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UN declares 2021 to 2030 ‘Decade on Ecosystem Restoration’

Tim Christophersen

The United Nations has issued a global “call to action” to mobilise the political and financial support necessary to restore the world’s deforested and degraded ecosystems over the coming decade to support the wellbeing of 3.2 billion people around the globe. Under the initiative, over two billion hectares – an area larger than the South American continent – stand to be restored. ...

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Why climate action needs women

Woman farmer

Ahead of the 2019 International Women’s Day on March 8, themed “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”, everyone should acknowledge the benefits that women bring to climate action so that climate change can be properly addressed. Climate change impacts people differently – in terms of socioeconomic circumstances, disabilities, age and gender. A woman farmer: Women are said to be more ...

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Aiteo resisting investigation into explosion at Nembe creek oilfields, says NOSDRA

Oil field explosion

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) alleges that operator of Nembe Creek Oilfields within OML 29 is resisting efforts to probe the cause of an explosion that occurred on Friday, March 1, 2019 in Nembe. An oil field explosion The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), in 2015, divested its equity in OML 29 and transferred its interest ...

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CITES, UNDP, FAO celebrate World Wildlife Day and ‘Life below Water’

Ms. Ivonne Higuero CITES

High-level representatives from UN member states and international organisations gathered on Friday, March 1, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to celebrate the UN World Wildlife Day under the theme “Life below water: for people and planet”. CITES Secretary-General, Ivonne Higuero The benefits of marine and coastal resources are enormous. Over three billion people depend on these ...

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Indian power plant: World Bank Group not above the law, court rules

Tata Mundra Ultra Mega power

In a historic 7-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Jam v. International Finance Corporation (IFC) that international organisations like the World Bank Group can be sued in U.S. courts. The IFC-financed Tata Mundra Ultra Mega coal-fired power plant in India The Court’s decision is said to mark a defining moment for the IFC – the ...

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Iceberg twice the size of NYC set to break off from Antarctic ice shelf

Antarctic iceberg

Cracks growing across Antarctica’s Brunt ice shelf are set to release an iceberg twice the size of New York City. Antarctic iceberg NASA Earth Observatory has released before and after images, taken 30 years apart, showing a massive difference in the Antarctic Brunt ice shelf. One crack along part of the ice shelf, which first appeared in October 2016, has continued ...

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Buhari asked to implement low carbon economy

Muhammadu Buhari

An ecologist, Mr Richard Inyamkume, has advised re-elected President Muhammadu Buhari to implement low carbon economy to transit from a largely fossil fuel driven economy to a circular, clean and sustainable economy by 2023. President Muhammadu Buhari Inyamkume, the Executive Director, Ambassadors of Dialogue, Climate and Reintegration, an NGO, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of ...

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GCF approves $100m solar scheme for Nigeria

Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved the Solar IPP Support Programme for Nigeria, which is expected to benefit no less than one million households in the country. A group of delegates at the 22nd Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board in Songdo, South Korea The $100 million project forms part of the nine new climate resilience and low ...

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Former coal lobbyist confirmed as US’ top environmental official

Andrew Wheeler

The US Senate on Thursday, February 28, 2019 approved former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to head the Environmental Protection Agency by a vote of 52 to 47, elevating a veteran of Washington political and industry circles who has advanced President Trump’s push to rollback Obama-era environmental regulations. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Photo credit: Reuters/Ting Shen Wheeler, who ...

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CIFOR, FOERDIA renew collaborative relationship

CIFOR and FOERDIA

The long history between the Forestry and Environmental Research Development and Innovation Agency of the Government of Indonesia (FOERDIA)and the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) stretches back to 1997, when the two organisations began their partnership, and now a new chapter is added. CIFOR Director General Robert Nasi and FOERDIA Director General Agus Justianto sign the MoU On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 ...

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