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Divesting from fossil fuels: Way forward for Nigeria

Divesting from fossil fuels is the obvious direction the world is headed. Many powerful countries which dominate the world economy have been actively working on that. The United States and Europe are headed in that direction. As the technology for non-fossils are improved, this trend will become the dominant source of energy in the world. In the specific case of ...

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GM crops industry booming, says study

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One of the familiar narratives for the promotion of genetically modified (GM) crops is that they have the potential to alleviate poverty and hunger. But the real impacts of GM crops deserve closer assessment, writes Wanqing Zhou, research associate in the Food and Agriculture Programme at the Worldwatch Institute. The analysis explores trends and consequences of GM crops   The amount of ...

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Nigeria, others receive CITES elephants trade bans

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Nigeria and two other countries have been placed on a trade ban list for failing to meet their obligations to protect elephants and deal with the rampant illegal ivory trade. Notices were issued recently by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), recommending that signatories no longer permit trade with Nigeria, Laos and ...

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Kenyan community grapples with water shortage, cattle raids

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For many years northern parts of Kenya, primarily inhabited by pastoralists, has been prone to inter-communal resource conflict and cattle raids. According to a research done by Practical Action, up to 164,457 people have fled their homes as a result of conflicts associated with fighting for diminishing water and pastures. The reports further states that 70% of the displaced are ...

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Campaign highlights impacts of dearth of safe water

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WaterAid has launched a new four-year “Healthy Start” campaign that shows the devastating impact that a lack of safe water and sanitation has on the health of children in developing countries. The launch is part of activities commemorating the 2015 World Water Day. Released last week, the briefing, titled: “Healthy Start: the first month of life” shows that, annually, nearly ...

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Kenya, groups launch Africa’s first Water Fund

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Africa’s first Water Fund to combat rising threats to food security, water and energy supplies; while providing US$21.5m in long-term benefits for Kenyan citizens, farmers and businesses Africa’s first Water Fund has emerged, thanks to the Kenya government, businesses, conservation groups and utilities. The Fund is designed to provide a sustained water supply to a system that delivers water to over 9.3 ...

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Agony, ill-health as residents lack drinking water in Niger Delta

OIL SPILL AT IBUU CREEK OKWUZI

The Niger Delta region in Nigeria has a vast area of its land mass covered by water but the inhabitants barely have access to drinking water. Pollution as a result of oil exploration, curious toileting attitude and indiscriminate waste disposal has made it pretty difficult for this vital resource to come by. In this report prepared courtesy of the International ...

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Lekan Fadina: Road to Paris 2015 (12)

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It clear to us that COP 21 is not a tea party and it is expected that all parties will put on the table national and group interests – in the case of Nigeria, the country position and the Africa position in collaboration with G77+China. We are aware that a lot of issues that can be termed as lightweights and heavyweights ...

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Forests described as essential in tackling climate change

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The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be considered in the design and implementation of the new sustainable development goals and the new climate change agreement to be adopted this December in Paris, according to UN officials and forest experts in messages for the International Day of Forests, observed on 21 March. At least 1.6 billion people directly depend ...

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Paris 2015: Governments get negotiating text for climate agreement

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The secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has communicated the negotiating text for a new climate change agreement to governments in all six official UN languages. This communication, according to the UN body, means that the formal legal and procedural requirements to allow countries to adopt a legal instrument under the UNFCCC have been fulfilled. ...

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