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Australia announces $338m funding for climate action

Scott Morrison

Australia has announced 500 million Australian dollars ($338 million U.S.) in funding for the Pacific region to tackle climate change, including disaster resilience and renewable energy investment. Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison “The Pacific is our home, which we share as a family of nations,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday, August 13, 2019 ahead of a visit to ...

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Nigeria reclaims 70 gully sites, 2,500ha of degraded land in six years

Salisu Dahiru

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) says it has reclaimed over 70 active gully erosion sites and 2,500 hectares (ha) of degraded land across the country. Salisu Dahiru, National Project Coordinator of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) Mr Salisu Dahiru, the National Coordinator of NEWMAP, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on ...

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When AU, ECOWAS, nations discussed the Rosewood crisis


It is now on record that the unsustainable and illegal exploitation of the African Rosewoods species (scientifically known as Pterocarpus erinaceus), is not just a problem for Ghana, but it is a big issue for all the countries in the West African sub-region. A cross section of the participants at the Regional Rosewood Dialogue in Accra Evidence indicates that Benin, ...

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Shelter Afrique to invest $180m in five years to check housing deficit

Andrew Chimphondah

Shelter Afrique, an NGO, is to invest $180 million in five years toward addressing Nigeria’s housing deficit, Mr Andrew Chimphondah, its Managing Director, has said. Andrew Chimphondah, Managing Director, Shelter Afrique Chimphondah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 that the investment period would span from this year to 2024. He described Nigeria ...

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Africa’s CSOs collaborate to curb NTDs

Civil Society Says No to NTDs Coalition

A new coalition to accelerate progress against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) across Africa has emerged. Members of the Civil Society Says No to NTDs Coalition In Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, civil society organisations (CSOs) came together to create Africa’s first civil society network for Neglected Tropical Diseases – the Civil Society Says No to NTDs Coalition. The ...

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Approaching the climate red line: Impacts overtaking actions

Dr. Samson Samuel Ogallah

Against the backdrop of the recently released IPCC report, Dr. Samson Samuel Ogallah, climate scientist, development expert and policy analyst, fears that the world may be on a pathway to crossing the climate red line if urgent action is not taken. Ogallah, Climate Specialist for Africa at Solidaridad, believes that the report should serve as a wake-up call to enhanced ...

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Changes to Endangered Species Act weaken wildlife protection

Comoé National Park

The US government has announced changes to the Endangered Species Act that observers believe will significantly weaken the protections on critical habitats and the vulnerable animals that call them home. Wildlife Signed into law in 1973, the Act is said to have been an effective piece of legislation in the protection of wildlife, saving several species from the brink of ...

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Youth Day: ‘Young people shouldn’t wait for invitation’ – UN Envoy

Jayathma Wickramanayake

In commemoration of the 2019 International Youth Day, Jayathma Wickramanayake, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, has urged young people around the world not to wait for an invitation before taking actions on things that matters to them and their future. Jayathma Wickramanayake, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ms. Jayathma made the call when she featured on ...

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Germany wants companies to pay for litter from single-use items

Svenja Schulze

The German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, on Monday, August 12, 2019 announced plans to force companies that manufacture single-use disposable products, such as cigarettes or coffee cups to contribute to the cleaning and maintenance of streets and parks. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze According to Schulze, inattentive littering in public spaces is running rampant and to help curb littering, companies ...

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Iowans support climate action as impacts hit home

Iowa flood

Residents of the State of Iowa in the United States are worried about climate change and want their elected officials to reduce global warming and increase clean, renewable energy. Flooding in Iowa This is the outcome of a recently conducted survey by the Centre for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in collaboration with Nexus Polling and ...

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