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Figueres emerges Global Ambassador of Under2 Coalition

Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Convenor of Mission 2020, was on Thursday, June 7, 2017 announced as Global Ambassador of the Under2 Coalition – a leading network of international sub-national governments that are working together to find shared solutions to climate change. The announcement was made in Beijing, China during the ...

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Ronaldo retains wealthiest athletes’ top list

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal captain and Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, who topped the Forbes magazine list for the first time 12 months ago, has retained the position as the highest-paid sports person for the second successive year. He is worth staggering earnings of $93 million (£72.05 million), according to Forbes annual list of the world’s 100 wealthiest athletes. The 32-year-old saw his earnings rise by ...

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Overfishing, reef decline threaten Pacific, Caribbean island fisheries – IUCN

red snapper

Overfishing and the degradation of coral reefs across the Caribbean and Pacific islands are pushing many fish, including food sources like tunas and groupers, towards extinction, according to two regional Red List reports published on Thursday, June 8, 2017 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The Conservation status of marine biodiversity in the Pacific Islands of Oceania Red List ...

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Hawai’i emerges first U.S. state to enact Paris Agreement law

David Ige

In a show of support for the Paris climate agreement, Gov. David Ige and Hawai’i county mayors and representatives on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 gathered for the signing of two bills and a mayors’ agreement that support the commitments and goals of the Paris climate accord. Hawai‘i is the first state in the nation to enact legislation that implements portions ...

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California, China sign agreement on climate, cleantech


The government of California and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology announced on Monday, June 5, 2017 that they would work together to develop clean energy technologies, cooperate on emissions trading and explore other “climate-positive” trade and investment opportunities. California and China agreed to establish the California-China Clean Technology Partnership, designed to drive innovation and commercialisation in areas such as ...

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Expert advocates overhaul of governing processes within Ghana’s natural resources sector


A Ghanaian environmental legal expert has called for a new governance approach for the sustainable management and use of the nation’s natural resources. This, he says, will require interactions among structures, processes and traditions that determine how power and responsibilities are exercised, how decisions are taken, and how citizens or stakeholders engage. The expert, Clement Kojo Akapame of the Ghana ...

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Kuwait ratifies Nagoya Protocol, becomes 100th party to treaty

Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Kuwait on Monday, June 5, 2017 ratified the “Nagoya Protocol on Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation”, an agreement under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), bringing the total number of Parties to 100. The Nagoya Protocol is a supplementary agreement to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The ...

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Bafana Bafana arrives for Eagles clash

Bafana Bafana

The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed that the Bafana Bafana delegation will fly into Lagos on Wednesday, and would immediately connect a flight to Uyo for the African Nations Cup encounter to be held at the Godwill Akpabio International Stadium. The last outing between the two teams was a friendly match at the Mombola Stadium, Newspring, two years ...

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World energy system said to be offtrack to meet Paris accord goals


Renewable energy technology must be considerably ramped up in order to meet long-term climate change targets and governments need to support large-scale deployment with the necessary policies, the International Energy Agency said in a report published on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Under the Paris Climate Change Agreement, countries have agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit the ...

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2016 considered another record year for renewable energy


The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 published its Renewables 2017 Global Status Report (GSR), regarded as the most comprehensive annual overview of the state of renewable energy. Additions in installed renewable power capacity set new records in 2016, with 161 gigawatts (GW) installed, increasing total global capacity by almost 9% over ...

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