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How the world’s poorest toil to pay for water, by WaterAid

On the occasion of the 2016 World Water Day, WaterAid in Nigeria is calling on government to take action to reach the estimated 57.7 million people in the country who are still without access to clean water A new study has revealed how the world’s poorest often pay far more of their income for water than those in the developed ...

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Government unveils plans to overhaul Lagos


The Lagos State Government has said that it will partner with suitable entities on a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) basis to undertake the development and delivery of a wide-range of facilities in the state. The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said in a statement in Lagos on Sunday that it was in continuation of the government’s commitment to urban development ...

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Shell boosts subsurface studies at Ibadan varsity


The University of Ibadan now has an ultra-modern subsurface research centre that will boost the development of top rate manpower for the nation’s oil and gas industry, thanks to a donation by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) operated Joint Venture. The centre has 15 fully-networked workstations, a high-end server, complete with internet facilities and a standby 45-Kva generator, among ...

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Concern over spate of environmental activists’ murder


Expert on indigenous rights demands consumers boycott ‘blood-tainted’ products from land grabs amid weak state response, Alex Pashley reports for Climate Home, a part of The Guardian Environment Network The killings of indigenous activists in Honduras signal a growing “epidemic” around the world, a UN envoy has declared. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, urged governments to give ...

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When strange clouds fell from sky in Morocco


It could be a scene from a fantasy film. A video has shown huge unexplained foam-like clouds on the ground at Doukkala, Morocco, sending conspiracy theorists into overdrive. The strange clouds cover large areas of the landscape and the man filming wanders around in awe, occasionally touching the substance. Some of the blobs are huge while others are just small ...

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Images of 2016 Earth Hour celebration in West Africa


Over five thousand youths from civil society groups in Nigeria, Senegal, Nigér, Ivory Coast, Bénin, Togo, Ghana and Gambia on Saturday observed the 2016 Earth Hour celebration with a call on governments and private sector players to do more to reverse climate change impact. Indeed, major landmarks, businesses and households in cities around the world turned their lights off for one ...

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2016 Earth Hour: Youths demand actions to reverse climate change impact


Over five thousand youths in eight West Africa countries have called on governments, as well as relevant private sector players to be more proactive and facilitate the establishment of sound institutional frameworks to help empower citizens to reverse the impact of climate change on sources of livelihoods and sustainable growth across the region. The youths, who constitute members of groups ...

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Food security: GEO launches early warning crop monitor

Dr Kathryn Sullivan

The Group on Earth Observations has announced the launch of the Early Warning Crop Monitor (EWCM), a new tool to fight food insecurity. The announcement was made during the GEO 36th Executive Meeting held in Geneva on 8-9 March. Developed by the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM), initiated by the G-20 Agriculture Ministers, the EWCM provides consensus reports on crop ...

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UN climate campaign to make Angry Birds happy

Angry Birds

The United Nations encourages young people to take action on climate change and make the Angry Birds happy on the International Day of Happiness The United Nations on Friday (March 18) announced a campaign to encourage young people to step up their actions to address climate change and ensure a sustainable and happier future for all. The campaign is launched in ...

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Brazilian opposition to fracking spreads

Nicole Figueiredo de Oliveira

The Federal Court in Brazil has declared the prohibition to use the hydraulic fracturing technology (fracking) to extract fossil fuels in the state of Alagoas. Following Piauí, Sao Paulo, Acre and Paraná, Alagoas thus became the fifth Brazilian state to prohibit fracking in its territory. This sentence is the result of the efforts of the Coalizão Não Fracking Brasil (No-Fracking Brazil Coalition) ...

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