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How COP24 helped to close gender gap

Gender Action Plan

The 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held December 2018 in Katowice, Poland marked the half way point of the two-year UNFCCC Gender Action Plan (GAP) adopted by countries in November 2017. To mark the occasion and to highlight action taken to implement the GAP in 2018, the call to #ActOnTheGAP was ...

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Namibia progressing in addressing climate change despite challenge, says minister

Pohamba Shifeta

Namibian is making steady progress in combating the effects of climate change despite the challenge of lacking financial resources, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, said in Windhoek on Monday, February 11, 2019. Pohamba Shifeta Shifeta said the country had taken the issue of climate change with seriousness and has established a cross-sectoral National Climate Change Committee (NCCC) to ...

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USAID bankrolls Ivorian coastal resilience scheme in Fresco


A new Initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will be launched in Fresco, southern Côte d’Ivoire, on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 to promote the wellbeing of households living in an area that is vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and an urgent need to increase the resilience to climate change for the area and ...

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How climate change is hurting Africa’s economy, by experts

Harsen Nyambe Nyambe

Climate change has weakened, and it will continue weakening African economies as countries struggle to counter its impacts, experts attending an event on the sidelines of the traditional Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union for 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have observed. Harsen Nyambe Nyambe In a speech read on his behalf at an event ...

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AU urged to appoint envoy on climate change, security

African Union (AU) building

Ahead of the African Union (AU) Summit holding from February 10 to 11, 2019, researchers at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) have released a new essay that gives impetus for the AU to refocus on climate-related security risks and build a broad support to appoint a dedicated AU Special Envoy for Climate Change and Security. The 32nd Summit ...

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Past four years were warmest on record, confirms WMO

Petteri Taalas

In a clear sign of continuing long-term climate change associated with record atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 have been confirmed as the four warmest years on record. WMO Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas A consolidated analysis by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) of five leading international datasets showed that the global average surface temperature in 2018 was ...

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Climate change fuelling wild weather in Australia, report says

Amanda McKenzie

An increase in the severity and frequency of extreme weather conditions in Australia in 2018 is “a new norm driven by climate change,” a report said on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Climate Council chief executive, Amanda McKenzie “Temperatures nudged 50 degrees Celsius, bushfires ravaged rainforests and people were at increased risk of cardiac arrests because of heatwaves,’’ the Sydney-based environmental ...

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German cabinet approves climate protection report 2018

Svenja Schulze

The German Federal Cabinet on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 approved the “Climate Protection Report 2018”. Accordingly, Germany is expected to emit around 32 percent less greenhouse gases in 2020 than in 1990. In comparison, in 2017 the reduction was 27.5 percent. German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze Progress is expected in the energy sector by 2020, partly because of the successful reform ...

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Climate change will change colour of Earth’s oceans by 21st century

Climate change and ocean

A new study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, has found that climate change could affect the colour of the ocean, intensifying its blue and green regions. Climate change can affect the colour of the ocean, intensifying its blue and green regions Climate change is causing significant changes to phytoplankton in the world’s oceans, and ...

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IPCC authors meet for final stages of ‘Climate Change and Land’ report

Hoesung Lee

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors will meet in Cali, Colombia from February 11 to 15, 2019 to make final preparations for the special report on “Climate Change and Land” to be released later this year. Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair. Photo credit: Around 125 authors and IPCC Bureau members from about 45 countries will come together in Cali for their ...

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