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Lead poisoning: Government urged to declare Shikira emergency zone


The Federal Government of Nigeria has been asked to declare Shikira, a small rural mining community in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, a national emergency zone. The Abuja-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Connected Development (CODE), made the call in a statement released on Tuesday, urging the trio of President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives ...

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Earth Day 2016: UN plants American dogwood tree


As world leaders and ministers lined up in their droves to sign the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement in New York last Friday, a group of senior UN officials slipped out for a few minutes in the sunshine into a very special place for a small but unique event. The group, including UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson; the President of the ...

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Solar aircraft makes historic Pacific Ocean crossing

Solar Impulse

“Solar Impulse is breaking through self-imposed barriers of possibility. We did not think before that it would be possible to traverse long distances with zero emissions in any flying vehicle. The fact that the two pilots have proven that this is possible, the fact that they are up in the air again and finishing the around the world flight they ...

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Nigeria, others to mobilise $1 trillion investment in solar energy

Piyush Goyal

Following the signing of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement in New York on 22 April, governments have pledged to take concerted action to lower the costs of clean energy and to unleash a potential investment flow of up to $1 trillion into solar assets, among a raft of other initiatives. At the United Nations in New York, Indian Power, ...

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Report explores ways to achieve sustainability, protect Colombian Amazon

Colombian Amazon

Secure territorial rights of indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge must be central to post-conflict initiatives to save the Colombian Amazon and achieve sustainable development, says a study A new report “Deforestation and Indigenous Peoples Rights in the Colombian Amazon” co-published by social justice and environmental NGO DEDISE and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) underlines the critical role of secure land and ...

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Ogun, ECN, UNIDO to generate power from sawdust


The Ogun State Government has begun plans to generate electricity from saw dust. Officials say the development is part of government’s contribution towards increasing power output in the country. Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal, revealed this during an inspection visit to sawmill sites in Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu-North Local Government Area of the state. Chief Lawal, in a statement signed by ...

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Campaigners demand urgent implementation of Ogoni UNEP report


“Plants are gone, and the aquatic environment is going off, the flora and fauna is actually going off too. The clean-up should start, not coming around to make announcement and make a minister to visit, that is not a clean-up. We have anticipated, we have hoped, but it is long over-due. Let the clean-up start, that is our prayer.” These ...

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FRSC canvasses use of rear seat safety belts


The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has disclosed that top on its agenda for this year is the mandatory enforcement of speed limit device and use of the rear seat safety belt. Corp Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, who made the disclosure at the sector headquarters in Lagos on Friday at a session with members of Guild of Corporate Online Publishers ...

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Images: Nigeria delegation graces UN Paris Agreement signing


Though Nigeria is yet to neither sign nor ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, the nation was ably represented at the landmark event that saw some 175 countries signing the Paris Agreement at a ceremony at the UN Headquarters on Friday 22 April that observers say far exceeds the historical record for first-day signatures to an international agreement. Environment ...

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Need for urgent action to deliver on climate treaty stressed

Loren Legarda

The 43-member Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) on Friday joined other Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to take forward commitments to fully implement the Paris Agreement. In a press conference held in conjunction with the Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, the leadership of the Climate Vulnerable Forum emphasised the significance of urgently translating pledges into solid ...

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