Saturday, January 18, 2014

Online environment, sanitation conference (e-NESCON) launched in Ghana

Source: WasteCare

A web based special National Environmental Sanitation Conference (e-NESCON) was launched in Ghana in December 2013.

'Ministry of Environment is Ghana's weakest ministry’

Dr. Tony Aidoo

Former Head of the Policy Monitoring and Evaluation Unit at the Presidency, Tony Aidoo has fingered the Ministry of Environment, Science and technology as the weakest ministry in Ghana.

Water for each Ghanaian reduces from 110 barrels to 48 daily

Source: Today

Ghana’s water availability figure of about 40,000 barrels for each person a year in 1960, going by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) figures, has dwindled to about 10,178 barrels annually in 2013.

Plastic in the ocean is contaminating seafood

Source: Today

We’ve long known that the fish we eat are exposed to toxic chemicals in the rivers, bays and oceans they inhabit. The substance that’s gotten the most attention — because it has shown up at disturbingly high levels in some fish — is mercury.

Washrooms in Accra, a recipe for diseases

By Patrick Baidoo

Have you ever used some of the public washroom facilities in Accra, especially those in Madina, the OSA bus terminal near Tema station and the 37 lorry station?, If yes then I sympathise with you for the experience you had; and if not then I advise that you should never try to do so because they are too dangerous to your health.

REDD+: 3 things to consider so men and women share the benefits

Source: IIED

As developing countries act to protect their forests in return for compensation from industrialised nations, their strategies will affect men and women in different ways. Value chain analysis that links commodities that drive deforestation with gender offers great opportunities to designing REDD+ delivery models that capitalise on advantages of different actors, says Isilda Nhantumbo.

Sustainable development requires an infusion of love

Source: IIED

This New Year is a big one for planet earth. New Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set our trajectory into an increasingly uncertain future. But country delegations are arguing over the wrong thing – says a paper entitled 'love-infused development'.

Mother-to-child HIV infection down


Mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Ghana has reduced drastically, according to Reverend John Azumah, a Ghana AIDS Commission HIV Ambassador.

Genetically modified seeds and Ghana the debate

Source: Charles Annor-Frempong Ph.D - Ghana

Ghana is at the cross roads, debating the introduction of genetically modified crops (commonly referred to as GM crops) into the country. Public debates are generally good if conducted in an atmosphere of civility and with the intention of arriving at evidence-based decisions. The ongoing debate on genetically modified crops is not unusual and the literature on the diffusion of innovations is replete with examples of individuals, groups and or organizations rising up against the introduction of new ideas or technologies.