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Climate scenarios can serve as yardstick for central banks’ risk assessment – Experts

Iowa flood

Stability is at the core of central banks’ objectives. To assess climate destabilisation risks, major central banks, and supervisors plan to utilise climate scenarios developed by a team of researchers led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Flooding in Iowa These scenarios will inform the climate stress tests that central banks like the Bank of England or the ...

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How wild horses help landscape adapt to climate changes

Climate changes increasingly influence landscape development. Five extremely arid years in a row that reigned in Central Europe from 2015 have had an impact on the condition of wild nature and agricultural pastures. Wild horses Regular monitoring by scientists has proven that pastures where wild horses and other large ungulates graze in the former military area of Milovice, close to ...

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Amid pandemic, Equator Prize winners provide blueprints for nature-based recovery

Sengwer indigenous people

Dubbed “Super Year for Nature”, 2020 would have seen a string of high-profile events on nature and biodiversity, the renewal of the global biodiversity framework, a quadrennial World Conservation Congress, and a Nature Summit during the UN General Assembly (UNGA), among many others. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, these gatherings have been postponed or moved to virtual formats. Indigenous ...

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Benin Republic joins Elephant Protection Initiative


The Republic of Benin has joined the Elephant Protection Initiative (EPI), a coalition of African countries dedicated to the sustainable conservation of elephants and ending the ivory trade. Elephants. Photo credit: The EPI was founded in 2014 by the leaders of Botswana, Chad, Ethiopia, Gabon and Tanzania. It has subsequently grown rapidly across sub-Saharan Africa, and Benin becomes the ...

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CSOs advocate ‘green recovery’ out of COVID-19 pandemic


A network of civil society organisations (CSOs) has called for a “Green Recovery Deal” out of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Coronavirus The CSOs made the call in a statement issued by Mr Pius Oko, the Project Officer, Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) Abuja on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The network is made up of groups operating under the aegis of CSDevNet, ...

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World Environment Day: FCT, group plant trees to ‘green’ 10 Abuja schools

School tree planting

No fewer than 10 secondary schools in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), were beneficiaries of a recent initiative designed to uplift the school environment. Group photo of GMI officials, principal, teachers and staff at Model Secondary School, Maitama after the planting exercise The Green Nigeria Schools Project, an initiative of Green Mobilisation Initiative (GMI) in collaboration with Parks and ...

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Nigeria, UK sign MoU on Energy Calculator 2050


The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, and the Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) and the Federal Ministry of Environment. British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona ...

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Cameroon, Togo, Seychelles get AfDB COVID-19 lifeline

Akinwunmi Adesina

Cameroon, Togo and Seychelles have received a boost in their battle against COVID-19 as the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved various sums of money actualise their cause. AFDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina While a €88 million loan approved for Cameroon as direct budget support to finance the country’s COVID-19 crisis response, the Republic of Seychelles got ...

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Indigenous firefighters reveal evidence-based solutions to wildfires in Latin America

Amazon forest fires

As Brazil looks ahead to the start of another deadly burning season, researchers on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 presented solutions for combating tropical forest fires, with tactics rooted in the experiences of indigenous firefighting experts from the Brazilian Amazon and Guatemala’s Mayan Biosphere Reserve. Amazon Forest on fire In Guatemala, the fire season is over, and preliminary findings suggest the ...

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Berlin climate and security conference kicks off major new risk assessment

Svenja Schulze

Climate destabilisation increases risks to peace and security – to address these risks, scientists and policy-makers are teaming up to find solutions. The Berlin Climate and Security Conference (BCSC) is the global meeting place for leaders from governments, international organisations, the scientific community, the private sector and civil society to explore how climate change is impacting peace and security – ...

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