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EU members on course for 2020 greenhouse gas emission target

European Environment Agency

 The European Union is on course to achieve its 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gases by one-fifth compared to 1990 levels, the bloc’s environmental agency said on Monday, November 30, 2020. European Environment Agency, Copenhagen In 2019, greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change decreased by almost 4 per cent in the 27 EU members, a decline that “occurred before the ...

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Convicted wildlife offenders tell their side of the story

elephant poaching

A non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants, TRAFFIC, has said that it obtained valuable new insights into the organisation, activities and modus operandi of criminal operations, thanks to the voluntary co-operation of 73 offenders imprisoned in South Africa for wildlife crime offences.  Wildlife crime: African elephant poaching The new study, titled: “Insights from the Incarcerated: An assessment of ...

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Ghanaian environmentalist wins 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize

Ezekiel Chibeze

A Ghanaian environmental champion, Ezekiel Chibeze, has been announced as the recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize 2020, citing his commitment to pushing for good governance in Ghana’s environmental sector and for his climate leadership in Ghana, across Africa and globally. The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world’s foremost award honouring grassroots environmental activists. Ezekiel Chibeze Chibeze joins an illustrious ...

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UNEP implements low emissions mobility scheme in Lagos

Clean electric bus project

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is implementing a No and Low Emission Transport project, which aims to promote a global transition to no- and low-emissions mobility for improved air quality and climate change mitigation. Some of the participants at the virtual workshop To realise the overarching goal of this project, countries and cities will be supported to develop and ...

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Fresh oil spill in Bayelsa pollutes creek, communities

The polluted Apoi Creek

Officials of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) have disclosed that what looks like an extensive oil spill occurred in the early hours of Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Bayelsa State. The polluted Apoi Creek The spill, according to them, came off a yet-to-be-properly-identified facility belonging to an oil major. The incident, they added, happened between Ogboinbiri ...

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Assessing Burkina Faso’s greenhouse gas monitoring, reporting and verification system

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré

Effectively launched in 2020, the MRV project is nationally supported by the Ministry of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change of the Republic of Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso As part of tackling climate change, Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) pledged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in order ...

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Climate case against 33 countries clears major hurdle at European court

European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights announced on Monday, November 30, 2020 its decision to green-light a first-of-its-kind climate case against 33 countries. Its “communication” of the case to the defendant countries now requires each one of them to respond to the complaint filed by six Portuguese youth-applicants. European Court of Human Rights As most cases filed with the Strasbourg ...

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Lagos, Dakar under focus as UNEP adopts clean electric bus initiative

Clean electric bus project

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is promoting a transition to zero / low emissions mobility, for better air quality and climate change mitigation. The no-and-low emission clean transport project is said to be one of the main concerns of the UN organisation. Some of the participants at the virtual workshop But the success of this project requires support for ...

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Programme to deliver gas-powered buses, deepen domestic usage

Timipre Sylva

President Muhammadu Buhari will on Dec.1, roll out the  National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) to deepen domestic usage of gas in the country. Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva This is contained in a statement by Alhaji Garba Deen Muhammad, Special Adviser on Media to Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva, in Abuja, on Sunday, ...

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25m Nigerians to own 5m solar systems at N4,000 monthly – Presidency

Solar panels

The Presidency has said it will deliver five million solar systems to 25 million Nigerians previously not connected to the national grid though Solar Home Systems, under the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP). Solar panels on the roof of a building powering fridge and lighting systems in a community in Hong LGA in Adamawa State Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to ...

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