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Climate change, adaptation and African agriculture


Key Facts “The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society.” – The board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter Between 2030 ...

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NCF takes conservation advocacy to Abuja

Lekki Conservation Centre

The Lagos-based Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has opened a policy and campaign office in the nation’s capital, Abuja, to ensure that environmental and conservation issues are effectively positioned within the context of high level national development strategies. The office is supported by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), and will engage key stakeholders in the environment sector; ...

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Why African leaders must embrace urban agenda


The Africa Union Chairperson, Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has said that African Heads of State shall give a focused attention to the subject of urbanisation at their next two Summits to be held in Addis Ababa and Kigali to ensure that the issues are well internalised. She added that the two Summits would see Africa taking a common position on the ...

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How American Christians perceive climate change


Many Americans draw, at least in part, upon their religious beliefs to guide their understanding and interpretation of climate change causes, impacts, and solutions. A new report that explores how American Christians view climate change examines the global warming beliefs, risk perceptions, policy preferences, and related moral values of three major groups of American Christians – Catholics, non-evangelical Protestants, and ...

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Prof Emmanuel Oladipo writes for EnviroNews on climate change


Ahead of the much-anticipated 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December in Paris where history will be made as countries are expected to agree to a new climate plan, EnviroNews Nigeria has intensified its awareness raising endeavor. In addition to a countdown series currently running ...

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Prince Lekan Fadina joins the Energy Collective

Prince Lekan Fadina

Energy Collective, a group of the world’s notable thinkers on energy and climate, has invited Prince Lekan Fadina to join its membership of network of energy and environment professionals. Energy Collective is an independent moderated forum of the world’s best commentators and analysts on energy policy, climate change, energy technologies and energy innovation. According to a statement signed by Dr. A. Akintoye, ...

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US, Russia, Gabon submit climate plans ahead Paris

The United States, Russia and Gabon have submitted their new climate action plans to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) come well in advance of a new universal climate change agreement which will be reached at the UN climate conference in Paris, in December this year. The US INDC, for instance, also ...

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First set of climate action plans gets world on track to Paris Agreement


With the submission by the United States of its climate action plan alongside those of Switzerland, the members of the European Union, Norway and Mexico, well over 30 countries have now made their contribution to the new, universal Paris climate change agreement of 2015. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said: “According to UNFCCC ...

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Gabon is first African nation to submit INDC


Gabon has submitted its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the first African country to do so. “I deeply appreciate Gabon’s initiative and welcome this first Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) from an African nation,” said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC. Including Gabon, 35 parties to the UNFCCC have formally submitted their ...

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GEF, African ministers explore modalities for sustainable, resilient future

Naoko Ishii, CEO of GEF

Recently in Cairo in Egypt, African Environment Ministers convened to discuss African’s Climate Change Challenge. On March 6 they agreed on a final declaration officially called “Cairo Declaration on Managing Africa’s Natural Capital for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication.” Recognising the nexus between land productivity, food security and poverty eradication in Africa, they agreed to increase productivity in the use ...

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