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Ghana: Measuring livelihood dependency on river flow


As part of the blog series on IUCN’s “WISE-UP to Climate” project, project partner, BC3 (Basque Centre for Climate Change) research economist, Laetitia Pettinotti, writes on her experience in Ghana Last September the “WISE-UP to Climate” team visited the dry Northern region of Ghana, destination: the communities of Arigu, Bisigu, and Pwalugu which line the White Volta River. It was ...

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Investors ask G20 to phase out fossil fuel subsidies

Angela Merkel

Investors and insurers with more than $2.8 trillion in assets under management on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 called on the group of G20 economies to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 in order to accelerate green investment and reduce climate risk. The call came just before a G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bonn, Germany to prepare for a Summit in ...

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Worry in Ethiopia, Kenya as Lake Turkana water level falls

Lake Turkana

Water and Sanitation Dropping water levels in Kenya’s Lake Turkana following the development of dams and plantations in Ethiopia’s lower Omo Valley threaten the livelihoods of half a million indigenous people in Ethiopia and Kenya, according to the Human Rights Watch. Based on publicly available data from the United States Department of Agriculture, Lake Turkana’s water levels have dropped by ...

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China, Sweden take bold climate action


While some countries recently broke new ground in climate ambition, a report on nationally determined contributions (NDCs) shows that there is still a long way to go to realise the full implementation of countries’ pledges under the Paris Agreement on climate change. The past few weeks brought news about the efforts of two countries to implement climate change action, illustrating ...

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Dangote, rice farmers, Sokoto sign rice growers’ scheme agreement


A tripartite agreement spare headed by the Dangote Rice Limited to create jobs for 16,000 outgrower rice farmers in Sokoto State in Northwest Nigeria was on Tuesday, February 14 2017 signed amid excitement and a pledge by all parties to ensure the success of the scheme to make the country self sufficient in rice cultivation. The agreement was signed during ...

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NEITI commits to open government partnerships

Waziri Adio

The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has identified Nigeria’s membership of Open Government Partnership as a timely platform to push for disclosure of beneficial owners of companies in the oil, gas and mining industries in the country. Executive Secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio, stated this recently while addressing a Consultative Forum on Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Abuja. “Knowing ...

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Government develops climate guidance notes for states

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The Federal Ministry of Environment has announced the development of guidance notes for state governments to help in building capacity for effective state-level response to climate change. This was revealed by the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday, February 13 2017 at the first leg of the Climate Change Knowledge Immersion Workshop ...

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Ending fossil fuel subsidies crucial for climate protection

Ivetta Gerasimchuk

A complete removal of subsidies for the production of fossil fuel today would result in a steady decline in greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2050 as more oil, gas and coal is left in the ground. This is according to new study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Global Subsidies Initiative and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) that provides what looks like the most robust ...

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Climate change negatively impacting wildlife – Study


A team of scientists reporting in the journal Nature Climate Change say that negative impacts of climate change on threatened and endangered wildlife have been massively underreported. In a new analysis, authors found that nearly half of the mammals and nearly a quarter of the birds on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species are negatively impacted by climate change, with nearly 700 species ...

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Government urged to review EIA law in states’ interest

Babajide Alo

The need for Nigeria to review its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) law has been emphasised in order to carry along the diverse stakes of the 36 states in the country due to the unique impact of climate change they face. Prof Babajide Alo, who was part of the drafters of the EIA law and guidelines in 1998, made the plea ...

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