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India takes over G20 presidency; PM pitches for harmony and mindset shift

India formally took over the G20 presidency, which rotates annually between members, of the Group of Twenty countries on Thursday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo had officially handed it over to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the end of the G20 summit in November. “The previous 17 Presidencies of the G20 delivered significant results—for ensuring macro-economic […]

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Nepal: Green future with climate ninjas

Sonika Manadhar is a computer engineer turned entrepreneur. She links female electric bus drivers with low-interest loans. Her team developed a system that uses digital tokens to close the trust gap between lenders and borrowers, by using these tokens women would be able to apply for micro loans from organisations.Sonika wants to prove that a […]

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The wrath of untamed water

Climate disasters seem to have ‘hit the freeway, with an unfortunate break failure’, and they won’t stop. Floods have repeatedly hit Nigeria so bad that almost all the states are submerged in water or crippled by it, the situation is dire and there’s been so much loss of lives and property.  The Nigerian Emergency services […]

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Air pollution is a global challenge; needs global solutions

Air pollution travels around the globe and crosses national borders in various forms that are both unseen and seen. Vehicular emissions, air pollution from coal-fired power plants and from factories circle the earth together with vaporised mercury, methane and sulphate aerosols and other airborne toxic chemicals and pesticides. From a health perspective, deaths from toxins […]

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Inside COP27: The hits and many misses

Evelyn Acham from Uganda had a clear cut goal when she was headed for COP27. She wanted developed nations to pay for the climate change disasters that had rocked her country. The annual UN climate conference for the first time added loss and damage in its official agenda this year. “We want loss and damage […]

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The loss and damage clock is ticking!

Yurshell Rodríguez of Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina is a climate activist, who is a plaintiff in the first climate change and future generations lawsuit in Latin America. She has seen the first-hand impacts that have worsened with climate change after the Providence island was largely destroyed by Category 5 hurricane Iota. […]

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Building a climate resilient future for Egypt

Hager Elsayed, a young climate activist from Egypt, is worried for Alexandria, a Mediterranean port city in Egypt and her home, which may disappear due to sea-level rise. She is attending the COP27 to build a climate resilience, assure that her community is well represented in the climate change policies and that their voices are […]

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India in top 5 countries on Climate Change Performance Index

India has been ranked amongst the top five countries in the world, and the best among the G20 countries, based on its climate change performance. India jumps two spots higher, and is now ranked 8th as per Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI, 2023) published by German Watch, New Climate Institute and Climate Action Network International […]

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Tanzania’s young voice is on a mitigation mission

“The dream of our country and our people cannot be realised if we are divided and in the presence of the dreadful monster climate change,” says Sharon Ringo, a young climate activist. The 12-year-old is the Trade & Tourism Ambassador of East African community, Ambassador for African Tourism Board as well as Ambassador for Tanzania. […]

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All you need to know about  the Implementation Plan of COP27

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP27 closed on Sunday with a breakthrough agreement to provide “loss and damage” funding for vulnerable countries hit hard by climate disasters. “This outcome moves us forward,” said Simon Stiell, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary. It was a hard battle to get a separate fund to help vulnerable countries […]

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Indigenous people demand action at COP27 

Rosa Marina Flores Cruz reached COP27 with one single goal – to represent the voices of the people who are impacted by climate change in Mexico. She belongs to an indigenous community that is currently bearing the brunt of greenwashing. “We are seeing a lot of greenwashing. We are seeing the same corporations for example […]

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Four key initiatives launched during COP27’s last thematic day

The Egypt COP27 Presidency launched four solution centered initiatives on the last day of COP27s’ thematic day. The initiatives launched in relation to climate solutions, provide complimentary pathways to enhance global climate action and ensure that countries are able to fulfill their NDCs and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.  Friends of Greening National […]

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What’s in the draft text and how it’s interpreted at COP27

The United Nations published a first draft of the climate deal on Thursday and there are several contentious issues that have been overlooked. More importantly some do not find mention in this first draft and as COP27 heads to a close, negotiations are going on in full swing. Over the weekend it will be clear […]

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Biodiversity Day at COP27 focuses on nature-based solutions, coral reefs

The COP27 Presidency connected climate and biodiversity on Wednesday, marking the opening of Biodiversity Day at COP27. The day kicked off with a high-level opening on “Connecting Climate and Biodiversity” that set the agenda to address the urgent need for integrated responses at scale. The day also saw the launch of the ENACT initiative for […]

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Power-packed voices shine at a panel on climate storytelling at COP27

When Kato Ewekia Taomia first walked out of the airport to attend COP26 in Glasgow, he was dressed in shorts and flip-flops. The timid fellow, whose looks may say otherwise, wasn’t even aware of the cold weather of the country, let alone how the annual climate conference is going to change his life. A year […]

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