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India not being blamed for collapse of WTO talks: Prabhu

Buenos Aires, Dec 17 (IANS) It is the first time that India is not being blamed for the collapse of talks at the just concluded 11th World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial conference here, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has said. The talks at the 11th ministerial conference (MC11) broke down earlier this week as the United States reneged on its commitment, along with other countries...

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British envoy draws attention to plastic pollution in oceans

Kolkata, Dec 16 (IANS) Juxtaposing the naturalness of silk with the artificiality of plastic, British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith on Saturday drew attention to the health of rivers and plastic pollution in the oceans. It is incredibly appropriate that we are celebrating rivers at this particular point in time.. They reflect not only health of the country but also, as we ha...

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Olympic champ Jebet to battle Aprot in Spain cross country

Nairobi, Dec 15 (IANS) Revenge will be in the air when Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet of Bahrain meets Kenya's Alice Aprot during the international cross country meet in Marca, Spain on Sunday. During their first meeting on Nov 12 in Seville, Africa Cross Country silver medallist Aprot emerged the winner, reports Xinhua news agency. However, that will count for n...

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It's poop heat in Kenyan slums -- and business too

Nairobi, Dec 14 (IANS) It's really not a dirty business. They have adopted a simple, clean technology that turns human waste into an odourless renewable alternative to charcoal, which locals use to ignite their hearths and to keep themselves warm. In Kenya, with over 32 million of its 48.46 million people without access to adequate sanitation -- which means open defecation is either comm...

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High mercury levels found even in UN global policy makers

New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) In a scary revelation, an international study detected neuro-toxic metal mercury levels above health alert thresholds in over half of the policy decision-makers tested at a UN summit this year. Researchers from IPEN, a network of non-governmental organisations, and the Biodiversity Research Institute in a joint report released last week at the UN Environment Asse...

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Kenya marathoners eyeing CWG to sit out in other events

Nairobi, Dec 8 (IANS) Marathon athletes wishing to represent Kenya in Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in April will not be allowed to sign contracts to run in other competition in the build up to the event, officials said. Jackson Tuwei, Athletics Kenya (AK) president, on Thursday ruled out athletes taking on other engagements ahead of the biggest competition in the year sayi...

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Climate change is a reality: Dia Mirza

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) Actress Dia Mirza, who has been appointed UN Environment Programme's Goodwill Ambassador for India, says climate change is a reality and the time to act on it is now. Climate change is a reality and we are experiencing this regularly within India -- be it increased frequency and intensity of floods, droughts and forest fires. We are seeing a series of environmenta...

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UN Environment Assembly passes resolutions to make world pollution-free

Nairobi, Dec 7 (IANS) The United Nations Environment Assembly has passed 13 non-binding resolutions and three decisions to rid the planet of pollutants, officials said on Thursday. For the first time at the summit -- in its third edition -- environment ministers issued a declaration saying nearly 200 nations would honour efforts to prevent, mitigate and manage the pollution of air, land ...

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Indian actress Dia Mirza opens her heart for plastic waste

Nairobi, Dec 6 (IANS) Indian actress-producer Dia Mirza on Wednesday said she has replaced a large amount of plastic from her life. She's using toothbrush that is not made of plastic but a bamboo one. And she believes in refilling bottles for quenching her thirst, even in plush hotels. The basic things which you can do in your life can go a big distance, Mirza told IANS here. My ...

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193 nations pledge to move ahead for pollution-free planet

Nairobi, Dec 6 (IANS) Moving towards a pollution-free planet, 193 nations on Wednesday unanimously asked the United Nations Environment to submit a plan linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for execution by its next assembly in 2019. The nations, including India, resolved to encourage sustainable lifestyles and move forward to ensure more sustainable consumption and product...

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Beijing airport sets out on 'green' journey

Nairobi, Dec 6 (IANS) Beijing Capital International Airport, China's largest with 94.39 million passengers passing through last year, is making steady progress towards greening its operations, but can do more to minimise its environmental impact, a new UN research said on Wednesday. According to the Assessment Report on Beijing Capital Airport, use of gasoline and diesel by airport vehic...

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Shashi Kapoor was most handsome man I had seen: Sharmila

Mumbai, Dec 6 (IANS) His death has still not sunk in, says Sharmila Tagore on the demise of her Aa Gale Lag Jaa and My Love co-star Shashi Kapoor, whom she describes as the most handsome man she had ever seen. I don't think I enjoyed working with any co-star as much as I did with Shashi Kapoor... His death has still not sunk in. Even as I've been busy with various things during the past ...

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Four more nations join UN Environment's Clean Seas campaign

Nairobi, Dec 6 (IANS) In a major collaboration to make the oceans litter-free, four more countries -- Chile, Oman, Sri Lanka and South Africa -- on Wednesday joined UN Environment's Clean Seas campaign by committing measures that include plastic bag bans, new marine reserves and drives to increase recycling. Forty countries are now part of the campaign. While Sri Lanka has made a commitm...

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30 mn euro intervention to combat wildlife trafficking

Nairobi, Dec 6 (IANS) As part of a 30 million euro intervention, the EU has signed a 17.2 million euro agreement with three UN institutions working jointly to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and trafficking of wildlife products throughout eastern and southern Africa and the Indian Ocean. The new 'cross-regional wildlife programme' will focus its activities in the region's most imp...

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Somalia, UN sign four-year development strategy

Nairobi, Dec 6 (IANS) The Somali government and the United Nations on Tuesday signed the UN Strategic Framework for Somalia (UNSF), mapping out the world body's support to the country's development priorities in the next four years. The UNSF articulates the collective strategy, commitments and actions of 23 UN agencies and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia in support of the country's ...

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Antimicrobial resistance big threat to humans: UN Environment report

Nairobi, Dec 5 (IANS) Antimicrobial resistance from environmental pollution is among the biggest emerging health threats, a UN Environment report said on Tuesday. Launched during the United Nations Environment Assembly at its headquarters here, The Frontiers Report finds the role of the environment in the emergence and spread of resistance to antimicrobials is particularly concerning.

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EU, some other nations commit $35 mn for green economy action

Nairobi, Dec 5 (IANS) The European Union and a host of other nations on Tuesday committed $35 million to the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the United Nations Environment said. PAGE brings together five UN agencies supporting countries in greening their economies and tackling environmental challenges, while promoting better jobs and stable economic growth. The an...

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Not right to blame government alone for skyrocketing pollution: India's only cosmonaut

Nairobi, Dec 5 (IANS) It's not right to blame the Indian government alone for the skyrocketing pollution in national capital New Delhi and neighbouring areas but even so, there is too much politics on the issue, the country's only cosmonaut has said. I think as a people, as a community, we inspire for a better lifestyle...I would really not blame the government. The government is trying ...

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UN environmental entities sign pact for climate action

Nairobi, Dec 5 (IANS) In a major global action against climate change, two UN environmental organizations on Monday signed a pact on increased cooperation and also for mobilisation of private finance and investment for climate action that is crucial for achieving the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement goals. The pact was signed between the UN Environment and the United Nations Framework Conven...

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200 environmental women defenders killed in 2017: Activists

Nairobi, Dec 4 (IANS) This year has been the deadliest for environmental women defenders, with 200 assignations reported across the globe, and most of them were killed over land and forest conflicts, rights activists said on Monday. Paying a tribute on the inaugural day of the three-day third UN Environment Assembly here, they highlighted the important role of women human rights defender...

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