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Lawyers say arrest of Indian female climate activist illegal

Disha Ravi

Lawyers for a 22-year-old Indian activist charged with sedition said on Thursday, February 18, 2021 that she was arrested illegally in southern India and produced at a New Delhi court. Disha Ravi According to legal documents filed on Thursday, the arrest was made without prior notice to her family or counsel. Disha Ravi, an environmental activist, is part of an ...

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Palm oil giant accused of destroying forests in Liberia’s Upper Guinean Rainforest

Upper Guinean Rainforest

The High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA), an agribusiness industry sustainability body, has confirmed longstanding allegations that Golden Veroleum Liberia, the Liberian investee of palm oil giant Golden Agri-Resources, committed widespread deforestation over a thousand hectares of forest, including endangered species habitat and important wetlands. Upper Guinean Rainforest In a comprehensive report published this month, the company was also found to have violated ...

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Group gives Buhari seven days to release names of companies flaring gas

Gas flaring

President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked to release details of companies flaring gas in Nigeria. The President, who doubles as the Petroleum Minister, was asked to release the names within seven days. Gas flaring Nigeria’s anti-corruption group, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre), in a letter addressed to Buhari, said Nigeria is losing not less than $89 billion to ...

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WHO increases support for Guinea, DRC in curbing Ebola outbreaks

Matshidiso Moeti

World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, says the agency has increased its support for Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to curtail the spread of Ebola outbreaks. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa Moeti disclosed this at a virtual press conference on COVID-19 on Thursday, February 18, 2021. She said ...

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Vaccines to be delivered to 20 countries from next week – Africa CDC

Dr. John Nkengasong

The distribution of the coronavirus vaccine across the African continent is to begin next week, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Africa CDC Director, Dr. John Nkengasong Africa CDC chief, John Nkengasong, said doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine would be distributed to around 20 countries and that health-care workers would ...

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Oxygen content in deep sea surged 600m years ago – Study

Deep sea

A recent study revealed that the deep-sea oxygen content surged 600 million years ago, which laid the foundation for the emergence of multicellular organisms. Deep sea Paleontologists at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences cooperated with researchers from the U.S. and France and reported the discovery which was published in the journal Geology. ...

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UNDP-GEF programme, GIFSEP launch 100 waste recycling stations in 25 schools in Abuja

UNDP-GEF GIFSEP

The United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) in Nigeria is supporting the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), a non-profit organisation focused on building climate resilience, to launch 100 waste recycling stations across secondary schools in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Mrs. Orisadipe Mercy, the Eco Club Matron Speaking at the ...

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Facebook launches Climate Science Information Centre in Nigeria, South Africa

Facebook

Facebook announced on Thursday, February 18, 2021 the roll out of its Climate Science Information Centre to sub-Saharan Africa, starting with South Africa and Nigeria, as part of its commitment to connecting people to accurate, expert advice and information about global developments that affect their lives. Facebook Climate Science Information Centre The Centre, available in 16 countries from Thursday, aims ...

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Guterres, Kerry mark U.S. re-entry into Paris Agreement

Paris Agreement

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John F. Kerry, at an event marking the United States’ re-entry into the Paris Agreement on Friday, February 19, 2021. Jubilation greeted the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 in Paris, France. Photo credit: unfccc.int The discussion with the Secretary-General and the Special Presidential Envoy will ...

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Germany funds electric bus scheme with €620m

Electric buses

The German Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) is making €620 million available nationwide for electric bus funding. Electric buses As part of the scheme, BMU is funding the purchase of 30 electric buses in Dortmund with around €13.6 million. Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 handed over a sponsorship check to the Dortmund municipal utilities. With the help of ...

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