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Political leaders arrive Poland in race to deliver on UN climate deal

World leaders

Political leaders on Monday, December 3, 2018 began arriving in the Polish coal city of Katowice where two weeks of talks have begun to revive the landmark Paris 2015 deal on climate change as dire warnings mount about a lack of action. Representatives of some of the most powerful countries and biggest polluters will be conspicuous by their absence as ...

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World Bank to invest $200bn to combat climate change

Jim Yong Kim

The World Bank Group has announced plans to double its investments in the fight against climate change to around 200 billion dollars for more than five years. “Climate change is an existential threat to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. These new targets demonstrate how seriously we are taking this issue,” World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim said. The ...

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Attenborough launches campaign to promote climate action

Sir David Attenborough

Renowned broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, has announced the United Nations’ launch of a new campaign enabling individuals the world over to unite in actions to battle climate change. In an address on Monday, December 3, 2018 to the opening session of United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, Sir David Attenborough urged everyone to use the UN’s new ActNow.bot, ...

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Nigeria, World Bank explore measures to make dry north climate-resilient

Climate Report Validation Workshop

With motions raised (and supported by participants) by Prof. Daniel Gwary of the University of Maiduguri and Mr. Sunday Gadzama, the Borno State Environment Commissioner, three reports aimed at addressing climate variability adaptive capacities of Nigerians were on Thursday, November 28, 2018 officially validated, albeit subject to observations and corrections. The World Bank, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of ...

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COP24: How Parties can intensify climate ambition


As the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opened on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Katowice, Poland, nations have been told to deepen their ambition towards addressing challenges associated with global warming. Johan Rockström, Designated Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), who gave the ...

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Shell signs gas supply agreement for Aba power project


The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) and its joint partners have signed a gas supply and aggregation agreement that will support the 140 Megawatts Aba Integrated Power Project in Abia State. The agreement, signed on Friday, November 30, 2018 in Abuja, was between SPDC, Geometric Power Aba Limited (GPAL) and Gas Aggregation Company of Nigeria (GACN). By the ...

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G20 climate report sends ‘strong signal’ to COP24

Svenja Schulze

At the margins of the G20 summit that held over the weekend in Buenos Aires, Argentina, international institutions, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) handed over a report titled “Financing Climate Futures – Rethinking Infrastructure” to the G20 trio of Germany (as past), Argentina (as current) and Japan (as incoming) G20 ...

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World AIDS Day: African countries urged to improve funding on HIV testing, treatment

Dr. Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has charged African governments to improve funding support for HIV testing, care and treatment. WHO said that the improved funding support would ensure all citizens get access to the services they need to live productive lives. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said this on Saturday, December 1, 2018 in her message ...

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Rapid action urged as COP24 opens

COP24 opening

Following a year of devastating climate disasters around the globe, from California to Kerala, and Tonga to Japan, the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) opened on Sunday, December 2, 2018y with the goal of finalising the implementation guidelines for the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines will provide clarity on how to implement the landmark agreement fairly and transparently ...

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COP24: Sub-zero temperatures welcome Buhari to Poland

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Krakow, Poland, ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The conference is slated for between Dec. 2 and 14, 2018. Buhari’s aide on New Media, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad, confirmed this development on his Twitter handle in Abuja. However, a report ...

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