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IUCN attributes vilest African elephant losses to poaching

elephant-poaching

Africa’s overall elephant population has seen the worst declines in 25 years, mainly due to poaching over the past 10 years – according to IUCN’s African Elephant Status Report launched on Sunday at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES, taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The report is said to be an authoritative source of knowledge ...

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WRD: Nigeria rivers fall below WHO standards

river ethiope

Irikefe Dafe, head of both the River Ethiope Trust Foundation (RETFON) as well as Foundation for the Conservation of Nigerian Rivers (FCNR), laments the state of the nations’ waterways, even as he calls on the authorities to declare a state of emergency to tackle the situation The World Rivers Day takes place on September 25, 2016. It is a global ...

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Worry over waterways’ dilemma as world marks Rivers Day

River Niger

World Rivers Day increases awareness, promotes stewardship, and encourages river conservation around the globe. The worldwide event has its roots in British Columbia, Canada Millions of people around the world will participate in World Rivers Day on Sunday, September 25. With many of the world’s rivers facing severe and increasing threats associated with climate change, pollution, and industrial development, more ...

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A2R to fast-track climate action for sustainable development

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Partners of a new UN-led platform to mobilise and accelerate action on climate resilience agreed on Friday to move ahead with plans that will help meet the needs of a growing global population that is being impacted by climate change. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Initiative on Climate Resilience, known as A2R (Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape), was launched by world leaders during ...

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Floods kill one, destroy 100 homes in Zamfara

Dr. Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar

Following torrential rains across northern Nigeria, floods have destroyed about 100 houses and rendered over 500 people homeless in Zamfara State, Northwest part of the country. A 60-year-old woman was also reported to have been killed in the floods which occurred recently. Victims are now calling for assistance from the government. The floods, which occurred in Gumi and Gayari towns ...

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Polluters’ double standards: Impediment to COP22

marrakech

As climate activists, negotiators, policy makers, and world leaders warm up in anticipation for the COP22 climate negotiations slated for November in Marrakech, Morroco, there is wide apprehension that pro-fossil fuels negotiators are busy scheming their usual shenanigans deals – observers believe is capable of truncating successful conduct of the global summit. Based on past antecedents, Conferences of the Parties ...

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How to raise trillions for green investments

Henry M. Paulson Jr

Henry M. Paulson Jr., the chairman of the Paulson Institute, a former Treasury secretary and chief executive of Goldman Sachs, in this op-ed published recently in the New York Times, suggests way to raise trillions of dollars for investments sustainable development ventures Saving our planet from the worst effects of climate change won’t be cheap. A new report from the United Nations says ...

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Africa embracing solar for energy security, growth

solar grill stove

Africa has abundant renewable energy resources. Traditionally reliant on hydropower, the continent is turning to solar photovoltaics (PV) to bolster energy security and support rapid economic growth in a sustainable manner. With recent substantial cost reductions, solar PV offers a rapid, cost-effective way to provide utility-scale electricity for the grid and modern energy services to the approximately 600 million Africans ...

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100 nations back speedy HFCs phase-down

kigali

Leaders from over 100 countries are calling for ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs, even as donors announce intent to provide $80 million of support The United States on Thursday hosted a gathering of countries in New York to provide a boost of momentum to the upcoming international negotiations to adopt an amendment to the Montreal ...

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Need to enthrone climate justice in negotiations

Nnimmo Bassey

Rights activist, Nnimmo Bassey, at the Nigerian side event – Taking Climate Action for Sustainable Development – on Thursday at the UNGA in New York, submits that it is time to robustly enthrone climate justice in the climate negotiations I thank my president and the minister of environment for providing this August space to outline the strides Nigeria is making ...

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