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Ghana to jump-start ‘year of ambition’ at Africa climate summit

Accra

The Africa Climate Week 2019 holds from March 18 to 22 in Accra, Ghana, an event the organisers say will feature a schedule of activities that will demonstrate enhanced ambition across the continent. Accra, Ghana is hosting the Africa Climate Summit 2019 The summit arrives in the wake of the COP24 international climate negotiations in Poland in December 2018, which ...

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Scientists call for action to save Antarctic ice sheet

Antarctic ice sheet

The Antarctic ice sheets are under threat, a new research on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 led by New Zealand and U.S. scientists who call for concrete action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, revealed in a report. Global warming is melting ice in Antarctica faster than ever before – about six times more per year now than 40 years ago, leading ...

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U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018

Donald Trump, US president

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions rose an estimated 3.4 percent in 2018, according to new research – a jarring increase that comes as scientists say the world needs to be aggressively cutting its emissions to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change. Donald Trump, US president The findings, published on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 by the independent economic research firm Rhodium ...

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Study identifies roadmap for private sector climate investment in South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

The green energy sector, water, climate smart food systems and low carbon constructions for human settlements are some of key priority areas for private sector investments that will support South Africa’s climate change outcomes, according to new study released on Thursday, January 10, 2019 on the sidelines of the Partnership for Action on the Green Economy (PAGE) Ministerial Conference. President Cyril Ramaphosa ...

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Paris Agreement: Despite Katowice, world still off course – Espinosa

Patricia Espinosa

In her first address since the conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland in December 2018, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, has warned that whilst the meeting was a success, the world remained off course with regard to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, ...

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Americans having a rethink about global warming, says study

Global warming study

As of March 2018, the majority of Americans (73%) believe that global warming is happening, and over half of registered voters (59%) believe that humans are the primary cause. These numbers are believed to have grown in recent years, and even six in 10 Trump voters support taxing and/or regulating the pollution that causes global warming. Who exactly has changed ...

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Government unveils plans to make Niger Delta region climate-resilient

Niger Delta Climate Action Plan

Efforts to save the human and physical ecologies of Nigeria’s Niger Delta region has turned out for the better, courtesy of a government initiative to shield the area from the vagaries of the global changing climate. Formal presentation of the Niger Delta Region Climate Change Programme and Action Plan (NDRCCP-AP) at COP24 on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Supposedly harbouring the ...

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Environmentalist harps on carbon neutrality to mitigate climate change

Gloria Bulus

An environmentalist, Miss Gloria Bulus, has harped on the need to practice carbon neutrality to mitigate climate change issues in the country. Gloria Bulus Bulus, founder of Bridge-that-Gap Initiative, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, January 3, 2019 in Lagos. Carbon Neutrality is acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero, and ...

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Group tags bamboo ‘the forgotten climate solution’

Bamboo house

The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) has said that bamboo has huge potential for climate change mitigation and adaptation. Bamboo housing Director general of INBAR, Hans Friederich, made the disclosure in December 2018 at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, where the organisation promoted the use of bamboo and rattan as existing solutions to climate change, ...

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Brazil decreases GHG emissions through forestry sector

Edson Duarte

New forestry data released recently shows that, in 2018, Brazil has already met – albeit through actions in its forestry sector alone – its overall pre-2020 commitment to reduce emissions by 36-38% nationally. These actions are said to have delivered a dramatic 1.2-billion-ton emissions reduction in 2018 alone. Brazil’s Minister of the Environment, Edson Duarte The data, which was released ...

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