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Ezeilo: I look forward to being the first West African on Antarctica

Abuja-based sustainable development strategist and youth activist, Michael-Donovan Ezeilo, has been nominated to be part of the 2041 International Antarctica Expedition (IAE) – as a Youth Ambassador to advocate for Clean Energy and Safe Eco-habitats. The team will be led by Robert Swan (OBE). Ezeilo, who is Executive Director, Culture Green, remarked: “I will be attempting to be the first ...

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Concern over possible Hurricane Sandy fallout in Lagos

Comments credited to the Lagos State Commissioner for Waterfront, Development and Infrastructure, Adesegun Oniru, that a fallout of Hurricane Sandy (that recently battered parts of the United States of America) might affect Lagos and cripple the coast lines, are beginning to generate reactions. Oniru advised Lagosians that, between seven and 14 days from now, the city might begin to feel the ...

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Jalingo: Portable water scarce like petrol, expensive as gold

Residents of Jalingo, the Taraba State capital in Northern Nigeria, are groaning over the unending scarcity of portable water, writes AYODELE SAMUEL, a blogger “Water, they say is life”, and the human body constitutes 70% of this liquid, as such water tops the priority list of the demand of mankind. 80% of diseases plaguing humanity are due to use or consumption ...

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Ifokobale: From metal recycling to air pollution

Ifokobale, one of the communities that make up Ogijo, a border town between Lagos and Ogun states had experienced a fairly pleasant environment prior to the establishment of some companies that the residents thought would upgrade the up and coming suburb. The quest for socio-economic gains has been viewed as the main cause of environmental and physical pain, and of note ...

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Cross River farm to produce biodiesel

Nigeria may soon take a remarkable step toward embracing renewable energy if an initiative being undertaken in the country eventually sees the light of the day. According to former Environment Minister, John Odey, he is involved in a venture to produce diesel from non-petroleum, renewable agricultural source – ostensibly from a Jatropha farm he is cultivating in Okpoma in Cross ...

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Korea to host Green Climate Fund, LMDCs in debut meeting

The Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) has selected by consensus Songdo, Incheon City in the Republic of Korea as the host city of the GCF.  Five other countries – Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Poland and Switzerland – also submitted bids. The Board expressed its appreciation to the six countries for submitting their offers. The decision of the Board was ...

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GEF, UNEP in inefficient lighting phase-out campaign

New guidance for lighting efficiency programmes will save government resources, speed the transition to energy efficient lighting, boost economies, and mitigate climate change. In a recent letter, the head of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Naoko Ishii, announced the availability of the new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/GEF en.lighten initiative’s Toolkit “Achieving the Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting.” The book ...

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Local councils mobilised on disaster management

Against the backdrop of the devastating floods that have turned large parts of Nigeria into disaster areas, Community Conservation and Development Initiatives (CCDI), in partnership with Heinrich Boll Stiftung, has engaged local councils on “Local Governments and Disaster Management”. The idea is to prompt local governments over their obligation to form Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs), as directed by the ...

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WaterAid, stakeholders observe Handwashing Day, underline need for cleanliness

Lack of access to water and sanitation would continue to increase poverty and diseases in Nigeria because poor sanitation costs Nigeria N455 billion annually. This is based on a desk study carried out by the Water and Sanitation Programme, a multi-donor partnership administered by the World Bank in 2011. Country Representative of WaterAid in Nigeria, Dr. Michael Ojo, while addressing ...

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Forum underlines youth-led agric initiatives

In a bid to promoting youth centre activities in raising awareness and mobilising public support for food security and livelihood protection, some 30 youths residing in the six states were recently selected to participate in an agriculture-based programme. The youths from various backgrounds were camped in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, under a programme tagged: “Young voices for small scale ...

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