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‘SDGs, climate week sent loud and clear message’


With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) now adopted and Climate Week drawing to a close in New York, Mafalda Duarte, Programme Manager of the Climate Investment Funds says the activity and impetus around climate and development sends “a loud and clear message” ahead of climate negotiations in Paris. She said: “2015 is a crucial year for both climate and development.  ...

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The unending Makurdi flood disaster


The unending flood situation in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State in Nigeria, doesn’t seem to be abating any time soon as recent findings have revealed that the Food Basket’s capital’s drainage system and residents’ sanitation practice as well as lack of awareness of the dangers of living along flood plains is inimical to checking impending flood. This revelation came ...

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Water found on Mars could be first signs of Martian life


NASA found evidence of liquid water on the Red Planet, which means there is the potential for life beyond Earth. We seem to discover water on Mars about once a year. Well, that’s not quite true: We’ve known Mars has water for quite a while. However, there are a lot of mysteries still to solve about how that water behaves ...

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Nigeria may ratify Nagoya Protocol


Nigeria and several other Parties yet to ratify the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilisation have the opportunity to do so at the upcoming Treaty Event 2015, being held in conjunction with the General Debate of the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly, from 28 ...

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UNEP: Environmental degradation, ill-health, others typify Ivory Coast’s 11-year crisis


Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has received a United Nations report detailing decades of environmental destruction in the country, especially during 11 years of civil war and political turmoil. The presentation was made to Mr President in Abidjan, the capital city, on Friday. Ouattara’s government came to power in 2011 and asked the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a post-crisis ...

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SPDC JV sponsors three Nigerian varsities to Shell Eco-marathon


Students of three Nigerian universities have built cars they will race at the Shell Eco-marathon, Africa (SEMA) in South Africa on October 2 – 4, thanks to the sponsorship of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture. The students of University of Lagos, University of Benin and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, collectively known as Team Nigeria, ...

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Churches: SDGs a pathway to eradicate poverty

ACT Alliance General Secretary John Nduna

The ACT Alliance has called for increasing urgency to address the impacts of climate change. The network of over 140 church and faith based organisations spoke at the weekend in New York as world leaders set out to acknowledge the links between climate change and poverty at the UNGA Post-2015 Summit. Addressing a parallel event focusing on the role of ...

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World can achieve future she wants, say conservationists

Mechtild Rössler

The Liaison Group of the Biodiversity-Related Conventions (comprising Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, International Plant Protection Convention, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and UNESCO World Heritage Centre) on the occasion ...

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Rainstorm destroys 200 homes in Zaria, Sabongari


Rainstorm on Saturday destroyed no fewer than 200 residential houses and shops in Zaria City and parts of Sabon-Gari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The storm also destroyed electric installations and brought down trees to block some streets. The areas worse hit are Sabon-gari, Samaru, Danmagaji, Wusasa, Kofar Gayan Low Cost Housing Estate and ...

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Post-2015: Buhari urges world leaders to eliminate illiteracy, hunger, disease by 2030

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in New York reaffirmed his Administration’s total commitment to the entrenchment of a fully transparent and accountable public revenue management system in Nigeria. Addressing the United Nations Plenary Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, President Buhari said that his administration was taking steps to improve and streamline internal generation of revenue, and ...

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