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Mapping climate change impact in Lagos

The impact of climate change in Nigeria is associated with weather-related disasters, which have become more frequent in recent decades. The nation’s natural and agricultural ecosystems are susceptible to the effects of climate change and these vulnerability factors underline the need to respond to the challenges of climate change in a comprehensive and systematic manner, while addressing broader development priorities. ...

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Nigeria, others to phase out inefficient incandescent lamps

Nigeria and other government representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have successfully established a regionally-coordinated framework to transition to energy efficient lighting. The strategy identifies the complete phase-out of inefficient incandescent lamps by 2020, the latest. The Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Republic of Senegal agreed to sponsor all events of efficient lighting initiative, ...

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Global Ocean Commission seeks to tighten high seas security loophole

All vessels on the high seas should carry identification numbers and be trackable using satellite or other technology, says the Global Ocean Commission (GOC), an independent high-level initiative on the future of the ocean. Currently, passenger ships and large merchant vessels have to carry unique and unchangeable International Maritime Organisation (IMO) numbers, and to operate equipment allowing real-time tracking. But ...

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Remediation of lead-poisoned Bagega completed

The remediation (environmental clean-up) of Bagega, a community affected by lead poisoning, is rounding up. Located in Zamfara, Northern Nigeria, Bagega has a population of about 7,535, with about 1,500 children awaiting urgent treatment for lead poisoning. “The people of Bagega are quite happy remediation is turning out successful, thus allowing hundreds of children to get screened for lead poisoning,” ...

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Lighting up a low carbon future for Nigeria

UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, and Executive Director of ECOWAS’ Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), Mahama Kappiah, examine Nigeria’s low carbon potential   The lights are going on all over Africa, home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Overall, that is great news. Children can study at night without ...

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Energy Commission, ICEED collaborate on clean cookstoves

The Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) has joined hands with the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) to build Nigeria’s capacity to provide scientific testing of stoves. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) to that effect was signed on Thursday in Abuja, even as ICEED made a commitment to support the establishment of the National Clean Cookstoves Development and ...

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IPCC puts finishing touches to Fifth Assessment Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific body established at the request of member governments in 1988 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to, among other provisions, assess scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant for the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. Chaired by Indian ...

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Bridging the Lagos megacity

The landmark Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge in Lagos is the latest of the numerous showpiece overpasses in the bustling city. It has been described as the nation’s first cable-stay bridge. Its striking 90m high pylon characterises the appearance of the 1,357m long bridge, which connects two districts of Lekki on the Lekki Peninsula and Ikoyi on the Lagos Island. The N29 billion ...

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