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Leading firms to decarbonise products, services

Dexter Galvin

Many of the world’s biggest companies plan to decarbonise at least half of their products and services within the next 10 years, a new survey shows, thereby making a valuable contribution to fighting climate change. Conducted by Science-Based Targets (SBTi) – an initiative to help companies determine a pathway for reducing their emissions – the YouGov survey of global corporations found ...

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Record-breaking heavy rainfall events increases under global warming

Flood in Japan

Heavy rainfall events setting ever new records have been increasing strikingly in the past 30 years. While before 1980, multi-decadal fluctuations in extreme rainfall events are explained by natural variability, a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research detected a clear upward trend in the past few decades towards more unprecedented daily rainfall events. They find ...

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July sees extreme rainfall, heat, says WMO

Japan flooding

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said that high impact weather, including extreme heat and disastrous precipitation, marked the early part of summer in the northern hemisphere. Japan has suffered the worst flooding and landslide in decades, with many daily rainfall records broken. According to official government figures on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, more than 150 people have lost their ...

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Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week set to galvanise regional climate action

Tomasz Chruszczow

The full agenda for the Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2018 (LACCW2018) was released on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. It is being convened from August 20 to 23 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The event – which lands three weeks ahead of both the Global Climate Action Summit in California and New York Climate Week – will be instrumental in demonstrating ...

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NiMet DG appointed into WASCAL Advisory Board

Sani Marshi

Director-General/CEO, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Sani Mashi, has been appointed into the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL). A statement by Mr Muntari Ibrahim, General Manager, Public Relations Unit of NiMet, on Monday, July 9, 2018 in Abuja, said the appointment is for a period of ...

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NiMet predicts rains, thunderstorms for Monday


The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy skies over the central states of the country on Monday, July 9, 2018 with prospects of rains over Abuja, Bauchi, Gombe, Jos, Jalingo, Niger, Yola and Kaduna cities. NiMet’s Weather Outlook by its Central Forecast Office in Abuja on Sunday also predicted day and night temperatures in the range of 27 to ...

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GCF reflects on ‘disappointing’ Board meeting

Green Climate Fund

The 20th meeting of the GCF Board ended on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Songdo, South Korea, following four days of challenging and difficult discussions between Board members. The Board meeting was Chaired by Lennart Båge, in the absence of Co-Chair Paul Oquist. Whilst positive decisions were made on important issues, such as a financial plan to manage the Commitment ...

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China donates meteorological equipment to Namibia

Meteorological equipment

Meteorological equipment worth $2.4 million donated by China were handed over to Namibia at an event on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Namibia received 10 sets of Manned Weather Observation Systems, five sets of Automated Weather systems, one central work station software and meteorological communication system. The remaining are FY-3 meteorological satellite data collecting, processing system, the FY3-3 meteorological satellite information ...

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Cement manufacturers urge climate action


The World Cement Association (WCA) is urging industry members to increase efforts to adopt new technologies quickly and at scale to reduce its CO2 emissions in order effectively help fight climate change. The cement industry accounts for 5-6% of global greenhouse emissions, and its actions are crucial to help achieve the central goal of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement ...

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Climate change is driving debt for developing countries

Charles Donovan

Increased risk from vulnerability to climate change is increasing the cost of capital and is projected to cause an additional $168 billion of debt payments over the next 10 years among the most climate change vulnerable countries, according to new research commissioned by the UN. A new report compiled by the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment at Imperial College ...

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