April 25th 2017

Environment



Turkana County, like most of these affected areas, has suffered two seasons of rainfall failure, leaving 276,200 people at risk, according to the January 2017 National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) short rains assessment.


According to the Meteorological Department's forecast for the next seven days (18-24th April), rainfall is expected over several parts of the country during the first half of the forecast period. Towards the end of the forecast period rainfall amounts are expected to reduce.


NEMA to charge election aspirants for 'poster pollution'

Jackson Okata | Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 09:22 EAT

Meanwhile, IEBC Communications and Public Affairs Manager Andrew Limo welcomed the move saying it was the right of Kenyans to have a clean environment. “It is a great initiative that should be supported but should be taken by NEMA and county government,” Mr Limo said.


New private sector-led effort to replant Mau Forest

Priscillah Wanjiru | Saturday, 08 Apr 2017 11:41 EAT

“Our partnership with ISLA is part of our commitment to promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The conservation of this forest will be a step forward towards combating the impact of climate change,” said Henry Kilonzo from Safaricom Foundation.


Residents of Tala Town counting losses after heavy downpour

Oscar Ndunda | Friday, 07 Apr 2017 10:23 EAT

"We woke up in the morning and we shocked to find our houses and shops filled with water and we are holding the contractor constructing the Tala-Donyo Sabuk road for failing to build drainage," said Mr Muange, a resident and businessman.


Kenya needs to tap the economic value of waste

Phyllis Wakiaga | Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 17:42 EAT

The approximate cost benefit analysis shows that waste collection alone can employ on average 4,000 people with an estimate earning of Sh576 million. The revenue from recycled material would generate Sh6.3 million daily and Sh2 billion annually.


Lamu civic groups accuse Energy Commission of working in cahoots with Amu Power

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 02 Apr 2017 12:48 EAT

“To make the above decision, the Commission claims to have held a public hearing in Lamu to hear the community’s complaints. While the ERC sent commissioners to Lamu on 6th December to hear Save Lamu’s objections, Save Lamu insists that a fair hearing was not given,” he said.


Govt should promote plastic recycling, not impractical bans than have failed before

Timothy Nyarera Ongubo | Saturday, 25 Mar 2017 19:52 EAT

Recycling plastic waste by converting it into synthetic wood and poles, other than it permanently withdrawing this pollutant from the environment, has the advantage of reducing the tendency to cut down trees and hence sustainably conserve our forest resources.


Building our economy on water

Phyllis Wakiaga | Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 17:14 EAT

Gone are the days when water was perceived as an infinite resource that can be found virtually anywhere. With growing populations and growing industries, water has become a vital resource in need of our utmost efforts in protection and conservation.


Manufacturers oppose ban on plastics, want more time

Cynthia Gitau | Thursday, 16 Mar 2017 09:49 EAT

KAM says Kenya currently has over 176 plastic manufacturing companies which it claimed employed “directly 2.89 percent of all Kenyan employees and indirectly employ over 60,000 people. These jobs and livelihoods will be negatively affected by this ban.”


Here’s how to end water shortage in Machakos town: Expert

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 15 Mar 2017 09:40 EAT

“The reservoir capacity of Maruba Dam site has never been exhausted. The dam site has a potential backwash area of about three kilometers from the dam axis but this potential water storage natural wide valley is silted intensively,” says Dr Muia, who teaches Geology at a local university.


The CS noted that 70 percent of Kenyans wildlife was living outside the protected areas something she said is regrettable. Kenya has a total of 50 protected areas across all ecosystems.


Kenya Forest Service in Sh56 million staff housing project

Jackson Okata | Friday, 24 Feb 2017 12:29 EAT

On Mau Forest reclamation, the director commended KFS staff for their efforts, saying that more than 60,000 hectares have been reclaimed with most of them being in South Western Mau and Marioshoni.


Busia residents marvel at new 'lake' in region

Free Press Correspondent | Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017 19:55 EAT

The sudden rise in water levels has stunned residents with social media including those owned by some main stream media abuzz with news about the "rare" phenomenon.Odende was non committal that the waterway which is in a wetland area is a Lake. " We need hydrologists to come and ascertain the dynami


Government on the spot over deaths from hunger

Joshua Mwangangi | Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 16:02 EAT

Words of government spokesman rises repeated questions to the people as it is known that during the past rain season different parts of Kenya received little rains or else others did not even get any.


Raila floats measures to tackle famine

Reuben Gitahi | Sunday, 12 Feb 2017 20:18 EAT

"The government must appeal to our citizens with huge tracts of idle land with grass or hay and water to be their brothers’ keepers and allow herders to access those farms under the watch of agricultural officers to save livelihoods."


Raging fire guts Ruma National Park in Homa Bay

Samuel Owida | Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 14:20 EAT

Senior Warden Felix Mwangangi confirmed the destruction of another 20 hectares of the park vegetation thereby threatening rare species like roan antelope as well as rhinos, buffaloes and waterbucks among other animals.


Kenya's plastic manufacturers in fierce battle against proposed EAC ban

Carolyne Jendeka and Jonathan Odongo | Monday, 06 Feb 2017 14:18 EAT

Kenya Association of Manufacturers echoed the MP’s sentiments adding that compared to the alternatives suggested, polythene is cheaper to produce, provides food safety and maintains food hygiene unlike paper which is not reusable and in case of contact with fluids and foodstuffs, can easily get spoi


East African MPs making headway on polythene materials control

Carolyne Jendeka and Jonathan Odongo | Sunday, 05 Feb 2017 19:29 EAT

“We recognize the need to push for sustainable development goals and do support the spirit of this bill. However, the issue is a waste disposal problem and we suggest that the bill should include waste management in its provisions,” KAM representative said.


KFS inches closer to attaining 10% forest cover

Jackson Okata | Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 11:55 EAT

Mau forest complex which measures approximately 400,000 hectares and covers Nakuru, Kericho, Baringo, Narok and Bomet counties is the largest of the five main water towers in the country.


Contrary to perceptions, Kenya’s weathermen score highly

Jack Otwala | Sunday, 29 Jan 2017 18:09 EAT

To travellers from the developed world, this may sound like an undeserved accolade, given the precision with which agencies in Europe, America and some parts of Asia are required to report the weather. However, in a country where most institutions don't work well, this is an accomplishment to commen


In Butula, wells streams have dried up, forcing residents to rely on the Suo River. In parts of the North Rift, schools could be shut down. A journalist from Elgeyo Marakwet who just returned to Nairobi from December holidays informed this website that many springs had dried up in the region.


The company, called Afrique Properties Limited, claims ownership of the plots it has put up for sale, but its relationship with the community that originally owned the land is unclear. "The title deed is clean and ready for transfers," the company says in the advertisement calling for interest from


Key stakeholders outline Kenya’s climate plans after COP 22

Jonathan Odongo | Friday, 16 Dec 2016 15:48 EAT

Topping the list among the issues that need attention before the next conference was ensuring inclusive, gender, youth and special groups’ participation in climate change meetings and stakeholders’ forums.


Climate change has resulted in deaths, loss of livelihoods, displacement of populations, starvation and conflicts due to severe drought yet the amount of money that has been lost under the Jubilee administration would be adequate to fund a big portion of Kenya’s mitigation and adaptation plan.


Taita Taveta NGO to empower locals on mining laws, rights

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 21 Nov 2016 20:56 EAT

“Unlike the past when mineral dealers were harassed by security organs while dealing in the mineral business, the draft regulations provide for a mineral dealers’ license which guarantees the legitimacy of their businesses.”


What Trump Presidency means for climate action in Africa

Jonathan Odongo | Saturday, 19 Nov 2016 14:56 EAT

The election of Trump is a disaster for our continent. The United States, if it follows through on its new President's rash words about withdrawing from the international climate regime, will become a pariah state in global efforts for climate action.


“The role of energy in leapfrogging and lifting people out of poverty cannot be understated. Everyone in Africa should have clean, renewable and affordable energy by 2030,” she said.


Is Kenya prepared for the ongoing climate change negotiations?

Jonathan Odongo | Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 16:56 EAT

In order to achieve a desirable outcome in any negotiation, one key component is clarification of targets and pathway to achievement of the set targets.


Wondering what COP 22 stands for? Here are the basics

Jonathan Odongo | Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 15:16 EAT

COP is the supreme decision-making body of the UNFCCC. The ongoing Conference of Parties is the 22nd COP – hence COP 22. In Marrakech, countries are celebrating the entry into force of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, and discussing the next crucial steps towards low carbon and climate r


Wondering what COP 22 stands for? Here are the basics

Jonathan Odongo | Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 15:16 EAT

COP is the supreme decision-making body of the UNFCCC. The ongoing Conference of Parties is the 22nd COP – hence COP 22. In Marrakech, countries are celebrating the entry into force of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, and discussing the next crucial steps towards low carbon and climate r


“The wind project started in the year 2005 and there was no secret. The community benefited immensely and will still benefit when the project is completed,” said the company's lawyers.


The scientist also addressed concerns farmers had about the eucalyptus tree. “Eucalyptus requires swampy places because it requires a lot of water,” he said, adding that the droughts and ants are its main destroyers.


“The dam will be located in Kuresoi Constituency but will have a 4-meter diameter tunnel that will run for 14.5 Km underground, traversing Kuresoi, Molo and Nakuru towns. It will particularly traverse Chepsir, Chepseon and Kedowa townships. The project will cost Sh33 billion,” said Mr Odinga.


Muranga Tunnel report was 'doctored', says engineer

Free Press Reporter | Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 11:40 EAT

He has called for a public and expert-led discussion on the contradictions between the ESIA and the report endorsing the project. "Each of the contradictions would require substantial engineering and public participation", he said.


"Extraction of the water will cause water shortage in already thirsty region. The people living downstream could very well lose benefit of water which has sustained their livelihood since time immemorial,” said Mr Gitura.


KWS torches homes of 400 families, claiming they are encroaching on park

Free Press Correspondent | Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016 18:24 EAT

However, a senior KWS official, Julius Cheptei, who led the eviction, disputed the farmers’ account. "This is not disputed land but a national park which has been officially gazetted,” he said, adding that the legal effect had taken place in June.


Raila's claims against Jubilee project explained

Free Press Reporter | Monday, 10 Oct 2016 19:53 EAT

Under Raila’s project, the government would expand Nairobi’s sewerage capacity before pumping more water into the city, which has not happened. The larger projects of the Master Plan, such as tapping water from the Aberdares, would depend on conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment.


From Mt. Kenya to Coast, millions at risk as Tana River basin faces pressure

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 09 Oct 2016 15:57 EAT

According to the study, even though the construction of existing dams generated abundant benefits, the downstream region experienced reduced agricultural productivity and increased health complications.


The Water Harvesting and Storage Authority (WHSA) will take over the assets of the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation, which for decades was the lead agency for water pipeline and projects development.


He said the forest was a catchment for River Kerio and is home to rare species of birds and indigenous trees that have been destroyed elsewhere in the region, some not found anywhere else in Africa.


EADB funding capacity building for mining regulation in East Africa

Free Press Reporter | Sunday, 21 Aug 2016 17:26 EAT

“It is critical that host countries are able to derive tangible benefits from the exploitation of their natural resources. The benefits should accrue to the local communities in form of appropriate royalties, taxes, dividends, business opportunities, professional jobs and employment


Garbage crisis puts Athi River residents at risk of cholera

Oscar Ndunda | Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016 14:55 EAT

Walking along the streets and estates, one is met with the foul smell of long decomposing garbage. Flies roam the heaps of trash, producing hissing sounds whenever their comfort is disturbed.


Kenya should nurture the nascent alternative farming sector

Cynthia Irandu | Thursday, 16 Jun 2016 08:10 EAT

Kenya is home to experienced farmers, producers and exporters of fresh Kenyan herbs. Herbs are very popular nowadays with hawkers peddling herbal medicine everywhere


Greed is destroying our environment

Cynthia Irandu | Friday, 10 Jun 2016 14:37 EAT

Nairobi County is home to hardworking people, who are hellbent on making money


UNEP raises red flag on environmental degradation

Shadrack Kavilu | Monday, 23 May 2016 11:12 EAT

The proportion of the population served with clean water is increasing and grew from 64 per cent in 2005 to 68 per cent in 2012, although absolute numbers of people without safe drinking water remain high.


Nairobi traffic jams cost money and health, UN says

Free Press Reporter | Friday, 20 May 2016 13:21 EAT

Number of vehicle trips between 2004 and 2025 will increase by 148 per cent, while the average speed of trips will decrease from 35km/hr to 11km/hr, making it clear that urban air quality will worsen.