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From Paris to the field: Amina Mohammed assesses more impacted sites

Borno State

Fresh from attending the UN Climate Change Conference in France (that produced the famous Paris Agreement), Environment Minister, Amina Mohammed, embarked on a nationwide tour of environmentally infamous locations in an apparent bid to assess the gravity of the challenges and interact with the concerned communities. The tour took her to states such as Lagos (South West), Imo/Anambra (South East), ...

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North Pole reaches same temperature as Chicago


A freak storm system – the same one that brought tornadoes to the U.S. last week – has caused the North Pole’s temperature to rise by 50 degrees, bringing it up to the freezing point over the course of Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning the North Pole even surpassed 32 degrees, meaning the frozen Arctic was about as warm as ...

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13 dead in Missouri floods as Mississippi is closed to vessels


A five-mile (8km) section of the Mississippi River near St Louis, Missouri, has been closed to vessels as rising water levels caused “hazardous conditions”, the US Coast Guard said. Storms and tornadoes have lashed the region in recent days, swelling rivers and causing flash flooding. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said 13 people in the state had died in the floods. ...

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Nigeria committed to Paris Agreement, says Amina Mohammed


Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, has said the new universal agreement reached at the recently concluded 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, France offers a brighter future for Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. Mohammed, who stated this recently while interacting with a team ...

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Why Lagos is working, by Steve Ayorinde


As the administration of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, marks its seventh month in office, Steve Ayorinde, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, lists several reasons that suggest that the Epe-born cerebral technocrat may be an overnight success.   Security As Nigeria’s economy suffers a near recession due to the falling oil prices, with 27 out of 36 states ...

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Bonga North West project wins global industry awards

The Bonga Floating Production

The Bonga North West deep-water development has won prestigious awards in the United States and Qatar. It was named Engineering Project of the Year 2015 at the Platts Global Energy Awards in New York, and it also picked up the silver prize for the Project Integration Excellence Award of the International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) in Doha, on 6 December. ...

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Misery as torrential rain causes devastating floods in Britain

Guildford Surrey

Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in York after flood gates protecting the historic city were deliberately opened by the Environment Agency – sending raging torrents through the streets. The authority took to the decision to open the Foss Barrier – a flood defence which protects the city – amid fears water had got inside the main ...

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Between subsidising polluters and thieves


The movement against subsidising the fossil fuel industry continues to grow and is an integral part of the keep-it-in-the-ground struggle. However, in places like Nigeria, contentious subsidies are those related to the importation of petroleum products. The debate is yet to fully focus on the cost of production and related malfeasances. The last mass national mobilisation in Nigeria happened in January 2012 ...

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Scientists link UK floods, extreme global weather to El Nino, climate change

air pollution

Scientists say flooding in Britain, record US temperatures and Australian wildfires are linked to El Niño, making effects of man-made climate change worse From some of the worst floods ever known in Britain, to record-breaking temperatures over the Christmas holiday in the US and forest fires in Australia, the link between the tumultuous weather events experienced around the world in ...

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Photos: UK hit by worst floods in decades

Calder Valley

The United Kingdom has of recent experienced intense downpours, leading to rivers bursting their banks and leaving hundreds of homes submerged in floodwater. Residents in the UK continue to be evacuated as the nation comes to terms with the horrific widespread flooding.  

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