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African leaders seek US$1 billion for elephant protection

African leaders called on international donors to commit One Billion dollars over the next 12 years to save Africa’s remaining elephants. During the Elephant Protection Initiative’s (EPI) Consultative Group at the Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Conference, the group urged “donors to put elephants beyond the risk of extinction” by helping provide the required investment. Africa’s elephant population has been devastated by ivory poachers over the past decade. On average, some 55 elephants are killed per day. At this rate, elephants could be wiped out within a generation.

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£1.4 million project launched to reduce plastic waste

The UK Plastics Pact has launched a £1.4 million project to reduce plastic waste. The project will be in the form of a competition which was launched at the inaugural annual meeting for members of the UK Plastics Pact held in London yesterday. The UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects Competition, managed by Wrap UK, forms part of the £20 million Plastic Research and Innovation fund announced by the Chancellor in the Autumn statement in 2017.

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Farmers demand united approach to tackle climate change

The National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) have called for a united approach to tackle climate change. Guy Smith, Deputy President of NFU, voiced his opinion at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit panel in Parliament, saying that farmers are ready to play their part in minimising climate change. They want to strive towards net zero emissions, reduce agricultural emissions and initiate negative emissions.

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How Businesses, Cities, and States Are Leading Climate Action Efforts

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) held a briefing on some of the outcomes of the Global Climate Action Summit, which was held in San Francisco September 12-14. The briefing showcased some of the carbon reduction actions being taken by a wide range of sub-national actors, including states, regions, cities, and companies.

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