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Ogun advices residents on land acquisition

Jumoke Akinwunmi

The Ogun State Government has advised residents to always channel their enquiries on land acquisition particularly as it relates to its validity to relevant agencies. Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing Development and General Manager, Ogun State Housing Corporation, Jumoke Akinwunmi, while speaking on the achievements of the corporation in the last 40 years in Abeokuta, said that the ...

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South Africa’s top five retailers committed to renewable energy vision, says Greenpeace


South Africa’s top five retailers (Pick n Pay, Massmart, Spar, Woolworths and Shoprite) have a major role to play in shaping sustainable growth in the energy sector and need to champion South Africa’s transition to 100% renewable energy, according to a report launched on Tuesday by Greenpeace Africa. The report, titled “Shopping Clean – Retailers and Renewable Energy”, marks the launch of ...

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Nigeria seeks UN Environment Assembly vice-presidency


Nigeria’s aspiration for the vice presidency of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) received a major boost on Monday as the sixth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) got underway. Speaking to over 40 ministers of the environment and heads of country delegations at the forum, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Environment, who ...

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Railway route through Nairobi National Park abandoned


While controversy rages in Nigeria over the proposed construction of a Cross River State-sponsored 260km, six-lane highway that threatens a pristine community forest as well as a National Park, the Kenyan government has abandoned a contentious blueprint of the standard gauge railway (SGR) that cut deep into the Nairobi National Park. A committee that included some board members of the ...

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Fresh campaign for stronger global carbon pricing


There is growing global momentum to put a price on carbon pollution. About 40 national and 23 subnational governments have put in place carbon pricing mechanisms, covering 12 percent of global emissions. Nearly half of the national pledges submitted in the run-up to the Paris COP21 climate conference reference carbon pricing, and new approaches are being rolled out in China, ...

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Why Nigeria will not endorse Paris Agreement on 22 April

President Muhammadu Buhari

There are indications that Nigeria will not participate in the Signature Ceremony of the Paris Agreement scheduled to hold this week in New York. However, the nation’s representatives will grace the occasion. The Paris Agreement will be open for signature by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 22 April and will remain open ...

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Norway’s SWF drops 52 firms with ties to coal

Marthe Skaar

Norway’s $860 billion Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) has unveiled the first list of miners and power producers to be excluded from its portfolio following a ban on coal investments. The 52 companies being barred include American Electric Power Co. Inc., China Shenhua Energy Co. Ltd., Whitehaven Coal Ltd., Tata Power Co. and Peabody Energy Corp., according to a statement from ...

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Don’t sign the Paris Agreement

Paris Agreement

Of what use is it for poor nations to sign up to an agreement will add up to nothing? What would Nigeria or Africa gain by endorsing the agreement? demands Nnimmo Bassey, who is Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), as he makes a case against the Paris Agreement It is not late to stand up against the Paris Agreement that ...

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Activists want Africa to decentralise renewable energy initiatives

Mithika Mwenda

African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have called for the need to decentralise renewable energy and make it people centred. The CSOs echoed their voices over the weekend at the sidelines of the sixth special session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) holding in Cairo, Egypt. In his remarks during the presentations on post-Paris conversations on climate change, ...

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AMCEN: Africa’s natural reserves, climate pact top agenda


The need to sustainably harness Africa’s vast reserves of natural capital and the implications of the Paris Agreement dominated the opening session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Cairo, Egypt. Attended by the ministers of the environment and high-level officials from more than 40 African countries, the sixth special session of the AMCEN has “Agenda 2030 ...

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