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German support for climate adaptation in Nigeria


The Federal Republic of Germany, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is providing funding support for two workshops on Climate Risk Insurance and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment – for the transition to a green economy in Nigeria. These forums are being facilitated by a Lagos-based non-governmental organisation, the Community Conservation and Development Initiatives (CCDI). In 2015, CCDI organised a ...

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Shippers to cut sulphur emissions by 2020

Marine Environment Protection Committee

In a landmark decision for both the environment and human health, 1 January 2020 has been set as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships. The decision to implement a global sulphur cap of 0.50% m/m (mass/mass) in 2020 was taken by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the regulatory ...

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Antarctic Ocean hosts world’s largest marine park

Antarctic Ocean

Twenty-four countries and the European Union agreed on Friday to create the world’s largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean, covering a massive 1.55 million square km (600,000 square miles) of ocean. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, meeting in Hobart, Australia, said the Ross Sea marine park would be protected from commercial fishing for 35 ...

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WWF concern over Vietnam, Africa rhino-poaching


Ahead of the International Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade scheduled to hold next month in Vietnam, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has commenced a campaign against the poaching of the rhinoceros, an animal species characterised by its large size, herbivorous diet and thick protective skin. Often abbreviated to rhino, it is believed that nearly 1,400 were slaughtered across Africa last year. ...

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New GHG reporting requirements for shipping unveiled


An important milestone on the road to controlling greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping has been achieved with the adoption of new mandatory requirements by the industry’s regulatory authority, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Under the new requirements, ships of 5,000 gross tonnage and above will have to collect consumption data for each type of fuel oil they use, as well ...

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Why Marrakech is more important than Paris


The 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7 to 18 November 2016. The COP20 in Lima was tagged the COP of negotiations of a universal climate change agreement, COP21 in Paris last year was a COP of Agreement while COP ...

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Lead-in-water informs closure of Chicago drinking fountains

Water fountain

City officials have shut down hundreds of public drinking fountains in Chicago, Illinois after tests detected excessive levels of lead in the water – another example of how the potentially harmful metal remains a threat in homes, schools and other settings around the country. The ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan, in which a city of nearly 100,000 people was exposed ...

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ExxonMobil makes substantial Nigeria offshore oil discovery

Stephen M. Greenlee

ExxonMobil Corporation has announced the significant discovery of crude on the Owowo field, offshore Nigeria, with a potential recoverable resource of between 500 million and 1 billion barrels of oil. “We are encouraged by the results and will work with our partners and the government on future development plans,” said Stephen M. Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. The well ...

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Lagos flags off anti-Lassa Fever campaign


The Lagos State Government will not relent in its effort at making the state the safest place to live in by providing a safe environment, the Commissioner for The Environment, Babatunde Adejare has said. Adejare made the assertion at the official flag-off of the Lagos State Market Deratisation Programme, aimed at ridding the state of the Lassa Fever vector at ...

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Woolworths, Massmart, Pick n Pay emerge tops on renewable energy

Penny-Jane Cooke

In order to fully benefit from the potential of abundant renewable energy in South Africa, companies need to step out of their comfort zones and send clear signals to the markets by committing to an ambitious 100 percent renewable energy future. This is the resounding message in an updated report “Shopping clean: Retailers and renewable energy – An Update” released ...

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