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COP24 overshoots closing day amid hopes for a deal

Katowice COP24

Negotiators were preparing to work well past the official close of the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice in the evening of Friday, December 14, 2018. The COP Presidency announced late Friday evening that the draft decision for 1/CP.24, 3/CMA.1 and other related decisions would be available after 1 a.m on Saturday, and that the plenary meetings would start at ...

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Chile to host UN climate talks in 2019

Sebastian Pinera

Chile has been selected to host the next United Nations’ climate conference in 2019, it was announced at the current meeting in the Polish city of Katowice on Friday, December 14, 2018. Brazil was initially slated to host the talks, but far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro pushed the Brazilian government to withdraw its offer to host conference. Under UN rules, next ...

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COP24: We organised a top-class event, says Polish leader

Andrzej Duda

“Once again, we passed the exam, we organised an absolutely top-class world party at the highest level,” President Andrzej Duda of Poland said on Friday, December 14, 2018 in the sidelines of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice. Poland had previously hosted the COP in ...

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UK bids to host COP26 in 2020

Theresa May

“We have to make sure we can deliver a good COP, as 2020 will be a really vital COP, and we absolutely want to be part of that process. So, today I am announcing I have officially written to express the UK government’s interest in formally hosting COP in 2020.” With these words, Claire Perry, Minister of State at the ...

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Eight shark species to benefit from greater protection

Angel Shark

After five days of intensive discussions, the 3rd session of the Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (CMS) ended in Monaco, France on Friday, December 14, 2018. Among the main decisions reached was agreement to include a further eight species on the instrument’s Annex meaning that they should benefit for greater ...

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COP24 delegates clamour women empowerment to save Africa from climate change


Africa must unlock the power of its women and girls if it is to adapt to climate change, cope with disasters and build its green energy sector. That is the message from African delegates as the world deliberates on the implementation the Paris Agreement on climate change in Katowice, Poland. Research shows that when women are involved in decision making, ...

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Firm provides seeds adaptable to climate, soil

Hybrid seeds

An Agriculture and seeds company, Agritropic Ltd., says it provides local farmers seeds that are suitable for Nigerian climate and soil. Mrs Nonye Igbo, spokesperson for the company, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday, December 14, 2018. Igbo said: “Getting the right crop or vegetable seed that suits both ...

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How nations can attain sustainable agriculture, food security, by FAO

Jose Graziano da Silva

The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has urged member countries to adopt innovations and encourage collaborative efforts at achieving sustainable agriculture and food security globally. The organisation’s Director-General, Mr José da Silva, made the call in his address on Friday, December 14, 2018 at the end of the council’s week-long meeting held in Rome, Italy. He said that no country ...

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Mongolians urge UN attention to air pollution in capital

Ulan Bator

Mongolians are lodging an online petition for the attention of the United Nations regarding the heavy air pollution in Ulan Bator, the country’s capital, having gathered some 36,500 signatures within about 36 hours. The appeal of “Death from Smog in Mongolia #HumanRights’’ was initiated more than 40 hours ago by an Ulan Bator resident who called himself Bat-Enkh. It was ...

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Suleiman Hassan is new Minister of Environment

Alhaji Suleiman Hassan

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Alhaji Suleiman Hassan as the Minister of Environment, following the resignation of the Minister of State, Ibrahim Jibril. Before his appointment, Hassan was the Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing. Hassan’s appointment was conveyed in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity ...

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