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How climate change adaptation in Africa is growing

Over the past decade, countries across Africa have shown increasing interest in comprehensive development plans that set ambitious social and economic development objectives. These plans move beyond the narrow objective of poverty reduction to encompass the wider objectives of accelerating growth, creating employment, and providing safe water, sanitation, health care and education within a framework of sustainable development. Moving forward, ...

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Scientists to UN: Improved rainwater management will eradicate hunger

The world is missing a chance to eradicate hunger and poverty for billions of people living in regions with variable and scarce rainfall. Without improved management of rainwater, the future development goals currently being discussed are unrealistic, say leading scientists. Some of the world’s leading water, environment and resilience scientists and experts on Sunday in Stockholm, Sweden published a call ...

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IPCC’s AR5: Adaptation is fundamentally about risk management

In Africa, the primary concern is adapting to the negative impacts of climate change. This means taking both short and long-term approaches to managing climate risks. In the short term, integrating climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction will help withstand shocks to human security and economic development from which recovery can be costly. African governments, businesses and communities can do ...

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Climate change in Nigeria: Any impact?

Climate change has become a new reality and a worldwide phenomenon but a second look at the topic suggests that Nigeria may be immune from it. In effect, climate change will mean a change in such weather condition for a particular location over time. Impact as used may be negative or positive or a combination. A literal definition of climate ...

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2015: Forum urges President Jonathan to contest

The Transformation Agenda Solidarity Forum (TASOF), a socio-political group, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan, to respond to calls by Nigerians and contest re-election in 2015.   Briefing newsmen on Friday in Abuja, Alhaji Muhammadu Ari-Gwaska, the Chairman of the forum, appealed to Jonathan to declare his interest without further delay.   “We appreciate what he is doing and what he ...

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Senegal confirms first Ebola case

Senegal’s health ministry has confirmed a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country to be affected by the outbreak.   Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters on Friday that a young man from Guinea was confirmed to have contracted the virus.  The man was immediately placed in quarantine, she added.   The current outbreak, ...

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FG orders recall of 16,000 sacked doctors

‎Perhaps due to the raging Ebola scourge or as a result of pressure from several quarters, the Federal Government has just announced the lifting of the directive sacking 16,000 doctors across the country. The order, which signifies a change of the stance expressed by the Presidency all along, is in contrast to the widely-criticised directive terminating the appointments of resident ...

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August heavy rainfall good for farmers, says NiMet

Mr Joseph Alozie, General Manager, Climate Services, Nigerian Metrological Agency (NiMet), on Friday said that the heavy rainfall recorded since the beginning of August would increase farm yields in 2014.   Alozie made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.   He said that the new rainfall pattern being witnessed would assist farmers ...

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Ribadu lacks political value, says Edwin Clark

‎Former minister of Information and political, Edwin Clark, has spoken against the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in considering a waiver grant to former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, to enable him contest the party’s primary for the forthcoming Adamawa governorship election. Clark said this at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, saying ...

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