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September 23, 2018

THE WEEK

Kengen greening scheme to benefit 919 schools

Some 919 schools in three counties will benefit from an initiative aimed at greening 500 acres of land with both fruit and commercial trees.

The ten-year School’s Green Initiative Challenge phase two project phase targets Machakos, Kitui and Embu counties.

It is led by Bamburi Cement, the KenGen Foundation and Better Globe Forestry, a local NGO.

KenGen Foundation managing trustee Mike Njeru said 324, 300 passion fruit seedlings and 113, 956 pawpaw will be planted in the exercise.

Njeru said the project follows the successful phase one project that involved 81 schools in Embu and Machakos counties.

He said that the trees planted will also provide schools with renewable sources of wood fuel.

 

Timber dealers to gain from new power project

TIMBER merchants are set to reap big from low-cost electricity connection project from next month as well as expansion and upgrade of distribution network from next next.

Projects under the the three-phase Last Mile Connectivity Project over the next 18 months from next month are valued at close to Sh60 billion. Expansion and upgrade of distribution network is estimated at Sh119 billion over the next three years.

Kenya Power and Lighting Company, the near-monopoly electricity distributor held 51 per cent by the state, last week signed deals with 11 contractors for building of a 12,000-kilometre, low-voltage distribution network countrywide.

The deals worth Sh15.04 billion forms the first phase of the ambitious Last Mile Connectivity Project, largely targeting homes within a radius of 600 metres of a transformer. KPLC managing director Ben Chumo said wooden poles will predominantly be used in the project that seeks to connect 70 per cent of Kenya’s estimated 44 million to power by by 2017 from present 51 per cent. At least 300,000 wooden poles will be needed for the first phase alone, he said, putting on alert traders of treated poles.

 

Paris deal victory for developing countries

A deal to reduce global emissions and help the world adapt to climate change was signed in Paris on December 12 - with earlier concerns that science would be ignored allayed by new promises.

The agreement, signed by 195 countries, states the “aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible”. Nations will cut their emissions “rapidly” and “in accordance with best available science” to reach a “balance” between manmade emissions and carbon removals from the atmosphere after 2050, the text says.

In a departure from previous climate deals, the Paris agreement says all countries should aim to curb the global average temperature increase to “well below two degrees Celsius” above pre-industrial levels, and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius”.

 

No more deaths from Maasai Mara poisoning

A total of three lions died as a result of the poisoning at Maasai Mara. Kenya Wildlife Service said no other lion had died. The last to die was a cub that had been under treatment after the Marsh pride poisoning. It died from severe injuries inflicted by a buffalo. KWS and Narok County Government officials efforts to treat it were unsuccessful.

Three new vulture carcasses have been found by the team conducting post-event monitoring. This is in addition to the earlier report of five vulture carcasses found in the vicinity on Monday. All the eight vultures are suspected to have preyed on the lion carcasses.

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