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US creates world’s largest marine reserve
Marine

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has welcomed the establishment by US President Barack Obama of the largest nature reserve in the world, done through expanding a marine reserve in the state of Hawaii. “This decision is a powerful symbol of determination to protect the environment. It is a way to strengthen the resilience of societies threatened ...

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Water ministers launch monitoring system portal
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Global attention at the ongoing World Water Week in Stockholm shifted to Africa on Wednesday as the continent launched its trail-blazing web-based monitoring and reporting framework on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Touted as one of the most ambitious attempts at tracking progress on the attainment of the SDGs as they relate to the water and sanitation sector as well ...

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Map unveils how climate change will induce animal migration
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Global warming over the next century means that species will move (animal migration will occur) to cooler climates, but manmade barriers often stand in the way Climate change is turning out to have a damning effect on living conditions for people, and scientists suspect that it will be the driver of mass human migrations. Just last week, an Alaskan village of 600 ...

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Nice Airport achieves carbon neutrality
Aeroport-Nice

Nice Airport has become the first carbon neutral airport in France following certification by the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France’s third busiest airport, has achieved carbon neutral status according to the independent carbon management programme Airport Carbon Accreditation. The airport group has been participating in the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme since 2011. Over time, it has engaged with ...

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Natural gas expected to emit more GHGs than coal
Gas

The U.S. is expected to reach a major carbon emissions milestone this year: For the first time, carbon dioxide emissions from burning natural gas for electricity in the U.S. are set to surpass those from burning coal – the globe’s chief climate polluter. Emissions from burning natural gas are expected to be 10 percent greater than those from coal in ...

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Insurers urge G20 to stop funding fossil fuels
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Multi-national insurers with more than $1.2 trillion in assets under management have urged governments to commit to phasing out fossil fuel subsides by 2020 at the G20 leaders’ summit in Hangzhou, China next month. Insurance companies Aviva, Aegon NV and MS Amlin have signed a joint statement, along with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Open Energi, warning governments of ...

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Thai students win 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize with water retention device
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Three students from Thailand – Sureeporn Triphetprapa, Thidarat Phianchat and Kanjana Komkla – received the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize on Monday for their innovative water retention device that mimics the water retention of the Bromeliad plant. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden presented the prize at an award ceremony during World Water Week in Stockholm. As the three received the ...

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Desertification: Sokoto to plant 1 million trees
Tree planting

As a way of tackling desertification in Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal has disclosed that government has raised one million different varieties of seedlings of economic trees for free distribution to people in the state. ‎ He disclosed during the launch of the 2016 Tree Planting Campaign at Bissalam village, Dange-Shuni Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday that ...

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How to build a flood-resilient Lagos
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An environmentalist, Dr Bolanle Wahab, says responsible behaviour in all spheres of life would increase the resilience of Lagos to flood disaster risk. Wahab, of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Ibadan, said this recently in Lagos during a City Resilience Workshop. The workshop, themed: “Local Governments and Communities working for a Climate Resilient Lagos”, was organised ...

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Dignitaries to grace advocacy planning book launch
ABIODUN

All roads will next week Tuesday (September 6, 2016) lead to the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) on Victoria Island in Lagos, where dignitaries will gather to honour a veteran town planner, author and planning advocate. Yacoob Abiodun, erstwhile Secretary of the National Housing Policy Council, will not only be launching his second book that day, but also celebrating ...

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