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Ogoni youths graduate from Shell-sponsored training for farmers


A total of 60 youths from Ogoniland on Tuesday graduated from a training programme on agricultural entrepreneurial programme organised by The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd operated Joint Venture in an effort to introduce youths in the area to viable means of livelihood. The youths from the four local government areas in Ogoniland – Tai, Khana, Gokana and ...

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Oxfam: Delays in cutting emissions will cost developing nations dearly

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International

Developing countries’ economies face being crushed under the double burden of climate change adaptation costs of almost $800 billion and more than twice that in economic losses every year by 2050 if pledges to cut emissions are not improved, Oxfam warned on Wednesday. In a new report released for COP21: Game-changers in the Paris climate deal, Oxfam sets out seven ...

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World takes to the streets ahead of Paris climate summit

Hoda Baraka

The weekend before the opening of the climate summit in Paris, hundreds of thousands of people are taking to the streets in over 2,000 events spread across 150 countries to demand that negotiating parties keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. “While 2015 is on track to be the hottest ...

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Report exposes biotech big bet to prop up fossil fuels

Jim Thomas, Programme Director with ETC Group

At the upcoming Climate summit in Paris, some governments and much of civil society will be pushing for an urgent transition away from the carbon-rich fossil fuels responsible for climate chaos. However, one hi-tech sector, the multi-billion-dollar Synthetic Biology industry, is now actively tying its future to the very oil, coal and gas extraction it once claimed to be able ...

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UN to decorate Wapichan community for defending land, forests


The Wapichan people in Guyana, South America, have received the prestigious Equator Prize from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in recognition of their prolonged efforts to legally secure their ancestral lands and conserve extensive rainforests and diverse wildlife habitats in the South Rupununi. In common with many indigenous peoples across South America, Wapichan communities are vulnerable to land grabs and marginalisation ...

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Campaigners to hold Abuja Climate March


World leaders from more than 190 nations are gathering at the United Nations Climate Summit (COP21) in Paris, France from November 30 – December 11, 2015 to deliver a bold new international climate agreement. On Monday, 30th of November, 2015, the day the UN Climate Summit begins, the Coalition of Abuja Climate Groups will join with other hundreds of thousands ...

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COP 21: We’re at a defining moment for Earth’s future – GEF

Naoko Ishii

Governments are meeting in Paris to reach a new climate change agreement that aims to keep global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) – the level beyond which there will be irreversible impacts. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made clear that the longer the world delays in tackling climate change, the higher the risks and ...

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Mohammed to lead 41-member Nigerian delegation to COP 21


Environment Minister, Mrs Amina Mohammed, will lead a 41-member team, comprising negotiators, representatives of civil society organisations and legislators to the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) starting next week in Paris, France. Unlike the previous conferences where a large chunk of the delegation comprised persons ...

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Nigeria to explore gas potential for sustainable development – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria is taking appropriate steps to turn its abundant gas resources into veritable catalyst for development as the nation’s gas potential might be in excess of 600 trillion cubic feet. The President said this at the 3rd summit of Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Tehran, Iran on Monday. Buhari said the country was taking the ...

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13,000 out of 200,000 Nigerian communities now open defecation-free – UNICEF


Within eight years of intervention in its Community-Led Total Sanitation programme, 13,000 communities in Nigeria had attained Open Defecation-free status, so says the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Kanaar Nadar, UNICEF’s Chief of Water Sanitation and Hygiene, made the disclosure on Monday in Abuja at a national stakeholders workshop on Draft Hygiene Promotion Strategy and Guidelines. Nadar said: “From our report on ...

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