On eco@africa: A coal city turned green capital, Ugandan sugar power and sustainable vibes in Nigeria.
On this week's eco@africa, we look at sugar power in Uganda and how a coal haven is going green.
Vultures are often portrayed as ugly, dirty scavengers. But they are vital to keeping ecosystems healthy. Can we save these much-maligned and endangered birds?
Vultures, flies and bacteria - none of these organisms are particularly well-loved by humans. But they are essential to keeping our ecosystem healthy and clean by helping to get rid of dead animal and plant matter.
Eating a sugary treat can give you an oft-needed energy kick. But what if you could power your home with the sweet stuff? One sugar firm in Uganda is doing just that.
Kosovo may be small but it is rich in natural treasures, including rare medicinal plants. Harvesting the plants provides a steady income for locals who are also trying to protect this precious resource.
Humans have been using medicinal plants for thousands of years. They even play an important role in modern medicine. Here are just a few that are still used to ward off illnesses and treat symptoms.
Nigerian enterprise SustyVibes - which is short for sustainable vibes - creates content and organizes events in ways that make young people want to stay informed and take eco action.
What to find out about people doing their bit for the environment? Check out their inspiring green stories here. And tell us how you're #doingyourbit for the planet.
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In response to pressure to go industrial, one British farmer is pushing for more free-range moo-juice.
Essen, in Germany's west, was once a center of coal production. Now it's Europe’s "Green Capital" thanks to investment in green infrastructure, a "bike autobahn" and plans to slash emissions.
In Kenya, one group is combining green technology with tradition, by kitting out Maasai homes with solar panels, water harvesters and eco-toilets.
The ban on plastic bags in Kenya has come into force. At the country's largest landfill, one can see how plastic waste can unintentionally make its way into the food chain.
Africa's baobab tree is beloved for its nutrional and curative properites. Also known as the upside-down tree, it's unusual appearance has captured the imagination of many.
Saving water in Cameroon with a mobile, solar-powered car wash.
Bicycles trump cars when it comes to the environment but they're not always practical. An Austrian firm says it has invented the world's first foldable, self-charging bike to give cycling a boost.
Mongolia's miners consider the environmental cost of gold, Albania's hydropower plans threaten Europe's last large free-flowing river, and meet the pipeline protestor on a mission to save the planet.
"Our lovely blue planet, the Earth, is the only home we know. Venus is too hot. Mars is too cold. But the Earth is just right, a heaven for humans." Carl Sagan, astronomer, astrophysicist and cosmologist.
Based in Kenya's capital Nairobi, Joy Doreen Biira presents environmental issues and solutions from East Africa.
Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Nneota Egbe presents environmental issues and solutions from West Africa.
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