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Indian, Mexican win 2018 climate Youth Video Competition

Global Youth Video Competition

Two talented and environmentally minded young people from India and Mexico, with their video reports on actions to fight climate change, have been selected as the winners of the 2018 Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change. The winners, chosen through an online public vote, are Vikas Yadav, 20 years old, from India for the category “Green and climate friendly ...

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Groups flay Poland’s plan to suppress CSOs at COP24


Women’s groups from Asia Pacific are deeply concerned about the bill passed by the Government of Poland that will prevent any “spontaneous” public gathering of climate groups during COP24 and subject human rights defenders to state-led surveillance including access and storing all personal information. The bill, initiated by the government of Poland, is said to be setting a dangerous precedent ...

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UN says 33m people are food insecure in the Sahel

Ibrahim Thiaw

No fewer than 33 million people in the Sahel are food insecure, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission have said. The UN bodies, at a joint forum in New York, also said building climate resilience and peace, must go hand in hand for the region. The forum said to build a sustainable peace in ...

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Greenpeace Africa celebrates decade of environmental activism

Njeri Kabeberi

Greenpeace celebrates in November 2018 10 years of environmental activism on the African continent. Partnering with artists, volunteers and other civil society organisations, the environmental watchdog is organising an open day to spark an environmental revolution. As part of commemorative activities in South Africa and Senegal, artwork will be used to encourage partners and Africans to celebrate their individual acts ...

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New IPBES assessment begins

Patricia Balvanera

“We all value nature in very different and sometimes conflicting ways. Nature can be seen as a provider of food or water, as a regulator of climate, as part of our heritage or our identity, or as our home and that of life on earth. Assessing this diversity of values and how they are incorporated into decision making will contribute ...

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Cadbury destroyed over 25,000ha of orangutan habitat, report alleges


A new report by Greenpeace has found that Mondelēz International has destroyed over 25,000 hectares of orangutan habitat in Indonesia. The company, responsible for Cadbury, Cadbury Roses and Oreo, is one of the biggest buyers of palm oil. A Greenpeace-led investigation has found that, between 2015 and 2017, 22 of Mondelez palm oil suppliers cleared 70,000 hectares of rain forest. ...

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Clean energy need to grow faster for Paris goals

China plant

If electricity markets continue to depend on coal-fired power plants – which today account for a third of CO2 emissions – or gas-fired power plants, countries will not be able to meet the long-term climate objectives of the Paris Agreement, the International Energy Agency (IEA) was warned. In a recent World Energy Outlook 2018 report, the IEA examines the impact of ...

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Bonga oil spill: Government urged to prevail on Shell to pay $3.6bn fine

Oil spill pollution

Artisanal fishermen in the Niger Delta, affected by the Dec. 2011 Bonga oil spill, have urged the Federal Government to compel Shell to pay the $3.6 billion fine for the spill. Rev Samuel Ayadi, Coordinator, Niger Delta zone, Artisana Fishermen Association of Nigeria, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State ...

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Biotech can’t resolve every farming associated problem, say experts


Whenever agricultural related stakeholders, particularly farmers, are invited to a workshop or forum, they attend in great anticipation – to get answers to all kinds of problems plaguing their activities. So, at one such forums in Cape Coast organised by the Ghana Chapter of the Open Forum for Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) in Africa, one farmer came with the hope of ...

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Sahel needs $157bn annually to meet SDGs – Mohammed

Amina Mohammed

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Amina Mohammed, says an estimated $157 billion is needed annually to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Sahel region. Mohammed stated this in her remarks to the Annual Session of the Peace building Commission with the theme: “Peace building and Sustaining Peace in the Sahel Region”. The UN deputy chief said the Sahel offered ...

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