Kenya's environment court blocked Wednesday the construction of a coal-fired power station on the country's idyllic Indian Ocean coast, in a move hailed as a major victory by campaigners fighting a years-long battle against the scheme.


East Africa's first-ever coal-fired power plant has been planned near the Lamu…

Read more: Kenya court blocks East Africa's first coal plant

Researchers say they may have identified a new kind of plastic pollution in the sea and they’re calling it “plasticrust.”

Scientists working in Madeira, a volcanic Portuguese island off northwest Africa, have found small patches of what looks like melted plastic encrusted on rocks along the shoreline.…

Read more: New ‘plasticrust’ ocean pollution identified on Portuguese island

Millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans every year, polluting our seas, littering our beaches and endangering wildlife.

Plastic can take centuries to break down, and instead of quietly disappearing beneath the waves, it has a way of coming back to haunt us.

Almost 1 million shoes…

Read more: How rivers became the plastic highway into the oceans

Kilifi County is advocating for a total ban on the use of baby diapers, saying it is a major polluter of the oceans.


A diaper bag. Kenya’s annual diaper consumption is estimated at 750 million. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Mariam Jenneby, the county chief officer for environment and…

Read more: Kilifi eyes diaper ban over ocean pollution

For better or worse, oceanographic and meteorological forces in the Indian Ocean seem to be preventing plastic from accumulating to form a garbage patch.


The Indian Ocean is heavily polluted by plastic, but currents and the wind push it all about. Photo by Paul Kennedy/Alamy Stock Photo

Garbage…

Read more: The Indian Ocean’s Great Disappearing Garbage Patch

Bottle boats in Cameroon and recycled gum in Britain: How to tackle the scourge of plastic waste plaguing our planet.

The explosion of plastic waste across the globe is threatening the very survival of life on the planet.

Every year, up to 12 million metric tonnes of plastic…

Read more: Reimagining Plastic: Turning Waste into Products