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How coronavirus could halt world’s emissions growth

British Airways

Humans have seemed unable to get a handle on climate change, with global emissions of greenhouse gases continuing to grow every year. But a microscopic pathogen, so structurally simple that it does not even have a single cell and is arguably not even alive, may be capable of accomplishing what our political leaders thus far cannot. Halting emissions growth: An ...

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Nyong charges young scholars on nation’s transition to low emission development

Professor Anthony Okon Nyong

As the University of Calabar witnesses her 33rd convocation ceremony, Professor Anthony Okon Nyong, Director of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank (AfDB), delivered the convocation lecture on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at the institution’s conference centre. Professor Anthony Okon Nyong Speaking on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implications for Climate Change and Africa’s Sustainable Development”, Professor ...

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2019 ended with 1.1 degree C of global heating – WMO

Petteri Taalas

The tell-tale physical signs of climate change such as increasing land and ocean heat, accelerating sea level rise and melting ice are highlighted in a new report compiled by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and an extensive network of partners. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas It documents impacts of weather and climate events on socio-economic development, human health, migration and displacement, ...

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Lagos residents urged to brace up for nine-month, 270-day rainfall

NiMet on Lagos

Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Tunji Bello, has urged residents of Lagos State to prepare for likely consequences of 240-270 days rain with the 2020 rainfall predicted to begin in March 19 and end Nov. 22. L-R: Lekan Shodehinde, Permanent Secretary, Office of Drainage Service; Joe Igbokwe, Special Adviser on Drainage & Water Resources; Tunji Bello, Commissioner ...

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Climate crisis needs collective response – Espinosa

patricia espinosa

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, has called for a truly collective response to climate change, which she described as the main struggle of the present generation, and a struggle that affects all future generations. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC In an address to the mainly young audience at the College of Europe, Warsaw Campus on Thursday, March 5, 2020, ...

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Nigeria launches bid to revise NDC ahead of COP26

Ahead of plans to submit a revised Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) at the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) holding in Glasgow, UK in November 2020, Nigeria has effectively commenced a revision of the document. Dignitaries on the high table during the opening ceremony: Margaret Barihaihi of ...

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Thousands join Thunberg in Brussels to march for climate

Greta Thunberg

Thousands of people on Friday, March 6, 2020 joined teen climate activist Greta Thunberg in marching through Brussels in Belgium to demand more ambitious measures to fight climate change from the EU. Greta Thunberg leading a climate protest According to police, 3,400 people took part in the march. Some demonstrators carried banners with inscriptions “Our future is in your hands,” ...

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How national toolkit will enhance NDCs implementation in Nigeria

Dr Peter Tarfa

Nigeria is developing a national toolkit to integrate the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) into its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risks Reduction. Dr Peter Tarfa, Director, Department of Climate Change (DCC) in the Federal Ministry of Environment The toolkit is aimed at enhancing the implementation the UNDP-NDCs Support ...

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EU champions daring new climate law

Ursula von der Leyen

The European Commission has proposed a law that would give it far-reaching power to dictate the course of political action on climate change in the European Union. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission The draft climate law, unveiled in Brussels on Wednesday, March4, 2020, would make a legally binding commitment for the EU to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions ...

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IPCC concludes 52nd session, opens draft of Sixth Assessment Report for review


The 52nd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-52) concluded on Friday, February 28, 2020, after agreeing on an outline for the Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment Report. IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee (left) and IPCC Secretary Abdalah Mokssit at the IPCC-52 in Paris, France The outline, which was discussed throughout the week and was the subject of ...

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