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CDM board elects chair, vice-chair for 2017

Frank Wolke

The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in Bonn, Germany on Monday, February 20 2017 convened its first meeting in 2017. At the start of this 93rd meeting, the Executive Board elected Frank Wolke of Germany and Arthur Rolle of the Bahamas as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively. Mr. Wolke and Mr. Rolle will serve until the first meeting of the ...

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IPCC selects experts for special global warming report

Debra Roberts

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) has selected the team of experts – comprising coordinating lead authors, authors and review editors – who will prepare the Special Report on “Global Warming of 1.5ºC: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of ...

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How lawmakers can drive carbon emission reduction process

Sam Onuigbo

For Nigeria to fulfill its commitment to the reduce carbon emissions by 30%, there are urgent needs for legislations and budgetary planning for infrastructure development that can be facilitated by the nation’s lawmakers. This was the focal point of discussion at the Climate Change Knowledge Immersion Workshop series which was organised by the Federal Ministry of Environment’s Department for Climate ...

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Norway scales up efforts to curb Somali drought


Somalia has once again been hit by a severe drought, which could quickly develop into a famine. “A large proportion of the population is affected by the drought, and over six million people are in need of food aid. Norway is now increasing its support for humanitarian efforts in the country by NOK (Norwegian Krone) 64 million, in an effort ...

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Climate change story is a security story, says Espinosa

Patricia Espinosa

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, February 18 2017, while contributing to a discussion on human security and climate security, called for a reframing of the narrative around climate change. She said that, too often, the “story” around climate change only touched on issues such ...

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Global heat continues, sea ice hits new record lows

Global warming

The extended spell of high global temperatures is continuing, with the Arctic witnessing exceptional warmth and – as a result – record low Arctic sea ice volumes for this time of year. Antarctic sea ice extent is also the lowest on record. Reports from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies said that global average surface temperatures ...

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UN climate appreciates countries for leadership, timely support

Patricia Espinosa

Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, on Thursday, February 16 2017 in Bonn, Germany thanked a group of nearly 20 countries for their leadership in fully paying their 2017 contributions – in line with the agreed financial policy – that support the important work of the UN climate body. The contributions are crucial ...

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China, Sweden take bold climate action


While some countries recently broke new ground in climate ambition, a report on nationally determined contributions (NDCs) shows that there is still a long way to go to realise the full implementation of countries’ pledges under the Paris Agreement on climate change. The past few weeks brought news about the efforts of two countries to implement climate change action, illustrating ...

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Government develops climate guidance notes for states

Ibrahim Usman Jibril

The Federal Ministry of Environment has announced the development of guidance notes for state governments to help in building capacity for effective state-level response to climate change. This was revealed by the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Monday, February 13 2017 at the first leg of the Climate Change Knowledge Immersion Workshop ...

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Ending fossil fuel subsidies crucial for climate protection

Ivetta Gerasimchuk

A complete removal of subsidies for the production of fossil fuel today would result in a steady decline in greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2050 as more oil, gas and coal is left in the ground. This is according to new study by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Global Subsidies Initiative and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) that provides what looks like the most robust ...

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