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State of Palestine joins UNFCCC


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) now has 197 members following the formal entry on Thursday (March 17) of the State of Palestine. This is in accordance with its article 23 (2) which reads as follows: “For each State or regional economic integration organisation that ratifies, accepts or approves the Convention or accedes thereto after the deposit ...

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Kofi Annan: Forests destruction poses threat to climate change


The world could miss out in the fight against climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) if the current scale of forest destruction continues, according to Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel (APP). Mr Annan warned against the destruction of forests, which provide clean air and water, and local communities with food, shelter and livelihoods, saying, “Each day ...

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Women crusaders kick against water privatisation in Lagos


Veronica Nwanya, Chairperson, African Women Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network (AWWASHN), tells Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State in a letter presented during a rally on Thursday (March 17) to reject all forms of water privatisation and commodification. The AWWASHN is a group of women advocates in the public and civil society founded to lend a voice on issues bothering on ...

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Decentralise wastewater management, experts urge govts

Dr. Suresh Rohilla

The Second India Africa Dialogue and Media Briefing Workshop has ended in Accra, Ghana with experts expressing strong disapproval against the global adoption of centralised wastewater or excreta management. The workshop with a theme: “Sewerage to Sanitation: Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Sanitation Solutions for Future” was organised by the Indian-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in partnership with ...

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Net-zero emissions may become law in the UK


Energy minister Andrea Leadson tells MPs the Government is seeking to commit to capture ‘the momentum of Paris’ A key Paris climate treaty commitment to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions will be enshrined in UK law, the Government has said. Energy minister Andrea Leadsom told MPs that the Government wanted to capture “the momentum of Paris” and would seek to ...

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Reactions trail IRENA renewable energy analysis


The Climate Action Network International (CAN) has responded to the IRENA REmap report that shows how governments can double the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 and collectively save up to US$4.2 trillion annually. The analysis comes a day after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said that economic growth has decoupled from carbon pollution due largely to the ...

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Super Highway: Bulldozers destroy over 20,000 trees

Ben Ayade

Communities in Akpabuyo and Bakassi are crying out over the destruction of their ancestral properties and economic trees estate by Cross River State Government (CRSG), which is planning to construct a road across the region. Over 20 communities in Akpabuyo and Bakassi Local Government Area (LGA) in the state are already counting their loses over what they termed as gross ...

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Lagos to demolish other defective Lekki Gardens buildings


The Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday directed that stability test be conducted on all buildings constructed by Lekki Gardens to ascertain their structural integrity. Abode said any of the buildings found to be defective would be demolished. The governor, who addressed Government House Correspondents at the Lagos House, Ikeja, shortly after inspecting the site of the collapsed building ...

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Canada, US partner on climate, energy, Arctic biodiversity

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

The Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, has applauded the Arctic Partnership announced last Thursday by United States President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington, D.C. Although focused on climate action, the partnership is said to have far-reaching consequences for biodiversity in the Arctic, including the role of ...

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UNESCO asked to recognise great apes as Living World Heritage


Bonobos, orangutans, chimpanzees and gorillas are facing extinction. The Rainforest Rescue’s Great Ape Project is calling on UNESCO to recognise man’s closest relatives as a Living World Heritage before it’s too late. The Great Ape Project campaign, a project of Rainforest Rescue, is calling on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to officially recognise orangutans, bonobos, chimpanzees ...

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