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Businesses begin shift to low carbon, raise revenue

Paul Simpson

Global corporations have begun the transition to a low-carbon economy and some are already capitalising on the opportunities this affords, whilst a large number risk being left behind through lack of long-term planning and inertia, according to analysis released on Tuesday by CDP, the not-for-profit global environmental data platform. CDP’s report, “Out of the starting blocks: Tracking progress on corporate climate ...

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Green bonds could rise to over $80bn in 2016

Henry Shilling

Moody’s Investors Service says that global green bonds volume reached another peak during the three months ended September 30, with the strongest quarterly issuance yet of $26.1 billion, while the amount for all of 2016 could rise to over $80 billion. “The volume for the third quarter pushed green bond issuance for the first nine months of the year to ...

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Oilwatch: Habitat III, Urban Agenda justify landgrab, oil extraction

Members of Oilwatch

The General Assembly of Oilwatch, which is celebrating its 20 years of existence, met recently in Quito, Ecuador in the framework of the Social Forum Resistance to Habitat III. In this declaration, the group frowns at the Habitat concept as well as the newly-adopted New Urban Agenda, saying that they encourage land grabbing and oil extraction. Oilwatch is thus demanding ...

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Ahead COP22: CSOs told to be ‘eye of the nation’

eye of the nation

As Nigeria rounds up preparations for the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled to commence in two weeks’ time in Marrakech, Morocco, civil society organisations (CSOs) have been advised on their role at the two-week global summit. At a daylong session in Abuja on Monday that ...

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COP22 will unite decision, action

Salaheddine Mezouar

President of COP22, Salaheddine Mezouar, has said that the COP in Marrakech next month will be a union of decision and action. He made the submission at a pre-COP meeting of ministers that held recently in Morocco. More than 80 ministers from different countries and over 400 politicians and civilians gathered for the pre-COP Ministerial conference, which took place on ...

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Labour and climate change: Implication of policies and action

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at the public presentation of Nigeria Labour Congress’ Climate Change Policy in Abuja on Monday (24 October 2016), lauds the group for placing due premium on climate change and seeking ways to contribute to the tackling of the crisis on the factory floors and in the wider political space The climate ...

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How behavioural change can protect Nigeria’s wildlife


Nigeria’s wildlife reserve is facing threat of depletion due to continued illegal hunting and smuggling, thus denying the country huge revenue in tourism, as well as putting exotic flora and fauna at risk of extinction. Lamenting the extent of damage on Nigeria’s wildlife, the Lagos Office of the Federal Ministry of Environment said in a recent publication: “The booming illegal ...

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Sub-sectoral guidelines for merger, as Nigeria reviews environment policy

Validation Workshop

“As we strive to validate the draft Policy, we must ensure that all existing sub-sectoral policies are subsumed into the new National Environmental Policy. This way, the environmental sector will be driven by a single policy which the sub-sectors will develop their strategies from the new Policy.” Those were words of advice by Environment Minister of State, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, ...

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Lead-contaminated paints sold in developing regions, report finds

Dr. Sara Brosché

Latest advancement in science and technology. A report, “Global Lead Paint Report”, released this week by the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), found that many decorative paints sold in over 40 low- and middle-income countries where studies have been conducted contained dangerous levels of lead, sometimes in direct violation of national regulation. The unveiling of the report is also part ...

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Shipping industry urged to help meet Paris goals

Ian Petty

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, has set out what it believes are the required immediate actions for creating a framework to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping. The announcement comes ahead of the landmark Marine Environmental Committee Meeting (MEPC 70, 24th – 28th October), where the SSI believes that the International ...

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