In 2007, hundreds of people were forced to move from a southern Kenyan village to make space for mineral sands mining, but more than 100 land disputes, none of which have been settled, arose from the relocation. Petitioners say they were never compensated or were given uninhabitable land, among other complaints, though the mining company denies these claims and cites its development projects for the people.
As a world wildlife conference approaches, certain nations argue that elephant hunting generates revenue for conservation, while Japan, as a purchaser, says it wants to aid poorer people. But a coalition responds that lucrative ivory sales in some parts of Africa trigger killings of elephants in other regions, and that the trade fuels terrorism.
People in Nairobi collectively use about 2 million plastic bags in a month, and most of them are dumped haphazardly, clogging drainage systems and littering the streets. Plastic Fantastic Kenya collects the plastic bags and turns them into jewelry and handbags.