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China to overhaul carbon offset credits regulations

Jiang Zhao Li

National Development and Reform Commission’s (NDRC) Climate Secretary, Jiang Zhao Li, has confirmed that regulations surrounding Chinese offset credits (CCERs) and projects will be reformed. Among the potential reforms it is certain that the project application process for CCERs will be simplified. This could mean that the turnaround for credit issuance may be reduced from the average 253 days it ...

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Alliance tags Paris Agreement ‘a dangerous distraction’

Cindy Wiesner

As world leaders prepare to sign the Paris Agreement on Earth Day (Friday, 22 April), an international alliance of grassroots and indigenous leaders is calling the historic agreement “a dangerous distraction.” According to members of the alliance, the Paris Climate agreement has declined to mention fossil fuels, regarded as the clearest cause of climate change. Cindy Wiesner of Grassroots Global Justice ...

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Investors managing $24 trillion urge leaders to fast-track Paris Agreement

Stephanie Pfeifer

Hours before about 155 world leaders are expected to travel to New York to sign the Paris Agreement, organisations that collectively represent more than 400 institutional investors with $24 trillion of assets under management have called on world leaders to not only sign but accede to the international treaty and implement it into national law as a matter of urgency. ...

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Paris Agreement can nail fossil fuel trade –

May Boeve

The formal signing of the Paris Agreement could be the next nail in the coffin of the fossil fuel industry if governments actually follow through on their commitments, Executive Director, May Boeve, has said. She disclosed in a statement ahead of the formal signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement taking place at the UN on Friday that the growing ...

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UN: 22 April marks critical next-step to sustainable future

Christiana Figueres

The record number of countries set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on April 22 signals the next step towards the Agreement coming into force and a critical juncture in a global effort to ensure lasting hopes for secure and peaceful, human development, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has submitted. The organisation highlighted UN ...

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Osun adopts measures to curb deforestation


Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday reiterated the commitment of his administration to agriculture and forestry development for the attainment of self-sufficiency in the production of staple commodities. The governor stated this at the opening session of a public hearing by the Inter-ministerial Committee‎ on report of illegal entry and farming on Shasha Forest in Ile-Ife at ...

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USAID promotes investment opportunities on Nigerian trade route


The need for Nigeria to eliminate impediments to trade facilitation on major highways was the plea by stakeholders at the Road Governance Caravan organised by the United States Agency for International Development in Nigeria (USAID NIGERIA) for states on the Lagos-Kano-Jibiya (LAKAJI) Corridor. Development of LAKAJI Corridor as a multimodal major trade route in Nigeria is an initiative of USAID ...

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Lagos asked to clear the air on water privatisation scheme


Deputy Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) Akinbode Oluwafemi calls on Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to make a public statement on an alleged Public Private Partnership (PPP) water privatisation scheme in the state The failure of the Lagos State Government to open up on the controversial water PPP gives room for us to suspect that ...

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Muslim leaders to present Islamic Climate Declaration


Global Muslim leaders will on Friday, 22 April, 2016 present the Islamic Climate Declaration to the United Nations at the Paris Agreement signing ceremony. The presentation will be made to the President of the UN General Assembly, Mr Mogens Lykketoft, in his office at the UN Headquarters in New York. The leaders will also officially launch the Global Muslim Climate Network ...

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AfDB declares war on continent’s energy poverty

Akinwumi Adesina

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has declared its resolve to eliminate energy poverty in the continent of Africa. Addressing a high-level panel comprising African ministers of the environment and heads of country delegations at the ongoing 6th Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Cairo, the AfDB President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, revealed that over 645 ...

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