Residents of Kibera , sub-Saharan Africa’s largest slum settlement with an estimated population of one million have a story to tell. NewsfromAfrica
For years, residents have lived in muddy iron sheet-roofed hovels with no proper sanitation. Residents have resorted to relieving themselves in polythene sheets, populalry known as “flying toilets”, which are then thrown away with little regard to where they will land. A few lucky ones, however, visit public pay toilets, parting with as much as KES 3 ($0.2) which is way beyond the reach of most residents. Continue reading New Life for Kibera Residents as Slum Upgrading Takes Off→
On 24 October, people in 181 countries came together for the most widespread day of environmental action in the planet’s history. At over 5200 events around the world, people gathered to call for strong action and bold leadership on the climate crisis.
The final message of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops was presented and voted upon this morning. The president delegate on duty was Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier OFM, archbishop of Durban, South Africa. A first version of the concluding Message of the Synod has been published, extracts of which are given below: Continue reading Exerpts from Final message from African Synod→
With all the talk about “food security,” and distorted media statements like “South Korea leases half of Madagascar’s land,” it may not be evident to a lot of people that the lead actors in today’s global land grab for overseas food production are not countries or governments but corporations. So much attention has been focused on the involvement of states, like Saudi Arabia, China or South Korea. But the reality is that while governments are facilitating the deals, private companies are the ones getting control of the land. And their interests are simply not the same as those of governments. Continue reading Corporate investors lead the rush for control over overseas farmland→
The Charleston Gazette (West Virginia)
Report: Pollution from Burning Coal Costs $62 billion a year
by Ken Ward Jr.
Coal industry lobbyists and coal-state politicians like to remind us that coal is a relatively cheap source of energy.