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Gore, Clinton link Hurricane Matthew to climate change

Hurricane Matthew

Campaigning with former vice president and climate champion Al Gore in Miami on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton didn’t hold back about drawing a connection between a changing climate and Hurricane Matthew, which has killed more than 20 Americans and more than 1,000 people in Haiti thus far. “Hurricane Matthew was likely more destructive because of climate change,” Clinton said. “Right now the ocean is at or ...

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$90 trillion needed by 2030 for sustainable infrastructure

A new report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate has called on governments and finance institutions to scale up and shift investment for sustainable infrastructure as a fundamental strategy to spur growth. “Investing in sustainable infrastructure is essential to solve all the world’s most pressing problems,” said Felipe Calderón, former President of Mexico and Chair of the Global Commission. “It’s ...

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Bamsey, Australian diplomat, emerges new GCF chief

Howard Bamsey

The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has selected Howard Bamsey, an experienced Australian climate diplomat, as the Executive Director of the Fund’s Secretariat. The decision was taken by consensus during the Board’s 14th meeting, following an extensive global recruitment process to select a new head of the Secretariat. Bamsey succeeds Hela Cheikhrouhou, a Tunisian, who was the Fund’s ...

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How maiden CMA will convene, by UNFCCC

Salaheddine Mezouar

On 5 October 2016, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, announced that, on that day, the conditions for the entry into force of the Paris Agreement were met and that it shall enter into force on 4 November 2016. As a consequence, the 1st Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties ...

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Environment Minister to serve on AU committee

Hon. Minister of Environment

President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, to serve in the African Union (AU) Reform Steering Committee. The committee, headed by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, is tasked with ongoing institutional reforms of the AU Commission and its organs. The committee, which comprises eminent persons from the continent, will work on part-time basis to produce a ...

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Nigeria develops standards for ODS disposal

Dr. Lawrence Anuka

Environmentalists have said that, in the cause of controlling use of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in Nigeria, some gaps were identified in the provisions of The National Environment Ozone Layer Protection Regulations of 2009, a promulgation of the Federal Government addressing the use of ODS in the country. At a workshop in Abuja on Expert Review of the Draft Amended ...

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Ethiopia commits to strengthening AMCOW

Motuma Mekassa

The government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has assured the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) of its continued support towards strengthening the organisation in its quest to superintend the effective and efficient management of the continent’s water resources. Ethiopian Minister for Water, Irrigation and Energy, Motuma Mekassa, disclosed this in his office on Tuesday in Addis Ababa ...

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CCDA-VI examines implications of implementing Paris Agreement

James Murombedzi

The Sixth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VI), the continent’s premier climate change conference, will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 18-20 October, bringing together diverse stakeholders to understand the implications, nuances, challenges and opportunities of implementing the Paris Agreement. The main theme of the CCDA-VI, organised under the auspices of the Climate for Development in ...

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Oil-impacted communities mobilise against Dakota Access Pipeline

Obama

Grassroots leaders from oil and energy-impacted communities across the country will on Wednesday gather at the Houston offices of Energy Transfer Partners for a prayer action in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and thousands of water defenders mobilising against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In one of the largest environmental justice mobilisations in history, Standing Rock water defenders have ...

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Kenyan’s livestock insurance scheme bags awards

kenya cattle

Researcher Andrew Mude and colleagues also receive USAID Award for Scientific Excellence; Both awards honour innovative use of satellite tech and community outreach to develop livestock insurance for vulnerable herding communities in Horn of Afric. Dr. Andrew Mude, an economist and principal scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), will be presented with the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for ...

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