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Parliamentary Natural Resources Committee to visit victims of illegal mining in Mubende district

Parliamentary Natural Resources Committee to visit victims of illegal mining in Mubende district

Members of the Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources have said they  plan to carry out an oversight visit following complaints over illegal eviction of artisan miners in Mubende district. This stemmed from a submission by Kassanda North MP, Patrick Nsamba, accusing the energy ministry of using the army to evict the local people from their […]

Sand mining at Ggaba landing site is a mixture of fortune and destruction to the environment

Sand mining at Ggaba landing site is a mixture of fortune and destruction to the environment

Kasagama John a resident at Ggaba landing site in Makindye division on the Lake Victoria shores says he was a fisher man before he started carrying out sand mining. Fishing as an activity was so competitive yet there was inadequate fish in the lake. This led to little earnings which couldn’t sustain his family, says. […]

Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people

Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people

Extreme heatwaves that kill even healthy people within hours will strike parts of the Indian subcontinent unless global carbon emissions are cut sharply and soon, according to new research. Even outside of these hotspots, three-quarters of the 1.7bn population – particularly those farming in the Ganges and Indus valleys – will be exposed to a […]

Water hyacinth re-appears on Uganda’s Lake Victoria

Water hyacinth re-appears on Uganda’s Lake Victoria

Visiting Lake Victoria, one of the visible features at first sight is the green water hyacinth as some of it forms shapes that can be viewed from a distance stretching towards the islands on the waters. Water-hyacinth is a floating plant that has clusters of leaves with spongy stalks arising from a base of dark […]

Communities for the future

Communities for the future

Everyone grows up dreaming of a better life than they have; a better situation; a better future. For children born and raised in East African slums this too is a dream they have. Residents of Kibera slum, Nairobi, hope for and hold on to these dreams; for them, their dream is just across the road […]

UNICEF warns of a spike in HIV infections due to El Nino

UNICEF warns of a spike in HIV infections due to El Nino

Drought exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern could lead to a spike in new HIV infections in southern Africa as women and girls turn to sex to survive and patients miss treatments, the United Nations children’s’ agency UNICEF said on Tuesday. More than 60 million people, two thirds of them in east and southern […]

Parliament urged to finalise on climate change bill

Parliament urged to finalise on climate change bill

Members of Parliament on the Parliamentary Forum on Climate Change have said contributions by major environmental polluting countries like US and China in mitigating climate change effects in developing countries is too little to avert disasters like floods, mudslides, drought and poor harvests among others. MPs including Ora county MP Lawrence Songa Biyika, Moroto MP Samuel […]

National Forest Authourity calls for climate change fund

National Forest Authourity calls for climate change fund

The National Forestry Authority (NFA) and the Ministry of water and Environment calls on members of parliament to advocate for the climate change fund. This comes as environmentalists and youth were discussing promotion of tree planting with members of parliament at parliament. The head of climate change in the ministry of water and Environment Chebet Maikut says […]

Involve communities in fight against encroachers on wildlife centers – Mutagamba

Involve communities in fight against encroachers on wildlife centers  – Mutagamba

Outgoing Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Maria Mutagamba says that the problem of encroachers on wildlife centers can be solved if the wildlife authority can involve the communities in the planning, management and advocacy for wildlife conservation. Handing over office to the incoming minister, professor Ephraim Kamuntu, Mutagamba  said that this is the only way people will own, […]

Kamuntu asks developing nations to implement global agreement on climate change

Kamuntu asks developing nations to implement global agreement on climate change

Uganda’s minister for water and environment professor Ephraim Kamuntu calls on developing nations on behalf of African countries to implement the global agreement on climate change that was signed by about 200 nations in the world to reduce the green gas emissions to the atmosphere. While opening an international conference on sustainable consumption and production, professor Kamuntu said that the […]

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