Thursday 19th September 2019
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Global climate actions call on world leaders to wake up to 1.5

Rise For Climate

People worldwide have launched a global coordinated delivery of the recently released IPCC report to decision makers across the globe. The actions demand that all institutions withdraw their support from the fossil fuel industry and stand up to them before it’s too late. Actions will take place in over 100 different locations and include banner drops, hand deliveries and other forms of creative action. The ...

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‘Michael’ makes landfall as catastrophic Category-4 hurricane

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, USA in the afternoon of Wednesday, October 10, 2018 as a Category-4 storm, with “catastrophic” winds reaching 155 mph, according to the National Hurricane Centre. The Associated Press reports that the storm made landfall between Panama City and St. Vincent Island, and some Panama City Beach buildings were torn apart by the devastating ...

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Africa urged to speak with one voice on climate issues

Keriako Tobiko

The Seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII) opened on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya with a strong call for Africa to prepare and speak with one voice when it goes to the next UN climate change talks (COP 24) holding in Katowice, Poland in December. Kenya’s Environment and Forestry Minister, Keriako Tobiko, speaking on ...

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Mercury treaty approves first five projects of Convention

Minamata Convention on Mercury

The Minamata Convention on Mercury has approved five projects in the First Round of its Specific International Programme amounting to $1 million. Co-Chairs of the Governing Board of the Specific International Programme of the Convention, Sam Adu-Kumi (Ghana) and Reggie Hernaus (The Netherlands), who made the disclosure in a statement on the Convention’s website on Monday, October 8, 2018, said ...

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Report says Shell spill polluted over 113ha in Bayelsa

Oil spill pollution

Leakage from an oilfield operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at Aghoro community in Bayelsa State in Nigeria has discharged some 1,114 barrels of crude oil into the environment. The leakage has adversely affected the fishing vocation of residents who had withdrawn from fishing to pave way for clean up. The resulting oil spill impacted and polluted an estimated ...

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Limiting global warming to 1.50C necessary, possible, urgent – Activists

IPCC Report

Civil society groups on Monday, October 8, 2018 have welcomed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest scientific assessment on global warming, which calls for full decarbonisation latest by 2050. The details will serve as a key input for the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December 2018, as well as influence a political outcome committing to ...

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Why government lays emphasis on EIA for project implementation

Energy EIA

Useful modification of industrial process designs to achieve better efficiency, improved capacity utilisation and sustainable use of natural resources have been identified as major reasons why the government emphasises the need for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports. Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Aliboh Leon Lawrence, made the submission in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 during ...

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Hands Off Mother Earth campaign: Activists say ‘No’ to geoengineering

Lili Fuhr Heinrich Böll

Some 110 organisations and social movements, including renowned environmental activists, Friends of the Earth International, La Via Campesina, Indigenous Environmental Network, Third World Network, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), ETC Group, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation on Thursday, October 4, 2018 issued a manifesto, speaking out against “the large-scale manipulation of climate and earth systems with unproven technologies – so-called ...

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Four Chinese cities pledge to cut emissions from buildings

Qingdao China

Senior officials from Beijing, Fuzhou, Qingdao and Shanghai have pledged to remove greenhouse gas emissions from their buildings. The initiative, led by C40 cities, will develop a range of innovative policies to reduce emissions from existing buildings. This will ensure that they meet ultra-low energy consumption levels and promote the use of buildings as a source of low carbon energy ...

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UK commits £160m to provide green energy in developing countries

Theresa May

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, announced on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the UN General Assembly in New York that the UK would provide £160 million of funding for greener energy systems in developing countries. The UK Government has committed to sharing its expertise and help developing countries tackle the global problem of climate change. At the ...

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