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Fostering regional cooperation to end plastic pollution in Lake Victoria


For the better part of the last month the Flipflopi, a boat cobbled together from recycled plastic, has been circumnavigating Africa’s biggest lake, braving high winds and torrential rain to shine a light on pollution. The Flipflopi Last week, that journey came to an end as the 10-metre-long vessel pulled into Mwanza, Tanzania, the last stop on a three-country, 850-kilometre ...

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High-level climate consultations build expectations for Glasgow

John Kerry and Xie Zhenhua

Ministerial-level representatives have been gathering virtually and in-person to firm up commitments and shared understandings for how they will collectively respond to the climate crisis.  US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua held two days of meetings in Shanghai. Photo credit: A recent consultation took place from April 15 ...

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US told to show readiness to pay debt owed towards equitable, just climate action

Joe Biden

Ahead of the Leaders’ Climate Summit holding from April 22 to 23, 2021 hosted by President Joe Biden of the United States of America, speakers at a press conference organised by Climate Action Network and the Global Gas and Oil Network have said that the summit’s success hangs on the US delivering its fair share of climate action, on domestic mitigation ...

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Groups create Blue Nature Alliance to protect planet’s ocean

Healthy Oceans

A new ocean conservation initiative is underway to catalyse the protection and conservation of 18 million square kilometres of the ocean (7 million square miles) over the next five years – an area twice the size of the continental United States and larger than the continent of South America. Healthy oceans have a central role to play in solving one ...

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UK announces new ambitious climate change target

Climate Ambition Summit

The UK government will set the world’s most ambitious climate change target into law to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: Freddi Mitchell / No 10 Downing Street In line with the recommendation from the independent Climate Change Committee, this sixth Carbon Budget limits the volume of greenhouse gases ...

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UN chief calls for specific commitments, real action to fight climate change

Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for specific commitments and real action to fight climate change after speaking out about the severity of the climatic disruptions that have raged on the planet. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (rear, r) attends the joint hybrid news conference with Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organisation Petteri Taalas (on the screen) to launch the ...

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Workplan for Country Action Plan to protect threatened pollinating species validated


A group of ecologists has authenticated a workplan aimed at protecting pollinating species threatened with extinction. Participants at the meeting on the revision and validation of the Multi-Year Workplan of the National Trialogue on Pollinator-Friendly Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Country Action Plan At a meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on Thursday, October 15, 2021, participants validated the National ...

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Osinbajo tasks U.S. on net-zero emissions, access to COVID-19 vaccine

Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged the U.S. to support the call for a just global transition to net-zero emissions and lead the effort to ensure easy access to COVID-19 vaccine by all countries. Vice President of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo The vice president also called on U.S. to generally reset its foreign policy agenda with the African continent in ...

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Stakeholders deliberate on biosafety issues, seek overhaul of regulatory architecture


Deliberations at a physical and virtual conference on “The State of Biosafety in Nigeria” covered regulatory issues, biosecurity, food and farming systems, hunger as well as risky technologies such as gene-editing, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, robots and 3D food printing. Launching of HOMEF reports titled: “The State of Biosafety in Nigeria” and “What’s on our Plates” The conference was hosted by ...

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S. Korea gives condition for Japan’s release of radioactive water into sea

Chung Eui-yong

South Korea would not object to Japan’s plan to release radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea as long as the action met International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) standards, an official said. Korea’s Foreign Minister, Chung Eui-yong Korea’s Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong made the remarks on Monday, April 19, 2021 during a parliamentary interpellation session in ...

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