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ClimateLaunchpad Morocco 2022 Reveals National Finalists
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Rabat - ClimateLaunchpad Morocco, the world’s largest competition for green energy and climate focused startups, revealed its national finalists for Morocco on Saturday. After thirteen pitches, the competition’s judges revealed the three finalists: Biockaging, GreenHim, and From Sand to Green. The three projects will represent Morocco in the regional finals, taking place in Egypt on September 21-22. Following regional finals, the Global Grand Finals will take place in Amsterdam on November 3. The winner of the competition will take home a 10,000 euro cash prize, with the runner-ups gaining 5,000 euros, and the third place team taking 2,500 euros. “We are very satisfied with the quality of th
Patagonia Founder: ‘Earth Is Now Our Only Shareholder’
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Patagonia founder and “reluctant billionaire” Yvon Chouinard just raised the bar for corporate action on the fossil fuel-driven planetary emergency. The 83-year-old, his wife Malinda, and their adult children, Fletcher and Claire, gave away the company, valued at about $3 billion. The rock climber-turned-businessman explained the decision in an interview published Wednesday by The New York Times, along with a letter on the outdoor clothing retailer’s website. “While we’re doing our best to address the environmental crisis, it’s not enough. We needed to find a way to put more money into fighting the crisis while keeping the company’s values intact,” Chouinard wrote. “One option was to sell Pa
GMO Labeling Win: Court Says Companies Can’t Use QR Codes Alone to Designate Genetically Engineered Foods
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Years of legislative and court battles over the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods took another turn this week when a federal court determined on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) erred in allowing food companies to label GE products simply with digital codes that consumers have to scan, without any accompanying disclosure options. Under USDA rules that took full effect earlier this year, food made with genetically modified crops can be labeled simply as “bioengineered,” or come with a QR code guiding consumers to more information online, among other options. But the court said those rules did not comply with the law and found that the USDA knew that allowing
Africa Seeks Public-Private Investments to Help Combat Climate Change
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Rabat- Africa faces an uncertain future with the impacts of climate change ahead. While the continent’s citizens are still unsure about the consequences of the climate crisis, the solution to the problem is clear: more funding for climate mitigation and adaptation. As the continent has not received the promised financial support from more developed countries, it is now seeking private and public partners to help pull back from the crisis. Plans to source financial assistance from banks and international bodies could help the continent be more prepared for the evolving battle against climate change. “Climate change fuels migration, instability, and conflict in Africa,” Mohamed Atani, head of
 US warns China against doing 'any business' with Russia
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White House spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday that the US wants China to side with Washington and its allies in opposing Russia and its military operation in Ukraine.  “Our message to China has been consistent: this is not the time for any kind of business as usual with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,”Kirby told CNN. Failing to condemn Russia, he continued, is leaving China “isolated from the rest of the international community which has largely condemned what [Putin] has done in Ukraine.” China has refused to condemn or sanction Russia over its offensive in Ukraine, and Chinese officials have highlighted the role played by NATO and the US in fomenting the conflict there. However, Be
Has the EU really ‘solved’ its energy crisis?
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Amid the European Union’s looming energy crisis and attendant signs of social unrest, some are now painting a rosier picture of what’s in store for the bloc. Journalists and academics are now pointing to a report by Goldman Sachs that says Europe has “successfully solved” its gas shortage crisis thanks to demand shortages within the region and globally, resulting in plenty of reserve capacity.  German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also joined in the optimism on Tuesday by saying that his country would “probably get through this winter” and be energy independent from Russia by 2023. This comes after a €13 billion aid package aimed at helping citizens and businesses cope with rising utility prices. E
Morocco, Nigeria, ECOWAS Sign Gas Pipeline Agreement
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Rabat - Morocco’s National Agency for Mines and Hydrocarbons (ONHYM), Nigeria’s National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), and the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline project in Rabat today. Speaking at the signing ceremony, ONHYM Director General Amina Benkhadra highlighted the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline’s potential to boost regional economic integration and reinforce sustainable development in the west African region. Benkhadra highlighted the NNPC’s experience in operating major oil and gas projects, as well as the “technical expertise it is bringing to this challenging project.” “Energy is
The West is poised to throw Yemen under the bus again to fuel its economic war on Russia
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Strained by the consequences of the ongoing conflict between NATO and Russia over Ukraine, France may be destroying all prospects for peace in Yemen, in a bid to secure energy resource from the United Arab Emirates. Considered to be home to the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history, according to the United Nations, earlier this year, its people saw glimmers of hope towards ending its seven-year long war. A ceasefire truce, which has largely held since April, has been viewed as the first step towards reaching a UN-mediated solution for peace between the Ansarallah government in Sanaa and the Saudi-led coalition forces which claim to represent the internationally backed Yemeni government
Morocco’s Gulf Allies Intend to Keep Fuel Prices High
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Rabat - While many in Morocco struggle to make a living amid high fuel prices that have affected the transport of most goods, Rabat’s allies in the Middle East are, as part of OPEC+, have committed to keep fuel prices at the current level.  Current global oil prices, hovering around the $90 per barrel mark, have presented a significant challenge for many people around the world trying to make a living. From giant multinational businesses to self-employed taxi drivers, the high cost of energy and fuel are cutting into bottom lines, delaying production, and raising prices on most basic commodities.  In Morocco this trend has expressed itself in many troublesome forms. The price of printing thi
Breast implants linked to rare forms of cancer
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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public alert warning that rare types of cancer have been linked to breast implant surgeries.  In a report published on Thursday the FDA said it had found that certain cancers such as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas have been reported in the scar tissue that forms around breast implants.   The agency notes that although the occurrence of these cancers in the capsule around breast implants is rare, healthcare providers and people looking to receive the surgery should be aware of the risks and report any cases of cancer found around the implant.   The FDA also states that these new lymphomas are something the agency has
Morocco’s U-17 Returns Home After Impressive Performance
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Rabat - Morocco’s U-17 national football team returned home this Saturday after an impressive performance at the 2022 Arab Cup in Algeria.  Upon landing in Morocco, the national youth team was welcomed by the country’s Minister of National Education, Primary Education, and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa, the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Faouzi Lekjaa, as well as other senior officials, the FRMF said in a Facebook post.  Benmoussa said he was proud to welcome the team back home, adding that he was confident all Moroccans share his sentiment of pride given the team's stellar performance at the U17 Arab Cup despite being exposed to provocations and abuse from Algerian f
Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96 After Health Complications
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Rabat - Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8th at the age of 96 after her health deteriorated in recent weeks. The Buckingham Palace announced the news today, saying "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The announcement followed an earlier statement from Buckingham Palace, which quoted the queen’s doctors’ concerns about her health. “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime,” British Prime Minister Liz Truss said in a tweet. Once the news broke out about the deterioration of the queen’s health, members of the royal family gathered at Balmoral palace in Scotland amid concerns. The queen ruled longer than any other monarch