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Carbon prices too low to adequately reduce emissions

greenhouse gas emissions

Current carbon prices are falling short of the levels needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change, but even moderate price increases could have a significant impact, according to new OECD research. “Effective Carbon Rates: Pricing CO2 through taxes and emissions trading systems” presents new data on effective carbon rates on CO2-emissions for energy use across six economic sectors in 41 ...

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Kenya in landmark unveiling of child-friendly TB drugs

Dr Cleopa Mailu

The Kenya Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday the launch of appropriately dosed, child-friendly tuberculosis (TB) medicines, making the country the first country in the world to roll out these products nationally. The improved medicines are easier for caregivers to give and for children to take, and are expected to help improve treatment and child survival from TB. “Kenya is ...

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Propel your way out of recession, Adesina urges Nigeria

Akinwumi Adesina

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), on Monday in Abuja stressed the need Monday for Nigeria to put in place the right incentives to boost private investment, revive growth and move out of recession. He also reassured authorities of the Bank’s unwavering support during these difficult times. “What is needed is not only to spend your way ...

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Planations’ role in Borneo forest loss, by study

Douglas Sheil

New study analyses four decades of satellite images – overturning assumptions about the role of industrial plantations in Borneo forest loss Debates over forest loss in Borneo generally focus on the extent to which industrial plantations are to blame: those on the conservation side charge oil palm and pulp and paper for the destruction of tropical rainforest, those on the ...

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Panama forum explores speedy GHG emissions reduction

Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado

The Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will commence in Panama City, Panama on Wednesday, 28 September, bringing together key players from the private and public sectors to discuss ways to speed up the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through national climate action plans and market-based mechanisms, and to reach out to cooperation agencies, potential investors and service providers. ...

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Reports shed light on sustainable python trade


Three new reports published on Monday by the Python Conservation Partnership (PCP), a partnership between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), reveal that the wild harvesting and farming of pythons is ecologically sustainable and results in socioeconomic benefits for poor households in South-East Asia. ...

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Mali is 61st nation to ratify Paris Agreement

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali

Mali on Friday, 23 September 2016 deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This is coming as Ukraine and the Federated States of Micronesia last week deposited their instruments of ratification of the global pact with the UN body. It brings the number of Parties that have ratified the ...

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AfDB president, Adesina, in first official visit to Nigeria

Dr Akinwumi Adesina

Dr Adesina meets Economic Team, commends authorities for bold steps taken, and announces emergency grant for Internally Displaced People Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), started his first official visit in Nigeria on Monday with an interactive session with the Government’s economic team chaired by Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. The session focused on how the ...

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Sharks, rays high on CITES COP17 Agenda

Silky sharks

Delegates to the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) that began on Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa, will be asked to consider bringing more sharks and rays under CITES trade controls. This entails adding silky sharks, thresher sharks and devil rays to the ...

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Kenyan, Njeri Kabeberi, to head Greenpeace Africa

Njeri Kabeberi

Kenyan-born Njeri Kabeberi has been named as Executive Director for Greenpeace Africa, which says that the choice was informed by the need for a combination of skills required to drive the organisation towards a people-powered movement. According to the Greenpeace Africa Board, Africans are hungry for a new story, one with a better take on nature, on humanity, their livelihoods, ...

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