Kilifi County is advocating for a total ban on the use of baby diapers, saying it is a major polluter of the oceans.


A diaper bag. Kenya’s annual diaper consumption is estimated at 750 million. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Mariam Jenneby, the county chief officer for environment and…

Read more: Kilifi eyes diaper ban over ocean pollution

For better or worse, oceanographic and meteorological forces in the Indian Ocean seem to be preventing plastic from accumulating to form a garbage patch.


The Indian Ocean is heavily polluted by plastic, but currents and the wind push it all about. Photo by Paul Kennedy/Alamy Stock Photo

Garbage…

Read more: The Indian Ocean’s Great Disappearing Garbage Patch

Bottle boats in Cameroon and recycled gum in Britain: How to tackle the scourge of plastic waste plaguing our planet.

The explosion of plastic waste across the globe is threatening the very survival of life on the planet.

Every year, up to 12 million metric tonnes of plastic…

Read more: Reimagining Plastic: Turning Waste into Products

Kwale county has embarked on an intensive 3-year program to restore the coral reefs which are a major tourist attraction in the region.

The restoration programme by the Coast Development Authority is aimed at implementing a natural recovery process of degraded coral reefs in the coastal county.

The…

Read more: Kwale county starts 3-year program to restore coral reefs

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a plan to reduce plastic pollution, which will include a ban on single-use plastics as early as 2021. This is laudable: plastics clog drains and cause floods, litter nature and kill animals and birds.

Of course, plastic also makes our lives…

Read more: Sorry, banning plastic bags won’t save our planet

Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme

There is something in the air. I am not talking about pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. I am talking about the change humanity needs to address these and other environmental challenges, which have placed our planet and societies in imminent peril.…

Read more: As voices for the planet grow louder, we must get the job done