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India bans sale of inefficient, highly polluting vehicles

The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 banned the sale and registration of Bharat Stage (BS)-III emission norm-complaint vehicles from Saturday, April 1, saying the health of millions was more important than commercial interests. The decision could deal a Rs 12,000-crore blow to auto manufactures as about 820,000 vehicles, most of them two-wheelers, are lying unsold. India ...

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Shock, outrage as Trump reverses US progress on climate action

The world stood in shock as US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 signed executive orders rolling back the Clean Power Plan and promoting what observers describe as outdated fossil fuels. According to them, while more than 190 countries are moving forward, as they agreed in Paris, towards a clean energy future, President Trump appears to be taking ...

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COP12: Time for blue economies in Africa, says Bamba, head of Abidjan Convention

The need to link the protection and conservation of the marine environment with sustainable development and improved livelihoods for local communities was highlighted when specialists from five continents began meeting on Monday, March 28, 2017 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, at the Expert Segment of the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Abidjan Convention. Addressing the meeting, the Executive ...

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African ministers adopt Durban Declaration for accelerating SDGs implementation

Arising from the 2017 World Water Day Celebrations and the Global Launch of the UN World Water Development Report 2017 entitled: “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource” which ended on Sunday, March 26 2017 in Durban, the Republic of South Africa, water and sanitation ministers from across Africa have adopted the Durban Political Declaration for accelerating the implementation of the sustainable development goals ...

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Earth Hour: Iconic structures go dark to support planet’s protection

The United Nations on Saturday, March 25 2017 dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of the tenth annual “Earth Hour”, global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably. In a video message, ...

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Post-COP22: Nigeria explores fresh strategies for climate finance, action

The Federal Ministry of Environment (FMoE) has been asked to closely monitor developments at the Adaptation Fund to ensure that Nigeria benefits maximally from the financial resources provided by the fund. The Adaptation Fund is an international fund that finances projects and programs aimed at helping developing countries to adapt to the harmful effects of climate change. It is set up under ...

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Ghana emerges 40th party to Minamata Convention
Nana Akufo-Addo

The West African English speaking nation of Ghana on Thursday, March 23, 2017 deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 40th Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. This comes just a day after the Government of Honduras on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 ratified the Convention, thus emerging its 39th Party. Just last month, Liechtenstein and Togo endorsed the ...

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World Sleep Day: How sleep deprivation threatens Lagosians’ wellbeing – Expert

It is believed Nigeria is currently facing a daunting socio-economic condition, one characterised by insurgency and economic recession. But experts believe these challenges may worsen, if urgent measures are not taken to address one of the offshoots of the unsavoury development: sleep deprivation. Researchers say that in the desperate bid to eke out a living, sleeping hours are fast reducing among ...

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Honduras ratifies Minamata Convention

The Government of Honduras on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 39th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Just last month, Liechtenstein and Togo endorsed the global treaty. While the Government of Liechtenstein on February 1, 2017 deposited its instrument of accession, the Togolese Government two days later followed suit on February 3, ...

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Knocks, as Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

US president, Donald Trump, on Friday, March 24, 2017 approved a federal permit applied for by TransCanada to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. The decision comes after Trump signed an executive memorandum urging the State Department to approve the pipeline, which is proposed to run from Canada through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Environment watchdog group, 350.org, has however condemned ...

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