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Mercury-free dentistry: Nigeria to ratify Minamata Convention


Two years after it was agreed on, Nigeria may this year eventually ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty aimed at protecting human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury. It was agreed at the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday, 19 January 2013. Nigeria is one of ...

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UN climate portal features over 500 new city actions


To coincide with the 2015 Earth Day observed on Wednesday, April 22, over 500 new city actions, showcasing a wealth of inspiring climate action, are being featured on a UN-hosted website, with the aim of building momentum for the upcoming global climate agreement in Paris. Actions and targets, communicated by cities ranging from Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro to Yokohama, range ...

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COP 21: LDCs get guide to prepare INDCs


As preparations intensified worldwide for COP 21 in Paris, a new publication titled Guide to INDCs that provides practical guidance to Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on how to prepare their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been released.  The guide is a joint publication of The Climate and Development Knowledge ...

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N9.2 billion cookstoves: Paradox of climate change mitigation

Clean Cookstoves Stakeholders Meeting

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) in 2014 approved the sum of N9.2 billion to procure some 750,000 clean cookstoves and 18,000 wonderbags, specifically to check the impact of smoke generated when cooking with wood on human health, as well as discourage poor environmental practices like tree felling and other forms of forest degradation in Nigeria. Environment writer, Etta Michael Bisong, evaluates the ...

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Sustainability concerns emerge amid shale gas boom


Currently, only three countries are producing shale gas through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on a commercial scale: the United States, Canada, and China. But as several other countries undertake shale resource exploration efforts, a key question remains: What are the impacts of shale gas mining on local economies and the environment? In the Worldwatch Institute’s latest Vital Sign, Research Fellow Christoph ...

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Nigeria joins league of biotechnology nations, as President signs Biosafety Bill


Nigeria’s dream of joining the league of countries using cutting edge technology to boost economic development appears to have come true following the signing into law on Saturday, April 18, 2015 the National Biosafety Agency Bill by President Goodluck Jonathan. Observers have described the development as a milestone in the domestication of modern biotechnology in the country, saying that it ...

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Making Nigeria climate resilient (3): Understanding the basics


Climate change, which refers to any long-term trends in climate over many years or decades, around which climate variability may be evident year on year, is one of the greatest socio-economic and ecological challenges facing us today. By its definition, a single warmer or cooler year on its own is not sufficient evidence to assert that climate is changing, but ...

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Lekan Fadina: Road to Paris 2015 (17)


The importance of communication and awareness are entrenched in the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework on Climate Change) system – Article 6 of the Convention which talked about public awareness while protocol Article10 emphasised training, public awareness and access to information on climate change. This piece looks at the impact of communication and how the public can be carried along through ...

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45km Côte d’Ivoire road to link Burkina, Mali


The Ivorian Ministry of Economic Infrastructure has awarded a contract valued at about 1.65 million euro ($1.76 million) to a consortium led by the firm of Louis Berger. The construction supervision contract is being financed through the French Agency for Development’s debt relief and development programme for Côte d’Ivoire. The consortium will supervise the construction of a 45 kilometre (28 ...

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Halting intentional climate inaction

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, HOMEF

If you keep going in the same direction, you will inevitably end up at where you are going – Proverb   The climate paradox is that while governments agree that it is an imminent crisis, they are unwilling to act in a manner that shows that they assimilate this truth. Indeed, climate negotiations have remained largely a political exercise that ...

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