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Banks, UN seek to promote climate transparency in financial markets

Erik Solheim

Together with the UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), 11 of the world’s leading banks announced on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 a commitment to develop analytical tools and indicators to strengthen their assessment and disclosure of climate-related risks and opportunities. Following the publication last month of the final recommendations by the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Task Force on Climate-Related Financial ...

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Fresh ratifications as Minamata celebrates Convention’s entry into force

Minamata_city

In the past couple of days, three countries ratified the Minamata Convention, even as indications emerged that the entry of the global treaty into force will be commemorated next week. On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Thailand became the latest nation to endorse the mercury accord when it deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the Convention’s 66th future Party. Previously, ...

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Austria ratifies Minamata Convention

Alexander Van der Bellen

The Government of Austria on Monday, 12 June 2017, deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 57th future Party to the Minamata Convention. This is coming a few days after the West African nation of Niger on Friday, June 9 ratified the global accord, and making it the 56th country to do so. Hitherto, Finland on Thursday, June 1 ...

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Finland ratifies Minamata Convention

Sauli Väinämö Niinistö

The Government of Finland on Thursday, June 1, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 55th future Party to the Minamata Convention. This comes just a day after Slokavia on Wednesday, May 31 endorsed the mercury accord. Prior to that, the twin island nation of St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 had ratified the Convention, ...

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Indonesia: Communities form part of discussions to address peatland concerns

Emmanuela Shinta-GLF-Peatlands

Communities from peatland regions around Indonesia on Thursday, May 18, 2017 joined a global forum in Jakarta on solving the problems they are facing, and to share experiences for those facing similar problems around the world. Local communities were at the centre of discussions among policy makers, scientists, business leaders, civil society representatives and others at the “Global Landscapes Forum: Peatlands ...

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50th ratification triggers entry of Minamata Convention into force

Erik Solheim

History was made on Thursday, May 18, 2017 when the Minamata Convention on Mercury effectively came into force, having garnered the required 50 ratifications. With the number of ratifications standing at 44 (courtesy of Norway, the 44th nation to ratify the Convention) as at Wednesday, Thursday however ushered in a “surprise” as the EU and seven of its member States ...

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Norway ratifies Minamata Convention

Oslo, Norway

The Government of Norway on Friday, May 12, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 44th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. This is coming on the heels of Afghanistan’s deposition of its instrument of accession on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, thereby becoming the 43rd future Party to the Convention. Prior to that, Burkina Faso and Canada ...

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UN evaluates benefits, challenges of green energy revolution

Renewable Energy

A recent United Nations (UN) report on energy-efficiency technologies shows that low-carbon technologies apparently aid clean air, save water and cut land use, and could reduce 25 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and 17 million tonnes of particulates a year. “We are on the right track. We know that cleaning up the air we breathe gives rise to huge ...

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Ogoniland clean-up yet to commence, five years after UNEP report

ERA-Ogoni-UNEP

Over five years after the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommended that Ogoniland in South-South Nigeria should be cleaned of the last drop of spilled oil, not a single drop has been removed from the beleaguered community. Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Dr. Godwin Ojo, disclosed this at a press briefing on the issue ...

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Renewable energy sources could be cheaper than fossil fuels within 10 years – UN

Christine-Lins

A new United Nations-backed report has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity. “(The report) is meant to spur discussion and debate about both the opportunities and challenges of ...

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