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CIFOR, IPB renew commitment to Indonesian forests

Peter Holmgren

The Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Bogor Agricultural Institute (Institut Pertanian Bogor or IPB) have extended their scientific and technical cooperation for another five years. CIFOR and IPB’s partnership, which started in 1997, contributes to science and development in Indonesia. The new agreement extends the existing bilateral agreement between both institutions through November 2021. The ongoing collaboration ...

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UN climate appreciates countries for leadership, timely support

Patricia Espinosa

Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, on Thursday, February 16 2017 in Bonn, Germany thanked a group of nearly 20 countries for their leadership in fully paying their 2017 contributions – in line with the agreed financial policy – that support the important work of the UN climate body. The contributions are crucial ...

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Great Green Wall tops UN actions supporting SDGs, G20 agenda

Great Green Wall

The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) has been listed among the United Nation’s several exemplary actions that support the UN Sustainable Goals and the G20 programme. This is coming even as United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres arrived in Bonn, Germany on Thursday, February 16 2017 to engage with G20 foreign affairs ministers on the issues of ...

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UN works to safeguard planet’s oceans

Healthy Oceans

The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard on Wednesday, February 15 2017 at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June’s Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard the planet’s oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems. “When leaders from across Governments, ...

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Solar emerges largest source of new energy in U.S.

Renewable energy

Solar developers installed a record 14.6 gigawatts in the U.S. last year; almost double the total from 2015 and enough to make photovoltaic panels the largest source of new electric capacity for the first time. Solar energy information, Solar water heater, Alternative energy sources. Solar panels on rooftops and fields accounted for 39 percent of new generation last year, according to ...

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Superhighway: Cross River cancels 20km setbacks uptake


Victory came the way of the Cross River forest, concerned communities and environmental activists on Wednesday, February 15 2017 as the state government announced the reversal of its order revoking ownership of land extending to 10km on either side of the proposed 260 km Superhighway. In a press call in a national newspaper, the hitherto defiant state governor, Ben Ayade, ...

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Four managers eye Wenger’s job


If the news making its round is anything to go by, then Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, may not be in charge of the club next season. Some club supporters have been mounting pressure on the Gunners boss, calling on him to step down. Wenger has been in charge of the North London club for 21 years, but there is now ...

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New National Health Policy lays emphasis on primary healthcare

Isaac Adewole

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a new National Health Policy aimed at promoting the health of Nigerians while accelerating socio-economic development in the country. Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this known on Wednesday, February 15 2017 in Abuja when he briefed State House correspondents in Abuja on the outcome of the FEC meeting, which was chaired ...

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Nigeria needs $140bn to achieve climate commitments, says World Bank

Benoit Bosquet

The World Bank has urged Nigeria to put in place the right policy framework that will improve and enable the private sector drive the $140 billion investment required for climate change in the country. This was disclosed by the World Bank executive, Benoit Bosquet, at the second leg of the Climate Change Knowledge Immersion workshop in Kaduna on Wednesday, February ...

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Developing nations emerge as sustainable energy leaders

Riccardo Puliti

An increasing number of developing countries – Mexico, China, Turkey, India, Vietnam, Brazil, and South Africa – are emerging as leaders in sustainable energy, with robust policies to support energy access, renewables and energy efficiency, according to a new World Bank Report. But there is huge room for improvement across every region in the world and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, ...

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