Prominent Environment Experts Die in Ethiopian Airlines Crash

India’s external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, was among the first to confirm that a United Nations consultant working with her government’s Ministry of Environment and Forests died aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 on Sunday.  From the UK, it was British aquaculture expert Joanna Toole who was lost, according to the …

UN Pact Acknowledges Climate Migration for the First Time

The final draft of a UN compact on migration published July 11 recognized the existence of climate refugees specifically for the first time, The Thomas Reuters Foundation reported Thursday. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration acknowledged climate change as a cause of migration, both due to extreme …

How Algae Can Help Sweden Eliminate Carbon Emissions

Algae is often considered a nuisance, but for Sweden, the rapidly growing sea plant is now an asset. As the Scandinavian country works to cut all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, it’s using algae to sop up the carbon emissions from cement. Cement production, it turns out, is …

Greenpeace Praises Dubai Over Solar Energy Park Milestone

Campaign group Greenpeace has praised Dubai on the completion of the second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Julien Jreissati, Arab World campaigner at Greenpeace Mediterranean, said the solar energy park helped bring about the realisation the era of oil and other dirty energies will be …

Agreement Signed to Build Fask Hydropower Plant in Morocco

Qatar and Morocco are reported to have signed a partnership agreement to build the Fask hydropower plant on the Oued Sayad in Morocco. According to the Ecofin Agency website, the agreement was signed by Qatar’s ambassador to Morocco and Morocco’s deputy minister of water and minister of interior. The $150 …

Shell Agrees Sale of Stake in Vivo Energy to Vitol Africa BV

Shell has signed an agreement with Vitol Africa B.V. to sell its 20% shareholding in Vivo Energy for US$250 million. Completion of this transaction is expected during the first half of 2017, subject to regulatory approval. The sale is in line with Shell’s strategy to concentrate its Downstream operations where …

The Seventh Session of the IRENA Assembly

At its sixth session, the Assembly designated Italy as President of its seventh session and the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Jordan, and Morocco as Vice-Presidents. The IRENA Assembly will feature a number of strategic and programmatic discussions around central themes of the Agency’s work and mandate. These are designed to promote …