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UN decorates Nigerian journalist for outstanding humanitarian reporting

Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna

A Nigerian journalist, Augustina Armstrong-Ogbonna, has been awarded the United Nations Foundation Gold Prize for Development and Humanitarian Reporting. Armstrong-Ogbonna, a freelance journalist with Radio Nigeria (Radio One), won the Gold medal for her reportage on neglected coastal communities along the Lagos coastline that are bearing the drastic impact of sea rise as well as threats of displacement. She was ...

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Great Green Wall: How Nigeria lags behind

great green wall

Nigeria’s low level of success with the Great Green Wall project has been attributed to a lack of political will. Coordinator of the Great Green Wall Project, Dr. Elvis Tangom, stated this during an interview at the United Nations Climate Change Summit (COP21) in Paris. The project entails planting a wall of trees across Africa at the southern edge of the Sahara ...

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Nigeria may create trust fund for biodiversity protection

Dr Matthew Dore

A National Biodiversity Trust Fund may be created to aid the protection and conservation of biological diversity in the country. This idea was mooted recently in Port Harcourt, River State, at a stakeholders’/consultants forum by a team of experts, who gathered under the auspices of the Niger Delta Biodiversity Project (NDBP). Dr Mathew Dore, the NDBP national coordinator, said that ...

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Somalia is world’s most vulnerable to climate change, says report

Somalia

Somalia is the country most vulnerable to the impact of climate change, according to Notre Dame University’s Global Adaptation Index. The index assesses 177 economies on how well they can adapt to climate change, including their readiness and vulnerability. The report measures vulnerability based on exposure, sensitivity and ability to react to climate change and has a number of sub-indicators ...

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SPDC wins 2015 PETAN Local Content Operator Award

Mr. Denzil Kentebe

The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has won the 2015 Local Content Operator of the Year Award by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), in recognition of its achievements in embedding Nigerian content in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. SPDC was commended for many initiatives that have promoted Nigerian content including the domestication of original equipment manufacturing ...

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Photos: Amina Mohammed continues tour of degraded sites nationwide

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Following the tour of climate change impacted sites in Lagos on Tuesday (December 15, 2015), Environment Minister, Mrs Amina Mohammed, has continued her nationwide inspection of environmentally degraded points of note. The second leg of the tour took her to the Niger Delta region as well as desertification-threatened North. As usual, EnviroNews is closely monitoring her steps and presents images ...

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Benue partners CEFTER on food hygiene, safety

CEFTER Hostel

The Benue State Government is poised to partner the Centre for Food Technology and Research (CEFTER), Benue State University, Makurdi and other stakeholders in the Centre’s programmes on food safety and hygiene with the aim to sustaining the practice in the “Food Basket” state. This commitment was made on Thursday, 17th December, 2015 by the Deputy Governor of Benue State, ...

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Agenda for Uguru Usani, new Minister of Niger Delta Affairs

Uguru Usani

The key issues in the Niger Delta region are bordering on poverty, environmental pollution and degradation, militancy, resource allocation, inadequate infrastructure among others. Although previous governments have made attempts at addressing some of these issues, for instance the infrastructure problem with the East-West Road, the Amnesty Programme initiated to deal with militancy and a few more others, overall results are ...

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Rights groups hail Dutch court ruling, Shell winces

Chief Fidelis A. Oguru-Oruma

A Dutch appeals court has ruled that Royal Dutch Shell can be held liable for oil spills at its Nigerian subsidiary. The decision overturns a ruling by a lower court in 2013, which found the parent company could not be held liable. Observers believe that the ruling, passed on Friday (December 18, 2015), could open the way for more cases ...

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Akwa Ibom lists strategies to address climate variability

Prince Lekan Fadina

Akwa Ibom State will hold its first ever Climate Change Summit next year, the governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has said. Emmanuel, who made the disclosure on Tuesday (December 15, 2015) in Lagos, pointed out that, against the backdrop of the recently decided Paris Agreement, the state has concluded plans to develop a State Policy on Climate Change and establish 10 ...

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