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COP26: We’ll do more to cut emissions this decade – US, China


The United States and China agreed on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 to “enhance ambition” on climate change, issuing a joint statement in which both countries agreed to do more to cut emissions this decade and in which China committed for the first time to address emissions from methane. China’s climate envoy, Xie Zhenhua, in Glasgow on Wednesday. “There is more ...

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Plastic recycling challenge: 30 semi-finalists emerge

Plastic waste to interlocks

Nesta Challenges has announced the semi-finalists of Accelerating Growth, the first strand of the Afri-Plastics Challenge. The Prize aims to reduce marine plastics in sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement. Interlocking blocks made from waste plastic items In July 2021, the competition’s first strand, Accelerating Growth, announced a call for applications from small and medium-sized enterprises across ...

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Densifying cities to accelerate Nigeria’s climate ambitions


As Nigeria participates in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), it is necessary to highlight and invigorate the ambition of 25% reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG) by 2030 within the reviewed Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). City centre and skyline of Lagos Island. Lagos is ranked 212 out of the 231 cities assessed worldwide in the 2017 Mercer Quality of ...

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Paris Agreement: Nations gather at COP26 to spur international collaboration

Inger Andersen

Member States met at COP26 in Glasgow on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, to discuss expansion of international technology collaboration to implement Article 10 of the Paris Agreement. Several nations, including Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States, announced funding commitments to support the work of the UN Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the implementation arm ...

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Activists call out govts, financiers, fossil fuel companies over continued involvement in fossil fuels

Africa Energy Week

As the UN climate talks continue in Glasgow, energy stakeholders in Africa are congregating in Cape Town, South Africa, for the Africa Energy Week which runs until Friday, November 12, 2021. Delegates at the Africa Energy Week On Wednesday, November 10, the event was met with protests by climate activists in Cape Town, who called out African governments and fossil ...

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COP26 draft text accused of failing to support vulnerable countries on loss and damage

COP26 in Glasgow

Whilst the inclusion of references to phasing out coal and fossil fuel subsidies in the draft text from COP26 in Glasgow are welcome, the glaring omission on clear commitments for loss and damage finance and adaptation support is a serious cause for concern, Climate Action Network (CAN) media briefing on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, heard. COP26 in Glasgow The speakers ...

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New report exposes Zimbabwe as biggest pawn of Big Tobacco

tobacco smoking

On the first day of virtual tobacco treaty talks, Zimbabwe joined a small cadre of countries in delaying meaningful negotiations. It’s actions come weeks after a new report found Zimbabwe to be the worst country on the continent in safeguarding public policy from tobacco industry interference. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health The Zimbabwe delegation raised a ...

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COP26: Adaptation Fund raises record $232.6m in new pledges

Ovais Sarmad

The Adaptation Fund held its annual Contributor Dialogue on Monday, November 8, 2021 at the UN COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, and received a record-shattering $232.6 million in new support from contributing national and regional governments. Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change Secretariat A record 13 donors announced new pledges for the Fund. The Fund’s previous annual resource ...

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COP26: Countries commit to develop climate-smart health care

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

A group of 50 countries have committed to develop climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems at the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26), in response to growing evidence of the impact of climate change on people’s health. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images The governments of ...

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Emir of Dutse urges govts to mitigate climate change impact

Dr Nuhu Sunusi

The Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Nuhu Sanusi, has urged governments in Nigeria and other African countries to adopt measures towards mitigating the impact of climate change in order to ensure a conducive environment. Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Nuhu Sanusi Sanusi, who is also the Chancellor, Sokoto State University, made the call Tuesday, November 9, 2021, in Abuja. He spoke at the first ...

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