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Nigeria, others to switch to use of LPG cooking gas

In a few months’ time in January 2013, no fewer than five million gas cylinders will be distributed to urban and rural dwellers across the nation, under the “Switch to LPG Project”, which was officially unveiled in Abuja last week. Initially focusing on Nigeria but programmed to spread to other African countries, the phased initiative is essentially utilising the LPG ...

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Barriers to green economy growth, by Ubani

“The absence of proper networking, advocacy, general consciousness, regulatory framework and sustained monitoring and evaluation has contributed to the proper green growth problems in the country.” Those were the words of Eziuche Ubani, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Climate Change in an address he delivered at a recent forum in Abuja that seeks to pursue a legislative ...

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Negotiators, media explore climate change dynamics ahead Doha

Ahead of the Eighteenth Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled to hold in a few weeks in Doha, Qatar, Nigerian negotiators and media practitioners have stepped up modalities towards ensuring a successful country participation at the annual global event. For two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) last week ...

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ANA decorates ‘Climate of Change’

“Climate of Change,” a play that depicts the impact of climate on rural folks, has won the third prize in the Drama Category at the recently-held Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Convention in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. According to Elaigwu Ameh, the writer of the play that has been published as a book, Climate of Change also got high commendation ...

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Mailafia: Legislative intervention vital in green economy refocus

The perception of the transition to a green economy requires a refocus, according to Environment Minister, Hadiza Mailafia. She said last Wednesday at the National Assembly in Abuja at a forum that legislative alliance is required in the shift to green growth which, according to her, is more than environmental issue but an economic revolution that presents tremendous opportunity for ...

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U.S. climate diplomats get a new chance to find common ground with allies

Todd Stern and Jonathan Pershing are President Obama’s diplomatic climate change negotiators, charged with representing America’s interests in the tumultuous U.N. global warming negotiations. They are described by environmentalists, fellow negotiators and former colleagues as smart, pragmatic and occasionally didactic. Nearly all used similar language to describe the tough political and diplomatic obstacle course Stern and Pershing have had to ...

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Pitfalls before energy efficiency vision

Jude Okonkwo is a Lagos-based banker who resides in Surulere on the Mainland. Besides the traffic congestion, he considers power supply as a major worry since moving to Lagos nearly two decades ago. Though he has developed some sort of a thick skin to the erratic delivery, what he has been battling with entails achieving energy efficiency in his home. ...

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UNFCCC lists climate-friendly, pro-poor ‘Lighthouse Activities’

As part of its Momentum for Change Initiative, the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has begun presenting the latest round of public-private Lighthouse Activities in developing countries which either help to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or help people adapt to climate change, while at the same time benefit the urban poor. The nine ...

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Group mobilises for Oshodi clean-up

No fewer than 5,000 volunteers are being mobilised by Passion House International (PHI), a Lagos-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), towards the “Clean-up Oshodi Project”, scheduled for Friday, December 1, 2012. The initiative entails the cleaning of major dirty streets in Oshodi Local Government in Lagos to promote health and well-being.  Drains, gutters and streets will be cleaned, towards fostering a healthy ...

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Minanuel Investment demands FCDA apology, compensation over Abuja demolition

Minanuel Investment Limited, developer of the Minanuel Estate, Goza, Lugbe 1 Extension in Abuja that was recently demolished, has demanded for an apology as well as compensation from the authorities. The firm, through its lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), submitted that the demolition of the 372 housing units by the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) through self-help cannot be justified under ...

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