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Lagos Model City Plans: Not yet Uhuru – Yacoob Abiodun


Before the former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, left office after the completion of his two-term tenure on March 28, 2015,  it was reported in the dailies that he signed (into law?) model city plans for Ikoyi/Victoria Island, Agege/IfakoIjaiye and Apapa. For Lagosians, this is pleasant news and a good parting gift particularly for the residents of the three ...

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GEF commits $90m to wildlife conservation programme

Naoko Ishii, CEO of GEF

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) last week approved a $90 million grant programme for a global partnership to promote investments in biodiversity conservation, preserve wildlife and encourage sustainable livelihoods in Africa and Asia. The new Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development builds on the urgent need to address wildlife poaching and illegal trade as a development issue ...

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CBD, WHO: Loss of biodiversity impacts human health

Dr Maria Neira

Healthy communities rely on well-functioning ecosystems. They provide clean air, fresh water, medicines and food security. They also limit disease and stabilise the climate. But biodiversity loss is happening at unprecedented rates, impacting human health worldwide, according to a new state of knowledge review of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and World Health Organisation (WHO). The report, “Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and ...

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‘Poor Japanese INDC could cost lives, money, jobs’

Shinzo Abe

New analysis released at the G7 summit currently taking place in Germany confirms that major economies stand to gain massive benefits as the result of their latest climate action pledges, with laggards Japan and Canada bucking the trend due to their weak plans. A new NewClimate Institute report shows that a Japanese plan in line with a pathway to 100% ...

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Tunji Badejo: How Abiodun got it wrong on Lagos planning

Olatunji Badejo

My attention was drawn to the publication titled “How Planning Blunders Deface Lagos,” on Democracy Day May 29th, 2015.  The article was written by an urban planner, Tpl. (or Town Planner) Yacoob Abiodun and published in EnviroNews Nigeria an internet-based news magazine on Town Planning and Environment related issues.  The author, Tpl. Yacoob Abiodun, made wide allegations on town planners ...

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G7 Summit: David Cameron may leverage on party’s climate message


David Cameron should use the Conservative Party’s positive record on tackling climate change and promoting clean energy to press for more action on these issues at the G7 Summit in Germany, which started on Sunday, June 7 2015, said Lord Howard of Lympne. Michael Howard said: “The General Election was a personal triumph for the Prime Minister. In winning it, he pledged his ...

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WED 2015: Waste not, want not – Achim Steiner

In this editorial to observe the World Environment Day 2015, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), submits: From Wasted Economy to Wasted Planet: Why Changing Our Consumption Patterns is a Choice We Must Make! As we sit down to lunch or dinner on this World Environment Day, it is important to consider this: one-third ...

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Group alleges Australian climate policy are ‘lies and statistics’

Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott

According to the Climate Action Network (CAN) International, the Australian Government has serious questions to answer on its climate policies and ambition ahead of Paris as well as their role in pushing ahead to open up vast coal reserves, which the environment watchdog claims will blow the global carbon budget. “They are still yet to formally put forward their INDC. ...

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HOMEF on WED 2015: Restore the environment, build well-being

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, HOMEF

In its message to mark the World Environment Day 2015, the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) submits that currently dominant humankind’s view of the gifts of nature is at the root of many of the crises confronting the world today When future generations look back on our actions today, it is likely that they will evaluate harshly our irresponsible relationship with ...

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WED 2015: CEGDEC tutors kids on eco-friendly lifestyles


Conservative Environmental Growth and Development Centre (CEGDEC) commemorated World Environment Day 2015 on Wednesday, June 3 with the pupils of Oke-Afa Junior and Senior Comprehensive College, Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos. The yearly event, an initiative of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) since 1972, was held to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. The environmental ...

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