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Celebrities join UN campaign to end illicit wildlife trade


Ban Ki-moon, Gisele Bündchen, Yaya Touré and Ian Somerhalder among those aiming to spur action to protect endangered species The United Nations, backed by A-list celebrities from across the globe, has launched an unprecedented campaign against the illegal trade in wildlife, which is pushing species to the brink of extinction, robbing countries of their natural heritage and profiting international criminal ...

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Dutch stoves curb smoke hazard in Ghana fish processing

Morrison stove

In Ghana, many people, especially women, who live along the coastal areas, are engaged in fish smoking, known as “Namhowfo” in Akan, one of the languages spoken in the country. As a means of living, fish smoking was done by traditional, energy inefficient and smoking stoves. This method affects both human health and the environment, say observers. According to the ...

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From Flint to Lagos: Time for democratic control of water

Kelle Louaillier

Akinbode Oluwafemi (director of corporate accountability at Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria) and Kelle Louaillier (president of Corporate Accountability International, based in Boston, in the United States) in this treatise utilise the cities of Flint and Lagos as a case in study to demonstrate challenges related to public water system administration Although separated by continents and oceans, the people ...

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Can the UN end Obstetric Fistula within a generation?


Globally, two million poor and marginalised women and girls suffer from Obstetric Fistula, a preventable and treatable condition as a result of hole or tear between the birth canal and the rectum or bladder that results in chronic incontinence and dangerous infections. It afflicts those who do not have access to good quality maternal health care. Added to the pain ...

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Remedial measures beckon as global air quality declines

United Nations Environment Assembly

Mixed progress on air quality still falls far short of what is needed to save seven million lives each year As global air quality declines, threatening to add to the seven million people air pollution kills each year, increased action in some air quality areas points to political will to tackle this “global public health emergency,” according to reports released ...

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Global focus on energy, climate change as AfDB takes stock

Lusaka, Zambia

Heads of state and government, Economy Ministers, Bank Governors, development partners and delegates will on Monday in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, begin talks on “Energy and Climate Change” as the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) 51st Annual Meetings commence. The event will come to a close Friday. Nigeria’s Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, is expected to grace the occasion. This year’s meeting will ...

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AfDB approves 10-year New Deal on Energy for Africa

Akinwumi Adesina

The Executive Boards of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Wednesday May 18, 2016 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire took a significant step towards the continent’s economic transformation with the approval of the Bank Group’s 2016-2025 Strategy for the New Deal on Energy for Africa. According to the AfDB, the Strategy sets out the priorities for the it’s interventions in ...

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Hydrogen cars show potential of zero carbon transport


Hydrogen-fuelled cars have been on display at the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn (which ends on 26 May), as part of a demonstration to show that clean transport technologies are available today and, if scaled up in a timely way, can play a major role in helping governments achieve their goals set under the Paris Climate Change Agreement. ...

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France, Morocco climate champions prepare action plan towards COP22


France and Morocco’s climate champions are preparing to lay out their strategy to help boost cooperative global action between governments, cities, business, investors and citizens in the wake of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, with an emphasis on cohesive, innovative and practical solutions to cut global emissions rapidly and also help the most vulnerable adapt to climate impacts and build ...

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Mohammed: How environment, business can achieve green economy


“As we strive to green the economy, we must begin to reduce environmental degradation, pollution, and the effects of climate change.” Those were the promising words of Amina J. Mohammed, the Minister of Environment, as she rang the Trade Closing Bell at the Nigerian Stock Exchange on Tuesday in Lagos. The minister, who was received by the Chief Executive Officer ...

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