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Mayors announce support for Global Green New Deal


Newly elected C40 Chair, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, alongside the mayors of cities worldwide including Copenhagen, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney and Tokyo, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 announced their support for a Global Green New Deal and recognised a global climate emergency. Zero Hour founder Jamie Margolin, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo attend a press ...

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German cabinet approves climate protection measures

Svenja Schulze

The German cabinet on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 approved climate protection measures designed to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions, keeping on track plans by Chancellor Angela Merkel to pass the landmark package soon. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, took to Twitter to announce the approval of the measures, which would be enshrined in a Climate ...

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Angola seeks to reduce gas flaring to capture revenue

Gas flaring

Angola wants to cash in on the roughly three billion cubic feet per day of associated natural gas it produces, most of which is now flared, the Petroleum Minister said on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Gas flaring The Mineral Resources and Petroleum Minister, Diamantino Azevedo, said this in a brochure released at an African energy conference in Cape Town, South ...

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SON, stakeholders develop standards for recycled plastic bottles

Plastic bottles

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and stakeholders in the food industry have collaborated to develop a standard for recycled plastic pet bottles. Disposal of waste plastic bottles. Photo credit: Al Goldis / Associated Press The Director-General of SON, Mr Osita Aboloma, made this known at a Technical Committee Meeting on Polymer and Related Products on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 ...

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Nigeria, Luxemburg Stock Exchange sign MoU on green bond

Green Bond

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote cross listing and trading of green bonds in Nigeria and Luxembourg. Mr Oscar Onyema, NSE’s Chief Executive Officer (right) with Mr Robert Scharfe, Chief Executive Officer, LuxSE The NSE said the MoU was signed at the annual meeting of the ...

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Stakeholders task Lagos governor on keeping water in public realm

ERA/FoEN Lagos Water

Civil society and grassroots groups that participated in a stakeholder dialogue on the Lagos water crisis have demanded that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu shun the privatisation path of his predecessors and manage water in the public realm. L-R: Veteran unionist, Comrade Sylvester Ejiofor; representatives of Lagos Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Engr. M.A Yinusa and Mrs Hellen Taiwo; and ERA/FoEN ...

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Researchers impressed with ‘performing’ GM beans variety


A new beans variety developed by the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, in partnership with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), is said to have performed better than existing beans varieties in the country. Farmers and stakeholders at the event The new variety, known as Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea, was developed after 10 years ...

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PreCOP25 raises climate ambition through sharing best practices


With a focus on raising the ambition required to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and adapting to the worst impacts of climate change, Costa Rica opened on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 three days of exchanging best practices for climate action and discussions at PreCOP25. Deliberations at the PreCOP25 in Costa Rica The conference has gathered delegates from 100 countries ...

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Nigeria expanding investment opportunities in renewable energy, Osinbajo tells Scandinavian investors


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has told Scandinavian investors that government is committed to expanding opportunities for investments in renewable energy, technology and other sectors of the Nigerian economy. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement in Abuja, said that the vice president was responding to questions from a cross section of Norwegian investors at a round-table ...

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Implications of emerging technologies for Africa

Nnimmo Bassey

Technology is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. Technology was not always about the transformation of nature, but was more of working with it as evidenced in the development of agriculture. Today, technology often aims to make nature more efficient or to subvert it. The subversion of nature has manifested in a series of innovations ...

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