta focused on sustainable urban development as the two participated in a panel discussion on cities at the United Nations Habitat Assembly in Nairobi. Kenyatta said the future represents a massive challenge for urbanization, with the need for alternative solutions…

UN rights agency disappointed in Kenya same-sex ruling

The UN human rights agency said Friday it was dismayed by the Kenyan High Court decision to uphold the nation’s ban on same-sex relations. “Criminalizing acts targeting certain individuals based on who they are and whom they love is inherently discriminatory,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet….

Study: Vanishing hippos are critical to African ecosystem health

The hippopotamus is contributing to ecosystem health in African lakes and rivers in a way that scientists haven’t considered before, and it’s because of the beneficial silicon that hippos are transferring through their poop. “Hippos differ from other large grazing animals in the savannah,” said biologist Jonas Schoelynck from the…

Children’s malaria vaccine program launches in Malawi

Malawi on Tuesday became the first African nation to launch a pilot program to administer the world’s first malaria vaccine to children ages 2 and under, according to the World Health Organization. The vaccine known as RTS,S has taken 30 years to develop and so far is the only vaccine…

Kenya museum fossils lead to giant carnivore discovery

Paleontologists at Ohio University in the United States say they have discovered a new species of large carnivore, after taking a second look at fossils stored in a drawer at the National Museums of Kenya. The 22-million-year-old fossils were found in Kenya decades ago by researchers focused on ancient apes,…

Kenya denies it has approved deal with cannabis firm

A cannabis company based in the United States says its plans for production operations in Kenya are moving forward – but the Kenyan government is denying that’s true in a country where cultivation and use remain illegal. GoIP Global (GOIG) announced in early March that it has secured the initial…

Remembering Sudan, and speaking out on wildlife extinction

It’s been one year since the death of Sudan, the world’s last male northern white rhino. He lived to be 45 before age-related health complications and infections claimed his life at Ol Pejeta, the conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya, that Sudan called home. He left behind a daughter, Najin, and her…

World Bank commits $22.5 billion more to Africa for climate change

World Bank Group announced Thursday it is providing USD$22.5 billion to Africa for climate mitigation and adaptation across five years beginning with 2021, adding to the $17 billion already committed through the Africa Climate Business Plan. The announcement was made during the One Planet Summit in Nairobi, with President Uhuru…