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COP25 begins with calls for serious progress on climate action

COP25 Opening

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) holding in Madrid, Spain kicked off on Monday, December 2, 2019, with urgent calls to make serious progress on climate action over the next two weeks. L-R: Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Hoesung Lee; Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez; Chile’s Environment Minister and President of the COP, Carolina Schmidt; United ...

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Africa demands special considerations at COP25


African civil society organisations are pressing for a decision at the UN Climate Change Summit (COP25) taking place in Madrid, Spain that recognises the special circumstances and needs of the continent, which is among the hardest hit and the least prepared for the adverse impacts of climate change. PACJA officials during a session in Madrid Among other things, current projections ...

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COP25: Groups reject carbon markets, clamour ‘real solutions’

COP25 FoEI press conference

As the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) began on Monday, December 2, 2019 in Madrid, the Spanish capital, civil society and grassroots groups have challenged Parties negotiating at the two-week summit to heed the demands of climate-impacted people around the world to advance real and just ...

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan meet over disputed Nile dam

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Egypt is hosting a new round of talks with Ethiopia and Sudan on a disputed dam built by Ethiopia on the Nile, as part of an agreement reached in Washington in November 2019. Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam The agreement was reached in Washington to break the deadlock in their long-standing row over the river’s critical water supply. The water ministers ...

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Satellites show 2019 Indonesia fires burned 1.6m hectares of land

Indonesia fires

A new analysis of satellite data dispels the prevailing view that rainforests took the biggest hit from widespread fires in Indonesia in 2019. Indonesia wild fire “While there has been much speculation in the news that the heavy fire season has taken a toll on the country’s remaining rainforests, there was no hard evidence to support that notion,” said David Gaveau, a ...

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Benin, Lesotho get nearly $1m to support access to climate finance

King Letsie III

The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) has approved a project proposal for a total of $997,524 to support Benin and Lesotho to access international climate finance, an initiative underpinned by evidence that adaptation to climate change must start locally. King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho While local responses can create opportunities for innovative solutions, most local governments in least developed ...

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Nigeria battling growing obesity numbers


Obesity – a condition that is tied to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer – used to be an issue affecting mainly western countries but, in modern-day Nigeria, it is proving to be a nationwide epidemic. Obesity The World Cup Scorecard on Obesity, which was conducted based on data from the 32 countries that took part ...

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Bayelsa community flays oil spill compensation

Oil spill pollution

Members of Aghoro 1 community, Ekeremor Local Government Area in Bayelsa State on Friday, November 29, 2019 expressed dissatisfaction over the compensation that Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) offered to pay for an oil spill that occurred on May 17, 2018. A water body in the Niger Delta polluted by crude oil They alleged that the oil firm arbitrarily ...

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Kano turns to community sanitation committees to enforce laws

Abdullahi Ganduje

The Kano State Government plans to revive community sanitation committees across its 44 local government areas to enforce environmental sanitation laws. Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State Chairman of the State Task Force committee on sanitation, Dr Kabir Getso, made this known on Saturday, November 30, 2019 after monitoring the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in Kano, the state capital. Getso ...

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NCF, at tree planting rally, demands use of renewable energy


The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Friday in Lagos ended its week-long events on climate action with a tree planting campaign to highlight the importance of trees to the environment. Paricipants at the NCF tree planting campaign The NCF and its allies, including NYSC corps members and green environment activists, rallied on major streets of Ikeja with placards of varying ...

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