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Germany to spend up to €800m on reforestation

Julia Kloeckner

The German Federal and States Governments on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 made €800 million ($880 million) available for the conservation of woodland and reforestation, Agriculture Minister, Julia Kloeckner, said. German Agriculture Minister, Julia Kloeckner Speaking to regional public broadcaster SW2 ahead of a government woodland summit, Kloeckner said the money would be distributed on the basis of climate protection criteria. ...

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UNIDO tasks society on national policy on solid waste management

Jean Bakole

The United Nations Industrial Development (UNIDO) has challenged the Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON) to ensure the enforcement of National Policy on Waste Management developed by the Federal Ministry of Environment. UNIDO Nigeria Country Representative, Mr Jean Bakole Mr Jean Bakole, the Regional Director, UNIDO, gave the advice on the sidelines of the roundtable talk and exhibition on Plastic ...

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Chinese Customs sends back over 25 tons of waste

Li Keqiang

Customs in the city of Dalian in North-East China’s Liaoning Province said on Wednesday they had ordered the shipping of 25.5 tons of smuggled solid waste back to where it originated from. China’s Premier, Li Keqiang The Dalian Customs said the waste, accompanied with fake documents, was seized during checks by customs officers who found the appearance and odour of ...

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UN says green deal for developing world costs at least $2trn

Mukhisa Kituyi

Developing countries need annual investments of $2 trillion to $3 trillion to catch up to industrial nations in an environmentally sustainable manner, according to a new UN report. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, (UNCTAD) The report also called for a transformation of global lending practices. Mukhisa Kituyi, the Head of the Geneva-based UN ...

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg wins ‘alternative Nobel prize’

Greta Thunberg

Swedish teen climate activist, Greta Thunberg, has been named as one of four winners of an award often called “the alternative Nobel prize.” Swedish teenage environmental activist, Greta Thunberg Thunberg was lauded “for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts,” the Stockholm-based Right Livelihood Award Foundation said. In Aug. 2018, the 16-year-old began a “school ...

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Youth climate movement holds another global strike on Friday

Greta Thunberg

The global youth climate movement “Fridays for Future” is planning another set of international demonstrations on Friday, September 27, 2019 with protests set to take place in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Greta Thunberg leading a climate protest According to a list updated on Tuesday, September 24, strikes are planned in New Zealand, India, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, ...

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Five things to know about climate change, by Norvergence

Flooded farmland

The team Norvergence strongly believes that there is an urgent need to protect the environment. But, first, we need to spread awareness by finding the answers to questions like: Why is there a need to protect our environment?What we can do to achieve it? How we can do it?  A flooded farmland. Floods affect productivity of crops and reduce availability of ...

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Forest governance and answering nature’s call

Aboagyekrom Junior High School

Ghana’s forests have historically been the domain of the government and the timber industry. The often marginalised and impoverished communities who live in their vicinity had little or no say in how they were run. What’s more, until recently, locals would watch as vast profits from razing the tropical forests flowed out of their areas without trace. No longer. Some ...

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When Lagos went a mile for vultures

NCF Cycling Event

Nature enthusiasts, conservationists and environmentalists gathered in Lagos for a cycling event organised by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in a bid to create awareness on vulture conservation in the country on Saturday, September 21, 2019 tagged “A Mile for the Egyptian Vultures”. Officials of NCF during the cycling event Over 100 bike riders and others assembled at the Lekki ...

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Climate Summit: Nature’s anger, failure emitters and ambitious action

Greta UN Climate Summit

The UN Climate Action Summit in New York opened with anger. “Nature is angry,” said Antonio Guterres. Youth activist Greta Thunberg told leaders: “How dare you gamble with our future and continue talking about fairytales of eternal economic growth?” 16-year-old Swedish Climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit at U.N. headquarters in New York ...

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