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GCF lays climate finance footing in Africa, Pacific

Howard Bamsey

Recent expansion of assistance by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to countries preparing to implement climate finance is targeting Africa and the Pacific. The GCF has provided $700,000 to the Ministry of Natural Resources of Rwanda, a GCF direct access Accredited Entity, to assist the development of projects under the Fund’s Project Preparation Facility (PPF). This is an additional tranche within a ...

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Osinbajo inaugurates $1.5bn fertiliser plant in Port Harcourt

Indorama Fertiliser

Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday, July 27, 2017 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, inaugurated an imposing fertiliser plant, built by Indorama Eleme Fertiliser and Chemicals Limited at the cost of $1.5 billion. The Acting President used the opportunity to remind all Nigerians that time has come for them to grow whatever they eat and produce whatever they consume. ...

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UK to ban new petrol, diesel cars by 2040

Theresa May

The Government of the United Kingdom confirmed on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 that it will end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, as it unveiled new plans to tackle air pollution. The UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations produced by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) and the ...

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Ozone depletion: When stakeholders sought to validate Kigali Amendment paper on Montreal Protocol

Montreal Protocol Nigeria

Nigeria is in the first group of A5 countries that want to replace HCFCs with ozone-friendly hydrocarbons, according to the Montreal Protocol. Innocent Anoruo was at a workshop in Lagos where stakeholders gave their nod to the treaty “We are here today to validate all the work we have done” to stop the depletion of the ozone layer, were the ...

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N3.38bn AfDB facility to boost potato production in Plateau

irish potatoes

The Ministry of Finance has secured a N3.38 billion loan for Plateau State for the mass production and development of the Irish potato value chain. Briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings on Wednesday, July 26 2017, Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, said the loan was secured from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the development of ...

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N650m fraud: Court releases Akinjide’s international passport

Olajumoke Akinjide

Justice Chuka Obiozor of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 ordered the immediate release of the international passport of former Nigerian minister, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, to enable her proceed to Germany for medical treatment. Akinjide is standing trial before a Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State, alongside a former Nigeria Senator, Ayo Adeseun, and one Olanrewaju Otiti ...

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Ogba Zoo: Obaseki to issue Executive Order to halt deforestation

Ogba Zoo

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State says he intends to issue an Executive Order that will stop further deforestation and encroachment on the land belonging to the Ogba Zoological Garden and Nature Park in Benin City, the state capital. The governor made the disclosure recently while receiving the report of a committee set up by the government to investigate the ...

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Maternal, child health: Programme welcomes second social entrepreneurs’ cohort

Robert Wells

The healthymagination Mother and Child Programme has announced its second cohort of social enterprises that will receive training and mentorship aimed at improving and accelerating maternal and/or child health outcomes in Africa. Launched in March 2016 by GE and Santa Clara University’s Miller Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, the programme aims to continue to accelerate health innovations in sub-Saharan Africa. After a ...

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California governor endorses climate bill to extend state’s cap-and-trade programme

Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. of California State in the US on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 signed the AB 398 Bill, which extends and improves the state’s world-leading cap-and-trade programme to ensure California continues to meet its ambitious climate change goals. Introduced by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), the bill seeks to prolong California’s cap-and-trade programme through 2030. “California is leading ...

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IUCN supports global treaty to recognise fundamental environmental rights

Ban Ki-moon

A preliminary draft of a “Global Pact for the Environment” – which aims to serve as a basis for a new UN treaty to define fundamental environmental rights – was recently launched at a high-level event in Paris, with the backing of French President Emmanuel Macron, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IUCN President, Zhang Xinsheng. The Pact synthesises fundamental ...

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