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Lekan Fadina: Road to Paris 2015 (8)


The Lima Climate Change Conference (COP 20) adopted the “Lima Call for Climate Action” which sets in motion negotiations in 2015 towards an agreement and the process for submitting and reviewing Intended National Determined Contributions (INDCs) and enhancing pre-2020 ambition. It focused on outcomes under the ADP necessary to advance towards an agreement in Paris COP 21 in December, 2015 including ...

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Extinction looms as pollinating birds, mammals decline

The Honeyeater

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), along with its partners, has revealed in a new study that the conservation status of pollinating bird and mammal species is deteriorating, with more species moving towards extinction than away from it. On average, 2.4 bird and mammal pollinator species per year have moved one IUCN Red List category towards extinction in recent ...

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EU submits Climate Action Plan ahead of Paris 2015

French Energy Minister Segolene Royal

The European Union (EU) on Friday, March 6, 2015 submitted its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This comes as EU environment ministers also on Friday endorsed the bloc’s promise to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared to Europe’s 1990 levels. The target has to be achieved domestically rather ...

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Observers pick holes in N9.2 billion clean stoves scheme

Cross Section of Participants

Stakeholders have expressed concern over the absence of a proper framework for the procurement and distribution of the clean cookstoves and strategy for engaging key investors in the proper implementation of the clean cookstove scheme. Furthermore, they are bothered about the proposed beneficiaries of the clean cookstoves (believed to be largely wives of state and local government officials), bringing to ...

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Laureates: Time to restore hope, life in Ogoniland

Laureates signing petition

Participants at the Regional Conference of Asia-Pacific Right Livelihood Laureates in Mumbai, India on Friday March 6, 2015 petitioned Dr Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, over the pathetic Ogoniland in the Niger Delta region, calling for urgent actions to address the large-scale environmental degradation in the community More than half a Century of exploitation of petroleum ...

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Africa’s climate adaptation cost could rise, study warns

As a major step to curb the devastating consequences of climate change, Africa is prioritising adaptation. Adaptation implies those activities that will make people, ecosystems and infrastructure less vulnerable to the impacts climate change. However, a new report warns that the costs of climate change adaptation is expected to rise far beyond Africa’s coping capacity. According to a new United ...

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2,239 pregnant women tested HIV positive in 2014, says report


No fewer than 2,239 women where tested HIV positive in Kaduna State, North-west Nigeria in 2014. This was contained in a report released on the update of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS in the state. Malam Lawal Abubakar, Secretary Kaduna State PMTCT, TWG disclosed this while Presenting a paper at a  one day seminar on (PMTCT) ...

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PACJA rebrands, defines new action plan

Mithika Mwenda

Africa`s continental civil society group, the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), is rebranding. In its drive to expand its activities and scope of coverage, the civil society group has changed its name to Pan-African Climate and Environmental Justice Alliance (PACJA). “Part of our mission is to participate not only in climate change action but engage in other environmental activities. We ...

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Research: Africa failing to take climate predictions seriously

Anybody home

The impacts of climate change are felt by communities around the world now, but many of the most severe impacts will be felt in the decades to come. New research by the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme reveals that African governments and businesses are putting their investments at risk from the long-term impacts of climate change because they are ...

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Lekan Fadina: Road to Paris 2015 (7)

Prince Lekan Fadina

We have decided to devote this piece to climate change and development issues. COP 21 is not a talk shop. Rather, it is a serious gathering of world leaders, government officials, negotiators, civil society and professionals. It is an important UNFCCC meeting that will take a vital decision that will affect humanity and global development. Climate Change until recently was ...

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