Considered by the surrounding communities as their main source of livelihood and survival, Lake Victoria recently stunned them when it churned out death and not life that resulted in the deaths of over 40 people.
From the hyacinth problems that has made it difficult for people to fish or travel in the lake, the communities around it suffered another setback when they contracted cholera and bilharzias from its waters. Tens of them died due to dysentery.
A new study on Rift Valley fever in Kenya is pointing a finger at wildlife species such as African buffalo, black rhino, lesser kudu, and impala as the likely reservoir of this haemorrhage causing virus.
If the findings are proved to be true, then this research is going to demolish the widely held believe that only mosquitoes are reservoirs of the virus.
Like in the movie Sheena, the queen of the jungle in which a young woman, Tanya Roberts, lives and communicates with wild animals, a young man from Kenya entered the history books when he stayed in the wildness with a leopard for two and half years, defining its every move and relationship with other wild animals.
Africa’s green revolution will only be achieved if agricultural research gets the political will and support that has been lacking for many years, a leading scientist has said.
Prof. Pedro Sanchez, a former Director General of the World Agro forestry Center (ICRAF), is challenging African political leaders to double their budgetary allocation towards research to accelerate agricultural development on the continent.
East African ecologists are keeping their fingers crossed as the competition for scarce water between wildlife and pastoral communities escalates in the Maasai Mara game reserve.
This life and death struggle carries another negative dimension to it as it threatens to erode the potential for good earnings from the tourist market.
In a recent study, the scientists are concerned by the clustering of people around the water points during serious droughts in the region, a practice that encourages pastoral settlement in ideal wildlife areas, displacing wildlife and therefore upsetting present and future earnings from tourism.
Following the biting food, fuel and financial crises that hit the world last year, and which was rated the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s, scientists are calling for quick interventions to reduce carbon dependency and the protection of the ecosystems.
They warn that the planned revival of economies globally, ensuring financial stability and expanding job creation alone as way of averting a future crisis, may be short-lived unless there is a broader environmental intervention.
As nutritionists and medical doctors continue advising people to eat more fish for healthy living, environmental experts are now condemning this nutritious food, leaving people confused.
The experts are basing their caution on new findings that show increased mercury levels in fish that is finding its way into the lake from mines around the lake.
Kenya is one of the countries that have agreed to finalise negotiations on halting global mercury pollution after 10 years of inertia on the matter, particularly by developed countries led by the United States.
The landmark decision, taken by over 140 countries, sets the stage for controlling a chemical known to spread neurotoxins that have serious effects on unborn babies and young children.
The failure on the part of government authorities to adapt to climate change, which causes the drying up of water resources and disturbed precipitation patterns are responsible for the widespread poverty in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.
Precipitation variability is currently exerting additional pressure on the city’s water availability, while the residents are experiencing frequent rationing due to the local water company’s inability to meet demand.