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Activists may defy cancellation of Paris mobilisations

Juliette Rousseau

The Paris Prefecture of Police has announced that, due to the tragic events that took place on November 13, the Global Climate March planned for November 29, and the December 12 mobilisations planned will not be allowed to proceed in Paris. The Coalition Climat 21 has expressed regret that no alternative has been found to allow its mobilisation plans to ...

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Export trade in forest risk commodities destroying rainforests

Andrew Mitchell

The Global Canopy Programme’s ‘Forest 500’, the world’s first rainforest ratings agency that analyses the most influential companies, investors and governments in the race towards a deforestation-free global economy, on Wednesday launched its annual results. It revealed that while the corporate sector improved marginally overall, many laggards are yet to make public sustainability commitments. Commercial agriculture drives at least two ...

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Report underlines potential to cut greenhouse gas emission

A new report packed with best practice climate policies from across the world reveals a wealth of existing opportunities to immediately scale up reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while powering up ambition to keep the global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius. “Climate Action Now – A Summary for Policymakers 2015” underlines how nations can deploy a wide range of ...

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Cameroon activist pursued by courts amid interferance in legal process


An internationally-renowned environmental human rights defender, Nasako Besingi, is being pursued in the courts in Cameroon for defending his own community’s land rights. However, the company he is peacefully protesting against is seeking favourable treatment from the state for its own lawsuits, according to new evidence obtained by Greenpeace Africa and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP). Besingi had his pending ...

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Activist’s life in danger for opposing Peru Amazon destruction

Washington Bolivar

Washington Bolivar, an indigenous activist in Peru, has received another sinister death threat in the immediate wake of his efforts to challenge the destruction of Amazon rainforest for timber extraction and conversion to oil palm. In the course of the last month, human rights defender, Mr Bolivar, received the following handwritten and explicit notes in quick succession: “WASHINGTON…WE ARE GOING ...

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IUCN: Climate change threatens polar bear survival


A global re-assessment of polar bears highlights loss of sea ice habitat due to climate warming as the single most important threat to the long-term survival of the species, according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species released on Wednesday by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). According to the group, this update ...

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Early action on global pledge to end deforestation


First report on last year’s New York Declaration on Forests warns progress must accelerate to achieve goals laid out in historic commitment Unprecedented collaboration among corporate, government, indigenous and civil society leaders, often at odds about deforestation, gives hope that pledges to halt global forest loss can be met by 2030, according to a report released on Wednesday by Climate Focus and ...

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RB to intensify diarrhea, malaria prevention efforts in Nigeria

Rakesh Kapoor

Global Chief Executive Officer of consumer health and hygiene company RB (Reckitt Benckiser), Mr. Rakesh Kapoor, has said that RB’s vision for Nigeria is a nation where people are healthier and live better. According to him, RB will continue in making a difference by giving Nigerians innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes. Mr. Kapoor who was on a ...

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Nigeria targets 10% rise in renewable power generation by 2020


A fresh initiative that incorporates low carbon systems in power generation and supply is expected to increase the production of renewable energy in Nigeria by up to 10 percent in 2020. Titled: Promoting Low Carbon Energy Solutions in Nigeria Energy/Power Supply”, the project is being promoted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Power ...

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How modern biotechnology can create 25,000 jobs, by Ebegba

Rufus Ebegba

The Federal Government’s determination to diversify the economy as a result of the challenges in the oil sector has set it to develop immutable strategies that would ensure the creation of no fewer than 25,000 jobs annually from the biotechnology sector. A statement by the Director-General of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NABMA), Mr. Rufus Ebegba, issued on Tuesday said modern ...

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