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Negotiators take their first steps towards a plastic pollution treaty

Negotiators take their first steps towards a plastic pollution treaty

More than 2,000 experts wrapped up a week of talks on plastic pollution on Friday, in one of the biggest global gatherings ever to address what even plastics industry leaders are calling a crisis. It was the first meeting of a United Nations committee set up to draft what is supposed to be a landmark …

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COP27 summit agrees climate fund for 'loss and damage' in historic agreement |  CNN

COP27 summit agrees climate fund for ‘loss and damage’ in historic agreement | CNN

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt CNN — Delegates from nearly 200 countries at the COP27 climate summit agreed to establish a loss and damage fund to help vulnerable countries cope with climate-related disasters, in a historic deal early Sunday morning in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. But while the deal represents a breakthrough in what has been a contentious …

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Maldives Minister: Negotiators Reach Agreement on Climate Fund

Maldives Minister: Negotiators Reach Agreement on Climate Fund

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Negotiators say they have reached a potentially game-changing deal on the thorniest issue of the United Nations climate talks, the creation of a fund to compensate poor countries hit by extreme weather exacerbated by carbon pollution from rich countries. “There is a loss and damage agreement,” is what the negotiators …

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Microsoft and Planet partner to deliver AI and satellite data in Africa

Microsoft and Planet partner to deliver AI and satellite data in Africa

Planet Labs and Microsoft announced an expanded partnership to apply artificial intelligence (AI) technology and satellite data to support African climate adaptation projects. This technology collaboration supports Microsoft’s recently announced first global expansion of its AI for Good Labs in Nairobi, Kenya and Cairo, Egypt, and the creation of a corresponding AI Innovation Council with …

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Water desalination is bad for climate change.  North Africa does it anyway |  Radio-Canada News

Water desalination is bad for climate change. North Africa does it anyway | Radio-Canada News

Low water levels reveal dry, crisp banks of the Nile. As one of the world’s longest rivers is threatened by both overexploitation and climate change, so is the water security of the millions of people who depend on it for daily use in Sudan and Egypt. . As the host country of the COP27 climate …

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As the 8 billionth person is born, here's how Africa will shape the future of the world's population

As the 8 billionth person is born, here’s how Africa will shape the future of the world’s population

by Esther William Dungumaro and James Emina, The Conversation Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public domain In mid-November 2022, the eight billionth person will be born, according to the United Nations. In its analysis of this milestone, the UN makes two key observations. The first is that the world’s population has grown at its slowest rate since 1950. …

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To save the Congo Basin rainforest, end the conflict in the DRC

To save the Congo Basin rainforest, end the conflict in the DRC

As leaders, activists and policy makers deliberate on action on climate change at the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt, the world’s forests are once again in the spotlight. When thinking about solutions to the deforestation that threatens them, we need to address the root causes of the practice. One place where the …

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