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20.10.12~20.10.18 NASA Supercomputing Study Breaks Ground For Tree Mapping, Carbon Research

Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and international collaborators demonstrated a new method for mapping the location and size of trees growing outside of forests, discovering billions of trees in arid and semi-arid regions and laying the groundwork for more accurate global measurement of carbon storage on land. Using powerful...

Climate strikes, environmental protests in January 2020 (20.01.27 ~ 20.02.02)

Jan. 3: - The first climate strike of 2020 was led by the Fridays for Future movement, taking place across the globe from Uganda to Australia, with students not attending school for one day a week to raise awareness on the effects of climate change. Jan. 6: -...

Trump Administration Moves to Limit Climate Reviews for Federal Projects (20.01.06 ~ 20.01.12)

... The anticipated rules won’t change what has been the common practice at most federal agencies since President Trump took office three years ago—which has been to check a box on climate change while ignoring a project’s true contribution to global warming when carrying out reviews mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act.

Eskom signs $180m loan with Brics bank to connect 670MW of renewable energy

The New Development Bank (NDB) and South African power utility Eskom on Monday signed a US$180 million loan agreement to connect 670MW of renewable energy projects to the national grid.... An excerpt from The Citizen

African Development Bank approves $20 Million facility for Green Mini-Grid Program in Democratic Republic of Congo

The African Development Bank Board has approved the allocation of $20 million in loans to the Democratic Republic of Congo, to support renewable-based, mini-grid solutions to the off-grid cities of Isiro, Bumba and Genema.... An excerpt from ADBG

Namibia moving toward embracing IPPs

The stumbling block, which has been preventing many Independent Power Producers (IPPs) from entering the Namibian electricity market, appears to have been moved after the country’s power utility, NamPower, signed power purchase agreements with 18 IPPs.... An excerpt from Southern Times

[SA] Legislation: Airlines ask for carbon tax exemption

The airline industry made a strong plea in Parliament to be exempted from the proposed carbon tax saying it will undermine its competitiveness, according to a BusinessLIVE report. The tax only applies to economic activities which emit greenhouse gases within SA and will therefore not apply to international airlines.... An excerpt from CredibleCarbon

Powering climate action in Africa with renewable energy

Africa Climate Week (ACW) 2019 kicks off today in Accra, Ghana. For the first time, African countries will gather together to discuss ways to accelerate the implementation of climate action in line with the global temperature goals of the Paris Agreement and countries’ individual NDCs... An excerpt fromIRENA

Eni will plant forests to eliminate CO2 from its oil operations

The Italian giant’s plan, which entails planting 20 million acres of forest in Africa, is the latest example of major oil companies bowing to pressure to do more to prevent runaway climate change. Its European peers Total SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc have also set targets to reduce the carbon emitted from their own operations. The forests planted in...

World Bank commits $22.5 billion more to Africa for climate change

"World Bank Group announced Thursday it is providing USD$22.5 billion to Africa for climate mitigation and adaptation across five years beginning with 2021, adding to the $17 billion already committed through the Africa Climate Business Plan. World Bank also announced an Emission Reductions Purchase Agreement (ERPA) will be signed between the Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev)trust fund, with World Bank...

The African Development Bank pledges US$ 25 billion to climate finance for 2020-2025, doubling its commitments

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) will double its climate finance commitments for the period 2020-2025, the Bank’s President announced today at the One Planet Summit taking place in Nairobi. Akinwumi A. Adesina said that the Bank would commit at least US$25 billion towards climate finance. the Bank launched the African Financial Alliance for Climate Change (AFAC) to link all stock...

Three countries in Eastern Africa join the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

"Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda are now among the 56 countries and the first three in Eastern Africa who have joined the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA)." An excerpt from Climate&Agriculture Network for Africa"