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Regional centre promotes climate action in Latin America

Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado

Friday, March 31 2017 saw the opening of a Regional Collaboration Centre in Panama City, to be operated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat in partnership with the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF). The centre will strengthen support given to countries in Latin America to help them with the implementation of the Paris Climate ...

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Five sustainable cities making a difference

Copenhagen Denmark

For centuries, cities have been at the heart of the arts and culture, thriving businesses, and innovative ideas. Over 90 percent of urban areas are coastal, which means that most cities on the planet are extremely vulnerable to the effects of the climate crisis as sea levels rise, polar ice melts, and powerful storms sweep across these regions. The sheer number of ...

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Nordic textile makers conserve water, curb pollution


H&M, IKEA, Filippa K and 20 other Nordic brands are said to have saved more than 6.7 billion litres of water, or the daily water supply of one for 134 million people, in less than seven years. Under the guidance of the Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI), a programme driving global change towards sustainable textile and leather production, the factories have ...

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Maradona denies ordering Messi’s four-match ban


Argentine legend, Diego Maradona has denied ordering Lionel Messi’s four-match ban by FIFA over hefty suspension for outburst. He told newsmen that it hurts him when they say he had an influence in Messi getting suspended for four matches. “I swore to God l knew nothing.” “I’m going to speak to FIFA president Gianni Infantino because it’s terrible. Those who ...

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Ex-Eagles coach, Paul Hamilton, dies


Paul Hamilton, who played for the senior national team in the 1960s and early 1970s, including featuring in the football tournament at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, died in the early hours of Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Lagos. He was said to have been diagnosed of heart and kidney related health issues some months ago, and had ...

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Buhari sacks NEMA DG, Sani-Sidi


President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Muhammed Sani-Sidi. A replacement was immediately announced for him. This information and appointment of executive management for some other Federal Government agencies and parastatals were contained in a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Friday, March 31 2017. Adesina said Sani-Sidi is to ...

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US: We remain focused on climate action, global development – UNFCCC

Patricia Espinosa

In the light of the recent development in the US, Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), tells her staffers on Friday, March 31, 2017 to be positive and focus on inherent opportunities as the organisation continues to raise its game in support of the transformation of the global economy The new US administration ...

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Standoff between Trump, green groups boils into war

Donald Trump

The first shots have been fired in what’s likely to be a long, bitter war over the environment between conservationists and President Donald Trump of the US. It started on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 when a broad coalition of groups sued the Trump administration in federal court, barely 24 hours after the president signed an executive order that lifted a ...

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Ivorian minister underlines need to protect coastal, marine environment


The Minister of Sanitation, Environment and Sustainable Development of Côte d’Ivoire has called on African states to put value to the coastal and marine environment as it provides multiple benefits to people. Anne Desiree Ouloto made this call at the 12th Conference of the Parties to the Abidjan Convention which started in the Ivorian capital city of Abidjan on Monday. It ...

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Breakfree Action: Ogoni clean-up signposts end to dirty energy – Activists


On Thursday, March 30, 2017, hundreds of climate activists as well as concerned and affected Nigerians joined ongoing actions around the world to press home the need to address the world’s dependence on fossil fuels which, according to them, poisons the planet and threatens to eliminate mankind. According to activists Nnimmo Bassey, Celestine Akpobari, Ken Henshaw and Emem Okon, the ...

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