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Climate, development agendas inherently linked

Patricia Espinosa

Speaking at the opening of the President of the General Assembly High-Level Event Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda in New York on 23 March, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa notes that the sustainable development and climate change agendas are inherently linked. “By looking at climate and sustainability holistically, we maximise the potential for positive outcomes of every action we take. ...

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World Meteorological Day: Understanding clouds means understanding climate


“Understanding Clouds” is the theme of World Meteorological Day 2017 to highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water. According to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), clouds are central to weather observations and forecasts, adding that clouds are one of the key uncertainties in the study of climate change. “We need to better understand how clouds affect the ...

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Ten indicators the climate is changing

melting glaciers

How do we know our climate is changing permanently, rather than just going through a normal period of flux? Let’s look at 10 major changes scientists have seen in our climate system to help set the record straight Few global trends have been as controversial as climate change and the Earth’s warming. The Earth has gone through many shifts in ...

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Development banks pledge increased funding to tackle climate change

Akinwumi Adesina

Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) holding in Paris on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 identified climate financing for development action as a crucial step in putting the world on the pathway to sustainable development. In a joint statement, the heads of ...

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Faith-based petitions demand climate action

Mithika Mwenda

A total of 1,780,528 million people worldwide have put their names to a collection of faith-based petitions urging political leaders at the COP21 climate summit to take decisive action to curb global warming and deliver a strong, fair deal that helps poor countries adapt to their changing climate. The petitions were presented to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres on November ...

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Global marches to call for increased climate action


On November 28 and 29, hundreds of thousands of people around the world will take to the streets in more than 2,000 events in 150 countries to turn up the heat on leaders heading to the Paris Climate Summit. Frontline community representatives, unionists, faith leaders, and families will call on politicians to forge an ambitious new global climate agreement this ...

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Star-studded climate reality broadcast to usher in COP 21

Former US Vice President Al Gore at the premiere of 'An Inconvenient Truth' in Tokyo

Former US Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore to lead round-the-clock call to action on Nov. 13-14 from climate experts, activists, celebrities and musicians Seeking to generate momentum for strong action on climate from world leaders in the final days before the UN climate talks in Paris, former US Vice President and Chairman of The Climate Reality Project ...

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Empowering local government’s climate resilience

Kofo Adeleke of CCDI

A daylong forum that held a couple of weeks ago in Lagos at the instance of the Community Development and Conservation Initiatives (CCDI) sought to disseminate information on a Participatory Risk Reduction and Management blueprint which the Amuwo Odofin Local Government and its community members produced in partnership with CCDI and the Heinrich Boll Foundation. The vision, discloses Kofo Adeleke ...

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Campaigners urge Green Climate Fund to shun HSBC, Credit Agricole


Campaigners have urged the UN’s Green Climate Fund to reject the involvement of HSBC and Credit Agricole, ahead of COP21. A group of 88 NGOs, charities and academic bodies has penned an open letter to the board of the GCF, claiming that the accreditation of the two banks, which is currently being considered, would “pose serious reputational and moral risk ...

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Global climate response raises hope for 2 degree C temperature limit

Christiana Figueres

New UN report synthesises national climate plans from 146 countries in advance of Paris An unprecedented world-wide effort is underway to combat climate change, building confidence that nations can cost effectively meet their stated objective of keeping a global temperature rise to under 2 degree C. A new report today, assessing the collective impact of over 140 national climate action ...

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