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Bonn talks: Talanoa Dialogue hopeful to lay groundwork for political outcome

Tolanoa Dialogue

On Sunday, May 6, 2018, parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sat with representatives of civil society, cities, businesses and other non-party stakeholders for the Talanoa Dialogue. The format of the talanoa, allowing for stories and interventions covering three clear questions – where are we? where do we want to be? how do we get ...

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FAO urges African countries to reduce food imports, improve self-reliance


The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of UN on Monday, May 7, 2018 called on African governments to reduce importation of food to the continent by implementing food sufficiency measures. Tito Arunga, FAO Kenya Agribusiness Officer, said this at a public private partnerships agribusiness meeting for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. Arunga said the continent had the potential of producing enough ...

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WMO says April 2018 saw more extreme weather

Petteri Taalas

April 2018 was the third warmest on record, continuing the trend of above-average temperatures that has persisted for most of this century, according to data from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts’ Copernicus Climate Change Service. There were also notable developments in long-term climate change indicators, including carbon dioxide levels and sea ice cover. April 2018 was marked by ...

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Cook Islands braces for climate change with $3m Adaptation Fund support

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands has received $3 million to help build the resilience of its residents and protect their livelihoods from disasters and climate change. The money, a grant from the Adaptation Fund, will help the Pacific island nation strengthen its disaster risk governance, establish and implement a robust water monitoring, reporting and assessment system and revitalise its agricultural production systems. ...

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Why GMO promoters get it wrong about Africa


The GMO (genetically modified organism) lobby is showing signs of desperation. Once again they are on the offensive with a major public relations push targeting East Africa, particularly Uganda, in an attempt to subvert African policy development towards their own narrow ends. Their immediate goal is to weaken national biosafety laws, thereby removing any barriers to their access to African ...

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Somalia calls for international cooperation to stop illegal charcoal trade

Somalia charcoal trade

At the opening of a two-day, UN-supported conference on charcoal on Monday, May 7, 2018 in Mogadishu, the Federal Government of Somalia has called for international, African and Gulf States cooperation in halting the illegal export of charcoal from the country. The export of charcoal from Somalia has been banned, both by a 2012 United Nations Security Council resolution and by the Somali Government, ...

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Lagos dumpsite undergoes capping to curb smoke, fire

Olusosun dumpsite

The 47-hectare Olusosun dumpsite in Lagos is undergoing capping to stop emission of poisonous smoke and fire outbreak at the facility, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN correspondent who visited the dumpsite on Monday, May 7, 2018 reports that work is in full gear as earthmoving equipment are seen overlaying with sand while loaders are pouring laterite on ...

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AfDB challenges CSOs on African industrialisation

Celestin Monga

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has called on various Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working in the continent to drive every effort towards ensuring African industrialisation. Mr Celestin Monga, Vice President and Chief Economist of the AfDB, made the call at the opening of the Civil Society Forum on Monday, May 7, 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Theme of the ...

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Torrential rains kill 10 in western Rwanda


Torrential rains hit Karongi District, Western Rwanda, killing 10 people, a local leader said on Monday, May 7, 2018. Executive Secretary of Rwankuba sector, Vedaste Kuzabaganwa, told newsmen that the heavy downpour, which started around 8 p.m. on Sunday and stopped around 2 a.m. on Monday, triggered landslides that killed the victims from the sector. Kuzabaganwa said some residents are missing ...

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World Bird Migratory Day: NCF promotes bird conservation

Wood Warbler

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has unveiled plans to commence a nature conservation project in the country involving migratory birds. Though details of the new initiative are sketchy, indications are that the project’s pilot site is the Omo Forest Reserve in Ogun State, South-west Nigeria. Omo Forest Reserve, according to the NCF, is an internationally recognised Important Bird Area (IBA) ...

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