Green Rwanda Media Review - 13 April 2020

Read the latest news from the environment sector in Rwanda and across the world.


  • Kigali Today reports that strong winds have displaced 35 families in Nyabihu District.
  • Igihe reports on how REG is raising awareness on using affordable and environmental friendly materials for cooking.
  • The New Times reports that COVID-19 lockdown has decreased air pollution in Kigali by 20%.
  • Kigali Today reports that two people have lost their lives the landslide caused by heavy rain.
  • The New Times reports that young environmentalists donated relief foodstuff to teen mothers.


Iteganyagihe ry’iminsi 10: Imvura iziyongera kugeza tariki 20 Mata 2020 (Igihe - Sunday, 12 April 2020) -- Ikigo cy’Igihugu gishinzwe Ubumenyi bw’Ikirere (Meteo Rwanda) cyatangaje ko kuva tariki 11 kugeza ku wa 20 Mata 2020, biteganyijwe ko imvura iziyongera ugereranyije n’iyaguye mu minsi 10 ya mbere ya Mata. Read More

Muhanga: Imvura irimo umuyaga mwinshi yasenye amazu andi avaho ibisenge (Kigali Today - Thursday, 9 April 2020) -- Imvura kandi yagushije amapoto y’insinga z’amashanyarazi ku buryo hari ibice bimwe by’Umujyi wa Muhanga bishobora kurara bidacaniwe kuko hangiritse ahantu hanini. Read More

Nyabihu: Umuyaga wasenyeye imiryango 35 (Kigali Today - Wednesday, 8 April 2020) -- Imiryango 35 yo mu Murenge wa Kabatwa mu Karere ka Nyabihu, icumbikiwe mu bigo by’amashuri nyuma y’ibiza by’umuyaga wabasenyeye amazu ku itariki 08 Mata 2020, wangiza n’ibyari mu nzu byose. Read More

REG yakanguriye abaturarwanda gutekesha ibicanwa bitangiza ikirere kandi bihendutse (Igihe - Wednesday, 8 April 2020) -- Mu rwego rwo gukomeza gushyira mu bikorwa ingamba z’icyerekezo u Rwanda rwihaye cy’uko ingo zirambiriza ku nkwi nk’uburyo bwo gucana ziteka zizaba zagabanutse zikagera kuri 42% mu 2024; Sosiyete y’u Rwanda ishinzwe Ingufu (REG) ikomeje gushishikariza abaturarwanda kutarambiriza ku nkwi n’amakara gusa nk’uburyo bwo guteka ahubwo bakitabira gukoresha ibindi bicanwa bibungabunga ibidukikije. Read More

COVID-19 lockdown induces 20% air pollution decrease in Kigali (The New Times - Wednesday, 8 April 2020) -- Coronavirus has been holding the world’s throat with clenched fists since December last year. Read More

Ngororero: Imvura yateje inkangu, babiri bahasiga ubuzima (Kigali Today - Tuesday, 7 April 2020) -- Kigali Today ivugana n’Umunyamabanga Nshingwabikorwa w’Umurenge wa Gatumba Nzabamwita Jean Marie Vianney, yavuze ko Ntahontuye Thacien w’imyaka 62 n’umugore we Uzanyiminani Pelagia w’imyaka 60 bari batuye mu mudugudu wa Mpara bahitanwa n’inkangu yatewe n’imvura yaguye. Read More

Young environmentalists donate relief foodstuff to teen mothers (The New Times - Tuesday, 7 April 2020) -- A group of young environmentalists in Musanze District have raised Rwf600,000 to support teen mothers in the district during the current COVID-19 lockdown. Read More


Across Africa

Tanzania: 2019 Experienced Record-Breaking Rainfall (Daily News - Thursday, 9 April 2020) -- THE year 2019 experienced higher amounts of rainfall, the fourth in historical records since 1970, according to the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA). Read More

Tshwane waste pickers ‘face starvation’ as court dismisses their plea for lockdown exemption (Daily Maverick - Thursday, 9 April 2020) -- By shutting down their freedom of movement, hundreds of waste pickers who live in the City of Tshwane have also lost access to clean water, food and firewood. On 7 April 2020, the Pretoria High Court dismissed their application to be recognised as an essential service during the lockdown and be allowed to work. Read More

Amid lockdown, South Africa's waste pickers suffer most (Aljazeera - Wednesday, 8 April 2020) -- Beauty Ncube is surrounded by large bags of paper, plastic and tin cans. Sitting on a broken office chair, she picks at her cuticles. The makeshift disinfectant she has been using has dried her skin. Read More

Poachers Kill More Rhinos as Coronavirus Halts Tourism to Africa (The New York Times - Wednesday, 8 April 2020) -- Threatened and endangered animals may become additional casualties of the pandemic. Read More

Malawi lacks research linking human health and climate change (Malawi News Agency - Tuesday, 7 April 2020) -- Lilongwe, April 7, Mana: National Coordinator for Civil Society on Climate Change (CISONECC), Julius Ng'oma has expressed concern over the country's lack of research to link human health and climate change. Read More

When biodiversity fails, human health is on the line (African Argument - Monday, 6 April 2020) -- The rapid rise of disease caused by a new coronavirus seems to have caught much of the world by surprise. It shouldn’t have. An upsurge in the emergence of new infectious diseases started at least 30 years before this virus appearedl. Read More

Nigeria’s nature reserves need more help to protect biodiversity (The Conversation - Sunday, 5 April 2020) -- Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Environment recently nominated Finima Nature Park in River State as a Ramsar site: a wetland of international importance. Read More


From Around the World

Climate change could abruptly alter biodiversity (University of Cape Town - Wednesday, 8 April 2020) -- A study by a trio of researchers and published in Nature has revealed that the disruption of biodiversity from climate change on land and in the oceans will be abrupt and could be much sooner than we had expected. Read More

Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours (The Guardian - Wednesday, 8 April 2020) -- A mutant bacterial enzyme that breaks down plastic bottles for recycling in hours has been created by scientists. Read More

Climate change: UK forests 'could do more harm than good' (BBC - Tuesday, 7 April 2020) -- Mass tree planting in the UK could harm the environment if not planned properly, a report warns. Read More

Worldwide Shutdown Leads to Visible, Positive Environmental Impacts (Spectrum News - Monday, 6 April 2020) -- CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The worldwide impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic seem endless. But geologists and those in atmospheric science say the Earth is already seeing positive, visible impacts due to our world pretty much shutting down. Take, for instance, the canal waters in Venice becoming crystal clear again since that country first went on lockdown. Read More

Sorry, Climate Change Hasn’t Gone Away Just Because Of COVID-19 (Forbes - Monday, 6 April 2020) -- You might have noticed that the air is a little bit cleaner since the COVID-19 shutdown. It’s true; measures put in place to slow the spread of the virus caused an overall slowdown in economic activity and there are fewer vehicles on the road. Read More

Tiger King: why can’t we just release America’s captive tigers into the wild? (The Conversation - Monday, 6 April 2020) -- The recent Netflix series Tiger King begins with a shocking statistic: the captive tiger population in the US of 7,000 or so is almost double the total wild population of around 3,900. Read More