Planned coal plant blackens the mood in Kenya’s idyllic Lamu | AFP

In the Lamu archipelago, fishermen ply the channels between lush mangrove forests while life in an ancient Swahili town idles at the pace of the donkeys and boats which are the main means of transport. Life has changed little over the centuries in this part of Kenya’s north coast, however residents fear their pristine environment will soon be blighted by a coal-fired power station spewing noxious gases.

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Kenya court blocks East Africa’s first coal plant | AFP

Kenya’s environment court blocked Wednesday the construction of a coal power station in the Lamu archipelago, a $2 billion project that faced years of resistance from conservationists and local communities. SOUNDBITE

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