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EJN’s mentoring programme in Nigeria sees measurable success


A 10-month media capacity building programme in Nigeria has produced three journalists committed to climate change reporting, as well as a series of environmentally-focused local content. Led by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN), the Climate Journalism Mentors Programme commenced in June 2015 with the aim of increasing the capacity of journalists in the country to report on the challenges of covering climate ...

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Sierra Leone, UAE build Solar Park Freetown


Sierra Leone has taken a number of critical steps to commence the implementation of the Solar Park Freetown Project, its promoters have announced. These steps, according to the Sierra Leonean Government and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), include the ratification of the ADFD loan by the government, establishment of a working Project Implementation Unit (PIU) at the Ministry of Energy ...

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Ogun to plant 1.5 million tree seedlings


The Ogun State Government has reiterated the importance of planting trees in the society, saying that, aside of its contribution to socio-economic development, it also for human survival as the climate change time to time. Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, who made the disclosed after planting some tree seedlings as part of the programme to commemorate the 2016 International ...

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Japan kills 300 whales in defiance of UN verdict


More than 300 whales including 200 pregnant females have been slaughtered in Japan’s latest whaling mission in the Southern Ocean. Japan confirmed the kill as its ships returned from their “scientific” expedition in the Antarctic region on Thursday. Its actions are in defiance of international criticism and despite a 2014 UN legal decision that ruled so-called scientific whaling activity in ...

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Shell, developer complete 79-unit Abuja estate


Shell has inaugurated the Imani-Shell Estate Phase 2 located in Maitama District of Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The project was developed by Shell Nigeria Closed Pension Fund Administrator (SNCPFA), in partnership with Imani and Sons Nigeria Limited, and consists of 28-unit luxury residential apartments to complement the existing 51 units in the phase one of the estate. ...

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South African anti-mining activist brutally murdered


Eastern Cape police in South Africa are investigating a case of murder following the assassination of a Wild Coast anti-mining committee leader at his home. Sikhosiphi “Bazooka” Rhadebe, chairman of the Amadiba Crisis Committee, was shot eight times in the head in Lurholweni on Tuesday night.  The committee has been fighting against titanium mining in the area. Police spokesman, Captain ...

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Photos: 2016 International Day of Forests in Abuja


Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina J. Mohammed, hosted the celebration of the 2016 International Day of Forests at the National Parks Headquarters in Abuja on Monday (March 21). At the event, the minister stressed that forests are key to the planet’s supply of fresh water which is essential to life, even as she lamented the alarming rate of deforestation and ...

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Water: Activists want governments to prioritise people over profit


As the world marks the 2016 World Water Day (WWD) on Tuesday March 22, the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has urged federal and state governments to put the interest of the people and jobs over profits in the pursuit of providing the citizenry portable water for drinking and other uses. The international WWD reminds governments and ...

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‘Atmospheric rivers are connecting the Philippines, US’

Al Gore

Over the past week, the South-Central region of the U.S. has been experiencing devastating downpours and flooding across multiple states. This historic extreme weather, already responsible for several deaths and affecting thousands more, has poured more than 20 inches of rain in some locations. I just arrived here in the Philippines with The Climate Reality Project to train another 800 ...

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Amina Mohammed: How Nigeria intends to save its forests


Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina J. Mohammed, on the occasion of the 2016 International Day of Forests in Abuja on Monday (March 21), stresses that forests are key to the planet’s supply of fresh water which is essential to life. She laments the alarming rate of deforestation and forest degradation arising from intensive logging for timber and fuelwood extraction, even ...

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