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Risks associated with water cycle instability, by experts


The current instability and unpredictability of the world water cycle is here to stay, making society’s adaptation to new risks a vital necessity when formulating development policies, a UN water expert has warned. Robert Sandford, the EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University’s Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), says long-term water cycle ...

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India to ratify Paris Agreement on April 22


India, along with 100 other nations, will ratify the Paris “COP 21 Global Climate Agreement” in New York on April 22, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said in Mumbai on Saturday. “The COP 21 agreement would be ratified at a high level signing ceremony to be convened at the UN Headquarters in New York on April 22,” Javadekar said at a symposium at ...

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How government can end building collapse in Lagos


Bothered by the incessant collapse of buildings in the bustling city of Lagos in Nigeria, town planner and planning advocate, Yacoob Abiodun, who resides in Parkview Estate in Ikoyi, explores the challenges facing physical planning and urban development in the state, and proffers a solution March 8, 2016 is a date most residents of Lagos cannot forget in a hurry. ...

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Indian village plants 111 trees every time a girl is born


Every culture has its own traditions surrounding the birth of a child. While we celebrate newborn girls by sending pink dresses and dolls, in the village of Piplantri in Rajasthan, India, they celebrate by planting 111 trees. That’s right, every time a little girl is born in Piplantri, 111 trees are planted in her honor! In most Indian villages, the birth of a daughter ...

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Ban Ki-moon hails US, China’s resolve to endorse Paris Agreement

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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has commended Thursday’s Joint Presidential Statement on climate change by the leaders of the People’s Republic of China and the United States announcing that both countries will sign the Paris Agreement at a special ceremony at the United Nations on 22 April, the first day the Agreement is open for signature. He further welcomed ...

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Anxiety over impending extreme weather


Health and environment experts want governments at all levels to allocate more resources to help cushion the effect of extreme weather condition in the country predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET). NIMET had recently in its annual rainfall prediction told Nigerians to get ready for more hot days, warm nights and heat waves this year. The experts believe that the ...

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Photos: Zaha Hadid’s life in buildings


Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born British architect was the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Prize – architecture’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize – in 2004. She died on Thursday morning in Miami, aged 65. In the course of her outstanding career, her use of unusual shapes became apparent in early competition proposals for The Peak terminus in Hong Kong ...

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Eulogies as British architect, Zaha Hadid, dies at 65


British architect Zaha Hadid has died aged 65, following a sudden heart attack. Ms. Hadid, the designer of buildings including the London Olympic Aquatic Centre and the MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, suffered a heart attack on Thursday morning while being treated for bronchitis at a Miami hospital. A statement released by her office said: “It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that ...

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