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Ozone layer hole closing and will heal, say scientists

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The hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close, scientists have discovered. Researchers from the University of Leeds and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, have confirmed the first signs of an increase of ozone, which shields life on Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. New findings, published on Thursday in the journal Science, show that the average size of ...

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Logging: UK sanctions Cameroon timber traders

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The UK Authorities charged with enforcing the EU timber regulations (EUTR), have taken action against 14 UK importers sourcing timber from Cameroon linked to illegal logging. This news was presented at a Chatham House meeting in London on Thursday June 16, following comparable action by the Netherlands in early March, demonstrating that timber from Cameroon is coming under increasing scrutiny ...

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Pelé unveils player-powered energy challenge

Mrs. Sophie Pokima

The Shell-installed kinetic football pitch at the Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka, Lagos was in the spotlight again on Thursday June 30, 2016 as football legend Pelé teamed up with Shell to bring together Africa and Europe in a first of its kind player-powered energy game, Pelé’s Energy Challenge. The event helped launch “Make the Future London”, a festival of ...

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Carbon forum underlines necessities for climate response

Vincent Biruta

Success tackling climate change and achieving sustainable development in Africa will take finance, cooperation and real engagement with non-state actors, participants heard in high-level sessions that wrapped up this year’s Africa Carbon Forum in Kigali, Rwanda. “Development must simply be sustainable. Otherwise it is not development,” said Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources of Rwanda. “We can only meet the ...

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How drought worsens food insecurity in Southern Africa

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An estimated 41 million people – 23 per cent – of the 181 million rural population in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are food insecure, and out of this figure, more than 21 million are in urgent need of assistance. This is according to the latest Vulnerability Assessment Results released at the 10th SADC Meeting of Regional Vulnerability Assessment ...

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GCF approves $250m projects, set for leadership change

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The 13th meeting of the Board (B.13) of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved its first funding proposals for 2016 totalling $256.6 million in GCF funding. “The close of B.13 marks the half-way point for the GCF in 2016,” said Board Co-Chair Ewen McDonald (Australia). “Looking at what we’ve achieved so far this year – major policy gaps have ...

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