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Telecoms sector agrees pathway to net zero emissions

Paris Agreement

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry is taking an unprecedented step forward in tackling climate change with the release of the first-ever science-based pathway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the telecoms sector. Jubilation greeted the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 in Paris, France. Photo credit: A new Science-Based Target (SBT) for the industry includes ...

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Accountants to drive climate action transparency

patricia espinosa

Accounting bodies representing 2.5 million accountants and accounting students across 179 countries have demanded that sustainability and the fight against climate change be at the forefront of their work. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC Accountants have a crucial role to play in ensuring transparency around climate related risks and opportunities. And better disclosure can support a smooth and ...

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28 people quarantined in Nigeria over coronavirus fears

Dapo Abiodun

The Ogun State Government of Nigeria said 28 people, who had contact with the Italian said to have contracted the coronavirus, have been identified and consequently quarantined. Gov Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State Gov. Dapo Abiodun, who disclosed this at a press conference on Friday, February 28, 2020, said the 28 people would be quarantined for the next 14 days. ...

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COVID-19: This is time for action, says UN Chief

António Guterres

UN Secretary General,  Antonio Guterres has called on all governments to “step up and do everything possible’’ to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19). António Guterres. UN Secretary General Addressing UN correspondents in New York on Friday, February 28, 2020, Guterres said containment of the disease was possible, “but the window of opportunity is narrowing’’. This came shortly after the World Health ...

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WHO says coronavirus outbreak ‘getting bigger’, warns of spread worldwide

Christian Lindmeier

The rapid rise in coronavirus raised fears of a pandemic on Friday, February 28, 2020 with five countries reporting their first cases and the World Health Organisation (WHO) warning it could spread worldwide. WHO spokesman, Christian Lindmeier Switzerland had cancelled the giant Geneva car show following the outbreak. World share markets crashed again, winding up their worst week since the ...

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Coronavirus: WHO commends Nigeria’s effort on response

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Officer-in-Charge of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Nigeria, Dr Clement Peter, has commended Federal Government’s efforts “to the timely response to the first case of  Covid-19 (coronavirus)  in the country”. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Peter gave the commendation  at a news conference for update ...

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Economy must intergrate environmental value – Zabey

Eva Zabey

In an interview with Alex Mamy Zaka of the African Network of Environmental Journalists (ANEJ), South African Eva Zabey, Executive Director of Business For Nature, dwells on the needed radical changes in the economic and financial systems in order to preserve biodiversity. Zaka spoke to Zabey on the sidelines of the Second Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity ...

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Activism, academia and politics – Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

A conference on the intersection of academics and activism was recently held as part of events marking 40 years of the Right Livelihood Awards. It provided an excellent platform to mingle with ageing activists as well as young and aspiring ones. The conference was hosted in Bangkok and took place in a university campus as well as in an Ashram. ...

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Corruption: HEDA seeks greater partnership with media

Ibrahim Magu

Journalists and media houses have been described as major strategic partners in the anti-corruption campaign in Nigeria. Ibrahim Magu, EFCC chairman The media practitioners were also commended for showing concern about the need to bring corruption on its knees in a country where public officials have stolen billions of dollars mostly kept in foreign countries. Speaking at a media roundtable ...

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‘The world is on fire,’ Greta Thunberg tells UK climate rally

Greta Thunberg

Activist Greta Thunberg denounced politicians and the media on Friday, February 28, 2020 for failing her generation, saying the world is on fire because they are ignoring a looming climate cataclysm. Greta Thunberg leading a climate protest Several thousand people attended a rally in the south-western English city of Bristol to see Thunberg, the teenage activist who has reprimanded governments ...

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