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Abiodun: How planning blunders deface Lagos


This article was prompted by the fall-out of what Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State said at a lecture he delivered at the Yoruba Tennis Club’s Annual Business Luncheon and Lecture on May 8, 2015 at the Club’s house, Onikan Lagos. Delivering the lecture titled “The Nigerian Agreement” as guest speaker at the club’s Annual Business Luncheon and Lecture, the ...

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Making Nigeria climate resilient (6): Potential impacts on selected sectors


The impacts of climate change in Nigeria will vary in extent, severity and intensity, but the exact degree still remains uncertain. This is because a detailed and in-depth quantitative research into the vulnerability of Nigeria’s socio-economic sectors is yet to be undertaken. The general consensus is that all sectors of the country’s development and the natural ecosystems will be affected ...

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REDD+: Stakeholders seek sustainable livelihoods initiatives

Participants at the Forum

The community-based projects (CBR+) component of the Nigeria UN-REDD+ Readiness Programme, among other focal areas, shall design livelihoods initiatives that reduce poverty and support improved forest management. Similarly, the programme shall establish safeguards to ensure that improved livelihoods does no harm to the environment. This forms one of the numerous resolutions at the second meeting of the Cross River State ...

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Europeans vote to phase out amalgam use


A somewhat cheering news to pro amalgam-phase-out campaigners emerged at the weekend from Europe as a public consultation process resulted in the rejection of the use of the product. Dental amalgam is a tooth filling material that is approximately 50% mercury, which is believed to be a highly polluting neurotoxin. Nations around the world are working to phase out amalgam ...

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West Africa commences preparations for new climate treaty

Abidjan, Ivory Coas

Ahead of the December 2015 Paris climate conference where 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are expected to sign a binding agreement with legal force, West Africa may have taken the lead in preparing its negotiators and critical stakeholders for the all-important conference. The preparatory workshop, which held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from the ...

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‘Africa must prepare for possible alteration of climate negotiating text’


There is every likelihood that the negotiating text for a new climate change agreement, already circulated among Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will be changed in the final moments of the 2015 Paris climate conference. Leading members of the Africa Group of Negotiators (AGN) made this known at the weekend in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire at ...

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EU accused of promoting recycling of toxic chemicals


The European Union (EU) has been accused of pushing dangerous cleanup standards for three toxic flame retardant chemicals widely used in building insulation, upholstery and electronics (HBCD, PentaBDE, and OctaBDE). The allegation emerged Friday May 8, 2015 at the onging UN meeting of chemicals treaties in Geneva, Switzerland. According to the claim, endorsed by Bjorn Beeler of IPEN, Leslie Adogame ...

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Video: Challenges of a 10-year-old girl with Polio

Video: Challenges of a 10-year-old girl with Polio

There has been no new case of polio virus in Nigeria since the last one was reported in July 2014. But even as the country is making progress towards eradicating the disease, those crippled by the virus will have to deal with the challenges for life.

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Afghanistan becomes 179th party to Stockholm Convention

Johanna Lissinger Peitz

Afghanistan on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland became the latest Party to the Stockholm Convention, a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants (POPs), which are toxic to humans and wildlife. The Asian nation is the 179th. In implementing the Convention, which entered into force May 17th 2004, governments will take measures to eliminate or ...

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Palm oil firm’s expansion in Borneo frozen over RSPO standards

Palm Oil Plantation in Kalimantan

Palm oil conglomerate ordered to halt expansion of operations following multiple violations of RSPO standards The Complaints Panel of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has upheld the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) in its complaint against Golden Agri Resources, which was seeking to expand 18 of its operations in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, the ...

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