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IPCC elects Bureau for Sixth Assessment Report

Youba Sokona

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) completed the election of its new Bureau on Thursday, after electing Hoesung Lee of the Republic of Korea as its new Chair on Tuesday. The new Bureau, which consists of 34 members, up from 31 in the previous Bureau, will lead the Panel as it works on the forthcoming Sixth Assessment Report. Members ...

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Financial markets shifting to address climate change, says report


Private sector investments are shifting to address the challenges posed by climate change, and this trend could accelerate if governments and policy-makers take further actions to increase the demand for low-carbon, climate resilient investment, according to a report released today by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team. The new report, “Trends in Private Sector Climate Finance,” found that ...

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UNEP: Aligning global finance with sustainable development

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A new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Annual Meetings holding in Lima, Peru shows how to harness the assets of the world’s financial system for sustainability. The key findings are that: A ‘quiet revolution’ is underway as financial policymakers and regulators take steps to integrate sustainable development considerations into financial systems to ...

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Nations move to stop decline of vultures


A further 18 birds of prey species have been listed at an international meeting of government representatives and experts this week in Trondheim, Norway. Seven of these species under threat are critically endangered according to the IUCN Red List. The 2nd Meeting of the Signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey (Raptors MOU) ...

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Dams breached, 15 die as South Carolina flooding worsens

Flooding in South Carolina, USA

The rain may have stopped, but South Carolina is grappling with a host of new concerns. Dam breaks. Billions of dollars in damage. And rivers that still haven’t crested. “God smiled on South Carolina because the sun is out,” Gov. Nikki Haley told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “That is a good sign, but I will tell you that for us, ...

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COP 21: Nigeria builds ‘gender-balanced’ group of negotiators


As the much-vaunted 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) approaches, Nigeria has commenced moves to ensure a befitting participation at the global summit. Towards this, the nation is establishing a group of national multi-sectoral experts that will support is negotiations at COP 21 in Paris, France, ...

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AMCOMET moves to include meteorology in AU committee

Addis Ababa

The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) is participating at the inaugural Conference of the African Union (AU) Specialised Technical Committee (STC) holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to push for the inclusion of Meteorology (Weather and Climate) as an additional sector component of the STC whose current sectors includes, Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment. The African Union Assembly of ...

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Land grab escalates as agricultural resources dwindle

Gary Gardner

As global agricultural resources shrink or shift, countries are crossing borders to obtain new farmlands Since 2000, more than 36 million hectares – an area about the size of Japan – has been purchased or leased by foreign entities, mostly for agricultural use. Today, nearly 15 million hectares more is under negotiation. “Farmland is lost or degraded on every continent, while ‘land ...

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Security, public spaces’ maintenance emphasised at World Habitat Day

Mallam Kabir Yari

A call has been made on the need to beef up security and ensure that public spaces are well maintained for the good of all across the country. The call was made on Monday during the celebration of this year’s World Habitat Day (WHD) organised by the Lagos State Government, held at Alausa in Lagos. The WHD 2015 theme is: ...

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Korean Hoesung Lee emerges new IPCC chair

Hoesung Lee

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 elected Hoesung Lee of the Republic of Korea as its new Chair. Hoesung Lee was elected by 78 votes to 56 in a run-off with Jean-Pascale van Ypersele. A total of six candidates had been nominated for the position. “I am honoured and grateful that the Panel has ...

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