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“Black Tide”

Ana Taban released their song “Black Tide” on April 23, 2019, a video on “South Sudan’s silent killer” - oil pollution.
The oil industry’s spewing of toxic wastes into South Sudan’s groundwater is an environmental time bomb, affecting not only...

Do you know how to “go green”?

1. What type of shopping bag is eco-friendly, paper or plastic?
 
2. Appliances that are turned off don’t use any electricity – true or false?
 
3. Approximately how much global electricity is produced from renewable sources?
 
4. During a lon...

Addis Ababa choking on smog

Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia as well as the seat of the African Union’s headquarters and a fast-growing urban area. Increased vehicle emissions, traffic road dust, industrial development, large construction activities, and overall la...

Piles of problems

Ripped plastic bags, leftover food scraps, paper, plastic bottles and other objects mixed with mud and dirt litter the streets in Khartoum. Puddles left from rain mix with the waste of flies, mosquitos and other insects. Bad odours and unpleas...

Drowning in plastic

Since South Sudan is a landlocked country, most of her consumable products come from neighbouring countries – all of it packed in plastic. And not a single recycling facility is equipped to deal with the amount of plastic waste pouring in.
Acc...

Pollution threatens a historical lake

Lake Qarun, Egypt’s third largest, was once a vibrant tourist destination, and a freshwater source, that provided a livelihood to more than 500 families from the Youssef Al-Sediq and Abshway villages.
In the last decade, however, the lake has ...

Keeping a wetland from turning into a wasteland

Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile River, is the most substantial freshwater body, approximately 3,156 square-kilometres, and accounts for about half of all freshwater resources in Ethiopia, according to the Nature and Biodiversity Conserv...

Diversity at risk

Sudan was once the largest country in Africa before its separation from South Sudan in 2011. Although more than 90 percent of Sudan’s area is classified as desert and semi-desert ecosystems, it is still rich in biodiversity, thanks to its fore...

Planting life, one tree at a time

In August 2017, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) awarded Ethiopia’s Tigray region the Gold Future Policy Award, for its role in fighting desertification and land degradation.
“With unique collective action, volun...

Could the Nile run dry?

John Chol, 41, and Samuel Majur Machola, 51, both live in Bor, married, and have many children to provide for. Their most important connection, however, is that they both rely on the Nile to secure a regular income: Chol is a farmer, and Macho...

What price are we willing to pay?

On August 14, 2018, a group of journalists from the Eastern Nile Basin countries gathered in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia to map out this issue of The Niles, taking a closer look at the causes of environmental degradation in the Eastern Nile region as ...

The Conservation Issue

As this proverb suggests, the condition of the environment is a good barometer for the overall health of a community.
A forest, for example, is a rich ecosystem that can only exist when its elements are in balance. When one element takes over,...

Tributes to the Nile

“And the Nile is a green garb,” the late Sudanese poet Mohamed Moftahh Elfitory once extolled the Nile. The Nile for Mustafa Saeed, the protagonist of the masterpiece ‘Season of Migration to the North’ by the Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih is t...

Waste to wealth

This story was originally published by InfoNile, a geo-journalism platform mapping data on and reporting about water issues in the Nile Basin.
 
Climate change, farming and dams severely affect Kenya’s wetlands – contributing to the country’s ...

In the shadow of the media spotlight: Lake Tana

The river-related media discourse in Eastern Nile countries is commonly dominated by one topic – the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). In the shadow of this media spotlight, a drama requiring immediate attention takes its course: the env...

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