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UNDP restates commitment to addressing Nigeria’s environmental degradation

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 in Abuja restated its continued support to address environmental degradation in Nigeria. Mr Faris Khader, UNDP Regional Technical Advisor, Climate Change Mitigation and Energy, said this at a two-day 11th Global Environment Facility (GEF) National Steering Committee Meeting in the federal capital city. The GEF is a global fund provider ...

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UN modernises, relaunches climate change e-commerce web platform

Arthur Rolle

The UN Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 announced the relaunch of its Online Platform for Voluntary Cancellation of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs), where organisations, governments, businesses and citizens alike can purchase carbon offsets vetted by the United Nations to compensate for their greenhouse gas emissions. The e-commerce platform, according to the UN climate body, has gained in simplicity, ...

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Pakistan, India hold water talks as climate change bites South Asia


Pakistan and India are holding a fresh round of talks to sort out disputes over water resources from rivers that flow across their borders. The two-day talks began on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, days after a new government in Islamabad vowed to revive peace talk with India that have stalled since 2008. The ...

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Two Singaporean students develop water purifying material, win prize

Caleb Liow Jia Le and Johnny Xiao Hong Yu

Two students from Singapore, Caleb Liow Jia Le and Johnny Xiao Hong Yu, have won the 2018 Stockholm Junior Water Prize for producing reduced graphene oxide, a material that can be used to purify water from agricultural waste products. In a statement, Ms Jens Berggren, Communications Director, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), said Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the patron ...

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PACJA, CSDevNet boost coalition for climate change, sustainable development in Nigeria

As Nigeria continues to explore actionable ways to address the menace of climate change, one of the greatest challenges experienced in the drive to achieve this is gross division among various stakeholders sitting on different ends of the negotiation table. In a bid to address this, Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) through the Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria ...

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National Parks Service, Wukari varsity to collaborate in ecotourism, conservation education

Ibrahim Goni

The Nigeria National Parks Service has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal University, Wukari in Taraba State to collaborate in ecotourism, research and conservation education. The MOU was signed by Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator-General of the service, and Prof. Abubakar Kundiri, the Vice Chancellor of the university, at the service headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, August ...

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Facebook to run on 100% renewable energy by 2020


Facebook on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 committed to powering its global operations on 100 per cent renewable energy by 2020. The company is also promising to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent in the same time frame. They have already met their target of being powered by 50% renewable energy one year early and they aim to double ...

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All On partners with GEF, AfDB, others to launch $58m off-grid energy facility

Akinwumi Adesina

Nigerian off-grid energy investment company, All On, has announced its partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Nordic Development Fund (NDF), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Calvert Impact Capital (CIC) towards a $58 million first close for the Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (OGEF). The OGEF, which is managed by LHGP Asset Management (LHGP), an alternative fund manager with offices ...

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Air pollution linked to mental decline

Air pollution

Shocking new research suggests air pollution has a serious impact on mental capabilities as well as physical health in human beings. High levels of pollution can trigger a decrease in language and arithmetic skills – with the average impact of ‘dirty air’ equivalent to losing a year in education. The United Nations has blamed air pollution for seven million deaths worldwide each ...

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French Environment Minister quits in major Macron blow

Nicolas Hulot

In a stunning setback to the French government, Nicolas Hulot has announced his resignation. He said he felt “all alone” while trying to advance green policies in the government. The Environment Minister on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 made the announcement on France Inter radio, saying it was the result of an “accumulation of disappointments.” The announcement strikes a major blow to ...

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