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New guidelines for companies to respect human rights to WASH launched


The United Nations Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate has launched the first comprehensive guidance for companies about how to meet their responsibility to respect the human rights to water, sanitation and health (WASH). The Guidance For Companies on Respecting the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation: Bringing a Human Rights Lens to Corporate Water Stewardship will help companies translate their responsibility to ...

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Africa needs to move forward on renewable energy


Diversification of Africa’s electricity sources by embarking on renewable energy solutions – such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power – is being heralded as a solution to the continent’s energy poverty. But although a number of countries are already reaping benefits from investment in renewables, there is concern that many of the countries are yet to exploit those resources. ...

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Paris 2015: Portal for countries to document climate action plans opens


In line with resolutions at the COP 20 UN climate conference last December in Lima, the Peruvian capital, countries can now formally submit to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) their intended contributions on climate action. This is considered as an important next step towards reaching a new universal agreement on climate change in Paris, at the ...

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Solar Impulse 2 announces round world flight path

Solar Impulse 2 unveiling

The Swiss pilots of Solar Impulse 2 unveiled the flight path they plan to take on their 35,000 kilometre around the world journey ahead of take-off from Abu Dhabi. Solar Impulse 2 will take-off from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, in late February or early March and return by late July or early August 2015. The route includes ...

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‘2014 is worst on record for rhino poaching’

rhino poaching

Official figures released on Thursday, January 22, 2015 by South Africa have confirmed that 2014 was the worst on record for rhino poaching. A total of 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2014, an average of more than three animals per day or 100 per month. The latest figures illustrate the severity of the rhino poaching crisis with ...

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Rotary releases $8.1 million to end polio in Nigeria

Polio immunisation

Nigeria marks progress, having gone six months without a case of polio As Nigeria marks six months without a new case of polio, Rotary has announced $8.1 in grants to help the country in its final push to eradicate the disease within its borders. The funds will be used by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF to support polio ...

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Paper consumption on decline but footprint still high


In wealthy countries, paper is ubiquitous and is often fated to be discarded soon after purchase, with only a portion recovered for recycling. Although slow improvements have been made in production methods and in the recovery of paper products, additional progress is needed to reduce the industry’s environmental impacts, writes Michael Renner, senior researcher at the Worldwatch Institute, in the ...

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Action/2015 campaign launch in photos


The action/2015 was recently launched nationwide. Nigeria was not an exception as civil society groups, institutions and governments joined in the global campaign. Many of these were spearheaded by 15-year-olds – a constituency who will be among the most affected by vital agreements expected to be reached this year. Action/2015 is calling on the public to join them in their calls ...

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NCF: Integrate wetlands resource value in Great Green Wall


The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has underlined the need to build natural resource value of wetlands within the general Great Green Wall (GGW). The Lagos-based environment watchdog is also seeking the integration of the GGW programme to biodiversity value enhancement in the West African region. These action points form part of the NCF contributions to the CSO (civil society organisation) ...

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