A good thing:
Five countries in southern Africa have joined forces to launch a research centre that will work on combating climate change in the region. South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia signed a declaration on Wednesday to base the initiative in the Namibian capital Windhoek. Germany is providing €50m (£41m) in aid for the first four years.
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/apr/23/southern-africa-climate-research-centre
A bad thing:
Thousands of poor Zimbabweans have turned to illegal panning for precious minerals, but environmental and water experts say their activities are contributing to the drying up of rivers which many communities rely on for their livelihoods.
Read more: http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95354/ZIMBABWE-Dying-rivers-dry-up-livelihoods
A thing to change:
Amnesty: Oil contamination has devastated the lives of the people in the Niger Delta — destroyed their livelihoods, undermined their access to clean water and food, and put their health at serious risk. Hundreds of thousands of people are affected, particularly the poorest. The failure by the oil industry to properly address pollution exacerbates human suffering and environmental damagey:.
In August 2011, following its landmark assessment of oil contamination in Ogoniland, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) found that Shell has failed to effectively clean up oil pollution for years, and identified $1 billion as the start-up amount needed to establish an independent fund to clean up pollution in Ogoniland. Call on Shell to own up to the reality of pollution in the Niger Delta, and pay up for the costs of a clean up operation — the full $1 billion recommended by the UNEP report.