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Costa Rican, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, emerges GEF’s new CEO

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez

Costa Rican Environment and Energy Minister, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, has been selected as the next CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the largest multilateral trust fund supporting environmental action in developing countries and the main financing mechanism for multiple United Nations environmental conventions. Carlos Manuel Rodriguez The GEF Council, meeting virtually, selected Rodriguez on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 ...

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COVID 19: Ghana eases restriction with effect from June 5

Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has announced that “with effect from Friday June 5, 2020, the nation will begin its first phase of the process of easing restrictions,” for a return to normal life. President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana This will involve an abridged format for religious services to be held with a maximum of 100 congregants, who can ...

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10 climate actions to take in a global lockdown

Ethiopia tree planting

 A global lockdown is what the world has embraced as a possible solution to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic. To be honest, finding a solution to the coronavirus is important because the world needs a solution – a vaccine in this case. Planting trees and shrubs is one of the 10 actions to take in a global lockdown. Photo credit: Embassy ...

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COVID-19: Nigeria reopens places of worship, local flights to resume

Nigeria has further relaxed the lockdown in the country due to COVID-19 pandemic by lifting the ban on the opening of churches and mosques.   National Coordinator of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on the virus and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, announced this on ...

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How new dates were agreed for COP26

Alok Sharma

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will now take place from November 1 to 12, 2021 in Glasgow, the United Kingdom. Alok Sharma, COP26 President The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, with the UK and its Italian partners, agreed on Thursday, ...

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DR Congo hit by 11th Ebola outbreak


The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Monday, June 1, 2020 that a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease is occurring in Wangata health zone, Mbandaka, in Équateur province. An Ebola patient receiving treatment The announcement comes as a long, difficult and complex Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC is in its final phase, while the country also ...

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Okei-Odumakin raises concern as COVID-19 cases cross 10,000 line

President, Centre for Change, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, has expressed concern over the rising number of COVID-19 infection in Nigeria, saying that the country is yet to reach the peak of the pandemic. Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin Okei-Odumakin, who expressed this concern on Monday, June 1, 2020 in a statement in Lagos, decried the capacity of government to test citizens for the ...

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Nigeria yet to reach ‘peak’ of COVID-19 cases, says PTF

Boss Mustapha

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 says Nigeria is yet to reach the “peak” of COVID-19 infections. Boss Mustapha, Chairman of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Chairmen of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the COVID-19 daily news conference on Monday, June 1, 2020 ...

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Study outlines principles for managed phase-out of fossil fuels

Fossil fuel pollution

A new scientific study published in Climate Policy entitled, “Equity, Climate Justice and Fossil Fuel Extraction: Principles for a managed phase out” has underlined the need for an equitable and just phase out of fossil fuel production in order to limit global warming to 1.5C, as laid out in the Paris Agreement. Fossil fuel pollution from a coal power station Observers believe that the ...

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Science academies urge G-7 on research, digital health, insect population decline

G7 Summit

Science academies from the G-7 countries and seven additional academies have called for strategies to restore and sustain public funding of basic research, to realise the benefits offered by digital health tools, and to respond to global declines in insect diversity and abundance. A recent G7 Summit The call was made on Monday, June 1, 2020 in three joint statements ...

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