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Ogun counts gains of forestry activities’ automation


The Ogun State Government may have begun to reap benefits accruing from the automation of its forest operations. There are indications that the development is translating into increased revenue for the authorities. Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, made the disclosure recently in Abeokuta, the state capital, while speaking with newsmen after a training programme organised by the Ministry for ...

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Finland may become first country in the world to ban coal

Sauli Niinisto

The Finnish Finland government has announced plans to stop using coal by 2030. Coal is believed to be one of the the dirtiest fuels on the planet. “Finland is well positioned to be among the first countries in the world to enact a law to ban coal … This will be my proposal,” Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn told Reuters. This is all ...

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Commitments for action on biodiversity adopted at CBD/COP13


The 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) ended on Saturday, 17 December, 2016  in Cancun, Mexico, where agreements were reached on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Governments have agreed on actions that will accelerate implementation of ...

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Developing countries lead clean energy drive

solar power

Developing countries have made unprecedented pledges to consume more clean energy tomorrow even as they are leading the way today with record new wind and solar project completions, a recent edition of Climatescope concludes. Climatescope, the clean energy country competitiveness index and online tool supported by the UK and US governments, offers a compelling portrait of clean energy activity in ...

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Nigerian youths charged on green business models


Nigerian youths have been advised to avail themselves of opportunities that enhance their capacities to develop small businesses that increase access to food, shelter, and clean energy technologies, among other green investments that help in the adaptation to the impacts of climate change. Such innovative business ideas would qualify them to access loans and grants from international and national financial ...

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I will defend rights of poor, women, youth – Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

Mrs Amina Mohammed, the incoming UN Deputy Secretary-General, has thanked Secretary-General-designate António Guterres and President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria for the confidence they reposed in her. She also restated are commitment to work for the rights of the poor, particularly women and the youth. Mohammed, in a statement made available to EnviroNews on Friday, December 16 2016, said she would ...

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Government committed to protecting environment, says minister


Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, has restated Federal Government’s commitment to empower Nigerians and to take actions to protect the environment to achieve sustainable development. Mohammed said this in Abuja on Friday, December 16, 2016 at an event to mark her one year in office. She said: “Empowering people, taking climate action and protecting the environment are at the ...

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How COP22 outcomes, initiative set positive tone for irreversible climate action

Ambassador Aziz Mekouar

The 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22), the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12), and the 1st Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA 1) were held in Marrakech, ...

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Trump says ‘nobody really knows’ if climate change is real

Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has said that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real and that he is “studying” whether the United States should withdraw from the global warming agreement struck in Paris a year ago. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace on Sunday, December 11 2016, Trump said he’s “very open-minded” on whether climate change is ...

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NASA announces fresh climate research mission


A new satellite mission, just announced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently, could finally illuminate one of the mysteries surrounding the global carbon cycle – and provide important insights on tackling climate change in the process. The Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory, or GeoCARB, will provide detailed daily observations of the Americas, including measurements of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the ...

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