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Fossil fuel-free plane completes round-the-world trip

Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse, a zero-fuel aircraft powered entirely by the sun, has safely landed in Abu Dhabi, thereby completing a 40,000 kilometer trip around the world. The flight was designed to demonstrate the potential of solar energy to drastically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The aircraft took off for the first leg of its current voyage last year, in December, just ...

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Images: Legislative roundtable on climate change

Sam Onuigbo

In the bid to foster deeper understanding of Nigeria’s commitment to the Paris Agreement while promoting legislative ownership of the nation’s climate change agenda, the Ministers of Environment, officials of the Climate Change Department of the Federal Ministry of Environment as well as representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday in Abuja met with lawmakers in the ...

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How Ogoni pollution impoverished indegenes

Niger Delta

Poverty, destitution and deprivation prevalent in Ogoniland have been linked with the soil, air and water pollution that the people of the area have over the decades been exposed to. This was the submission of participants at the close of a consultative meeting/training on Tuesday on the planned clean-up of polluted sites in Ogoni, where they noted that pollution and ...

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Water privatisation isn’t way out, crusaders urge Lagos lawmakers

Rally

Civil society, community/faith-based groups, and labour activists numbering over 300 on Wednesday marched on the Lagos State House of Assembly, Secretariat to deliver a petition titled “Privatisation is not solution to Lagos water problem” to the Speaker of the House, Obasa Mudashiru. The protest march, which kicked off at the populated Ikeja Under Bridge, saw activists march through the streets, ...

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Laura Zuñiga, slain Berta Cáceres’ daughter, demands justice

LAURA-ZUÑIGA

Daughter of slain Honduran Indigenous activist Berta Cáceres joins rally against Trans-Pacific Partnership at the DNC Philadelphia Laura Zuñiga Cáceres arrived in Philadelphia this weekend on a bus full of multiracial organisers from across the US who have been on the road with the It Takes Roots to Change the System People’s Caravan from Cleveland to Philadelphia, demanding justice for her mother, Berta Cáceres. Berta Cáceres, ...

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Tanzania intimidates Maasai landgrab protesters

maasaimen

Intimidation of land rights defenders in Tanzania must stop, says international human rights organisation Forest Peoples Programme Since 12 July, 18 Maasai elected officials, teachers, activists and community members who have been defending their lands from large-scale foreign safari companies have been arrested in Ngorongoro district, northern Tanzania. The Tanzanian government alleges that they pose a threat to national security. ...

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Americans, global warming, God and ‘end times’

John Kerry

For a significant number of Americans, the reality, causes and meaning of global warming are interpreted through the lens of their religious beliefs. Some reject the evidence that humans are causing global warming because they believe God controls the climate. Others believe that global warming is evidence that the world will be ending soon, and that we don’t need to ...

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Niger Delta: What can go wrong has gone wrong

Pollution

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), says on Tuesday at a forum in Nchia-Eleme, Ogoni, that cleaning up the polluted Ogoniland is not akin to fighting a losing battle Environmental monitoring is often carried out to ensure that standards are maintained to ensure environmental and human health. In other words, we monitor to ensure that nothing goes ...

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Promising prospects for solar, wind energy

Offshore_wind_turbines

The Paris Climate Change Agreement set the course for the world to shift to a sustainable energy future, placing renewables at the cutting edge of the necessary transformation of the energy sector. The costs and benefits of transitioning to a clean energy future have been the subject of much debate. New analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) highlights the ...

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African restoration commitments push Bonn Challenge beyond 100m hectares

Inger Andersen

Ministers from Guinea, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana have voiced their commitments to restore 11.5 million hectares of degraded forests at a high-level roundtable in Kigali, Rwanda. The “Africa High-Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable” was convened by the Government of Rwanda, the East African Community (EAC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to build regional ...

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