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Civil society body advocates for climate change dialogue

Community Empowerment for Organization (CEPO) has called for a national climate change dialogue to mitigate effects of heavy rains expected in the region. The call comes barely a month after the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) announced that heavy rains could fall over East Africa in the months of …

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5 Ways the Glasgow Climate Pact Aims to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In November 2021, the climate negotiations in Glasgow made headlines with new announcements on a wide range of climate change solutions, such as those that address forests, finance and methane emissions. While these initiatives grabbed the headlines, behind the scenes, negotiators hammered out the formal outcome of COP26: The Glasgow Climate Pact. Unlike the sectoral …

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Progress made towards a global plastics treaty covering waste

The US and France are calling for an international treaty to address the global problem of plastic pollution. A joint statement by the two countries says they are committed to protecting the environment for future generations. An estimated 8.8 million tonnes of plastic waste enters the world’s ocean each year. ‘Recognising the transboundary aspects of …

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President Kenyatta takes over as chair of AU Climate Change committee

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been named the new chairperson for the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC). Kenya’s State House made the announcement on Twitter on the last day of the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr Kenyatta takes …

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Scotland to Plant Millions of Trees Along Rivers to Save Wild Salmon From the Heat

In Scotland, the River Dee Board and Trust and fisheries are planting millions of trees along rivers to help save wild salmon from the effects of global warming. Scotland’s rivers are already becoming too warm in the summer for wild salmon to spawn, putting more pressure on these cold-water fish. Wild salmon prefer water temperatures …

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Non-fossil fuel to be 50% of China’s power capacity in 2022.

Non-fossil fuel energy sources such as wind, nuclear, solar and hydropower may make up half of China’s total power generation capacity by the end of 2022, for the first time ever, the country’s electricity council has forecast. China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gases emitter and coal consumer, is expected to add 180 gigawatts (GW) of …

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Floating wind system gathers 5 times the energy of typical offshore turbine.

Wind Catching Systems AS, a small company based in Oslo, Norway, has an admirable goal: supplying the world with affordable and sustainable offshore wind energy. To that end, the company has developed a concept for a floating, stacked wind turbine system that will generate five times the energy that can be generated by one conventional …

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Kenya’s 1st Public Service Company to Join the UN-Backed Campaign Against Global Warming.

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has joined the UN-backed global campaign to combat global warming, becoming the first public service agency in Kenya company to do so. The campaign dubbed ‘Business Ambition for 1.50C’, is backed by a global coalition of the United Nations leaders, business organisations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). By committing to …

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Bangladeshi Scientist Invents Biodegradable Single-Use Bag Made From Jute

As countries around the world try to cut down on throw-away plastic shopping bags, Bangladesh is hoping to cash in on an alternative: plastic-like bags made from jute, the plant fiber used to produce burlap bags.Bangladesh is the world’s second biggest producer of jute after India, though the so-called “golden fiber” — named for its …

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