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Youths and green resilience

I attended a side event on “Youth Resilience and the Green Development” at the ongoing Climate Change COP 18 in Doha, Qatar and was challenged. What was the challenge about? Among the group of panellists were two Nigerian Youth representatives – Rhoda Robinson and Isaiah Owolabi.  I guess you should be happy that two of my fellow country citizens were ...

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Experts address waste, sanitation issues in West Africa

Waste management in line with contemporary realities seems to be of huge concern to environmentalists as well as stakeholders especially in developing countries. This thought was loudly expressed by participants at the First Let’s Do It African Conference in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. Speaking on the “Causes and solutions of problems in waste and sanitation,” Muna Lakhani, representing the Institute ...

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COP 18: History beckons as Doha hosts Global Action Day

The first peaceful environmental protest in the history of the State of Qatar, host nation of the Eighteen Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will hold this morning (December 1, 2012), as participants from all over the world attending the global talks march across the streets of Doha ...

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How COP18 can tackle climate change challenges

The year 2012 saw the shocking melt of the Arctic, leading our greatest climatologist to declare a ‘planetary emergency,’ and it saw weather patterns wreck harvests around the world, raising food prices by 40% and causing family emergencies in poor households throughout the world. That’s what happens with 0.8ºC of global warming. If we are going to stop this situation ...

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Confusion as Bayelsa evicts displaced persons from flood camps

As the flood that ravaged the entire Bayelsa State finally recedes, many of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were contemplating on how to live their lives after the flood. While many of them left voluntarily for fishing and farming activities, others waited for government support for proper resettlement. This, however, was not the case as the Bayelsa State Government, through ...

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Oil wealth and worrisome environmental challenges in Niger Delta

The wealth of Nigeria is largely from oil and it is centralised mainly within the Niger Delta region. In as much as it puts a smile on the faces of Nigeria, it also accounts for some negative effects especially when it concerns damaging the environment through oil spills and gas flaring. Oil spills are a common event in Nigeria and ...

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Evbuotubu Primary School: Who cares?

It was around 10 in the morning that day. Abies (not her real name) has just been asked out of the class. She had been down with illness and has not been in school for about a week and half now. Her peasant mother said the nurses at the health centre, (not too far, from the school premises) had diagnosed ...

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COP 18: Activists demand ‘Climate Justice’

Against the backdrop of the Eighteen Session of the Conference of Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that commences today in Doha, Qatar, environment activists across Nigeria a couple of weeks ago embarked upon a series of activities to commemorate the 2012 Global Week of Action for Climate Justice. The climax of the activities ...

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Cop 18: Kyoto Protocol is key, say BASIC Ministers

Ahead of the climate talks set to begin in Doha next week, BASIC Ministers reaffirmed that the Kyoto Protocol remains a key component of the international climate regime and that its second commitment period (2CP) is the key deliverable. Comprising Ministers and their representatives from Brazil, South Africa, India and China, the Ministers stressed that the 2CP is the essential ...

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Anuforom: 15 governors ignored NIMET’s flood warning

Close to tears, Dr. Anthony Anuforom, Director-General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), last week in Lagos recalled how his warning on the impending flood disaster was handled with a pinch of salt by 15 state governors. Anuforom told a bewildered audience at the Eight Annual Meeting of the African Science Academies (AMASA 8) that, drawing from a NIMET prediction ...

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