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2013-02-14 12:21:42

NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Rockefeller Foundation announced today the winners of the 2012 Wangari Maathai Award for Civic Participation in Sustainability, an annual $10,000 cash scholarship awarded to two New York City public high school seniors. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120419/DC90109LOGO) The winners - Cecil Brooks, Jr., a student at South Bronx Preparatory School Academy, and Awa Sow, a student at Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High...

2011-03-10 06:48:00

GENEVA, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- - Gateway to Africa is the first annual, international conference which will tackle pressing issues that Africa faces today through an integrative and multidimensional approach. It will bring together leaders of Africa with prominent featured speakers such as Mr. Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2007-2010); former Vice President, USA, Mr. Al Gore; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and founder of The Green Belt...

2010-04-16 09:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PACT, an online underwear brand that blends design and sustainability with support for powerful social and environmental causes, today announced that it has partnered with the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and architect David Adjaye to create the newest print in its line of premium organic cotton underwear for men and women. To honor Earth Week and the debut of the new Green Belt-inspired print, from April 16 - 25, PACT will donate 100 percent of the...

2009-04-06 10:14:00

WASHINGTON, April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai's new book, The Challenge for Africa, offers a powerful and compelling look at the severe and wide-ranging problems facing Africa, from Darfur to HIV/AIDS, massive debt to election fraud, cross-border conflicts to environmental degradation. At the Wilson Center on April 13 at 3 p.m., Maathai will discuss these roadblocks to Africa's development, including population pressures and enduring hunger; the...

2008-08-13 18:00:23

Text of commentary by Harrison Ikunda entitled "We must act pro- actively to save Kenya's forests" published by Kenyan opposition newspaper Kenya Times website on 13 August The Mau Forest has lately been in the media for all the wrong reasons. The Mau presents a complex case where the need to protect a fragile ecosystem is unfortunately increasingly getting political connotation. Unscrupulous individuals are out to make a quick buck and don't care that they are exposing the rest of us to an...

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2007-10-12 05:10:00

OSLO, Norway -- Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and lay the foundations for counteracting it. Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth," a documentary on global warming, won an Academy Award this year and he had been widely expected to win the prize. "His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has...

2006-01-27 08:49:51

NAIVASHA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan police burned down the homes of some 4,000 people in an effort to stop them from squatting in a Rift Valley forest, residents said on Friday Settlers living in the valley's Eburru forest near the town of Naivasha in central Kenya spent Thursday night out in the cold after police set more than 300 houses on fire in an attempt to flush them out and keep them from returning to the forest. "We shall not stop the exercise until we get rid of all those...

2006-01-09 11:21:35

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI (Reuters) - Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai urged Kenya's government on Monday to do more to protect and rehabilitate indigenous forests, saying decades of deforestation had contributed to the current drought. The Kenyan government says at least 2.5 million people in the east African nation are on the brink of starvation due to severe drought, crop failure and depletion of livestock herds. "The tragedies that this country is facing today such as drought, famine...

2005-10-24 11:47:30

By Wangui Kanina NAIROBI (Reuters) - African governments and donors on Monday launched an ambitious plan to fight desertification, which causes chronic food shortages and threatens to drive millions from their homes in coming decades. The so-called Terrafrica partnership aims to attract at least $4 billion over 12 years to improve the sharing of ideas about how best to combat land degradation, officials told a news conference in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. "Its objectives are to...

2005-10-03 03:45:24

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Irish rock stars Bob Geldof and Bono are among the bookmakers' tips to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, alongside more orthodox candidates like campaigners against nuclear arms or a peace broker for Indonesia. Experts are divided about whether the secretive five-member committee would dare to broaden the scope of the $1.3 million award in 2005 to honor Geldof or Bono, who have campaigned for years to ease hunger and poverty in Africa. Last year,...