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  • US: UN headquarters complex becomes canvas for action against climate change
    21 september 2014 14:51:20
    New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit, scheduled for Tuesday, the UN headquarters complex in New York was lit up with a spectacular 30-story architectural projection show aimed to inspire global citizens to take climate action. Full text...

  • UN: Climate Summit to focus on raising ambition, finance, tackling emissions
    20 september 2014 17:31:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN high-level Climate Change Summit scheduled on 23 September Full text...

  • Tanzania: Climate-related disasters worsen despite.....-Oxfam
    19 september 2014 08:36:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Climate-related disasters in the five years since global leaders last met to discuss climate change have cost almost half a trillion dollars (US$490 billion) - three times more than for the whole of the 1970s, international agency Oxfam said Friday. Full text...

  • UN: 340 global investors urge transition to low-carbon economy
    18 september 2014 22:48:55
    New Yor, US (PANA) - Ahead of the UN climate summit in New York, more than 340 global institutional investors representing over US$24 trillion in assets, are calling on governments to take actions that support, rather than limit, investments in clean energy and climate solutions. Full text...

  • Zambia: Countries overlook investment in low-emitting technologies as focus shifts to new climate deal
    18 september 2014 12:55:33
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The countries of the world, now busy crafting a new and ambitious climate change agreement, risk losing one of the few proven market tools available to stimulate much-needed investment in low-emitting technologies, the committee responsible for implementing the Kyoto Protocol’s joint implementation (JI) mechanism, warns. Full text...

  • UN: Report says 22 million displaced by natural disasters in 2013
    17 september 2014 22:47:32
    New York, US (PANA) - A new UN-backed report launched on Wednesday reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters sparked largely by earthquakes or climate- and weather-related events, which is almost three times more than by conflict in the same year. Full text...

  • US: UN report says technological changes lead to lower carbon emissions, economic growth
    17 september 2014 09:20:40
    New York, US (PANA) - Just one week before a major climate summit opens at the UN, a new report by a commission of global leaders argues that major structural and technological changes in the world economy are making it possible to achieve lower carbon emissions and economic growth at the same time. Full text...

  • US: Officials hail progress in reducing damage to Ozone layer
    17 september 2014 08:44:06
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials have hailed the progress made in reducing the damage to the Ozone layer and the vital role played by one of the most successful environmental treaties in Full text...

  • UN: 120 world leaders to grace Climate Change Summit in New York
    14 september 2014 17:11:36
    New York, US (PANA) - More than 120 Heads of State and Government will attend Full text...

  • UN: New protections for sharks, manta rays enter into effect on Sunday
    13 september 2014 14:24:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Beginning Sunday 14 September, international trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally, as new UN-backed trade protections go into effect. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali to present five programmes at Lima climate change conference
    12 september 2014 15:34:41
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali will submit five priority programmes at the Lima Climate Change Conference which will take place from 1- 12 December 2014 in the Peruvian capital, official sources here told PANA. Full text...

  • UN: Officials call for renewed global commitment to ending nuclear tests
    10 september 2014 17:56:09
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials Wednesday called for renewed commitment to a world Full text...

  • UN: WMO warns on surge of carbon dioxide concentration in atmosphere
    09 september 2014 22:31:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Tuesday voiced concerns over the surge of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere, which reached a new record high in 2013, amid worrying sings that oceans and biosphere seem unable to soak up emissions as quickly as they used to. Full text...

  • Congo: 60% of elephant population destroyed in Central Africa
    09 september 2014 12:12:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese Forest Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Henri Djombo has said about 60% of the elephant population has been destroyed within the past 10 years in Central Africa. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mock Tsunami exercise organized Wednesday
    08 september 2014 14:34:12
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius will participate in a mock tsunami scenario exercise meant to increase preparedness, evaluate response capabilities and improve coordination throughout the region, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Samoa: Sustainable development of SID States, a global litmus test - FAO
    03 september 2014 14:37:43
    Apia, Samoa (PANA) - Coping with climate change should be seen as more than just a question of survival for small island countries - the international community should view it as a challenge to take unified action and notch up efforts to shift to a sustainable model of development, the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ethiopia to host climate summit
    03 september 2014 13:49:29
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, will play host to the ''Africa Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit'' (ACRIS) which will take place between 17-19 November, organisers announced Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: Envoy tasks world leaders on climate issues
    02 september 2014 14:46:23
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Special Envoy for Climate Change, Mrs. Mary Robinson, on Tuesday Full text...

  • Togo: Government set to reinforce ban on use of plastic bags in Togo
    28 august 2014 16:27:23
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Local manufacturers and importers of non-biodegradable plastics in Togo have two months to abide by the government ban on the use of plastic bags, according to a joint communique issued here Thursday by the ministries of Industry and Trade and Environment. Full text...

  • Botswana: Crafting of a climate policy begins in Botswana
    27 august 2014 15:26:59
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has kicked off initiatives to put in place a climate change policy, as part of the nation’s efforts to act on impacts of climate change. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Port-Louis Climate Change Centre to become information hub for Eastern Africa
    27 august 2014 14:46:55
    Bagatelle, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Environment Minister Deva Virahsawmy, Wednesday said that the Climate Change Centre in Port-Louis is set to become a regional centre of excellence and an information hub for the Eastern Africa Region with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Massive elephant population reported in Serengeti-Mara ecosystem
    22 august 2014 14:52:12
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The elephant population in East Africa's Serengeti-Mara ecosystem has increased by 266 percent in the last 28 years, according to results of an aerial census, done jointly by conservation and research organizations from Tanzania and Kenya between May and June this year. Full text...

  • South Africa: Greenpeace calls Eskom’s pollution reduction measures 'window dressing'
    21 august 2014 12:20:19
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - The non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace has described as a mere window dressing the pollution reducing measures so far taken by the South African power utility Eskom. Full text...

  • Gambia: 'Only 6.4% of Gambia’s surface area is protected'
    18 august 2014 13:43:02
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The unprecedented use, misuse and overuse of renewable natural resources means that only 6.4 per cent of The Gambia’s surface is currently protected, according to Pa Ousman Jarju, the country's Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Water Resource, Parks and Wildlife. Full text...

  • Benin: African Decentralization ministers meet in Cotonou
    14 august 2014 21:44:06
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Third African Conference of Decentralization and Local Development ministers (CADDEL) opened on Thursday in Cotonou under the theme “Strengthening of local governance for peace, security and local development”. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Contract for Yaounde-Douala highway signed
    14 august 2014 14:02:33
    Yaounde, Cameroon (PANA) - Louis Berger, a US$1 billion global professional services corporation, has signed a five-year project management contract, financed by local funds for the construction of the first segment of the Yaoundé-Douala highway in Cameroon. Full text...

  • South Africa: Africa to experience faster economic growth by 2040 - Report
    14 august 2014 12:42:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Driven by Africa’s unparalleled demographic edge or demographic dividend, environmental experts are increasingly recognising the untapped potential of sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: New Greenpeace campaign shows coal’s Poisoned People
    14 august 2014 12:05:24
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Greenpeace on Thursday launched its anti-coal project that puts a human face on coal and challenges South Africans to question the source of the country’s energy. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: President to ratify Niger Basin Water Charter
    14 august 2014 11:58:10
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian parliament has passed a bill authorising the President to ratify the Niger Basin Water Charter, which was signed 30 April 2008 in Niamey, Niger, by the member states of Niger Basin Authority (NBA). Full text...

  • Rwanda: UN report underlines need for investment in climate change adaptation
    12 august 2014 18:04:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Investment in climate change adaptation can help ensure the impacts of climate change - including a projected 20-50 percent decline in water availability - do not reverse decades of development progress in Africa, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that was made available to PANA Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • UN: Secretary-General’s Climate Summit to highlight bold new approaches
    11 august 2014 19:00:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday said that Heads of State and Government will join leaders from business and civil society to announce new commitments and practical actions to address climate change at a Climate Summit to be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September in New York. Full text...

  • UN: Ban constitutes Advisory Group on sustainable transport
    09 august 2014 18:59:41
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has constituted a high-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, to promote accelerated implementation of sustainable transport aligned closely with the objectives of inclusive and equitable growth. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Horn of African countries lack famine prediction system: IGAD
    08 august 2014 21:03:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Famine-prone and drought-afflicted Horn of African states have not built food shortages prediction systems, which have been worsened by climate change effects, a group of experts from the region concluded at the end of a week-long meeting in Addis Ababa Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Agricultural land area gives way to housing projects
    07 august 2014 14:27:04
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - According to official environment statistics, the land area occupied by sugarcane, tea plantations and forestry in Mauritius have decreased considerably at the expense of built-up areas during the past years, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Togo: Germany grants Togo 5m euros to protect biodiversity
    07 august 2014 11:45:07
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Germany has granted 5 million euros to Togo for a project to protect its forests and biodiversity, PANA learnt Thursday from official sources in Lomé. Full text...

  • Sudan: Floods kill 17 in Sudanese capital, leave thousands homeless
    05 august 2014 16:54:47
    Khartoum, Sudan ( PANA ) - Seventeen people were killed and thousands rendered homeless in the Sudanese national capital, Khartoum, following heavy rains and floods that devastated vast areas of the city since the weekend, officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Gaborone calls for calm following earthquake in SA
    05 august 2014 15:47:37
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has allayed earthquake fears that caused anxiety across the nation, following ground movements felt in the southern part of the country following an earthquake in South Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa: South Africa shaken by powerful earthquake
    05 august 2014 12:07:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa has been shaken by a powerful earthquake, the tremors of which were felt in several major centres, including Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Full text...

  • Guinea: Water scarcity triggers anger
    04 august 2014 11:18:17
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The persistent scarcity of potable water in the Guinean capital, Conakry, has triggered widespread anger and frustration among the residents, in particular those living on the hills and who have no access to water provided by the public utility company Guinean Water Society (GWS), PANA reported from Conakry. Full text...

  • Benin: President Yayi rallies countrymen for successful reforestation programme
    01 august 2014 20:26:40
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Benin President Boni Yayi on Friday rallied his countrymen to ensure the success of an environment programme to plant trees to stop the creeping desertification dubbed "Ten Million People, Ten Million Trees." Full text...

  • UN: 'Rights to safe water, sanitation must not remain mirage for millions of Kenyans'
    30 july 2014 20:48:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, says while Kenyans have rights to safe water and sanitation on paper, it is now time to turn the law into reality for the millions who do not enjoy these fundamental rights. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Lake Bam may disappear
    30 july 2014 10:12:01
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Lake Bam, which is the biggest lake in Burkina Faso with a capacity of 41.3 million cubic metres and a surface area of 2,610 sq km, may disappear due to human activities, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Mobile usage in Africa offers fresh opportunities in recycling
    29 july 2014 13:57:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – As mobile use grows sporadically in Africa, environmental concerns have emerged with respect to how to properly dispose of faulty or damaged devices, Pyramid Research, the global telecommunications private monitoring firm, said Tuesday, quoting Ventures Africa, a bi-monthly pan-African business magazine. Full text...

  • Senegal: CODESRIA hosts South-South Conference on Climate Change
    25 july 2014 17:43:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Dakar-based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Friday hosted an international conference on ''Inequality and Climate Change: Perspectives from the South''. Full text...

  • Nigeria: NEPAD agency to launch information portal on sustainable energy
    24 july 2014 16:55:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is set to launch its first information portal on sustainable energy in Africa, to be known as the Africa Information and Communication Network (AICN), according to a statement from the South Africa-based Agency, made available to PANA here on Thursday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Mary Robinson as special envoy for climate change
    14 july 2014 18:22:47
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has appointed former Irish President, Ms. Mary Robinson, as his Special Envoy for Climate Change to mobilize political will and action ahead of the climate summit that the UN chief will convene in September. Full text...

  • Tanzania: EAC organises forum on conservation of natural resources in African mountains
    14 july 2014 12:29:42
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Africa’s experts in conservation and management of natural resources are due to meet 22-24 October 2014 in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss how they would promote collaboration among different stakeholders for a regional framework on sustainable mountain development, it was announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya: USAID opens new environment management office in Kenya
    11 july 2014 10:17:52
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has opened a new Environment and Natural Resource Management office in Kenya to support the government's goals with a focus on climate change, water tower restoration, wildlife management and anti-trafficking as well low carbon resilient development. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Some 215 tons of non-biodegradable plastic bags seized in Cameroon
    10 july 2014 18:19:54
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - About 215.39 tons of non-biodegradable plastic bags have been seized in Cameroon in the past two months following a ban on the production and sale of the product, according to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Zambia: UN-REDD Programme approves nearly US$35.5 million for national projects
    10 july 2014 16:24:15
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The UN-REDD Programme Policy Board on has approved US$ 35,481,763 in REDD+ readiness funds which will be allocated to Argentina, Cote d’Ivoire and Mongolia, among other countries. Full text...

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