Africa leads with plastic ban

As of July 2018, one hundred and twenty-seven (127) out of 192 countries reviewed (about 66%) have adopted some form of legislation to regulate plastic bags. Of this number, 37 African nations have initiated progressive reforms regulating plastic bags, according to a report [Legal Limits on Single-Use Plastics and Microplastics: A Global Review of National Laws and Regulations] by the United Nations Environment Programme. Of the 127 countries with some form of plastic bag legislation, ninety-one (91) countries, representing about 72 percent (72%), have some type of ban or restriction…

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South Africa signs Carbon Tax Act into law

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa According to the National Treasury, South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Carbon Tax Act into law to take effect effect from June 1. “Climate change represents one of the biggest challenges facing humankind, and the primary objective of the carbon tax is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a sustainable, cost effective, and affordable manner. Government has outlined its strong commitment to play its part in global efforts to mitigate GHG emissions as outlined in the National Climate Change Response Policy (NCCRP) of 2011…

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Ethiopian map of Africa wipes off Somalia, merges Congos: Twitter reacts

An African map posted on the official website of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs generated a lot of backlash over the weekend after it was pointed out that it had co-opted Somalia as part of Ethiopian territory. One of the first persons to note the anomaly was Somali journalist with Voice of America, VOA; Harun Maruf whose post of the photo on Twitter attracted widespread condemnation from Somalis. Can you spot Somalia on this map? https://t.co/qHO1HQXlQm pic.twitter.com/KVZs9A9iD0 — Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) May 26, 2019 It wasn’t long before the said…

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Botswana: Elephants Reduced to a Political Football As Botswana Brings Back Hunting

analysis Botswana has reinstated trophy hunting after a 5-year moratorium on the practice. In the wake of evidently declining wildlife numbers, former president Ian Khama imposed the ban in early 2014. Elephant numbers had plummeted by 15% in the preceding decade. The hunting industry had been granted a total quota of between 420 and 800 elephants a year during that time. Evidence of abuse was prolific and communities were not benefiting from the fees that hunters were paying. Over the past five years Botswana has earned a reputation as the…

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