A court in Kenya granted environmentalists an injunction yesterday to prevent the government from clearing 167,000 acres of forestland around Mount Kenya. The decision will allow time for the enviros to file a formal case against the minister of environment. Yesterday, the enviros presented a petition to the minister signed by more than 28,000 people opposed to clearing the land. The Kenya Forests Working Group says the decision to clear the forest is in conflict with the country’s Environment Act, while the minister says the government merely wants to formalize settlement of land that has already been cleared.

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