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Climate change: Polar bears now eat dolphins


  Polar bears are now eating dolphins lured north by warming water. Scientists for the first time observed the bears feasting on white-beaked dolphins in Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic. They theorise the dolphins, coaxed northward by warmer waters, were trapped under the ice and killed by the bears when coming up for air through a small hole, they wrote ...

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Friends of the Earth: How Buhari can achieve a sustainable Nigeria


The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) presents this Memorandum to President Muhammadu Buhari as well as policy makers and law makers at the National Assembly for a sustainable Nigeria. The document identifies several priority areas as cardinal to meeting citizens welfare, while presenting some indicators in which the present government’s success will equally be measured. Energy Access and Off-Grid Options ...

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Nigeria REDD+ programme threatened over forestry officials’ arrest

Odigha Odigha

A huge cloud of uncertainty is hanging over the much-vaunted Nigerian REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) Programme following the arrest a couple of days ago in Calabar, Cross River State of long-serving and erstwhile chairman of the Cross River State Forestry Commission (CRSFC), Mr Odigha Odigha. He has since been released on bail. Feelers indicate that new Cross River ...

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Governments shift gear toward delivery of new climate pact


The road map to a new universal climate agreement will step into a higher gear over the next two months as the world works towards Paris in December. Governments on Thursday in Bonn, Germany at the close of the UN Climate Talks asked the two delegates who are co-chairing the negotiations to table text in mid-July that begins shaping what will be the Paris agreement ...

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Ethiopia, Morocco submit INDCs

world climate summit

After Gabon, Morocco and Ethiopia have respectively become the second and third African nations to submit their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). While Morocco submitted on Friday, June 5, 2015, Ethiopia handed over its climate plan to the UN body on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Gabon had earlier submitted its INDCs ...

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Civil society concern as Bonn climate talks close

Jaco du Toit

Non-governmental organisation (NGO) observers called out the juxtaposition between growing real world momentum for a 100% renewable energy world and the slow pace of the UN climate negotiations which came to a close in Bonn, Germany on Thursday, June 11, 2015. In the negotiations toward a new global climate agreement due to be signed in Paris this December, countries will agree that the the co-chairs ...

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Activists renew call for creation of climate change commission


Environmental activists have underlined the need for a strong national institution that will provide leadership, coordination and create access to information to fully respond to the immediate and future challenges posed by climate change. In this regard, they called for the passage and implementation of the National Climate Change Commission/Agency which stagnated in the seventh National Assembly waiting for Presidential ...

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Oilwatch Africa: We will not eat crude oil

Oil spewing from busted Shell equipment in Nigeria

The Lome Declaration of Oilwatch Africa on Climate Justice and Food Sovereignty in Africa Members of Oilwatch Africa network met in Lome, Togo, on 9 June 2015 and robustly considered the implications of the world’s stubborn dependence on fossil fuels on climate, food sovereignty, nutrition and well-being in Africa. Participants at the conference shared experiences on impacts of extractive activities on their communities and countries. ...

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Majority back long term goal for new UN agreement in Paris


Almost 80 per cent of citizens across the globe are very concerned about the impacts of climate change, but close to 70 per cent also see action to combat it as an opportunity to improve their quality of life. These are among the findings of the largest ever citizen consultation on climate change carried out by the more than 100 partners of the World ...

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Giving meaning to theme of World Environment Day 2015

The theme of this year’s celebration for World Environment Day is: “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume With Care.” The following anecdote may suffice to better explain the meaning of the theme. The theme can be said to depict seven billion “Golden Hens” inhabiting one enclosed Basket. This is the only Basket that gives them life and should not be ...

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