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Gas flaring: Nembe youths shut down Shell installations

The people of Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa State have asked the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to stop the gas flaring in their area as the act causes environmental damage to their community. Chairman, Oil and Gas Committee of Nembe Kingdom, Comrade Nengi James Eriworio, recently led the over 300 aggrieved women and youths of the community to ...

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What climate change means to the American

One of my mentors, Akin Jimoh, had said in July 2011: “Climate Change will be one of the biggest stories of the 21st century”. Those words gingered my passion on reporting this global phenomenon, which is increasingly becoming a key component of governance.   As a Boot Camp fellow of the Knight Science Journalism 2012 programme on Energy and Climate ...

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Report seeks to expand access to pro-poor energy services

A report seeking to expand access to pro-poor energy services in the country has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to set aside 10 percent of the existing power intervention fund for pro-poor energy financing. Besides seeking the use of a proportion of the Ecological Fund to finance cooking energy, the report likewise clamoured the establishment of a ...

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UNFCCC: COP 18 opened gateway to greater climate action, ambition

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has said that, at its Eighteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) held recently in Doha, Qatar, governments took the next essential step in the global response to climate change. According to the UN body, countries have successfully launched a new commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, agreed ...

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‘Doha deal is as empty as a desert mirage’

The UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar, Saturday failed to deliver increased cuts to carbon pollution, nor did they provide any credible pathway to $100 billion per year in finance by 2020 to help the poorest countries deal with climate change, according to the 700 NGOs who are members of Climate Action Network-International (CAN-I). Two weeks ago, just prior to ...

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Threats to small-scale food production in Nigeria, by IIED, Oxfam

A new report released on Thursday has identified large-scale land acquisitions and other commercial investment in agriculture in Nigeria and three other countries as threats to small-scale food producers. Prepared by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Oxfam, the report is titled: “Tipping the Balance: Policies to shape agricultural investments and markets in favour of small-scale farmers.” ...

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NEMA slams states, LGs’ attitude to disaster management

Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani-Sidi, has said the inability of most states and local governments in Nigeria to establish emergency management agencies is hindering quick response to natural and man-made disasters in the country. Sani-Sidi said on Wednesday in Doha, Qatar, venue of the ongoing 18th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) ...

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Mailafia seeks global effort to tackle climate challenge

Minister of Environment and head of Nigeria’s delegation to the Eighteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) holding in Doha, Qatar, Mrs. Hadiza Mailafia, on Wednesday called on the global community to tackle the challenge of climate change. Specifically, she called on the developed nations to show ...

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Nigeria, others to benefit from $6.4bn AfDB climate fund

Nigeria and several other Africa countries facing the climate change challenge will benefit from a $6.4 billion fund to tackle the global menace, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB), which is providing the financing. Anthony Nyong of the AfDB, who made the disclosure on Monday in Doha, Qatar, stated that the money would support low-carbon and climate-resilient development in ...

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COP18: Carbon emission agreement still a long way ahead

As the Eighteen Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) enters its final week, the dissenting positions by the different countries and blocks are threatening a possible agreement on greenhouse gas (GHG) emission cuts. Predictably, the ongoing climate talks, taking place in Doha, Qatar, has highlighted the gulf ...

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