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Experts advocate study of climate change in secondary schools

Dr Peter Tarfa

Some experts have advocated for the promotion of study of geography at the secondary school level for Nigerians to have knowledge about climate change early. Dr Peter Tarfa, Director, Department of Climate Change (DCC) in the Federal Ministry of Environment The experts made the call during separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan, Oyo State, on ...

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Costa Rica commits to fully decarbonise by 2050

Carlos Alvarado Quesada

With a 95% share of renewables in its electricity matrix and solid achievements to prevent deforestation – 52% of the national territory is covered by forests – the Central American nation of Costa Rica is already a world leader in terms of environmental sustainability. However, Costa Rica wants to go further and be an international example of climate action and ...

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Forum reinforces knowledge of Cross River farmers, forest gatherers on REDD+

Moses Ama

The Wise Administration of Terrestrial Environment and Resources (WATER), an NGO, has trained over 800 indigenous peoples consisting of farmers and forest gatherers in Ekuri community in Cross River State. The workshop, which took place in Ekuri community, was attended by the National Coordinator of the Nigeria REDD+ Programme, Dr. Moses Ama; State Coordinator of REDD+, Mr. Patrick Coco Bassey; ...

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Forest protection in Brazil boosted through REDD+

Amazon rainforest

Forest protection in Brazil received an important boost this month as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at its 22nd Board meeting approved the first results-based payments for so-called “REDD+” activities. The Amazon rainforest in Brazil REDD+ stands for “reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation and sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks” and refers to ...

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Countries submit record $268m funding request to Adaptation Fund

Victor Viñas

$268m in funding requests and 40 project proposals received appear to reflect trust in the Fund’s work and growing urgency of climate action across the globe The Adaptation Fund says it continues to receive urgent demand for its work, as developing countries submitted a new record $268.2 million in funding requests across a record 40 proposals for review through the Fund’s implementing ...

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Amazon forest faces climate change threat despite higher rainfall variability

Amazon rainforest

The Amazon rainforest has evolved over millions of years and even through ice ages. Yet today, human influences and global climate change put this huge ecosystem at risk of large-scale dieback – with major consequences for its capability as a global CO2 sink. The Amazon rainforest New research published in Nature Geoscience now reveals a key player in shaping the resilience of the ...

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Ghanaian leader, actress to open Africa Climate Week

Nana Akufo-Addo

President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, Ghanaian actress and television personality, Joselyn Dumas, as well as COP24 President, Michał Kurtyka, are scheduled to formally open the Africa Climate Week on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in Accra. President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana The curtain-raising ceremony will introduce a series of discussions throughout the course of the day that will feature prominent leaders, ...

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Indigenous peoples select representatives to UNFCCC Facilitative Working Group

Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild and Andrea Carmen

The names of seven Indigenous Peoples’ representatives from all regions of the world were on Thursday, February 28, 2019 submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to serve as members of the Facilitative Working Group for the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform. The Platform will focus on the role of Traditional Knowledge in mitigating Climate ...

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Australia experienced hottest summer on record, weather bureau says


Australia has just sweltered through its hottest summer on record, the country’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said on Friday, March 1, 2019. Melbourne, Australia “The starkest feature of this summer was the record warmth,” the bureau said in a weather report. The national average temperature from December to the end of February was 2.14 degrees Celsius above average, easily beating ...

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Names of two very destructive typhoons delisted

Typhoon Rumbia

Two typhoon names – Mangosteen and Rumbia – have been retired, due to the significant damage they caused in 2018, by a typhoon committee. Typhoon Rumbia making a landfall The Typhoon Committee, an intergovernmental body under the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), made the decision at the ongoing 51st session ...

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