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India: A flawed climate road map


On 1 October 2015, the Indian government submitted India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It has been received to surprisingly wide acclaim, in the media, by large non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and policy experts. Climate change policy documents have become developmental road maps. In presenting either mitigation of carbon emissions or adaptation measures, ...

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Shell’s healthcare drive in Bayelsa reaches 5,000 beneficiaries


About 5,000 persons in Oloibiri area of Bayelsa State have benefitted from a health outreach organised by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) Joint Venture in furtherance of its Health-in-Motion campaign. Working closely with the Bayelsa State Government, Ogbia Local Government Council and other partners, SPDC took the comprehensive health outreach to 18 communities giving the beneficiaries ...

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Green Climate Fund facing staffing crisis, warn directors


Poor pay and remote location in South Korea are driving away potential employees says GCF, as it prepares to sign off on first funding projects The UN’s flagship Green Climate Fund says it is “severely understaffed” because its salaries aren’t attractive and few want to move to its South Korean HQ in Songdo. Its directors say it needs more resources and 72 ...

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Buhari to launch highway re-routed through REDD+ project site


President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to perform the ground breaking ceremony of the new 260km Super Highway Dual Carriage Road running from Calabar in Cross River State to the northern part of the country on Tuesday, 20th October, 2015. Host, Governor Ben Ayade, has fixed the venue of the event for Obung Village, Netim Clan, Akamkpa Local Government Area. But ...

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Walking fish, sneezing monkey, other new species discovered in The Himalayas


A sneezing monkey, a walking fish and a jewel-like snake are just some of a biological treasure trove of over 200 new species discovered in the Eastern Himalayas in recent years, according to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The vibrant blue dwarf “walking” snakehead fish can breathe atmospheric air and survive on land for up to four ...

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WaterAid, First Step, others seek change at Global Handwashing Day


Abuja-based WaterAid Nigeria and Makurdi-based First Step observed the 2015 Global Handwashing Day (GHD) on Thursday by seeking changes in hygiene habits. While WaterAid targeted children as change agents, First Step has urged the society in general to embrace the handwashing campaign. WaterAid Nigeria announced the launch of a hygiene themed proposal writing competition for selected schools in the nation’s ...

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Nnimmo Bassey: Real hope for climate solution lies in unsung heroes, places

Organisations from 16 countries back Nnimmo Bassey’s call to support indigenous people, youth and women on the frontlines of climate change. Bassey, Chair of Global Greengrants Fund, is a Nigerian environmental and human rights activist. Global Greengrants supports community-based projects that address climate change and make our world safer and healthier This is a defining moment in the climate crisis. ...

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Civil society charts Africa’s path to mercury-free dentistry


To celebrate Africa’s second annual Mercury-Free Dentistry Day, the African Centre for Environmental Health on Monday October 13 joined civil society groups across the continent by releasing a plan on how the continent can leapfrog into pollution-free dentistry. According to scientists, dental amalgam is 50% mercury, considered a dangerous neurotoxin. The pollution-free alternatives to dental amalgam are affordable, effective, and ...

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Activists seek government investment in rural women to curb poverty


The Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Women Rights to Education (WREP), Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) and Gender Equality Peace and Development Centre (GEDPC) have called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to support rural women in small holder farming so as to address hunger and poverty in Nigeria. The call was made in commemoration of the International ...

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NEPAD to support Togo on Biosafety Regulatory Frameworks

Prof. Aggrey Ambali

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has pledged Togo on regulatory frameworks in the area of the advancement of science, technology and innovation in the country. A high-level advocacy team led by Prof. Aggrey Ambali, who represented the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NEPAD Agency and the Michigan State University, expressed the availability of NEPAD Agency to support the ...

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