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V20 seeks defined path to fruitful climate finance

Helen Clark

As Philippines hands over the presidency to Ethiopia, the Vulnerable 20 (V20) Group of Finance Ministers of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) at the World Bank and IMF Fall meetings on Thursday in the US reacts to recent Paris Agreement developments On the day after the Paris Agreement on climate change became law, finance ministers representing more than 40 emerging ...

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How inequalities exacerbate climate impacts on poor, vulnerable people

climate change

Evidence is increasing that climate change is taking the largest toll on poor and vulnerable people, and these impacts are largely caused by inequalities that increase the risks from climate hazards, according to a new report launched by the United Nations on Tuesday. “Sadly, the people at greater risk from climate hazards are the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalised ...

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Seven Catholic institutions to divest from fossil fuels

Pope Francis

The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Catholic institutions and communities from all over the world celebrated the culmination of the month-long Season of Creation with the largest joint announcement on Tuesday of their decision to divest from fossil fuels. The Catholic communities committing to switch the management of their finances away from fossil fuel extraction include: The Jesuits in English Canada; ...

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Bassey, Shiva others for Monsanto Tribunal, People’s Assembly

Vandana Shiva

Indian scholar, environmental activist and anti-globalisation author, Vandana Shiva, in the company of several other campaigners like Nigerian architect and rights activist, Nnimmo Bassey, will be main speakers at the Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly scheduled to take place at The Hague from 14 to 16 October 2016. Other speakers include:  Andre Leu, Ronnie Cummins, Hans Herren, Dr. Eric Seralini ...

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Paris Agreement: Consequences of entry into force

Patricia Espinosa

The Paris Agreement’s entry into force was extremely swift, particularly for an agreement that required a large number of ratifications and two specific thresholds. Adopted on 12 December 2015 in Paris during the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the treaty marks a watershed moment in global ...

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Optimism greets ‘momentous’ coming into force of ‘historic’ Paris Agreement


As more countries joined the Paris Agreement, paving way for its full implementation, the global accord designed to address climate change challenges will officially enter into force on Friday, 4 November, the United Nations announced on Wednesday. Widespread optimism has trailed this disclosure, with stakeholders – diplomats, civil society and business – saying that, even though its celebration time for ...

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Mallam, former Environment Minister, kidnapped

Mrs. Laurentia Laraba Mallam

The Police Command in Kaduna State on Tuesday confirmed the kidnap of the immediate past Minister of Environment, Laurentia Mallam, and her husband, Pius. The Command’s spokesman, ASP Aliyu Usman, told newsmen in Kaduna that the two were abducted along Bwari/Jere axis on Kaduna-Abuja highway on Monday evening. Usman said the abductors took away the former minister and her husband, ...

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Govt accuses Shell of crude oil theft


The Federal Government is demanding $406.75 million from Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited and its subsidiary, Shell Western Supply and Trading Limited, over alleged crude oil theft. The amount, according to court documents presented in Lagos on Tuesday, represents the shortfall of the money the multinational oil firm paid into the Federal Government’s account with the Central Bank ...

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Nigerian farmers benefit from millet, sorghum initiative

Millet farm

The Phase II of Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity and Enhancement (HOPE)‎, an initiative intended to help farmers of millet and sorghum in Nigeria, is being implemented with new seeds varieties provided farmers in four states in the country. The programme is being supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)‎. Team ...

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Kaduna tremor-affected houses may be rebuilt

Muhammad Sani Sidi

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has recommended the rebuilding of tremor affected houses in Kwoi, Kaduna State, pending the outcome of assessment reports by the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency. Musa Illalah, the NEMA North-west Zonal Coordinator, made this known in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja. Illalah said there was an urgent need for the over 300 ...

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