China bans the ivory trade
C hina has announced a ban on all activities related to the ivory trade by March 31. Wildlife organisations hailed the decision, saying it could bring elephants back from the edge of extinction because China currently hosts the world’s largest market in the material.
India opens two world-leading clean energy projects
India has launched two projects that break new ground in the production of clean energy, both in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. A first-of-its-kind industrial plant that transforms CO2 emissions from a coal boiler into valuable chemicals has opened in Tuticorin, and the world’s largest solar farm has opened less than 100 km away in Kamuthi.
Costa Rica sets a new green standard
More than 98% of Costa Rica’s energy came from renewable sources - mostly water power - for the second year in a row in 2016. The Central American country went 250 days without burning any fossil fuels.
The UN implements a campaign to help HIV patients in war-torn Libya
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has begun distributing life saving anti-retroviral drugs to Libya’s 6,330 registered HIV sufferers. They had been left with limited or no treatment due to the collapse of medical services in the country following the 2011 civil war.