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Withdrawal from Paris Agreement: An overview

Paris Agreement

The announcement by the President of the United States in June 2017 that the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement appears to have sparked a lot of interest in how a Party can withdraw, should they decide to do so. In this piece, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), attempts to clarify the basic process, ...

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225 smuggled pangolins tracked down in Indonesia


Indonesian authorities have seized a haul of hundreds of critically endangered pangolins and scales worth $190,000, officials said on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The authorities say they arrested two suspected wildlife smugglers after a raid on a port warehouse in Sumatra uncovered more than 200 pangolins, many of them dead from stress and dehydration. Ministry of Environment and Forestry official ...

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NEITI makes clarifications on non-remittance of crude oil proceeds, NLNG dividends

Waziri Adio

The Nigeria Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has said that there are misrepresentations and inaccuracies in some sections of the media arising from publications based on its recent presentation at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee had invited NEITI to its public hearing held on the Thursday, June 8, 2017 ...

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Apple issues second Green Bond to finance clean energy

Tim Cook

Apple Inc., which issued the biggest green bond ever sold by a U.S. corporation last year to finance projects fighting global warming, is doing it again. On Tuesday, June 23, 2017 the iPhone maker issued a $1 billion green bond to fund renewable energy generation. It builds on $1.5 billion worth of bonds the Cupertino, California-based company sold a year ...

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Global coal production shows 2016 record low


Is it the end of an era for coal? Production of the fossil fuel dropped by a record amount in 2016, according to BP Plc’s annual review of global energy trends. China, the world’s biggest energy consumer, burned the least coal in six years and use dropped in the U.S to a level last seen in the 1970s, the company’s data ...

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Brown named COP23 advisor as Bainimarama joins Under2 Coalition


Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. was on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 named Special Advisor for States and Regions ahead of this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) by Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama – incoming president of COP23 – at a ceremony where Fiji became the latest government to join the Under2 Coalition. Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Washington ...

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Austria ratifies Minamata Convention

Alexander Van der Bellen

The Government of Austria on Monday, 12 June 2017, deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 57th future Party to the Minamata Convention. This is coming a few days after the West African nation of Niger on Friday, June 9 ratified the global accord, and making it the 56th country to do so. Hitherto, Finland on Thursday, June 1 ...

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Amy Luers unveiled as Future Earth’s new Executive Director

Amy Luers

Future Earth on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 announced Amy Luers as its new executive director. Dr. Luers has over 20 years experience working on sustainability at the intersection of science, technology and policy. Future Earth is an international initiative that empowers and supports a network of tens of thousands of researchers, innovators and professionals working together to accelerate a transition to ...

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Mixed reactions as sports federations hold elections


It was a mixture of joy and disappointment as elections into the 31 National Sports Federations were held Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the National Stadium, Abuja. Some of the Federations had hitch-free elections, while others were mared with various complaints. There were also some controversies leading to the suspension of the election into the boards of some Federations. The ...

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Bhutan, Maldives eliminate measles – WHO

Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The two countries have become the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to be verified for having interrupted endemic measles virus transmission, ahead of the 2020 Regional target. “Bhutan and Maldives have demonstrated how a highly ...

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