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Millions of children in crisis zones face ‘bleak future,’ UN warns

Displaced children

Children are the most vulnerable when conflict or disaster causes the collapse of essential services such as healthcare and unless the international community takes urgent action to protect and provide life-saving assistance to them, “they face an increasingly bleak future,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned Tuesday, January 30, 2018 while launching a $3.6 billion emergency appeal. According to UNICEF, ...

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States, regions lead on Paris climate ambition

Christiana Figueres

A report released on Monday, January 29, 2018 by the Under2 Coalition showcases how member jurisdictions around the world are developing world-leading policies to accelerate global climate action. The Climate Group acts as secretariat to the Under2Coalition. “Under2 Coalition highlights – 2017” summarises the last 12 months of activity from the pioneering Coalition, which now encompasses 205 governments representing more than 1.3 billion people and almost 40% ...

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We disposed 17,440 tonnes of waste in 2017, says Jigawa EPA

Mohammed-Badaru-Abubakar

The Jigawa State Environmental Protection Agency (JISEPA) says it collected and disposed 17,440 tonnes of waste across the 26 Local Government Areas of the state in 2017. Acting Managing Director of JISEPA, Alhaji Umar Amadu, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) in Dutse, the state capital, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Amadu said that the ...

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Stakeholders urge forest certification system to drive wood export

England forest

Stakeholders have called on the Federal Government to put in place adequate forest certification system for Nigeria to benefit from the growing international demand for tropical wood. The stakeholders made the call in a final draft of “Country Report on National Forest Investment Programme’’ which was made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in ...

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New atlas on Africa’s energy potential launched

Renewable electricity generation

Africa could see its energy shortfall significantly improved with the launch of a map showing the continent’s rich resource potentials and opportunities for investors in especially renewable energy exploitation. The new atlas, launched on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, by the UN Environment (UNEP) and African Development Bank (AfDB), shows energy exploitation hot spots in the continent ...

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Bamako Convention: Preventing Africa from becoming a dumping ground for toxic wastes

Toxic waste

African nations have long been at the centre of incidents involving hazardous waste dumping. From the leaking barrels of toxic waste in Koko, Nigeria in 1988 and the Probo Koala scandal in Cote d’Ivoire in 2006, to the current piles of e-waste threatening the health of West African communities; the continent continues to be disproportionally affected by the dumping of ...

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Bamako Convention: COP2 begins in Abidjan

Aida Keita M'bo

The Second Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Bamako Convention (also known COP2) kicked off on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Abidjan, the capital city of Cote d’Ivoire. The conference, which holds under the theme: “The Bamako Convention: a platform for a pollution-free Africa”, will be rounded up on Thursday, February 1, 2018. “COP2 aspires to provide a ...

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Coal phase-out: Announcing CO2-pricing triggers divestment

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Putting the Paris climate agreement into practice will trigger opposed reactions by investors on the one hand and fossil fuel owners on the other hand. It has been feared that the anticipation of strong CO2 reduction policies might – a “green paradox” – drive up these emissions: before the regulations kick in, fossil fuel owners might accelerate their resource extraction to ...

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EU summons ministers in bid to tackle poor air quality

Karmenu Vella

The European Commission on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 summoned ministers from nine EU member states for a final chance to pledge how they will tackle air pollution before facing legal action for failing to meet the bloc’s emissions limits. According to EU Environment Commissioner, Karmenu Vella, every year, over 400,000 Europeans die prematurely due to poor air quality, which triggers ...

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New Delhi is India’s most polluted city, says report

Delhi pollution

The Indian capital, New Delhi, is the country’s most polluted city, while Uttar Pradesh is the country’s most polluted state, a new report has revealed. The report, titled “Airpocalypse II”, by global environmental organisation Greenpeace’s India chapter, has found that Delhi is the most polluted city in India, while with 15 of its cities among the 30 polluted cities of ...

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