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227 environmental activists murdered in 2020, says report

Óscar Eyraud Adams

A Global Witness report released on Monday, September 13, 2021 reveals that 227 land and environmental activists were murdered in 2020 for defending their land and the planet. That constitutes the highest number ever recorded for a second consecutive year. Óscar Eyraud Adams was murdered in Mexico after opposing the extractive industries contributing to water scarcity in Baja California As the climate ...

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COP26: Climate emergency demands policy shift to adaptation, say leaders

Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA)

Global leaders on Monday, September 6, 2021, gathered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to participate in the Global Centre on Adaptation (GCA) High Level Dialogue themed: “An Adaptation Acceleration Imperative for COP26”. With less than a hundred days to go until the world’s most significant summit on climate change, the Dialogue established that the success of COP26 will be determined by ...

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World Rivers Day 2021 emphasises urban waterways restoration

Mark Angelo

Numerous physical and virtual events will mark the World Rivers Day 2021 on Sunday, September 26 in what has become one of the largest environmental celebrations on the planet. With many of the world’s rivers in a degraded state and facing increasing pressures associated with pollution, industrial development, and climate change, close to 100 countries are projected to participate in ...

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Shell trains 40 Imo youths for Assah North-Ohaji South gas project

Osagie Okunbor

Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has commenced a one-year professional and vocational training for 40 youths from the SPDC Joint Venture host communities of the Assa North and Ohaji South gas project in Imo State. Osagie Okunbor, Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company and Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria “The aim is to ready these ...

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Coal replaces wind as Germany’s biggest energy source

Svenja Schulze

Coal displaced wind power as Germany’s most important energy source in the first half of 2021, with a debate over climate change measures raging ahead of elections in September. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze This is according to calculations carried out by the Federal Statistical Office released on Monday, September 13, 2021 that 56 per cent of the 258.9 billion ...

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Environmental youth movement calls for global climate strike on Sept. 24

Carla Reemtsma

The Fridays for Future environmental youth movement is calling for a global climate strike on Sept. 24, 2021. Co-convener, Fridays for Future (FFF) movement’s global climate strike, Carla Reemtsma Activists want to mobilise people across the world in a bid to put pressure on political decision-makers, Fridays for Future Germany said on Monday, Sept. 13 before the official strike announcement. ...

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IUCN Congress closes with call for a post-pandemic recovery based on nature

Dr Bruno Oberle

The IUCN World Conservation Congress closed on Friday, September 10, 2021 in Marseille, France and online, setting the nature conservation agenda for the next decade and beyond. Dr Bruno Oberle, IUCN Director-General The IUCN Congress urged governments to implement a nature-based recovery from the pandemic, investing at least 10% of global recovery funds in nature, and adopted a series of ...

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Osun alerts residents on flood prevention

Gboyega Oyetola

 Osun State Government on Sunday, September 12, 2021 in Iwo urged residents to be alive to their responsibilities in the prevention and management of flood. Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State Mr Rufus Oyegbile, Special Adviser to Gov. Gboyega Oyetola on Environment and Sanitation, gave the charge at the inauguration of the dredging of rivers and waterways in Iwo Local Government Area of ...

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UNESCO to support Cross River National Park for effective protection of biodiversity

Audrey Azoulay

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has pledged its readiness to support the Cross River National Park for effective protection and preservation of its biodiversity. Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General The UNESCO also pledged to empower residents of the host communities with a view to prevent illegal logging ongoing around the park. Mrs Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of ...

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Religious leaders issue joint appeal ahead of COP26

Pope Francis

For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact on poverty, and the importance of global cooperation. Pope Francis In a joint statement, the Christian leaders have called on people to pray for world leaders ahead of the UN ...

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