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When Amina Mohammed visited impacted sites in Lagos


Federal Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, apparently making good her commitment to do more in implementing the recently decided Paris Agreement on Climate Change, has embarked on the inspection of some climate impacted sites and areas of environmental concern across the country. Her first port of call was Lagos where, on Tuesday (December 15, 2015), she led a team ...

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American voters prefer candidates who support climate action, says survey


A recent survey by the George Mason University’s Centre for Climate Change Communication has found that majority of voters in the United States of America prefer candidates who support actions to address the menace of climate change. Too often, the debate about climate change in the US is portrayed as one between Democrats and Republicans. In fact, study has shown ...

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PAVE joins UN marine litter study process

Mr Anthony Akpan

President of the Lagos-based Pan African Vision for the Environment (PAVE), Anthony Akpan, at the instance of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recently attended a three-day meeting of the Advisory Group for the UNEA-2 Marine Litter Study, of which he is a member representing the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) in the Netherlands. The meeting was held from 8 ...

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Cross River State, others pledge support for Paris Agreement

Gov Ben Ayade

Cross River State of Nigeria is among the almost 700 major regions, cities, companies and investors from around the globe who on Wednesday pledged their support for the Paris Agreement, which emerged on Saturday at the close of the UN climate change conference (COP21) in Paris, France. Last week at the COP, governments of the world under the UN united ...

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Nigeria’s debt management model enthuses Africa

Dr. Abraham Nwankwo

The Nigerian Debt Management Office (DMO), touted as a model in Africa, has become a major destination for out-sourced debt management skills and services in nearly two decades of its existence. The DMO under the leadership of Dr. Abraham Nwankwo has been galvanised to become a leading player in sub-Sahara Africa. And the achievements it has recorded so far has ...

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Opportunity, challenges ahead Paris Agreement, by CDKN

Kiran Sura

As the world celebrates – and laments – the Paris Agreement, nations have been urged to immediately begin its implementation. According to the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the agreement is encouraging but if ambition does not continue to increase in future years, then the achievement of a 1.5- or even a 2-degree target – and many of the ...

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Court delivers verdict on DR Congo SIFORCO case, Greenpeace kicks


Five policemen and soldiers were on Monday convicted for their role in a vicious attack against community members protesting against an industrial logging company in a Congolese village in 2011. The men were found guilty by a court in Kinshasa and sentenced to between two and three years in prison charges including torture. They were among 60 policemen and military ...

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Nigeria’s fresh 2030 gas flareout date termed ‘hypocritical’

Olabode Akinfemi

Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, Executive Director of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), while speaking on Monday (December 13, 2015) on the outcome of UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (COP21), frowned at Nigeria’s new deadline date to halt gas flaring, saying that the idea is tainted with insincerity   After more than 20 years of intense Earth Summit ...

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Ogun, Lafarge, NSIA showcase forest restoration scheme at COP21

The Ogun State Forest Landscape Restoration Project was presented on 7th December 2015 to the international community at the UN Climate Change Climate Conference (COP21) that held recently in Paris, following the memorandum of understanding signed in September 2015 by the Ogun State Government (Ogun State), the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and Lafarge Africa Plc. The PPP project will ...

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COP21 strives for justice but misses mark

Martin Vilela

After much anticipation for a new global climate agreement, COP21 is being widely hailed as a success, with 195 countries from diverse positions signing the Paris Agreement. But the day after the dust settles, numerous civil society organisations are evaluating the stark contrasts between what is possible in the political process and what is scientifically necessary to avoid climate chaos. ...

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