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Traders selling dangerously dirty fuel across Africa

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP |  European oil companies, especially Swiss commodity traders, are exploiting weak African fuel standards by selling toxic diesel and gasoline across the continent, a campaign group said Thursday. A three-year investigation published by Switzerland-based environmental and economic group Public Eye did not accuse oil companies of …

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July was Earth’s hottest month in modern times

  Miami, United States | AFP | Soaring temperatures worldwide made July the Earth’s hottest month in modern times, setting a new high mark for global heat in 137 years of record-keeping, US government scientists said Wednesday. The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came just two days …

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Industry threatens nearly half of natural heritage sites: WWF

Paris, France | AFP Almost half of all natural World Heritage Sites, including the Great Barrier Reef and Machu Picchu, are threatened by industrial activities such as mining, oil exploration and illegal logging, conservation group WWF warned Wednesday. The 114 threatened sites, virtually half the total listed by UNESCO, provide …

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Confusion over Kaveera ban

By Ronald Musoke On April 15 the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) started to enforce the ban on lightweight carrier bags usually given to customers in shops. It was an act of unprecedented defiance as the day before, on April 14, none other than the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, had …

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Cleaning up Oil

By Ronald Musoke In 2009, the international independent oil and gas exploration firm, Heritage Oil, then based in Calgary Canada, needed a site to dump thousands of tonnes of oil waste from its exploration activities in Uganda. It was sinking prospecting wells in the northern Uganda area of the Albertine …

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