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WHO: Polio no longer endemic in Nigeria


Only two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan – remain endemic to this paralysing disease The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria. This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free. The announcement was made ...

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SIWI: Water critical to Sustainable Development Goals


About 193 world leaders will commit to 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Without water, however, these goals cannot be achieved. SIWI, in New York, will further amplify the importance of water to the global development agenda. The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda is holding in New York, convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the ...

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‘Momentum is building on climate action’


Since 2008, Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have been funding a quiet, billion-dollar revolution aimed at reducing carbon emissions and transforming the economies of countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. And with a number of events this week highlighting the urgency and importance of tackling climate change, Mafalda Duarte, Programme Manager of the Climate Investment Funds, says “the momentum is ...

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Bayer to pay $5.8 million over deadly Bhopal plant blast


Bayer CropScience has agreed to pay a $975,000 fine and spend $452,000 on a series of measures to improve chemical storage facilities across the United States over allegations of serious safety violations that helped cause a massive explosion that killed two workers at the company’s Institute/WV plant. Bayer will also spend $4.23 million to improve emergency preparedness in Institute and ...

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‘Strong, fair’ Indian INDC may be unveiled on Wednesday

Srinivas Krishnaswamy CEO, of Vasudha Foundation

Reports say the much anticipated Climate Action can save lives, cash and create jobs India stands to reap more green jobs, slash deaths from air pollution and save money from avoided fuel imports should the country embrace an ambitious climate action plan. India’s contribution towards the global Paris climate agreement, known as an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), could be ...

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Sumatran Rhino may go extinct, warns IUCN

Ratu, a Sumatran rhino

With fewer than 100 Sumatran Rhinos surviving in the wild, the species will likely become extinct unless the Indonesian Government urgently implements the Sumatran Rhino recovery plan, warns the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the world celebrates World Rhino Day. The remaining 100 Sumatran Rhinos represent less than half of the population size estimated during the ...

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NEMA warns of imminent danger as flood ravages Kaduna


Director-General of the National Emergency Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, has warned that ‘frontline’ states in the North should expect more flooding before the end of the year. The frontline states, according to the NEMA boss, include Kaduna, Kebbi, Adamawa, Niger, Kogi and Jigawa states as well as other states mentioned in the Nigerian Meteorological Agency’s prediction. The NEMA ...

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Nigeria to unveil MDGs end-point report at UN Assembly

Stakeholders at the Multi Stakeholder forum on MDGs

The Nigerian government will on Friday, 25th September unveil the country’s final status report on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the United Nations headquarters in New York. A statement issued by the Media Consultant to the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Desmond Utomwen, stated that the Nigeria MDGs end-point report would ...

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How the planning profession can resolve its challenges


Permit me to react to a news item published in the recent edition of EnviroNews under its Human Settlement section. The news item was titled: “Tough Hurdles on the Way for Aspiring NITP Fellows.” First, this writer wants to commend the initiative being currently taken by the present leadership of NITP and the elders in the profession to embark on ...

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Nigeria puts finishing touches to INDCs as stakeholders validate draft


A gathering of experts on Friday, September 18, 2015 in Abuja endorsed a draft copy of Nigeria’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), which is under preparation. This emerged after a daylong national stakeholders consultative and validation workshop whereby stakeholders were not only updated on the level of progress made so far on the preparation of the INDC, but likewise made ...

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