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Super Highway project is land grab in disguise, alleges Ekuri community

Ben Ayade

Chiefs, elders, women leaders and youth leaders in Ekuri community, Akamkpa Local Government Area in Cross River State of Nigeria in a recent correspondent to Governor Ben Ayade flay government’s revocation of the community’s Right of Occupancy of square kilometres of community forestry lands to make way for the realisation of the controversial Super Highway project. Community members describe the ...

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UNEP, partners devise agenda on sustainable real estate

Eric Usher

On 12th December 2015, history was made in Paris when 195 countries agreed to work together to substantially curb global warming by limiting it to a maximum of to 2°C, possibly 1.5°C, and phase out fossil fuels by the end of the 21st century. More than ever before, governments all over the world are now constrained to find cost-effective ways ...

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Land title to be granted within 90 days in Osun – Aregbesola

Rauf Aregbesola, governor of Osun State

Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has assured investors and residents in the state of speedy processing of Certificates of Occupancy (C-of-Os) to legitimately acquired property within 90 days of commencement of processing. The governor stated this recently at the presentation of a N50 million cheque in support of Osun Certificate of Occupancy Fast track project (OCOFO) by Sterling ...

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Gully erosion: Before the entire East sinks

erosion

The critical issues surrounding our environment in Nigeria are distinctly shared across the varying climatic belts, seeing as while the southern part of the country is inundated with phenomena relating to the continuous supply of rainfall in particular, the northern part is dominated by situations arising from the relative lack of it. When talking excess supply of rainfall, flooding easily ...

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Radioactive water leaks at New York plant

nuclear-plant

Radioactive water overflowed into groundwater at the Indian Point nuclear facility in New York on Saturday, resulting in increased radioactivity at the site. The contamination did not go offsite and doesn’t pose a threat to the public. Indian Point is located about 35 miles north of New York City and has been under more scrutiny from Governor Andrew Cuomo for ...

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Greenpeace tasks Spain, France, Gabon on ship’s timber cargo

Kumi Naidoo

Greanpeace has called on Spain, France and Gabon to urgently investigate circumstances surrounding a ship carrying timber believed to have been illegally logged in Africa and destined for the European market. Officials of the Amsterdam, Netherlands-based non-governmental environmental organisation with offices in over 40 countries believe that Modern Express, which is a car carrier, was recently towed away from the ...

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Biosafety Law: How Nigeria is building confidence in MEAs

Rufus Ebegba

Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) are international legal instruments whose goals include environmental protection, which entails measures to remedy, mitigate or otherwise deal with global and/or regional environmental concerns. These agreements are entered into by a considerable number of states or international organisations as Parties, and embodied in a single instrument or more related instruments. On the other hand, the Cartagena Protocol on ...

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New York State creates $5 billion clean energy fund

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the New York State Public Service Commission’s approval of a 10-year, $5 billion Clean Energy Fund to accelerate the growth of New York’s clean energy economy, address climate change, strengthen resiliency in the face of extreme weather and lower energy bills for New Yorkers starting this year. Additionally, the fund will attract and leverage ...

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Nepal submits climate action plan

Khadga Prasad Oli

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on Thursday submitted its new climate action plan to the Bonn, Germany-based UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Nepal’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) comes shortly after the adoption of a new universal climate change agreement in Paris last December. Including Nepal, 189 parties to the UNFCCC have formally submitted their INDCs. The Paris Agreement will ...

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Shipowners’ role in Paris Agreement, by Ban Ki-moon

paris agreement

Secretary-general of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, has told the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) it has an important role to play in translating landmark agreements such as the Paris climate agreement into tangible improvements in people’s lives. The UN secretary-general on Wednesday met with the newly appointed IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim, as well as other IMO secretariat staff, at the ...

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