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Two African leaders named 2016 Champions of the Earth

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Two inspirational African environmental leaders are among the six recipients of the 2016 Champions of the Earth award. H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, received this top environmental accolade for his outstanding policy leadership outstanding in fighting climate change and in national environmental action. Masen – the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, received its award for its entrepreneurial vision [...]

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Dr Richard Munang named African Environmental Hero

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Dr Richard Munang has been recognised for his environmental and sustainability leadership - receiving the prestigious African Environmental Hero Award, conferred by the International Environmental Roundtable for Africa. The IERA Awards aimed at celebrating outstanding individuals, organisations and corporate bodies whose actions, policies or projects have helped enhance the environment or motivated others to become conscious of their environment. Dr [...]

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Innovative African ecopreneurs honoured by SEED Awards

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Every year, innovative African ecopreneurs from across the continent compete for the prestigious SEED Awards which honour starts ups that offer solutions to sustainable development challenges. This year, the award winners include roads made from recycled plastic, natural fertilizers made from water hyacinth plants, and shoes made from discarded and upcycled rubber tyres. About the SEED Awards The SEED Awards aim [...]

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Made in Uganda: Africa’s first solar bus

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To meet growing energy and sustainable development needs, the future of transport in Africa has to go green. Leading the way is Uganda’s Kiira Motors Corporation which has developed the Kayoola Solar Bus: a 35-seater electric solar bus with zero tailpipe emissions. This innovative and future-oriented initiative is being led by the Government of the [...]

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Cape Town Water Fund – First for South Africa

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South Africa’s first water fund is being established to help secure water for the city of Cape Town. The global conservation organisation, The Nature Conservancy, and the City of Cape Town have formally agreed to a water fund for Cape Town which aims to safeguard water supplies and biodiversity while supporting local livelihoods.  Water Funds have [...]

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Meet Africa’s Bicycle Journalists & Watch their Sustainability Films

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Three bicycle journalists are travelling across Africa, creating a series of short documentaries that showcase some of the continents’ most inspiring sustainability change makers – entrepreneurs, innovators, conservationists, activists and ordinary people doing extraordinary things for the future of our planet. Brothers Russell and Hamish Galt, together with Steven Bland, started their mobile journalism (or [...]

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New funding to help cities world-wide implement efficient district energy

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The Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation, which owns the Danfoss Group, has announced DKK 9 million in new funding to support the UN’s District Energy in Cities initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Partnership and its Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform. The new funds, spread over three years, will create a team of deployable [...]

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Maskbook App create awareness of climate change through digital art

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The newly released Maskbook App is an innovative digital art and awareness raising tool that aims to highlight the links between health, pollution and climate change. The Maskbook App is free to download and works by letting people use it to create their own personalised digital masks which can be worn with pride and circulated on [...]

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Trash Weighing More than 100 Planes Collected During 30th International Coastal Cleanup

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Trash weighing more than 100 Boeing 737 planes - totalling over eight million kilograms – was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers during the Ocean Conservancy’s 2015 International Coastal Cleanup. This is according to a a new report released at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya. For over 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy has been organising the annual International Coastal [...]

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Six Key Emerging Environmental Issues

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A new UNEP report, Frontiers, highlights a number of the world’s key emerging environmental issues, which include the worrying rise in zoonotic diseases, the threat to human health posed by the alarming amount of plastic waste in our oceans and the crucial role the world’s financial sector can play in driving the planet to a low-carbon, [...]

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