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World Bank, four European nations in fresh $500m climate initiative

Jim Yong Kim, World Bank [resident

Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland on Monday, November 30, 2015 in Paris, France announced a new $500 million initiative that will find new ways to create incentives aimed at large scale cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries to combat climate change. The World Bank Group worked with the countries to develop the initiative. The Transformative Carbon Asset Facility ...

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Faith-based petitions demand climate action

Mithika Mwenda

A total of 1,780,528 million people worldwide have put their names to a collection of faith-based petitions urging political leaders at the COP21 climate summit to take decisive action to curb global warming and deliver a strong, fair deal that helps poor countries adapt to their changing climate. The petitions were presented to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres on November ...

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INDCs: It’s no longer business as usual, says Nigeria


Following its approval by President Muhammadu Buhari on 26 November 2015 and subsequent submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Nigeria’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) was eventually reflected on the UNFCCC site on Friday, November 28, 2015 by precisely 12:24:55. Two separate documents – the INDCs proper and an executive summary – are both available ...

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Climate projections to light up Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

On Sunday, November 29, 2015, for the first time ever, artistic messages for climate solutions will be displayed across the Eiffel Tower. The series of hopeful images calling for forest protection and a 100% renewable energy future will be projected onto the facade of Paris’s most iconic landmark, with the goal of engaging citizens to help drive an ambitious global ...

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Activists demand governments’ renewable energy, poverty status

Wanjira Matthai, Director of the Partnerships for Women Entrepreneurs

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit, a group of NGOs is asking governments, “Are you in?” – as part of a new report and video which highlights the development benefits of the transition to 100% renewable energy. This comes as Heads of State travel to Paris and thousands of people prepare to take to the streets in more than 150 countries to call for ...

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Orange, ENGIE to expand rural electricity grid

Isabelle Kocher

Stéphane Richard, CEO of Orange and Isabelle Kocher, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of ENGIE, on Friday in Paris, France signed a partnership covering two projects – the expansion of the rural electricity grid and ENGIE’s optimisation of energy supplied to Orange’s telecoms infrastructure in Africa. The deal between Orange and ENGIE – both official partners of COP21 – ...

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Ugandan forest advocacy group wins 2015 ONE Africa Award

Nachilala Nkombo

The Kampala based forest advocacy group, Support for Women in Environment and Agriculture – SWAGEN, has won the 8th Annual ONE Africa Award. The Award is bestowed upon civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and other groups based in Africa that have  demonstrated a commitment and success in advocacy to promote the attainment of one or more of the Millennium Development Goals. ...

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Nigeria submits INDCs to UNFCCC


Nigeria has submitted it Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), according to Environment Minister, Mrs Amina Mohammed. The minister made the disclosure on Thursday, November 26, 2015 on Twitter (via her handle, @AminaJMohammed). She had twitted: “Nigeria submits it’s INDC to UNFCC. Now we begin the journey for Nigerians, People & ...

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Why Lagos should not privatise water, by ERA/FoEN


Deputy Director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Akinbode Oluwafemi, at a media briefing in Lagos, lists reasons why the Lagos State Government should publicly oppose the PPP water privatisation scheme it is believed to be pursuing When we started this campaign to stop the Lagos water privatisation in October 2014, the immediate past administration in the state ...

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2016: Amosun promises affordable housing, infrastructure development

Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has promised the residents of the state of affordable housing and a spate of infrastructure development schemes under a wider urban renewal programme in 2016. Governor Amosun stated this in Abeokuta while presenting the 2016 Appropriation Bill to the House of Assembly at the Hallow Chamber, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital. He said that ...

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