Ten countries have resolved to end coastal, marine environmental pollution and degradation in the Western Indian Ocean region.

A cargo ship docks at the port of Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | NMG

The countries which are also the contracting parties for the Nairobi Convention are Comoros, France, Kenya, Madagascar,…

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The Pacific Ocean has a pollution problem. It's especially apparent at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a 1-million-square-mile stretch of water between California and Hawaii churning with up to 2.65 million tons of plastic waste. Now, after five years in development, an initiative aimed at reducing the floating…

Read more: The Ocean Cleanup Deploys a 2000-Foot Net to Catch the Pacific Ocean's Trash

Even before the dust settles over investigations on grabbing of a huge chunk of land at Kibarani, Mombasa, environmentalists now want investors compelled to fund construction of a public park in what they are calling “environmental justice” and restitutive development”.

Acting chairperson National Lands Commission Abigael Mbagaya with…

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Kenya’s ban on plastic carrier bags will set it among the few countries to implement this revolutionary policy, affording it a high table seat among global icons of environmental protection.

It may sound radical but this move has driven home the message that Kenya is serious about protecting…

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But not all of its residents are thriving. A grim reality lies behind the idyllic landscapes: the birds that live on the island are facing death by ocean plastic.

Dr Alex Bond, a bird curator at the Museum, has been documenting threats to the island's bird life since…

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South Africa currently has a network of 23 marine protected areas (MPAs) covering only 0.4% of the oceans around South Africa.


LIFE THREATENING: Drilling into the sea floor as part of oil exploration produces intense vibrations which have a negative impact on marine life. Picture: Steve Benjamin/AP.…

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