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UN, 16 banks produce guidance on climate-related risks, opportunities

Christian Thimann

Sixteen leading banks from four continents, convened by the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), on Thursday, April 26, 2018 published a jointly developed methodology to increase banks’ understanding of how climate change and climate action could impact their business. The understanding is said to be fundamental to enable banks to be more transparent about their exposure to climate-related risks and ...

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Nigeria to host ECOWAS regional disease surveillance project

Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) will host the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) project which would strengthen disease preparedness and response architecture in ECOWAS sub-region. Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Chief Executive Officer, NCDC, made this known in a statement issued on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Abuja. Ihekweazu said the project was a World Bank credit-financed that ...

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Rhino poaching: Former First Lady of Zimbabwe under investigation

Poached rhino

An investigation into Grace Mugabe, the former First Lady of Zimbabwe, was announced last month, after evidence of her connections to the illegal wildlife trade was uncovered by Australian photo-journalist, Adrian Steirn. If arrested and charged, this could change the landscape of the enforcement for wildlife crime across Africa. But observers wonder if a prosecution will be possible. Zimbabwe is ...

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World Migratory Bird Day: Unifying voices for conservation

Migratory birds

“Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation” is the theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2018. This year, the campaign will have a new global dimension, bringing together the world’s main migration corridors, also called flyways, for celebrations all across the world – and for the first time, with two peak campaign days in the year. As birds migrate during different ...

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India’s first inspection manual for monitoring emissions, effluent released

Chandra Bhushan

Pollution monitoring and control has always been a challenge in India, and one of the key loopholes has been a weak and lax monitoring and compliance enforcement mechanism. In 2017, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had published a set of broad guidelines for installing and operating continuous emission monitoring systems (CEMS) in India. This year, CSE has followed it ...

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Asia-Pacific summit addresses how forests influence climate, development targets

Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit

Forests play a critical role in meeting climate goals and sustainable development targets. The main focus of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit (APRS 2018) was to analyse practical ways in which forest policies and actions can contribute to each country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. “I believe that in the region we can nail it,” expressed Indonesia’s Minister of Environment ...

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Ukraine to strengthen radioactive waste management

Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday, April 26, 2018 that his country would strengthen its Radioactive Waste Management. “We will continue to improve Ukrainian legislation on radioactive waste management,’’ Poroshenko said during the commemorative event to mark the 32nd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. “Our experts are working on this issue with the professionals from the Netherlands, France, ...

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Experts step up climate action, explore means to achieve emission reductions


In an effort to step up immediate climate action, experts from around the world will meet in Bonn, Germany from May 1 to 2, 2018 to discuss the policy options, technological innovations, and best practices on circular economies to achieve emission reductions and generate sustainable development benefits. The gathering will take place as part of the so-called Technical Expert Meetings on ...

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Nigeria may showcase successes in climate change diplomacy

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

Following a series of trials over the years, Nigeria now seems to be getting things right and consequently recording remarkable triumphs in the area of climate change and sustainable development diplomacy. Ranging from a report submission, the decoration of a financial facility, to the selection of a team of local experts, the accomplishments seem to be emerging in torrents, and ...

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Nations rally to protect the global environment, pledge $4.1b to GEF


Some 30 countries have jointly pledged $4.1 billion to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to better protect the future of the planet and human well-being. With the health of the global environment worsening, the GEF has received strong support for its new four-year investment cycle (known as GEF-7), to help safeguard the world’s forests, land, water, climate, and oceans, build ...

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