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Marshall Islands emerges new Climate Vulnerable Forum chair


The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia concluded its chairmanship of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group of the member states of the CVF with a handover ceremony held at Addis Ababa on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 transferring presidency responsibilities to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Speaking at the event, Dr. Gemedo Dalle, Minister of ...

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Latin American & Caribbean Climate Week closes with calls for increased climate finance

Climate week

The Latin American & Caribbean Climate Week, which ended on Thursday, August 23, 2018, showcased groundbreaking action underway in the region to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. The event reached its apex with the high-level segment on Wednesday, which was opened by UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa; Brazil’s ...

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Stalling summer weather: From sunny days to heat waves, wildfires

California wildfires

Be it heavy downpours or super-hot spells, summer weather becomes more persistent in North America, Europe and parts of Asia. When those conditions stall for several days or weeks, they can turn into extremes: heatwaves resulting in droughts, health risks and wildfires; or relentless rainfall resulting in floods. A team of scientists now presents the first comprehensive review of research ...

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Clean Power Plan replacement a dismantling of smart climate policy – Climate Reality

Ken Berlin

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 released a new proposal to replace the 2015 Clean Power Plan, a landmark climate policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants by 32 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2030. The Clean Power Plan was a key component of US plans to meet commitments made under the ...

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UN report visualises Momentum for Change milestones


UN Climate Change’s Momentum for Change initiative on Friday, August 17, 2018 released its new, interactive online report to highlight the climate action milestones that it achieved last year. By shining light on the most inspiring and transformational mitigation and adaptation activities, known as “Lighthouse Activities”, Momentum for Change aims to strengthen motivation, spur innovation and catalyse further change towards a low-emission, ...

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NEMA, stakeholders seek to curb climate-induced disasters


At a daylong a forum held in Abuja on Thursday, August 16, 2018, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and a group of stakeholders sought to devise strategise on best ways to prevent and mitigate climate-induced disasters in the country. Mr Mustapha Maihaja, Director-General, NEMA, said that the National Stakeholders Workshop aimed at improving the mitigation and response mechanism in ...

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Scientists predict unusually warm climate from 2018 to 2022


Scientists on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 predicted that the years 2018 to 2022 are going to be an “anomalously warm’’ period, with greater chance of extreme temperatures. “The current climate has a large likelihood to reach a warmer-than-normal period over the next five years on top of the forced global warming trend,’’ said the study by British and Dutch researchers ...

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World tourism industry pledges climate neutrality

Tourism and tourism

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has signed up to the United Nations Climate Neutral Now initiative with a pledge to measure its greenhouse gas emissions, reduce what it can and offset the rest, while promoting the same climate-friendly regimen to its 150 members worldwide. This pledge adds momentum to global climate action taken by organisations, companies, events and individuals to ...

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Government, NIRSAL, CIAT seek to curb emissions through climate smart agric

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The Federal Government and the Nigeria Incentive Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) are working with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They also signed an agreement in Abuja on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 to profile climate risks for agricultural commodities. The risks facing agricultural commodities include flooding, drought, and desertification among ...

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Warming Earth at risk of heading towards irreversible state

GHG emission

Keeping global warming to within 1.5-2°C may be more difficult than previously assessed. An international team of scientists has published a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) showing that even if the carbon emission reductions called for in the Paris Agreement are met, there is a risk of the planet entering what the scientists call “Hothouse ...

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