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Food security: Groups take up climate justice campaign

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Oxfam Nigeria, with the Human and Environment Development Agenda (HEDA), has launched the food and climate justice campaign with the aim of changing public attitude towards agriculture and building a movement to increase food sufficiency for local consumption and export. An official of the Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mrs. Funmi Tsewinor, said the increasing global impact of climate change affects ...

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The road to Paris 2015

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The year of our Lord 2015 is an important year in addressing global development. For example, in September in New York, the Millennium Development Goals will give room to a new set of 17 development initiatives to be known as Sustainable Development Goals. In December 2015, COP21 will agree a new global climate deal. The agreement will aim to strengthening collective ...

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Demand sound UN goals, Nigeria urged

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The action/2015 movement has urged the Nigerian government to use its weight to demand action on poverty, inequality and climate change at crucial negotiations next week in New York (17-20 February 2015). The negotiations in New York will set the overall vision of the next set of sustainable development goals – key agreements that will set global goals for the ...

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Lake Nyos tragedy revisited, 26 years after

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On August 26th, 1989, Cameroon’s remote village of Nyos witnessed a strange scientific occurrence in lake water history. A volcanic mountain cracked and sunk into Lake Nyos, causing a volcanic eruption that left over 2,000 people and animals dead in one night, leaving West Africa with the worst natural disaster of all times. The Five for National Geographic Channel reported ...

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Trade unions join transition to greener economy

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Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014 explores the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition to a sustainable economy Can the need to protect the environment be reconciled with the desire to safeguard jobs? Labor markets will shift to fit the demands of a greener economy as resources shrink and the climate changes. But with 38 percent of workers worldwide employed ...

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Global Day of Action earmarked for February 13-14

May Boeve

The Fossil Free campaign, which has spearheaded the movement to divest from fossil fuels since it began in 2012, will hold a Global Divestment Day spanning six continents on February 13-14. Global Divestment Day will celebrate the incredible growth and increasingly international reach of the fossil fuel divestment movement. By 2014, 180 institutions had divested citing climate or carbon risk ...

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Lafarge, Shelter Afrique collaborate on affordable housing

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Lafarge Africa Plc, a sub-Saharan Africa building solutions provider, and Shelter Afrique, a Pan-African housing and development institution, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purpose of facilitating access to affordable housing for low income earners in Nigeria. The agreement which will commence with the development of identified sites at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja will be for an ...

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Dr Femi Olomola unveils agenda at town planners’ investiture

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The 21st president of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Dr Femi Olomola, has unfolded a seven-point programme that he intends to implement during his tenure. He made the disclosure last Friday in Lagos during an investiture ceremony to usher in the group’s new National Executive Council (NEC). According to him, the schedule entails: Law & Constitutional Matters Promoting ...

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N9.6 billion cookstoves: Stakeholders wary, government optimistic

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There is a growing national momentum to tackle problems associated with cooking energy in Nigeria. Recently, over one hundred stakeholders representing energy companies, policy makers, donor agencies and NGOs gathered in Abuja to deliberate over rising challenges of cooking energy. This is coming on the heels of the Federal Government’s award of a contract of N9.6 billion for the supply ...

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World Bank’s carbon market threatens forest people’s rights

Andy White

Lack of safeguards for indigenous land rights opened the door for accelerated deforestation and palm oil plantations across Indonesia; as Ebola recedes, Liberia faces the same threats   A new report finds that Indigenous Peoples and local communities control less than one sixth of tropical forests – despite living in or near the forests and safeguarding them – in eight ...

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