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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Risks, deaths as workers generate wealth

Workers labour to make a living. Sadly, for many the wages of work has been death. The occupational hazards that workers face is a challenge for those in the formal as well as in the informal sectors. Stringent regulatory and control measures as well as strong and united labour unions are needed to halt the menace. We note that the ...

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Is 2 degrees warming too dangerous?


In the wake of the G7’s announcement to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (or 3.6 degree Fahrenheit), UN climate negotiators from the world’s most vulnerable nations have questioned whether 2 degrees is too dangerous. Unfortunately, their call to focus efforts on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees was from some of the most powerful nations at the UN ...

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Our stand on COP 21, by Erimma Orie


It is interesting how time flies and, very soon, it shall be time for COP 21 in Paris, France; six months since COP 20 in Lima, Peru and two weeks since the Bonn meeting in Germany. In the interim the clock ticks, the climate keeps changing, the impact is not abating and our vulnerability keeps increasing. With the international deliberations ...

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PAVE, UC-Berkeley in water rights research initiative


The Pan African Vision for the Environment (PAVE) is collaborating with the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley (UC-Berkeley) in the USA to investigate new strategies to explore how the human rights to water and sanitation can be successfully realised in Nigeria using Lagos as a case study. Graduate students of the Department involved in the ...

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IUCN: Dams, climate change threatening natural heritage

In Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Climate change and large dam projects are putting natural World Heritage sites at risk, says the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the official advisory body on nature to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. This year, for the first time in many years, climate change will be brought to the attention of the World Heritage Committee as a major threat affecting ...

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Rethinking nation’s energy strategy towards off-grid


 Energy is the Golden Thread that connects economic growth, social equity and environmental health. – Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General …Energy is a prerequisite for sustainable rural development. – UNESCO Energy touches everything…Our mantra going forward is very simple: converting commitments to kilowatt hours for real people. – Kandeh Yumkella If the only future we can see for villages ...

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Plans initiated to curb Pacific Bluefin Tuna overfishing


Members of the fisheries commission for the eastern Pacific assembling in Guayaquil, Ecuador need to prioritise initiating a rigorous recovery plan to address the collapse of Pacific Bluefin Tuna stocks and stabilising overall tuna fishing capacity that currently exceeds the optimal scientifically recommended level by at least 50%. “Tuna management in the Pacific is currently totally inadequate to preserve the ...

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History as Dutch citizens win climate case against State


Together with 886 citizens, Dutch non-governmental organisation (NGO), Urgenda, on Wednesday June 24, 2015 won a climate liability case against the Dutch state. The plaintiffs argued that the Dutch state neglects its duty of care towards its current and future citizens by not reducing CO2 emissions quickly enough to avoid catastrophic climate change. They asked the judge to order the government to reduce its ...

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Group lists 30 food, agriculture influential women

Ertharin Cousin

According to Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank, the organisation is inspired by hundreds of women, who are entrepreneurs, stewards of the land, business owners, researchers, farmers, and innovators – described as the backbone of the world’s food systems. Her words: “In fact, on average, women represent 43 percent of the world’s agricultural labor force and 47 percent of the global fisheries labor force, according to ...

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‘Africa excited about drought-resistant corn’


I know anti-GM activists exists to oppose the GM technology.  That’s what they are paid to do.  But I was flabbergasted when they criticised the authorisation by South African government of a new maize drought trait.  Is it possible they did not process the possible implication of drought-resistant corn in Africa? Drought has always been big business, especially in Africa.  ...

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