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REDD+: Protecting forests, revitalising communities in Kenya
Kasigau Corridor

In the Kasigau Corridor region of East Kenya, generations of cattle grazed the fields into dust and labourers clear-cut much of the dryland forest for firewood and farmland – because survival was at stake. To reverse deforestation and spur progress there, Wildlife Works, a company that helps local landowners in the developing world monetise their forest and biodiversity assets, created a ...

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Rethinking climate governance
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From all indications, it is crystal clear that the world is earnestly yearning for best practice in climate governance, thus unfolding global developments have led to a trend of rethinking climate governance with a view to improving or advancing the performance on climate actions to actualise the goals of Paris Agreement and by extension, that of the other related instruments ...

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Pacific Island nations take stock ahead NDCs implementation
Fiji

Countries in the Pacific Islands have taken stock of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted from the region. At two meetings held recently in Fiji, participants likewise assessed the status of as well as plan for implementation of NDCs, as well as exchange of country experiences. The meetings also touched upon some of the technical and institutional issues that the countries ...

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GCF approves $315m in funding at final 2016 meeting
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The first Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting to be held in the Pacific, and the final for 2016 closed in Apia, Samoa, on Friday, December 12 having approved eight new funding proposals and accredited seven new partner entities. The fifteenth meeting of the Board (B.15) approved the following projects and programmes valued together at $315.24 million: $133 million for ...

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WBCSD, WMB welcome approvals on climate-related financial disclosures
Nigel Topping, CEO of We Mean Business

The pair of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the We Mean Business Coalition (WMB) has welcomed the FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure’s (TCFD) draft recommendations for businesses to disclose their climate-related financial risks and opportunities. According to the two organisations, companies and their boards must gain a firmer understanding of the risks and opportunities that climate change poses to their ...

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Arctic warming triggers decline in sea ice, snow
Arctic warming

A report sponsored by American scientific agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows that unprecedented warming air temperature in 2016 over the Arctic contributed to a record-breaking delay in the fall sea ice freeze-up, leading to extensive melting of Greenland ice sheet and land-based snow cover. Now in its 11th year, the Arctic Report Card, released recently at the ...

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Financial disclosure is key to climate change
mark-carney

In this treatise, Mark Carney (Canadian economist who currently serves as Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the G20’s Financial Stability Board) and Michael Bloomberg (American business magnate, politician, and philanthropist, whose wealth is estimated at $43.3 billion) explore wow to make a profit from defeating climate change From rising sea levels to more severe storms and more intense ...

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FAO creates new climate department
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Members approve new Department of Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water, plus work plan that better syncs with the SDGs The 155th session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Council that held recently in Rome, Italy has endorsed the creation of a new department focused on climate change and approving a fine-tuned strategic framework that fully aligns ...

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Surge in methane emissions threatens climate progress
Methane

Global concentrations of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas and cause of climate change, are now growing faster in the atmosphere than at any other time in the past two decades. That is the message of a team of international scientists in an editorial published 12 December 2016 in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The group reports that methane concentrations in the ...

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New site seeks to effectively communicate climate technology
Climate

“Climate Technology – the UNFCCC home for technology”, a new website that showcases UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) support to countries for climate technology action, was launched by the UN organisation’s secretariat on Monday, December 12 2016. “Just as technology was the main catalyst in the development of fossil fuels, so it is the driver of successful climate friendly solutions, ...

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