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Tanzania hunter-gatherers bag 2019 Equator Prize for carbon-offset project

Tanzania hunter-gatherers

A community of hunter-gatherers in Tanzania who saw 90% of their land overrun by livestock and crop farmers have arrested that loss with a pioneering project that’s also earned huge income from carbon offsets and won them this year’s Equator Prize. Tanzania hunter-gatherers The Hadza have no concept of “owning” land in the modern sense, meaning they had little legal ...

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Climate action portal registers 28 transformational initiatives

Climate Action Portal infographic

The Global Climate Action portal has captured the 28 new initiatives that were presented on Monday, September 23, 2019 to United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, at the Climate Action Summit. They were developed specifically to drive an upsurge in cooperation that will bend emissions downward while building the resilience of those already being hit. An infographic from the Climate Action ...

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UN Summit delivers new pathways, actions to boost global response

Antonio Guterres

Leaders from government, business, and civil society on Monday, September 23, 2019 announced potentially far-reaching steps to confront climate change at the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General As carbon pollution, temperatures, and climate destruction continue to rise, and public backlash mounts, the Summit has offered a turning point from inertia into ...

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World can still act on climate change, Pope says

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has called for greater global efforts against climate change. Pope Francis He made the call on Monday, September 23, 2019 in a video message released for the United Nations’ Climate Action Summit. “While the situation is not good and the planet is suffering, the window of opportunity is still open. We are still in time. Let us not ...

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Least Developed Countries launch vision for climate-resilient future

Sonam P. Wangdi

Over two thirds (69%) of people killed in climate-related disasters in the past 50 years were living in 47 of the world’s poorest nations, according to findings released by the group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit. Sonam P. Wangdi, the new Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group The LDCs – which make ...

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Industry leaders want Africa’s Great Green Wall actualised by 2030

Great Green Wall

Ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit, global leaders from government, business and civil society have issued a call to action to grow an 8000 kilometre wall of trees across the entire width of the African continent. Great Green Wall The Great Green Wall, an African-led movement, aims to, at once, drive forward climate-smart solutions and bring back life to ...

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Cleanup Day: Volunteers scrub Abuja, clamour public infrastructure

World Cleanup Day

September 21 of each year is a day set aside for worldwide action on the solid waste problem and, tagged “World Cleanup Day”, attracts some 380 million participants, representing 5% of the world’s population. A group of volunteers at the World Cleanup Day exercise in Abuja The day’s activities include litter picking, awareness creation and sensitisation among people in rural ...

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Nigerian groups join Global Climate Strike

Climate Protest Ghana

A coalition of civil society organisations working on climate change and sustainable development under the auspices of the National Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement and the SDGs (NCSFPAS) on Saturday, September 21, 2019 led thousands of youths, farmers and women in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in commemoration of the Global Climate Strike. School children in Ghana join Global Climate ...

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Climate summit: Big companies commit to emissions slash

limate Strike San Francisco

No fewer than 90 big companies in sectors from food to cement to telecommunications have pledged to slash their greenhouse gas emissions in a new campaign to steer multi-nationals towards a low-carbon future. Young people protest outside of the San Francisco Federal Building during a Climate Strike march in San Francisco, U.S. September 20, 2019 “We Mean Business”, a coalition ...

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UN Secretariat adopts plan to halve own emissions by 2030

Antonio Guterres

The United Nations Secretariat has adopted a new 10-year Climate Action Plan aimed at transforming its operations to achieve a 45 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and sourcing 80 per cent of electricity from renewable energy by 2030. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General The Plan was adopted just ahead of the Climate Action Summit, which is hosted by ...

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