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Living with disability, disasters

With the widespread challenges arising from last year’s floods still very vivid, and even as the government institutions at the federal, state, and local levels collaborate to sharpen action on how to best tackle disasters management, Nigerians have been urged to come to terms with the fact that plight of persons living with disabilities is magnified when a disaster strikes. ...

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Monsoon in West Africa

West Africa is home to about 317 million people. Communities in the sub-region and the entire sub-Saharan Africa depend strongly on rainfall where 65 percent of the labour force and 95 percent of the land is devoted to agriculture. Scientists portend that if the Five-Sigma Model relative to climatology occurs, Africa may be faced with a monsoon that will affect ...

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Ozone layer: Nigeria to complete HCFCs’ phase-out

Nigeria has made progress in the implementation of the Hydro-Chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) Phase-out Management Plan. Government said the aim is to achieve the first phase of the control measure for the substances in line with the provisions of the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS). The National Ozone Officer in the Ministry of Environment, Kassimu Bayero, disclosed this in an ...

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Mixed reactions greet Lagos Eko Atlantic City project

According to Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, the Eko Atlantic City is an adaptation measure that would enable the Lagos coastline to regain what was lost to the sea. Also, a former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, described the project as a great economic delight that would attract tourists and investors to the country. The project, which ...

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Scientists debate climate adaptation strategies

As the African continent continues to grapple with the drastic effect of climate change which is increasingly affecting the life of the people, local scientists are finding ways to ameliorate the phenomenon’s negative impact. The Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), in partnership with the Germany Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, recently held a two-day workshop in Yaounde hosted by the ...

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How mobility oils cities’ machinery

Last week, the United Nations and the entire world celebrated this year’s edition of the World Habitat Day (WHD), a global event that serves to reflect on the state of the world’s towns and cities and the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have responsibility to shape the ...

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Saving the African elephant

The surge in African elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade has become increasingly worrisome. The African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) is currently listed as Vulnerable on The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species, with population estimates of around 500,000. According to a recent report from IUCN and its partners, the number of elephants killed has ...

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How transformation can be responsive to climate change

National Coordinator, Climate Change Network Nigeria (CCN-Nigeria), Surveyor Efik, explores the nation’s transformation in the light of her responsiveness to climate change   According to Chinua Achebe’s “The Trouble With Nigeria”, leadership is indeed the trouble with Nigeria or, simply put, the bane of Nigeria’s sustainable growth into the desired El-Dorado that has long eluded us and only remained a ...

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Threats to environment as US govt remains shut

Last Tuesday’s shutdown by the United States government has entered its second week. It resulted because the House of Representatives and Senate could not agree on a bill to fund the government. There are wide swaths of the Federal Government that need to be funded each year in order to operate. If Congress (House and Senate) cannot agree on how to fund ...

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Stakeholders commit to eradicate Polio

The first of a series of round-table dialogues to support the Polio Eradication Initiative in Nigeria held recently in Sokoto, Sokoto State, courtesy of the Sokoto State Primary Health Care Development Agency with support from key Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) partners including WHO, CDC, Rotary International, TSHIP and UNICEF. While the state claims it has not reported cases of Polio ...

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