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COP21: Incorporating long targets with short term goals

Christiana Figueres

Unlike acclaimed unproductive previous climate talks, negotiators and world leaders are optimistic that the Paris climate conference is bound to be a success. From scientific studies, more intensified now than before, heat waves, drought, desertification, earthquake, sea level rise and landslides are various adverse effects stemming from unabating global warming. A research by American Meteorological Society reveals that there is ...

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Nigerians seek opportunities at SNEPCo business summit

SNEPCo Managing Director Tony Attah

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company of Nigeria Ltd (SNEPCo) hosted a business summit in Aberdeen, September 12, at which over 270 personnel representing Nigerian companies within and outside the country explored opportunities to repatriate skills and experience to the oil and gas industry back home. The forum, christened The Global Nigerian, is the third in Europe’s oil and gas ...

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Photos: FUPRE students unveil self-built, energy-efficient car

Eco-Marathon Car

Students of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE) in Delta State, recently built an energy-efficient car, which has been christened “Delta Cruz”. Last Thursday, at the university campus, they embarked on a demonstration of their self-built vehicle in readiness for the 2015 Shell Eco-marathon competition in South Africa, in October.                 ...

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Affordable, green housing designer may be decorated

Passive House Prototype

A recently built supposedly affordable and green housing project in Nigeria located in Igbo-Etche, Port Harcourt in Rivers State has been completed, and the first families have moved in. The Passive House Prototype eco-village, built by Comprehensive Design Services and CAP Consultants, led by Chinwe Ohajuruka (and her team, with Omie Ben-Kalio and Michael Ukpeh) is now fully functioning. The ...

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The other side of floods in Malawi


With Malawi’s population hovering at 15 million and 80 percent living in rural areas, agricultural and environmental experts feel crop diversification and adoption of winter cropping using water harvested from floods or rainfall would help the country have abundance food. Chrissy Chidikha, Village Head (VH) from Kadzumba Traditional Authority (T/A) Maseya in Chikwawa District and a victim of heavy flooding, ...

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NESREA DG urges compliance with environmental laws


Nigerians have been urged to ensure compliance with relevant environmental statutes and regulations in a bid to protect our environment from further harm and degradation. Director-General, National Environmental Standard & Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Dr. Lawrence Anukam, stated this in his speech at the 6th Environment Outreach Magazine Public Lecture which took place at the Nigerian Institute for International Affairs ...

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Controversy rocks ‘environment-unfriendly’ Calabar highway project


Amid widespread discontent over the proposed a planned highway initiative, the Presidency may have given the thumbs-down to the controversial project. The over 240-kilometre Calabar Super Highway, which will cut through the Cross River National Park, is expected to stretch from Calabar to Obudu. It is one among the three legacy projects promised by Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River ...

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How Exxon ignored global warming evidence decades ago


As early as 1977, Exxon research scientists warned company executives that carbon dioxide was increasing in the atmosphere due to burning of fossil fuels, an investigation from InsideClimate News revealed on Wednesday. During the 1980s, due to falling oil prices and economic pressures, Exxon began to push back on their own discoveries, saying that science was inconclusive on man-made climate change. ...

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Bangladesh may ban mercury dental amalgam


Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) and Environment and Social Development Organisation (ESDO) have urged the government to create policies in order to ban mercury dental amalgam in the country by 2016. Syed Marghub Murshed, former Secretary of Government of Bangladesh and Chairperson of ESDO and Dr. Humayun Kabir Bulbul, the newly elected President of BDS, made the demand in a meeting ...

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Tough hurdles on the way for aspiring NITP Fellows

President of the NITP

Do you wish to become a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP)? Well, you may need to do some bracing up as it will no longer be business as usual, following a review recently in Abuja of the guidelines for selection to the “prestigious group”. The review was one of several activities at a week-long retreat organised ...

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