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Post-COP22: Nigeria explores fresh strategies for climate finance, action

The Federal Ministry of Environment (FMoE) has been asked to closely monitor developments at the Adaptation Fund to ensure that Nigeria benefits maximally from the financial resources provided by the fund. The Adaptation Fund is an international fund that finances projects and programs aimed at helping developing countries to adapt to the harmful effects of climate change. It is set up under ...

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Death toll in Sokoto meningitis attack now 21

The death toll as a result of the meningitis epidemic in Sokoto State has now risen to 21. The state Health Commissioner, Dr. Balarabe Kakale, confirmed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto on Sunday, March 26 2017. Kakale gave an update on the state of high alert declared by the Ministry since March 20. ...

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Ghana emerges 40th party to Minamata Convention
Nana Akufo-Addo

The West African English speaking nation of Ghana on Thursday, March 23, 2017 deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 40th Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. This comes just a day after the Government of Honduras on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 ratified the Convention, thus emerging its 39th Party. Just last month, Liechtenstein and Togo endorsed the ...

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World Sleep Day: How sleep deprivation threatens Lagosians’ wellbeing – Expert

It is believed Nigeria is currently facing a daunting socio-economic condition, one characterised by insurgency and economic recession. But experts believe these challenges may worsen, if urgent measures are not taken to address one of the offshoots of the unsavoury development: sleep deprivation. Researchers say that in the desperate bid to eke out a living, sleeping hours are fast reducing among ...

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GMOs: What we eat must not eat us

Nnimmo Bassey, Director of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF, in his welcome words) at the Media Training on Biosafety (themed: “Promoting Biosafety in Nigeria”) held in Benin City, Edo State on Friday, March 24 2017, laments that the many myths around modern agricultural biotechnology are being peddled regularly by the industry promoting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their team ...

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Honduras ratifies Minamata Convention

The Government of Honduras on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 deposited its instrument of accession, thereby becoming the 39th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Just last month, Liechtenstein and Togo endorsed the global treaty. While the Government of Liechtenstein on February 1, 2017 deposited its instrument of accession, the Togolese Government two days later followed suit on February 3, ...

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Knocks, as Trump administration approves Keystone XL pipeline

US president, Donald Trump, on Friday, March 24, 2017 approved a federal permit applied for by TransCanada to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. The decision comes after Trump signed an executive memorandum urging the State Department to approve the pipeline, which is proposed to run from Canada through Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Environment watchdog group, 350.org, has however condemned ...

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Shell accused of concealing data on damage to health from spills

A leading oil spill expert, previously employed by Shell Nigeria, has alleged that Shell is trying to conceal data on the potential health effects of its oil spills on the Bodo community in the Niger Delta. Kay Holtzmann, who was previously employed by Shell to conduct the clean-up of the Bodo community in the Niger Delta, wrote a letter to ...

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Countries must remain committed to Paris Agreement – UN

Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for governments and business, senior United Nations (UN) officials said on Thursday, March 23, 2017. “We are dealing with scientific facts, not politics. And the facts are clear. Climate change is a direct threat in itself, and a multiplier of ...

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Climate, development agendas inherently linked

Speaking at the opening of the President of the General Assembly High-Level Event Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda in New York on 23 March, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa notes that the sustainable development and climate change agendas are inherently linked. “By looking at climate and sustainability holistically, we maximise the potential for positive outcomes of every action we take. ...

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