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IITA moves to save threatened tree species


For the past year, the Forest Unit of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) has been restoring the Arboretum in the IITA-Ibadan campus in Oyo State as a Tree Heritage Park for the conservation of rare and endangered Nigerian trees. Massive amounts of exotic trees, “bush”, and weeds have been cleared from the original plots. Several weeks ago, a tree ...

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Poland rejects GMOs


Poland is the latest country to reject genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food production, thus exercising a right granted to all EU member states earlier this year. Poland is the 11th country so far to officially abstain from using GM food approved by the European Commission. In a drive to address national concerns, in March Brussels authorised countries to ...

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Paris Agreement: More clarity needed on adaptation


For the parts of the Paris Climate Change Agreement which relate to adaptation to climate change to be fully implemented, more clarity is needed on how to recognise and review measures to build resilience, including with the help of comparable methodologies. This was the key conclusion of scientists and practitioners meeting at the Adaptation Forum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands last ...

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How fuel price hike will worsen water scarcity, by BLF


The Bread of Life Development Foundation (BLF), a Lagos-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), has said that the recent increase in price of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), or petrol, from N86.50 to N145.00 per litre will further increase scarcity of safe drinking water in the country. In a statement issued on Monday and endorsed by its programme officer, Taiwo Owolabi, BLF noted that ...

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New emission commitments required to realise Paris Agreement


Climate Vulnerable Forum calls for immediate steps to higher ambition emission contributions (INDC/NDCs) at Bonn UN Climate Talks The Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, Philippines, called on all 195 parties to the UN Climate Convention to already begin work on updated, more stringent emission control plans at the UN Climate Change Conference which opened on Monday in Bonn, Germany. ...

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Bonn: New era as climate negotiations transform to collaboration


Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, has said that, following the successful conclusion of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in Paris last year, governments are leaving behind the phase of negotiations and entering a new era of collaboration. Speaking at the opening of the two-week UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany that ...

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Campaigners set expectations as Bonn climate talks begin

Teresa Anderson

As political momentum on climate change continues on a high after the emergence of the Paris Agreement last December and its signing in April, countries gave their opening statements in a plenary session on the first day of the UN climate talks going on in Bonn, Germany. Focused on rule-making for the new global climate regime amid efforts to ramp ...

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In 12 days and across six continents, historic civil defiance closes

Anti-fossil fuels

A global wave of peaceful direct actions lasting for 12 days took place across six continents targeting the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects Twelve days of unprecedented world-wide action against fossil fuels have just concluded, showing that the climate movement will not rest until all coal, oil and gas is kept in the ground. The combined global efforts of ...

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Anti-fossil fuels actions in Nigeria take centre stage


In December 2015, several years of vigorous and intense campaigns by thousands of climate activists across all the continents of the world, resulted in the Paris Climate Agreement, a deal agreed to by 193 countries, admitting the imminent danger of climate change and the need for urgent actions to be taken to stem the tide of global warming. Although some ...

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What to expect from Bonn climate talks

Martin Vilela

Delegates to the UN climate treaty are gathering on Monday (May 16) in Bonn, Germany for the first time since adopting the Paris Agreement during a landmark political moment in the French capital last December. The political momentum which delivered the agreement in Paris also catalysed the signatures of 177 countries at an Earth Day signing ceremony in New York this ...

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